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Emmerdale viewers gutted by village favourite’s sudden departure plans

Will Sandy leave for Australia?

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Emmerdale viewers prepared to say goodbye to one of their favourite villagers last night as Sandy Thomas contemplated leaving for pastures new.

The old boy has had a renewed spring in his step this week, following the arrival of glamorous traveller Maisie.

Maisie has put a twinkle back in Sandy’s eyes (Credit: ITV)

She was over from Australia, where she is big pals with Betty, and came armed with comedy Oz gifts.

Sandy and Maisie were getting on like a house on fire when she spoiled the fun by announcing that she had to return home; her ticket was already booked.

Sandy discovers a special gift from Betty (Credit: ITV)

But then came a surprise – Sandy opened an envelope among Betty’s presents and inside was a first class ticket to Down Under.

There followed some serious soul searching about whether he should follow his heart to new adventures, or stay with his beloved family.

Sandy was unsure about leaving his family (Credit: ITV)

Read more: Mandy Dingle headed back to the Dales?

Does Sandy take the opportunity to live a little more? Well, we revealed last week that actor Freddie Jones has quit his role… and new pictures reveal him enjoying his new Antipodean life next week.

In Monday’s episode, Laurel organises a video call in the Woolpack, so all his friends and family can see how he is settling in.

The Woolie regulars say ‘G’day’ to their pal (Credit: ITV)

And they’ll discover he’s feeling right at home already!

Sandy will settle Down Under a treat (Credit: ITV)

Read more: Freddie Jones explains his reason for quitting Emmerdale

Viewers are sad to see actor Freddie Jones leaving the soap as Ashley’s lovable dad.

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