Newcastle upon Tyne based function band Hip Operation has been chosen to play at the one-off live episode of rural soap Emmerdale on the 17th October to mark the shows 40th anniversary. The band will provide the entertainment at the wedding of Emmerdale star Katie Sugden (actress Sammy Winward) and Home Farm boss Declan Macey (Jason Merrells). The producers of Emmerdale were so impressed with the band they booked them to entertain cast past and present at the after show party.
The one hour live special on ITV is expected to draw an audience in excess of 10 million and stars of the show have been talking about being nervous at the prospect, while producers have expressed concern about the weather. A marquee erected in the grounds of village pub the Woolpack will ensure that whatever the weather on the 17th the show will go on.
Hip Operation founder Steve Dolder says:
“We were delighted to be chosen as wedding entertainers for this unique...