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Actor Alan Fletcher reflects on his 28-year run on Neighbours and says it’s ‘a sad day’ after it was announced the long-running soap is ending

The cast of Neighbours has been left devastated after it was announced on Thursday that the long-running soap is coming to an end.

In a post on Instagram on Thursday, one of the show’s longest serving cast members, Alan Fletcher, paid tribute to the series.

A gracious Alan, 64, called it ‘a sad day indeed’ after it was announced production on the series would cease in June.

End of an era: The cast of Neighbours has been left devastated after it was announced on Thursday that the long-running soap is coming to an end

‘It’s official, all attempts to #SaveNeighbours have been unsuccessful and #fremantle has confirmed the show will end production in June this year,’ he began.

‘This is a sad day indeed. I want to express my deepest gratitude to the millions of fans all around the world who have supported our iconic drama for 37 wonderful years.

‘And huge thanks to our broadcast partners @channel10au and @channel5_tv who have been incredible supporters of the show for so long.’

‘Sad day’: In a post on Instagram on Thursday, one of the show’s longest serving cast members, Alan Fletcher paid tribute to the series

He added: ‘Please stick with the show right to the end because the final episodes will be an incredible celebration with returning characters and extraordinary story lines.’

Speaking about his own experience on the show, Alan – who plays Dr Karl – said it had ‘been my creative home for almost 28 years’.

‘It has provided me with enormous artistic satisfaction and deep, everlasting friendships that I will treasure forever,’ he continued.

Coming to an end: A gracious Alan, 64, called it ‘a sad day indeed’ after it was announced production on the series would cease in June

‘Most especially my artistic partnership with the spectacular #jackiewoodburne who has truly made the journey the greatest joy imaginable.

‘The show has also connected me to thousands of people who have supported my work on and offscreen through my music and stage appearances.’

He added: ‘I am filled with #gratitude #staytuned #celebrateneighbours #farewellneighbours #pleasestickwithus’.

‘This is a sad day indeed. I want to express my deepest gratitude to the millions of fans all around the world who have supported our iconic drama for 37 wonderful years,’ Alan wrote on Instagram

His post attracted an outpouring of emotion from several cast members – both past and present – who left comments.

‘Beautiful words mate. Sending lots of love,’ wrote Rob Mills, while Charlotte Chimes commented with a broken heart emoji.

Rebekah Elmaloglou left a series of red love hearts, while former cast member Daniel MacPherson wrote: ‘I’ll never forget my time with the Kennedy’s mate’.

Feeling nostalgic: His post attracted an outpouring of emotion from several cast members – both past and present – who left comments

Added Takaya Honda: ‘Thank you for your endless kindness, leadership, and generosity Fletch’.

In a post on her own Instagram Stories, Charlotte, 28, wrote: ‘So grateful to have been a small part of this amazing production’.

Meanwhile, Takaya, 34, wrote a message to the show’s fans: ‘We will be #CelebratingNeighbours not for us, but for you. It’s always been for you’.

End of the road: It was announced that Neighbours would cease production after it was revealed early last month that British broadcaster Channel 5 had dropped the Australian series in favour of local content. Pictured, Tammin Sursok

Commenting on a post on the Neighbours Instagram page, Rob, 39, added: ‘Thanks for the memories. And thank you for teaching me so much.’

Former Neighbours actress Madeleine West appeared lost for words, also leaving a comment on the Neighbours Instagram page: ‘Nothing more I can say’.

Added fellow actress Jane Hall: ‘So sorry… I adored my time as Rebecca for many years’.

Emotional ending: Rebekah Elmaloglou (pictured with co-star Stefan Dennis) left a series of red love hearts, while former cast member Daniel MacPherson wrote: ‘I’ll never forget my time with the Kennedy’s mate’

It was announced that Neighbours would cease production after it was revealed early last month that British broadcaster Channel 5 had dropped the Australian series in favour of local content.

‘We are so sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes broadcast we have to confirm that Neighbours will cease production in June,’ Neighbours announced on social media on Thursday.

‘Following the loss of our key broadcast partner in the UK and despite an extensive search for alternative funding, we simply have no option but to rest the show.’

‘We are so sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes broadcast we have to confirm that Neighbours will cease production in June,’ Neighbours announced on social media on Thursday