Members of the cast of ITV1's Emmerdale are to attend the funeral of the late Clive Hornby in Leeds on Tuesday.

Hornby, who played Jack Sugden on the soap, died earlier this month, aged 63.

And his family and colleagues will attend a private service at Rawdon Crematorium to honour the veteran actor.

Hornby, who also starred in Gerry Anderson's Space 1999, army comedy Get Some In and Minder, had not appeared on Emmerdale in the last three months due to ill health.

He had found initial fame in the 1960s as the drummer of Liverpool band the Dennisons, before attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

The actor took over the role of Jack Sugden in 1980, having initially signed on a three-month contract, and remained on the show for 28 years.

Speaking to the Mirror newspaper shortly before he fell ill, Hornby said he was surprised to have had such a long run on the Yorkshire-based serial.

"Some of the kids in the show weren't even born when I started," he added.

"I do sometimes wonder if they're looking at me and thinking, 'Oh, he's a sad old b*****d, being here for so long'.

"But I love it. I can't imagine leaving."

Emmerdale series producer Anita Turner said his death was a "devastating loss".

"Clive will be greatly missed by everyone who has worked with him on Emmerdale during the past 28 years," she added.

"He was a hugely popular and well-respected member of cast and a terrific actor."

15/07/2008 12:39:53