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Emmerdale SPOILER: Soap set for Christmas Day catastrophe as The Woolpack is left in ruins

Emmerdale SPOILER: Soap set for Christmas Day catastrophe as The Woolpack pub is left in ruins after fire

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Christmas in the Yorkshire Dales could end in tragedy on Emmerdale as The Woolpack goes up in flames on Christmas Day. 

In recent weeks, Al Chapman (Michael Wildman) has been conniving and plotting to get his hands on the Woolpack as he plans to turn it into luxury flats. 

Having succeeded in investing and becoming a partner, he has already inflicted major changes on the team. 

Blaze: Christmas in the Yorkshire Dales could end in tragedy on Emmerdale as The Woolpack goes up in flames on Christmas Day

However, the Christmas Day inferno could mean his plans are abut to go up in smoke.

Meanwhile, it remains to be seen how joint owners Chas (Lucy Pargeter) and Marlon Dingle will manage to hold on to their livelihoods.  

The Woolpack pub is at the heart of the village of Emmerdale and during its 49 years on screen has had over ten different proprietors.  

Loyal fans will remember the pub going up in smoke as far back as 1998, after the late Alan Turner’s granddaughter Tricia Stokes turned up in the village unannounced and quickly found a job behind the bar. 

Fire: In recent weeks, Al Chapman (Michael Wildman) has been conniving and plotting to get his hands on the Woolpack as he plans to turn it into luxury flats

Fire: In recent weeks, Al Chapman (Michael Wildman) has been conniving and plotting to get his hands on the Woolpack as he plans to turn it into luxury flats

With level-headed long-term landlord Alan on holiday, disaster loomed as hapless Tricia accidentally set fireworks off inside the pub while Terry Woods was professing his love for her. 

Despite their best efforts, Tricia and Terry were powerless to prevent the ignited fireworks causing massive damage to the pub interior, which was ultimately renovated by wealthy Alan upon his return. 

In 2004 the pub was partially damaged by lightening during a New Year’s Eve storm, resulting in Tricia Dingle’s untimely death after the roof collapsed on top of her. 

History: The Woolpack pub is at the heart of the village of Emmerdale and during its 49 years on screen has had over ten different proprietors

History: The Woolpack pub is at the heart of the village of Emmerdale and during its 49 years on screen has had over ten different proprietors

Emmerdale broke new ground in 1993 when it staged a disastrous Christmas plane crash that would kill nine characters, injure many others and leave the village in a state of devastation.  

Fire ripped through the village after a plane flying over Britain from Eastern Europe en route to Canada exploded over the Yorkshire dales, killing all 250 passengers. 

The scene – impressive for its time – proved to be one of the most memorable in soap history and would lead top the show’s fictional village of Beckindale being renamed Emmerdale in honour of local residents the Sugden’s, whose Emmerdale farm was destroyed during the catastrophe.      

Worry: Producers remain tight lipped over the fate of its current landlord, Marlon Dingle, after he struggled to steer the pub through a serious financial crisis

Worry: Producers remain tight lipped over the fate of its current landlord, Marlon Dingle, after he struggled to steer the pub through a serious financial crisis

With all this drama it’s unlikely the pub will be out of action for long. It will no doubt rise again from its ashes to do a roaring trade once more but who will be behind its pumps remains to be seen. 

Producer Kate Brooks said: ‘It’s not just the Woolpack that goes up in flames on Christmas Day, as secrets and lies explode, ripping through the lives of some of our much loved villagers and making it a Christmas they’ll never forget’.

The explosive Christmas Day episode will air at 7pm for an hour long special on ITV and subsequently on the ITV Hub. 

Murder, mystery, plenty of misery… and THAT plane crash! Emmerdale’s long list of Christmas catastrophes  

1993 – Fire ripped through the village after a passenger plane flying over Britain from Eastern Europe en route to Canada exploded over the Yorkshire dales. All 250 passengers lost their lives, as well as nine villagers, while show favourite Chris Tate would be confined to a wheelchair

1996 – Scheming Kim Tate’s partner Dave Glover died on Christmas Day after saving James Tate from – you guessed it – a devastating fire 

1998 – Viv Windsor’s husband Vic lost his life during a violent Christmas Day raid at the local Post Office. Andy Sugden’s father Billy Hopwood was responsible for his murder 

Old times: In 1993 fire ripped through the village after a passenger plane flying over Britain from Eastern Europe en route to Canada exploded over the Yorkshire dales

Old times: In 1993 fire ripped through the village after a passenger plane flying over Britain from Eastern Europe en route to Canada exploded over the Yorkshire dales

2002 – Ray Mullan was murdered in a brutal Christmas Day confrontation after being rumbled as Louise Appleton’s stalker the culmination of a gripping storyline 

2004 – The Woolpack was at the heart of the festive action when lightening struck during a freak New Year’s Eve storm, causing the roof to collapse on Tricia Dingle in one of the show’s most significant Christmas episodes 

2006 – So much for festive cheer… Tom King was battered to death before being pushed through a window in one of the biggest whodunnit’s in the soap’s history. The culprit was later exposed as his own son, Carl  

2012 – Alex Moss suffered a grisly fate at the hands of serial killer Cameron Murray, who strangled him to death on Christmas Eve

Going down: All 250 passengers lost their lives, as well as nine villagers, when the plane went down in a pivotal Christmas storyline

Going down: All 250 passengers lost their lives, as well as nine villagers, when the plane went down in a pivotal Christmas storyline 

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