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It's our Frazer!

PUBLISHED: 13:11 03 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:18 03 March 2010

IT was such a surprise, even the veteran soap star fluffed his lines. When The Evening Star arranged a surprise family reunion for former Emmerdale favourite Frazer Hines, the actor was completely taken aback.

IT was such a surprise, even the veteran soap star fluffed his lines.

When The Evening Star arranged a

surprise family reunion for former Emmerdale favourite Frazer Hines, the actor was completely taken aback.

"That's my aunt Rose down there, I haven't seen here for 30 years," he cried – and promptly forgot what he had been saying.

The actor, who once lived in Ipswich, was paying a special visit to Suffolk to open a fun day at Capel St Mary.

He stepped down from the podium and was greeted with a flurry of hugs and kisses from his long lost aunt, Rose Boreham, 86, and her three children Malcolm, 60, Angela, 56, and her twin Tony, who all still live in the

Ipswich area.

The emotional encounter, organised in secret by The Evening Star and Mrs Boreham of Bucklesham Road, Ipswich, brought the family together after 32 years.

"I feel very emotional, completely overcome," admitted Mr Hines, best known for his role as Joe Sugden, the amiable farmer in the long running soap.

Mrs Boreham was equally delighted. "It's made my day. We watch him on the telly and keep up with what he's up to but it's different face to face.

"I stopped watching Emmerdale after he left, it wasn't the same," the loyal

pensioner added.

Mr Hines' father, Bill, was born in Ipswich and once used to work at Paul's Malt with Sir John Mills.

As a boy, Mr Hines would often visit his aunt's house and he has fond memories of playing shop with his three cousins in a game they called Co-op.

Casually dressed in a white suit, shirt and plimsolls he looked quite the dashing hero during his visit on Saturday.

He is currently filming a new

children's series, by the makers of Sesame Street, where he narrates stories – but has pledged not to become a stranger in Suffolk.

The TV star will be back at Copdock on July 27 to play cricket with the

charity team the Lord's Taverners.

The funday raised £2,250, which will be divided between the Capel and East Bergholt Round Table charities and the Capel Community Trust.

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