Stars give thanks for rescue dog’s TV role

Two Stars from TV's Emmerdale Farm Matt Wolfenden who plays 'David Metcalfe'(left) and Joe Warren Plant who plays'Jacob Gallagher',opened the new �140,000 Woodhead Mountain Rescue Centre,at Hepshaw Farm,Crow Edge,Penistone,pictured are the two stars with Rescue Volunteers and the new centre in the background

Two Stars from TV's Emmerdale Farm Matt Wolfenden who plays 'David Metcalfe'(left) and Joe Warren Plant who plays'Jacob Gallagher',opened the new �140,000 Woodhead Mountain Rescue Centre,at Hepshaw Farm,Crow Edge,Penistone,pictured are the two stars with Rescue Volunteers and the new centre in the background

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EMMERDALE stars Matt Wolfenden and Joe Warren-Plant helped launch Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team’s revamped headquarters.

The actors, who play characters David Metcalf and Jacob Gallagher on the ITV show, forged links with the team after their rescue dog Dodge was used on the show.

Dodge rescued child star Joe-Warren Plant’s character Jacob when he went missing in Emmerdale’s Christmas special at the end of last year.

The two actors cut the ribbon at the Crow Edge base, near Penistone, which has been converted from two farm cottages and a few barns into a state-of-the-art £140,000 rescue centre.

The base now has showers and toilets, a kitchen, a large training room and space for camping.

Team member Wayne Thackray said volunteers took over the site in 1995 after it was lent by a nearby landowner. Over 10 years they refurbished the cottages into a usable base but now the conversion, which included saving a barn that was in danger of falling down, means the team can rent out rooms to generate income for their activities.

The centre will be used to host school parties, train new mountain rescue volunteers and as a community resource.

Chairman John Howe said: “Thanks to a lot of hard work we have secured the future for Woodhead MRT.

“Not only will the barn benefit team members, but it is a valuable resource for the young people who will use it and the local community too.

“It is hoped the barn can be used to raise funds to keep the team operational for the next 50 years.”