After 37 years, nearly 9000 episodes, 20 births, 68 deaths and 63 weddings, the world has said goodbye to Ramsay Street as the iconic Australian soap, Neighbours, has come to an end.
The 90-minute series finale aired last night and featured reprising cameos from some of Australia’s greatest exports, including Margot Robbie, Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Guy Pearce and Delta Goodrem.
Also reprising her role was Olympia Valance who first stepped into Erinsborough in 2014.
In an interview with Studio 10 last month, Valance said the four year role playing Paige Smith was her first-ever acting gig to which she attributes to her older sister, Holly.
“I never did acting at school, never did drama and I fell into this because my sister used to be on the show,” she said.
Speaking of her time on the iconic soap, she said: “I learnt literally everything you need to know about this industry from cast and crew, art department and makeup and costume, things you can’t just learn at school or in a class.”
The newly-wed 29-year-old is currently honeymooning in Greece, where she has recently met with older sister Holly, taking to Instagram last night to farewell the show together.
Integral to last night’s finale was Rebekah Elmaloglou, whose character Terese Willis finally rekindled her on-again-off-again relationship with the show’s villain, Paul Robinson (played by Stefan Dennis).
After nine years on the show, Rebekah’s character has endured Paul’s cheating ways and his most treacherous sabotage of her fashion week event. However, Paul understands his shortcomings, telling Terese amongst smouldering close-ups that “I am who I am” – four words that put these two love birds back on track.
In a post on Instagram, Rebekah said goodbye to Ramsay street, saying: “Thank you to our loyal fans, to the cast and crew who I’ve loved working with for the last 10 years.”