Emmerdale's Diane says goodbye as she exits after 22 years in emotional scenes

Emmerdale has marked the end of an era, as Diane Sugden (Elizabeth Estensen) left the village.

The stalwart, who has been everyone’s favourite landlady for over two decades, made a decision earlier this month to grab life with everything that she has, and move on to pastures new.

Eager for a new adventure, Diane settled on Portugal, and – despite thinking that Gabby Thomas (Rosie Bentham) and Bernice Blackstock (Samantha Giles) would be accompanying her – she ultimately commenced her new chapter alone.

In the wake of Gabby giving birth to her great-grandson, Diane decided to mend some fences, as she headed up to Home Farm during Friday’s (October 29) edition of the ITV soap for a confab with Kim Tate (Claire King).

Kim listened, as Diane explained that Gabby doesn’t want to come away with her, and therefore she’ll allow her to stay, but only on the condition that Kim sign over 20 percent of her assets to Gabby.

After some deliberation, Kim agreed, much to Gabby’s delight. Diane, therefore, decided to leave the village on her own, and – after a trip to the graveyard to visit Val Pollard (Charlie Hardwick) – she said her goodbyes to her nearest and dearest.

Bernice was basically all of us, as she cried and wailed, telling Diane how much she’s going to miss her.

We can relate.

Diane, meanwhile, told Eric (Chris Chittell), Chas (Lucy Pargeter), Marlon (Mark Charnock), Nicola (Nicola Wheeler), Faith (Sally Dexter) and Gabby just how much she’s cherished the time they’ve had together.

Afterwards, she got in a stylish cab – courtesy of Kim – and left the eponymous village, holding back the tears.

It really is the end of an era. We’ll miss you, Diane, pet!

Emmerdale continues Monday November 1 at 7pm on ITV.

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