Created 10th January 2004

SETH ARMSTRONG

Stan Richards
Born: 8th December 1930

 

IMDB entry for: Stan Richards

First Appeared: 16 May 1978 - (currenly longest serving cast member)

Widower to Margaret ("Meg") who died in 1993.

Now lives with childhood sweetheart Betty Eagleton

Children; Fred and Jimmy (by Meg)

Seth circa 1990

Profile from ITV's former Official Site

Seth

Played by Stan Richards
Stan Richards is the longest serving member of the current cast (19 years)
First Appearance on 16 May 1978
Marital Status; Widower to Meg who died in 1993. Now lives with Betty Children; Fred and Jimmy

1978
The Armstrong’s arrive in the village and are immediately known as a “difficult family.” Seth’s first job was as the school boiler man.

1980
He became gamekeeper at Home Farm Estates in this year; his boss was Maurice Westrop.

1981
Helped out Helen Eacott and took Jackie Merrick under his wing. Taught her to handle ferrets and handle a gun.

1982
Alan Turner arrived in this year and this was to be the start of a famous partnership.

1983
Meg ended their relationship and he had to sleep in a shed at Home Farm. Later won Meg back with a bottle of port. He was exposed as a cheat at the local horticultural show when his veg won first prize.

1984
Alan gave Seth a digital watch to improve his time-keeping. Seth was found to be cheating again when his pumpkin won the heaviest prize, it then split and was found to be filled with nails.

1985
Seth opened the NY Social Club in opposition to the Woolpack. Unfortunately his beer made everyone ill and he made a profit of 10p before clsoing down. Seth won a donkey in a dominoes match, he called it Amos.

1986
Seth played a trick on Alan when he was dieting by fixing his scales. Seth took in Nick Bates this year, he taught him how to tickle trout; he also put a couple of trout into Mrs Bates dressing gown which Alan Turner wore.

1987/1988
Seth started wearing a new pair of dentures. He frightened everyone with his wide grin. He ended up leaving them on a scarecrow.

1989
One of his saddest moments came when he found the body of his young friend Jackie Merrick slumped in his car, he had accidentally shot himself and he had to break the news to Joe.

1991
End of an era this year when Amos left the Woolpack. Seth immediately started to set up rivalry between Alan and Ernie Shuttleworth at the Malt Shovel. Seth became a pensioner in this year.

1993
A sad year began with the death of Meg. Seth seemed at a loss when she died and moved in with Archie and Nick. The year ended with the plane crash.

1994
Began the year homeless and jobless. As the year he became closer to Betty Eagleton and proposed to her. They eventually decided just to live together. Comforted Alan when Shirley died, and became a hero after accidentally shooting the Beast of Beckindale.

1995
Seth got his old job back as gamekeeper. Moved in with Betty. He had a new experience this year when he saw a strip show, he took a cold shower later when Betty found out.

1997
He takes it easier in his job (if that is possible). He said goodbye to one lodger Tom and hello to Paddy Kirk the vet.

1998
Visited his sister in the Isle of Wight (actor’s illness).Returned to Emmerdale in November to discover the Woolpack in ruins.

1999
He was sacked by Eric and told Betty he got £200 severance pay, when Stella had actually given him £1000. He went to Rachel’s funeral.

2000
Seth wins some money on the horses but he's then attacked and his money stolen. After the mugging he confesses to Betty and they both break down. Seth later becomes agoraphobic. The whole village rallies round him and he soon gets over the trauma. Seth celebrates his 74th birthday in style when Betty organises a surprise party.

2001
Seth supports Zak in his dilemma about Cain. Zak is worried, he’s discovered a lump and won’t tell anyone. Eventually he admits his fears to Seth, who encourages him to go to the doctor.

 

Latest Seth fan card issued by Yorkshire TV

Before getting the job of gamekeeper at Home Farm, Seth Armstrong was the odd job man at Beckindale School.
In 1979, NY Estates manager Maurice Westrop decided that giving Seth Armstrong the job of gamekeeper might cut down the amount of poaching in the village.
Seth Armstrong lived with his wife Meg at 6 Demdyke Row untill her death in 1993. Their house was destroyed in the plane crash a few months later. Ruth Holden is playing Meg in the photo. The role was originally played by Ursula Camm.
Seth Armstrong and Betty Eagleton's terraced house at 19 Main St. was renamed Keepers Cottage when the Harewood set was built, because Seth had for many years been a gamekeeper in Emmerdale.
Stan Richards' favourite story is one involving seth and Alan Turner. As he recounts: "Mr Turner gave Seth a walkie-talkie radio and Seth led him a merry dance all over Yorkshire, supposedly meeting him here there and everywhere...while all the time he was actually in the Woolpack."  


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