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.
He became gamekeeper at Home Farm Estates in this year; his boss was Maurice
Helped out Helen Eacott. Took Jackie Merrick under his wing teaching him to
handle ferrets and a shotgun.
Alan Turner arrived in this year and this was to be the start of a (in)famous
Meg ended their relationship and he had to sleep in a shed at Home Farm. He
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seth started wearing a new pair of dentures. He frightened everyone with his
wide grin. He ended up leaving them on a scarecrow.
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.
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.
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.
Began the year homeless and jobless. The Easter Steam Fair was organised to
raise money for the village disaster fund and Seth was there performing
his famous ferrets down the trousers routine. As the year went on 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.
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.
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.
Visited his sister in the Isle of Wight (Stan broke his leg). Returned to Emmerdale
in November to discover the Woolpack in ruins.
He was sacked by Eric (Home Farm manager) telling Betty he got £200 severance
pay, when Stella had actually given him £1000. He went to Rachel’s
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.
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.
Seth was part of a Royal
Command Performance he has to run from Keeper's Cottage
next to the village post office, which was blown up during
The Queen's visit to the set of Emmerdale, 11 July 2002
Seth was seen less and less due to Stan's failing health and was written as
staying with Kathy Glover, Alice
Bates and her family in Australia.
finally made one return appearance (left) on Christmas Eve
2004 in a short video sent to Betty from Australia. He appeared
thinner but still his old chirpy Seth Armstrong.
Actor Stan Richards
died quietly in his sleep on Friday 11th February 2005 we are
therefore waiting to see what becomes of Seth.