When the Grange Hill and Corrie cast took to the Soap Aid stage in St Helens Click here to discover more
Steve Lunt shared this on Facebook from the St. Hellen's Star about the 1986 Soap Aid concert.

Emmerdale Farm and Brookside rubbed shoulders with rockers Marillion at Soap Aid - St Helens and a TV's follow up to Live Aid.

Soap Aid

It was the brainchild of Andy Lynch, script-writer of hundreds of episodes of some television's most popular series, who lived a stone's throw away from the back of the Knowsley Road Popular Side.

The idea was to mix the stars of soap operas with music, with a host of bands taking stage - culminating in Liverpool band the Icicle Works.

The SOAP Aid stood for Save Our African People - and followed a long string of fundraisers set up in response to the famine that had bitten hard into Ethiopia in the mid 80s.

Pick your way through the various shows' cast members pictured behind the stage on the old Knowsley Road Restaurant End.

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Words by Mike Critchley, words and photo © St Helen Star

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