It's a sad day in Emmerdale as the villagers prepare to say goodbye to Edna. No doubt there will be some real tears shed too as her death in the show was because of the real life passing of actress Shirley Stelfox last December, who played the iconic role of Edna Birch on the soap for fifteen years. Poor Sandy is too upset to face the funeral and leaves the service, with Ashley following him out. The pair then sit by the river and both say their goodbyes to their friend. It's going to be emotional, to say the least.