Neighbours finale: Susan Kennedy moves fans to TEARS with emotional soliloquy in the closing moments

Neighbours finale: Susan Kennedy moves fans to TEARS with emotional soliloquy in the closing moments of soap’s last ever episode – with scenes featuring the late Madge Bishop and Doug Willis

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Susan Kennedy moved viewers to tears as she gave a moving soliloquy in the closing moments of the soap’s final ever episode – which aired in Australia on Thursday.

The iconic character, played Jackie Woodburn, 66, gave a touching recount of life on the famous Ramsay Street – with the scenes seeing the return of the late Madge Bishop and Doug Willis in ghost form. 

Watching the scenes unfold, Neighbours viewers remarked how emotional they were by Susan’s final words as the Australian soap came to an end after an incredible 37 years on air. 

All coming to an end: Susan Kennedy moved viewers to tears as she gave a moving soliloquy in the closing moments of the soap's final ever episode - which aired in Australia on Thursday

All coming to an end: Susan Kennedy moved viewers to tears as she gave a moving soliloquy in the closing moments of the soap’s final ever episode – which aired in Australia on Thursday

The closing scenes saw the residents celebrating the wedding of Toadie (Ryan Moloney) and Melanie (Lucinda Cowden), with some characters preparing to move away from their beloved Ramsay Street.

Before heading outside to join in the fun, Susan decided to write down an introduction of the Street, with her trip down memory lane clearly stirring emotion within the teacher.

She begins: ‘How do you begin to describe a street?  Do you talk about the houses? The bricks and the mortar, the gardens and the trees? Or do you talk about the people? The young, the old and everyone in between’

And as she walked out onto the famous Ramsay Street, she continued: ‘Where do you begin with the history? Do you begin with your own or those who came before you? 

Past: The iconic character, played Jackie Woodburn, 66, gave a touching recount of life on the famous Ramsay Street - with the scenes seeing the return of the late Madge Bishop and Doug Willis in ghost form

Past: The iconic character, played Jackie Woodburn, 66, gave a touching recount of life on the famous Ramsay Street – with the scenes seeing the return of the late Madge Bishop and Doug Willis in ghost form

‘When we moved to Ramsay Street, the community was already here.  The Ramsays and the Robinsons… the stories from those early days are legendary! And their legacy still lives on today.’

While looking around and waving at faces from the past to the present, she continued: ‘There have been many families over the years of all shapes and sizes. Some of them unexpected and friends who became like family, whether they were related or not. 

‘Love has always been a central thing – how many romances were born on this street? Things seldom ran smoothly of course, but they usually worked out in the end. 

Iconic: Watching the scenes unfold, Neighbours viewers remarked how emotional they were by Susan's final words as the Australian soap came to an end after an incredible 37 years on air

Iconic: Watching the scenes unfold, Neighbours viewers remarked how emotional they were by Susan’s final words as the Australian soap came to an end after an incredible 37 years on air

Happily ever after: The closing scenes saw the residents celebrating the wedding of Toadie (Ryan Moloney) and Melanie (Lucinda Cowden)

Happily ever after: The closing scenes saw the residents celebrating the wedding of Toadie (Ryan Moloney) and Melanie (Lucinda Cowden)

Touching: Before heading outside to join in the fun, Susan decided to write down an introduction of the Street, with her trip down memory lane clearly stirring emotion within the teacher

Touching: Before heading outside to join in the fun, Susan decided to write down an introduction of the Street, with her trip down memory lane clearly stirring emotion within the teacher

‘I think of all the people who never crossed paths who could have been great friends. And those who kept turning up whether we welcomed them or not.’

As the scene cut to returning stars Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan (Charlene Mitchell and Scott Robinson), Susan said: ‘The street always has a way of bringing people back.’

She went on: ‘Then I think of the people who can’t come back. The people gone too soon. How would they look if they were still alive today? If they’d been allowed to reach their potential’

The camera panned to late Neighbours characters Madge Bishop (Anne Charleston) and Doug Willis (Terence Donovan) sitting at a table alongside Harold Bishop (Ian Smith).

Monologue: She begins: 'How do you begin to describe a street? Do you talk about the houses? The bricks and the mortar, the gardens and the trees? Or do you talk about the people?

Monologue: She begins: ‘How do you begin to describe a street? Do you talk about the houses? The bricks and the mortar, the gardens and the trees? Or do you talk about the people?

A look back: as she walked out onto the famous Ramsay Street, she continued: 'Where do you begin with the history? Do you begin with your own or those who came before you?'

A look back: as she walked out onto the famous Ramsay Street, she continued: ‘Where do you begin with the history? Do you begin with your own or those who came before you?’

Heartwarming: While looking around and waving at faces from the past to the present, she continued: 'There have been many families over the years of all shapes and sizes. Some of them unexpected and friends who became like family'

Heartwarming: While looking around and waving at faces from the past to the present, she continued: ‘There have been many families over the years of all shapes and sizes. Some of them unexpected and friends who became like family’

Susan’s heartwarming speech continued: ‘So many people that were lost, and then others… others who were just lost. 

‘I think you have to acknowledge everything, celebrate it all. The good, the bad, because all of that makes us who we are. Everyone deserves a place in the history of Ramsay Street… even those who watched us from a far.’

Concluding her monologue, Susan added: ‘Together, we have been the perfect blend.’ 

As her husband Karl Kennedy (Alan Fletcher) interrupted her touching moment asking: ‘Susan, where were you just now?’, she simply replied: ‘I was home.’

The scene then saw legendary characters including Kylie, Jason, Harold and Paul Robinson (Stefan Dennis) having a happy reunion amid the street celebrations. 

There they are: As the scene cut to returning stars Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan (Charlene Mitchell and Scott Robinson), Susan said: 'The street always has a way of bringing people back'

There they are: As the scene cut to returning stars Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan (Charlene Mitchell and Scott Robinson), Susan said: ‘The street always has a way of bringing people back’

Ending: Concluding her monologue, Susan added: 'Together, we have been the perfect blend'

Ending: Concluding her monologue, Susan added: ‘Together, we have been the perfect blend’

Home: As her husband Karl Kennedy (Alan Fletcher) interrupted her touching moment asking: 'Susan, where were you just now?', she simply replied: 'I was home'

Home: As her husband Karl Kennedy (Alan Fletcher) interrupted her touching moment asking: ‘Susan, where were you just now?’, she simply replied: ‘I was home’

The famous theme music began to play as the Ramsay Street residents mingled and chatted, with the credits soon rolling featuring images from the cast from the past 37 years.  

Taking to Twitter following the final scenes, viewers were quick to share how much the much-loved character’s final words touched their hearts.

One viewer penned: ‘Susan’s monologue made me SOB.’

While another remarked: ‘Nah nah nah I was fine until Susan’s final monologue. That ending hit me right in the feels.’

Now they're back together: The scene then saw legendary characters including Kylie, Jason, Harold and Paul Robinson (Stefan Dennis) having a happy reunion amid the street celebrations

Now they’re back together: The scene then saw legendary characters including Kylie, Jason, Harold and Paul Robinson (Stefan Dennis) having a happy reunion amid the street celebrations

‘Lemme tell you, when Susan said “even those who’ve watched from afar,” I lost it’, tweeted a third.

‘Susan made me cry. A lot. I’ll miss her’, write a fourth watcher.

A fifth remarked: ‘Nobody could’ve delivered that last scene like Susan what a great show, sad it’s over after all these years.’

With another adding: ‘This might be the gin talking, but that was really emotional….looking at you Susan for making me cry!’

Neighbours announced in March that production would cease on the long-running soap due to lack of financial backing.

Reaction: Taking to Twitter following the final scenes, viewers were quick to share how much the much-loved character's final words touched their hearts

Reaction: Taking to Twitter following the final scenes, viewers were quick to share how much the much-loved character’s final words touched their hearts

‘We are so sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes broadcast we have to confirm that Neighbours will cease production in June,’ the show wrote on Twitter.

‘Following the loss of our key broadcast partner in the UK [Channel 5] and despite an extensive search for alternative funding, we simply have no option but to rest the show.

‘To our amazing, loyal fans, we know this is a huge disappointment, as it is to all of us on the team. We thank you for all your messages and support and promise to end the show on an incredible high. From here on, we are celebrating Neighbours.’

Network 10 addressed the end of the series in a statement to Australian media, admitting it had been a ‘difficult decision’.

All over: Neighbours announced in March that production would cease on the long-running soap due to lack of financial backing

All over: Neighbours announced in March that production would cease on the long-running soap due to lack of financial backing 

Fremantle, the production company behind the soap, said it had been unable to come up with ‘alternative funding’ for the series.

Reports emerged in February that Neighbours’ future was in jeopardy after British broadcaster Channel 5 announced it would no longer air the show.

Channel 5 bought the UK broadcasting rights to the soap in 2008 in a 10-year £300m deal, after its hugely successful run on the BBC.

The shortfall in funding from Channel 5 is significant enough for bosses to tell cast and crew that they will be forced to ‘rest’ the soap come July, and unless a new deal can be made it will be axed for good.

Although the show is filmed Down Under, UK broadcaster Channel 5 foots most of the production bill and the advertising revenue brought in by the programme does not match up to the outgoings, The Sun reports.

Oh no! Reports emerged in February that Neighbours' future was in jeopardy after British broadcaster Channel 5 announced it would no longer air the show

Oh no! Reports emerged in February that Neighbours’ future was in jeopardy after British broadcaster Channel 5 announced it would no longer air the show

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