Neighbours finale: Toadie finally gets his happily ever after as he marries Melanie

The Neighbours finale, which aired in Australia on Thursday, centered around Toadie’s wedding to Melanie.

The long-standing Ramsay Street favourite, played by Ryan Moloney, finally got his happy ending as he tied the knot with Melanie (Lucinda Cowden), surrounded by familiar faces.

After two decades of storylines which saw his wife Dee go missing on their honeymoon, his second wife Sonya tragically die from cancer, and Dee coming back from the dead, Toadie’s marriage was the perfect end point for the soap after 37 years on air. 

Happily ever after: The Neighbours finale, which aired in Australia on Thursday, centered around Toadie's wedding to Melanie

Happily ever after: The Neighbours finale, which aired in Australia on Thursday, centered around Toadie’s wedding to Melanie

Toadie and Melanie got hitched in a ceremony officiated by the lake by his old friend Susan Kennedy, before a party on Ramsay Street to celebrate.

The bride recited emotional vows to Toadie as their friends looked on, telling him: 

‘Before I met you, I thought I was done. Finito! Send in the clowns! She’s never going to meet anyone ever again!

‘But then, I met you. And what started with tiger print… ..ended up being the happiest, of my entire life. most loving relationship Nell, Hugo, Cal, you’ve given me the family that I’ve always wanted.’

Kiss the bride: The long-standing Ramsay Street favourite, played by Ryan Moloney, finally got his happy ending as he tied the knot with Melanie (Lucinda Cowden),

Kiss the bride: The long-standing Ramsay Street favourite, played by Ryan Moloney, finally got his happy ending as he tied the knot with Melanie (Lucinda Cowden),

‘And I’d like to remember your very special mummy today too.’

Later, it was down to Karl Kennedy to spring a surprise on the newlyweds, telling Toadie: ‘You’re like a son to us. Well, that’s ridiculous, isn’t it?’

‘Toad, you ARE a son to us. Toadie, Melanie, the kids, you’re part of our family, and you always will be.’

‘Of course, today has special significance because you’re leaving Ramsay Street. The street is not going to be the same without you, and we’re not the only ones who think that.’

Love: The bride recited emotional vows to Toadies as their friends looked on, telling him: 'Before I met you, I thought I was done. Finito!'

Love: The bride recited emotional vows to Toadies as their friends looked on, telling him: ‘Before I met you, I thought I was done. Finito!’

Friends and neighbours: Toadie and Melanie got hitched in a ceremony by the lake officiated by his old friend Susan Kennedy

Friends and neighbours: Toadie and Melanie got hitched in a ceremony by the lake officiated by his old friend Susan Kennedy

‘Some of our old neighbours who couldn’t be here have sent you some messages.’

Karl played a video with messages from Toadie’s old pals, featuring a huge selection of cameos from the likes of Margot Robbie to Delta Goodrem, much to the delight of fans.

As the video messages ended Toadie decided to listen to his friends, telling Karl and Susan: ‘Right. Well, uh, I… guess we’re not going anywhere, are we?’

Familiar faces: Harold Bishop was one of the many returning characters for the finale

Familiar faces: Harold Bishop was one of the many returning characters for the finale 

Home sweet home: The couple celebrated their marriage with a street party back home after the lakeside ceremony

Home sweet home: The couple celebrated their marriage with a street party back home after the lakeside ceremony 

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

‘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.

Memories: Later, it was down to Karl Kennedy to spring a surprise on the newlyweds

Memories: Later, it was down to Karl Kennedy to spring a surprise on the newlyweds

Speech: Karl told Toadie: 'You're like a son to us. Well, that's ridiculous, isn't it? Toad, you ARE a son to us. Toadie, Melanie, the kids, you're part of our family#

Speech: Karl told Toadie: ‘You’re like a son to us. Well, that’s ridiculous, isn’t it? Toad, you ARE a son to us. Toadie, Melanie, the kids, you’re part of our family#

‘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’.

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

Old pals: Karl played a video with messages from Toadie's old pals, featuring a huge selection of cameos from the likes of Margot Robbie to Delta Goodrem

Old pals: Karl played a video with messages from Toadie’s old pals, featuring a huge selection of cameos from the likes of Margot Robbie to Delta Goodrem

Famous faces: The video message segment meant a huge selection of cast members got their final appearance on the long-running siap

Famous faces: The video message segment meant a huge selection of cast members got their final appearance on the long-running siap 

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.

Change of heart: As the video messages ended Toadie decided to listen to his friends, telling Karl and Susan: 'Right. Well, uh, I...guess we're not going anywhere, are we?'

Change of heart: As the video messages ended Toadie decided to listen to his friends, telling Karl and Susan: ‘Right. Well, uh, I…guess we’re not going anywhere, are we?’

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