A couple of outstanding e-mail enquiries - sorry it's taken me so long to reply...
Firstly, "Jack Sugden" asks:
Was Eric Pollard nice in the 1980s? Somehow I always remember the Emmerdale characters back then being nice!
I think the expression on Eric's face in the 1989 screen cap above answers that question, Jack!
Short answer is "No"!
Was it very sad when Matt left in December 1989?
Yes, it was. He told Dolly he still loved her. Annie said "God go with you," and broke down at their final parting. One of the saddest scenes for me was Matt standing alone in the living room of the extension cottage at Emmerdale Farm. He and Dolly had lived in the place since its creation in 1982.
I was so sorry to see Matt go.