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Home & Away stars flood social media with tributes to the show's longest serving actor, Ray Meagher as he rings in his 76th birthday

The soap stalwart celebrated the milestone over the weekend.

By Jess Pullar
Home and Away stalwart Ray Meagher has marked his 76th birthday with a whole lot of love - his co-stars have certainly seen to that.
On July 4, the actor who is best known for playing Alf Stewart on the hit Aussie soap rung in his 76th year with a slightly more modern approach in the scheme of things (in part, at least) as his fellow co-stars shared photo tributes on social media to mark the milestone.
Happy snapper Georgie Parker, who plays Meagher's on-screen daughter Roo on the show, was one of the first to share a sweet post to her Instagram account.
With a carousel of candids from the set of Home and Away, Meagher is seen with a number of his fellow co-stars including Emily Symons, Belinda Giblin and Georgie herself.
"Happy birthday Ray. We all love you ," the actress penned. ❤️
Ray and Georgie have acted as father and daughter on the show for years. (Instagram / @georgieparker)
Emily Symons and Ray share a new world 'handshake' in another candid. (Instagram / @georgieparker)
Ray and his on-screen partner Belinda Giblin pose for another sweet snap by Georgie Parker. (Instagram / @georgieparker)
Next up was beloved Aussie actress Kate Ritchie, who was previously Ray's long running co-star having starred on Home and Away at its very beginning.
"This bloke and I are now gathering as much dust as my photo frame," she penned alongside a winking emoji.
"Happy Birthday Mr Meagher! Well done on another run on the board."
Kate shared this sweet snap which clearly sits pride of place for her. (Instagram / @katrichieofficial)
A number of Kate's fans took to the comments section to share the love for Ray.
"Any chance of getting Mr Stewart on Insta..been watching H&A since I was knee high to a grass hoper here in the [UK] and am a massive Alf Stewart fan," one wrote.
Another simply commented one of Ray's most famous lines frequently uttered on the show: "Stone the crows!"
And for good measure, one more person added: "Strewth!"
Can't argue with that!
There's no denying Ray Meagher is a true Aussie gem. (Instagram / @georgieparker)
Another fellow cast-member to share their wishes with Ray was Penny McNamee, who currently plays Tori on the show.
"Happiest of Birthdays to this diamond in the rough. He is as excellent and hilarious as you'd imagine," Penny wrote.
"We are all so lucky to have him."
In the black and white image, Ray and Penny beam at the camera, which was incidentally taken by the Bay's resident shutterbug, Georgie Parker.
Fellow actress Penny McNamee also shared a sweet tribute for the legendary actor.
There's no denying Ray, AKA Alf Stewart is a television icon, what with his famous aforementioned one liners, warm and cherry demeanour, not to mention his iconic straw hat.
He's also the perfect example to prove that anyone of any age can do anything if they set their mind to it.
76 and going stronger than ever - Happy Birthday indeed Ray!

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