Home and Away veteran Ray Meagher, who plays Alf Stewart on the popular soap, has said that he has no plans to retire from the soap.

The 68-year-old actor admitted that he never gets bored of his Summer Bay character, saying: "I don't like the 'R-word.' I stay active by walking for an hour around the harbour where we film. And I try to eat healthily, too - well apart from the Curly Wurlies Georgie Parker [Roo] leaves in my dressing room!

"The show is different all the time. Alf's daughter Roo went away and a completely new one came back!

"There have been times when I have wanted to go off and do other things but I couldn't get out of Home and Away."

Ray further admitted to Inside Soap that the cast aren't one big happy family and that he doesn't get on with everyone, adding: "In a cast where there are 20 regulars and lots of extras, you're not going to get on with everyone.

"Sometimes you might not want to do a scene with someone, but once it's done, I just think, 'Right, where are Georgie and Emily [Marilyn]? I want someone I can have fun with."