It was accompanied by a video greeting from Bill Roache who worked on the Mel Hutchwright story with most of the senior cast members at the time. You can see a video clip of the greeting and Mr. McKellen receiving his gift from host Eamonn Holmes here.
He was delighted with the gift and has a spot already picked out for it:
"I know exactly where this will go, alongside my portrait of Violet Carson who played Ena Sharples. Thank you very very much indeed."
Here's a YouTube video of clips from bits of the storyline and the full episode from his final appearance is here. Excellent stuff!
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