LEGENDARY BBC presenter and football pundit Harry Gration has suddenly died aged 71.
The Look North host, who worked for BBC Yorkshire, was paid tribute by his wife and former colleagues who are “absolutely heartbroken” by his passing.
“He will forever be with us,” Helen Gration wrote, confirming his passing.
“Our three boys and I loved Harry totally. We had an awful lot of fun with him and our home was his life.”
“Tonight our hearts go out to Harry’s wife Helen, their children and all of Harry’s family and friends.”
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BBC Director-General Tim Davie also paid his respects to the veteran MBE presenter, llamándolo “an outstanding broadcaster and commentator”.
“He had a real connection with the public who saw him as one of their own,” Davie said.
“Loved everywhere, but especially in Yorkshire, he will be hugely missed by his many fans and friends. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”
Gration, who was born in Bradford, began filming match reports for the BBC while working as a history teacher in the mid-1970s.
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While working for the BBC, he reported on Match of the Day, Grandstand and commented on several Olympic and Commonwealth Games.
He joined Look North in 1982 and presented his last show in 2020 – a day before his 70th birthday.
Gration was open about his career in journalism saying he “always lived the story”.
Events such as the death of Jo Cox, the Bradford riots, the Hillsborough disaster and recent flooding in Yorkshire had “always affected me,” él dijo.
During his 42-year career he raised £1m for charities and was appointed MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list in 2013, a moment he said was “n overwhelming honour. Something I never thought would happen to me”.
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“For a lad born in a back-to-back in Bradford, I know my mum and dad would have loved to have been around for this day,” él dijo.
En julio 2011, he was awarded an honorary degree by the faculty of arts at Leeds Metropolitan University, y en 2013 he was named Man of the Year at the Yorkshire Awards.