THE CHALMERS SIS­TERS AND WHEELER BROTH­ERS

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Dur­ing his time at BBC North­ern Chil­dren’s Hour in Manch­ester, my good friend, Trevor Hill, re­cruited sev­eral young­sters to help in the stu­dio and with out­side broad­casts. Sadly, three have now pre­de­ceased him, the latest be­ing San­dra Chalmers who, amongst other broad­cast­ing as­sign­ments, edited Woman’s Hour. Her sis­ter, Ju­dith Chalmers, told me how San­dra ( Sandy) was a kind and con­sid­er­ate lady, al­ways keen to help by putting other peo­ple first. I am old enough to re­mem­ber them both as teenagers, like­wise the broth­ers Ge­of­frey and Peter Wheeler, who were fa­mil­iar voices on ra­dio and faces on tele­vi­sion.

Ju­dith Chalmers is per­haps be­stremem­bered for the tele­vi­sion travel pro­gramme Wish You Were Here but did you know while still only a teenager, she be­came the first fe­male tele­vi­sion an­nouncer out­side Lon­don? Trevor told me with a chuckle how he sug­gested she re­move her jew­ellery be­fore her first broad­cast! She also hosted the live Chil­dren’s Tele­vi­sion Club from the North of Eng­land which later meta­mor­phosed into Blue Peter.

I am de­lighted to pay trib­ute to all four sib­lings for their high- qual­ity broad­cast­ing, some­thing which, sadly, is in­creas­ingly lack­ing to­day.

Ju­dith left) and San­dra Sandy) Chalmers, pic­tured last year at their alma mater, Withing­ton Girls’ School in South Manch­ester. Both started their long broad­cast­ing ca­reers while still pupils there, be­gin­ning as teenagers on BBC Chil­dren’s Hour.

Peter Wheeler ( left) hosted Granada’s Ju­nior Criss Cross Quiz and Thames’ Full House, while his older brother, Ge­of­frey ( right), hosted Songs of Praise, Win­ner Takes All splen­did Top of the Form Ever­green, 2010).

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