Bill quits show and home to head to Suf­folk

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY DISASTER - STU­ART GREER

BBC Break­fast star Bill Turnbull is to leave Rainow af­ter re­veal­ing he is quit­ting the show.

The pre­sen­ter, who has lived in the vil­lage since the pro­gramme moved to Sal­ford in 2012, broke the news to view­ers last Wed­nes­day.

Bill, who be­came a host of Break­fast in 2001, says he’s leav­ing the pro- gramme with “some sad­ness but no re­grets”.

He and his wife Sarah will leave their farm in the vil­lage and move to Suf­folk to be closer to friends, fam­ily and his colonies of bees, which are on a farm in Buck­ing­hamshire.

Since mov­ing to Mac­cles­field Bill has been a reg­u­lar sup­porter of the town’s events, in­clud­ing the an­nual beer fes­ti­val.

In Septem­ber he was the judge in dog show at the Trea­cle Mar­ket.

In an in­ter­view with the Mac­cles­field Ex­press he said he en­joyed liv­ing in the coun­try­side but be­ing within an hour’s reach to Manch­ester’s city cen­tre.

The pre­sen­ter said there was no ‘one mo­ment’ which had made him con­vinced now was the right time to go.

But fa­ther-of-three Bill ad­mit­ted his 3am alarm call was partly to blame for his de­ci­sion to quit.

He said: “The early starts you never get used to.

“You get hard­ened to it and I have done it thou­sands of times and it still never gets any eas­ier.

“Do­ing that in com­bi­na­tion with more than three hours of cur­rent af­fairs a day is tir­ing.

“There is no two ways about it.

“I am not look­ing for­ward to the last day be­cause it will be a very emo­tional oc­ca­sion.

“I am al­ready try­ing to work out an anti-blub­bing de­fence be­cause that would be re­ally aw­ful to spill tears.

“But I know it will be a big day.”

Bill first joined Break­fast as a re­porter in 1988 and then be­came a host in 2001.

He will con­tinue to work on TV and ra­dio.

He said: “I have been ne­glect­ing my bees for far too long.

“They are on a farm, they were go­ing to come up here to the Lakes where we live but it was too windy.

“They are down in Buck- in­g­hamshire, I don’t see them very of­ten but they don’t seem to mind.

“I haven’t been able to keep chick­ens for a few years, so all these things will take up time.

“We are go­ing to move to Suf­folk with a bit of luck, it is where we have got fam­ily and friends.

“We have got to know Suf­folk quite well in the last year and we like it, so we are plan­ning to move there.”

●● Bill Turnbull (left) at Mac­cles­field Beer Fes­ti­val, one of the many lo­cal events he has sup­ported. He is quit­ting the area and BBC Break­fast

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