Bill quits show and home to head to Suffolk
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