Eamonn Holmes left grounded as heavy fog hits flights
He's everywhere you look these days, but the ubiquitous Eamonn Holmes disappeared from the nation's TV screens yesterday morning after heavy fog stranded him in Belfast.
For a while his employers at Sky News hadn't the foggiest idea where the popular Ulsterman was. Then it dawned on them that Eamonn (below), now a star of four television networks, had been caught up in the dense mist that enveloped large parts of the UK.
His London-bound plane was grounded at George Best Belfast City Airport, forcing the anchorman of the Sunrise programme to miss his regular 6am slot.
The 55-year-old broadcaster who, along with wife Ruth Langsford, also presents the This Morning programme for ITV every Friday and during the holidays, was quick to explain his "pea souper" no-show on social media.
He tweeted: "Cancelled on British Airways then Flybe. Everything else full. Not getting out of Belfast. Ah well, there are worse things in life."
Thick fog disrupted flights across the UK, and the father-of-four was among thousands who faced travel chaos.
Fortunately, he still managed to put in an appearance via Skype when he called to explain to fellow Sky Sunrise host Sarah-Jane Mee that he had unsuccessfully tried to switch airlines. "We've not had an elaborate excuse like this for a while," she joked. "It's like 'the dog ate my homework'."
Sky News tweeted: "We've lost @EamonnHolmes in the fog. Don't worry, @skysarahjane didn't let him off easily."
Posting a photo of the dark, billowy mist on Twitter, Eamonn also wrote: "It may be causing chaos with flights ... but it looks amazing from above. #LondonFog"
The former UTV presenter was one of many people who shared images of the fog with others online. Ryan Simpson (@RynoImage), a 24-year-old architect and photographer from Warrenpoint, posted a sensational shot with the explanation: "Rathfriland above last night's fog."
Weatherman Barra Best described it as "a cracker picture".
"A lot of people have been taking great photographs of their personal experiences of the fog and sending them to me," he added.
"The weather has caused chaos for travellers, but it has also presented plenty of photographic opportunities for those who've been caught up in it."
One of the BBC NI weather team, he also posted a video clip on Twitter of a flight attempting to land for a second time, and wrote: "Fog problems. Second attempt at landing for a Belfast-Manchester flight this morning."
Weather-wise, however, Barra told the Belfast Telegraph there was good news in the near future. "It's going to be windier later on this week, so there shouldn't be too much fog around," the presenter said.
"Although things may become a little more unsettled, there is still no sign of a cold spell yet."