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Even Frank could not have forecast such an emotional send-off from UTV


Frank Michell left the UTV studio for the final time last night

Frank Michell left the UTV studio for the final time last night

Freddie Parkinson

Frank Michell left the UTV studio for the final time last night

UTV paid an emotional tribute last night to two of their most loved faces as they retired from their on-screen careers.

Hailed as a "legend" during his 27 years as a political correspondent and then political editor, 65 year old Ken Reid brought the curtain down on his time at UTV.

Viewing a montage of some of his finest on-screen moments across his 44-year journalism career, the Ballymena man said he wanted to thank the viewers most of all.

Well known figures from across television and politics also got involved in wishing him well online, with some declaring it the "end of an era" at the television channel.

The bulletin also said goodbye to weatherman Frank Mitchell, who delivered his final forecast last night amidst an outpouring of support online for the sunny presenter.

It brings to an end 37 years at UTV, where he established himself as a household name and face throughout Northern Ireland.

He will continue as a radio presenter on his U105 morning phone-in show.

Before delivering his final forecast on the regular 6pm news bulletin, clips were played from some well-known faces, including broadcaster Gloria Hunniford, who said she had "really fond memories" of working together with Frank.

A devout Manchester City fan, the show also played a short clip of former Manchester City striker Paul Dickov, who described the weatherman as an "absolute legend".

Delivering the final Easter forecast, and remarking that it would be one of his 23,416 he has given over the years, the 59-year-old wished viewers well as he delivered his famous phrase "Take care, be good, bye bye" one last time.

"I will miss the feedback from the viewers," he said on air.

"When you bring the weather forecast to families, you are in and out of the house like the family cat. Thank you so much for allowing me into your homes each evening."

Writing online, BBC weatherman Barra Best wrote: "All the best Frank! I forecast a lot of relaxing times ahead. Take care, be good, bye bye."

The radio station U105 posted a message, writing: "Everyone at U105, UTV and across our wee country would like to thank our Frank for keeping us entertained in his trademark style.

"Forecast for this evening - floods of tears!"

Social media users across Northern Ireland also got involved in congratulating both Frank and Ken for their long careers, with many saying they would be "left in tears" that the pair were no longer going to be on their screens.

Belfast Telegraph

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