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‘What a loss’: Fans react to Dale Winton’s posthumous return to television

The TV presenter, who died in April aged 62, starred in Channel 5’s Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive.

Devastated fans took to Twitter to share their sadness after watching Dale Winton’s posthumous return to television.

The TV presenter, who died in April aged 62, was back on TV screens for Channel 5’s Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive on Friday night.

It was the second of the series and the first since Winton’s death. The show followed the former Supermarket Sweep host as he embarked on a 1500-mile, month-long tour of the Sunshine State.

Sprinkled with Winton’s endearing, cheeky humour, the 43-minute long episode saw the Supermarket Sweep star visit Miami and Palm Beach.

It also featured a touching moment where Winton remembered his close friend and restaurateur Prady Balan, who died two years ago.

Distraught fans tweeted their sadness after watching the show.

One wrote: “Channel 5 and our Dale Winton Florida Fly Drive would bring a tear to a glass eye. What a lovely, beautiful and honest man, super sad and I just want to jump into my TV and give him a big cuddle.”

Another viewer said: “Dale telling that story about his mate sadly dying & owning many 5* food outlets was so emotional. I don’t normally have a tear in my eye over a story, but Dale talking about death is quite tearful.”

A fan tweeted: “#dalewinton watching him in Florida, what a lovely man, he was full of personality.”

Another viewer commented: “Always liked Dale Winton. Watching a TV programme he’s on and he’s a genuinely nice guy.”

And another said: “Watching Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive. He’s great, of course. Makes it look effortless. What a loss.”

The episode aired on Friday after it was originally postponed following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Florida in February.

Channel 5 confirmed at the time that the remaining three episodes would be broadcast in June.

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