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Emotional goodbye from BBC's Sian

Sian Williams has said a tearful goodbye to BBC Breakfast after 11 years on the show.

The broadcaster blinked back tears after one guest, former poet laureate Andrew Motion, read her a short poem during her final appearance ahead of the show's move to Salford.

She paid tribute to co-host Bill Turnbull, the team behind the scenes and viewers after watching clips from her lengthy stint on the early morning programme.

An emotional Sian said "Hang on to it, Sian, only a couple more minutes to go," before she told Bill: "We've been friends for 20 years and you've still been my closest friend."

She said: "Thank you to the viewers for being loyal and passionate and caring about the programme and I've had two babies on this sofa - not literally, you know what I mean.

"You've been such a wonderful audience, thank you very, very much, I will miss you hugely."

In one of several features broadcast throughout the programme to mark her last day, viewers were shown footage of a ritual she and Bill perform 15 seconds before going live on every show, in which both presenters shake out their arms in front of them. Afterwards, an embarrassed Sian said: "They must think we're mad."

She added: "We've been doing it for years and years and now you know."

The presenter, who wore a bright pink dress under a black jacket, is one of around 46 people leaving the show before it moves as part of a shake-up of the corporation.

The move from BBC Breakfast will see Sian co-present Radio 4's Saturday Live magazine show from May 5 with pop star-turned-priest the Rev Richard Coles, who was a member of Bronski Beat and the Communards before studying for the priesthood.

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