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Why former BBC NI presenters Noel Thompson and Seamus McKee aren't the retiring type

Noel Thompson and Seamus McKee left BBC NI earlier this year just as the Covid-19 outbreak unfolded. Linda Stewart finds out what they have been up to, apart from watching the news

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Noel Thompson and Seamus McKee

Noel Thompson and Seamus McKee

Seamus McKee

Seamus McKee

Noel Thompson

Noel Thompson

Seamus McKee and his wife Brenda

Seamus McKee and his wife Brenda

Noel Thompson

Noel Thompson

BBC presenter Noel Thompson and wife Sharon at their home in East Belfast

BBC presenter Noel Thompson and wife Sharon at their home in East Belfast

Noel Thompson and Seamus McKee

One of the last interviews Noel Thompson did just before retiring brought him back into contact with someone he hadn't seen for years. The BBC NI broadcaster has been a fervent advocate for cycle helmets ever since a nasty fall on the Comber Greenway more than 10 years ago when he was pitched over the handlebars of his bike after the front wheel locked.

He was treated in the Ulster Hospital for a broken collarbone - and just before he retired this year, he once again encountered the doctor who had treated him for that injury.

"We were doing interviews about lockdown and we spoke to a surgeon at the Ulster who was saying that people shouldn't do any DIY, because the hospital could not spare the resources to look after anyone if they fell off a ladder, for example. To my amazement it was the doctor who treated me for my broken collarbone all those years ago," he laughs.

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Noel Thompson

Noel Thompson

Noel Thompson