Watch: Harry Gration’s final Look North

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by Stephen Chapman

Harry Gration has presented his final Look North show, after 42 years at the BBC.

The emotional broadcast featured many of his highlights as well as a number of special guests, including former Leeds United manager, Howard Wilkinson and cricket umpire, Dickie Bird.

The BBC said they’d received “thousands of messages” from viewers who’d been affected by Gration over the years.

 

The news team also surprised him with a link up with his “old pal” Sir Michael Parkinson.

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Ending the show, Gration expressed his “sincere thanks to all my colleagues and all the viewers.”

He joined the BBC in 1978, initially filing reports for the broadcaster when he was still working as a history teacher in the 70s. He joined Look North in 1982.

During his BBC career, he’s covered 9 Olympic Games, won 2 RTS awards for sports documentaries and Best Presenter twice.

In 2013, he was awarded an MBE for services to broadcasting.