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Calendar's head of news pays tribute to Sid

Sid Waddell Credit: Press Association

Staff at ITV Yorkshire's Calendar paid tribute to Sid Waddell, who worked on the regional news programme in its early years. Margaret Emsley, head of news, said: "Sid was a pioneer in the world of broadcasting long before the nation took him to their hearts as the voice of darts.

"He was at the heart of Yorkshire Television, producing the news programme Calendar, devising the hugely popular Indoor League show for the network, one of the first to screen darts on TV, and creating the Flaxton Boys for children's programmes.

"His enthusiasm was infectious, his abilities outstanding and far-reaching, and he will be greatly missed. Our deepest condolences go to his family."

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Sid Waddell's classic quotes

Sid Waddell Credit: Press Association

Here are some of the most memorable quotes from the "voice of darts" Sid Waddell who has died at the age of 72.

"When Alexander of Macedonia was 33, he cried salt tears because there were no more worlds to conquer... (Eric) Bristow's only 27."

"Big Cliff Lazarenko's idea of exercise is

sitting in a room the windows open taking the lid off something cool and fizzy."

" Freud said to Jung in Vienna, you can psych up too much for a darts match."

"Bristow reasons; Bristow quickens; aaaaah Bristow!"

"Keith Deller's not just an underdog, he's an underpuppy!"

"The atmosphere is so tense, if Elvis walked in with a portion of chips, you could hear the vinegar sizzle on them."

"This lad has more checkouts than Tescos."

"If we'd had Phil Taylor at Hastings against the Normans, they'd have gone home."

"William Tell could take an apple off your head, Taylor could take out a processed pea."

BREAKING: Sid Waddell, the voice of darts, dies

Sid Wadddel Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Darts broadcaster Sid Waddell has died at the age of 72. Waddell had been fighting bowel cancer since last September and the news of his death was confirmed this morning.

A statement from his manager Dick Allix read: "With great sadness, we announce that following a long illness, broadcaster and author Sid Waddell died peacefully with all his family around him late last night."

Waddell , who began his TV career at Yorkshire Television and was one of the first producer's of the regional news programme Calendar and then went ont o create the popular pub games TV show Indoor League. Since 1994 he was a central part of Sky Sports' coverage of PDC darts

and was known for his colourful and excitable commentary style, In addition, he had 11 books published and wrote the sport-based BBC children's programmes Jossy's Giants and Sloggers, receiving a nomination for best scriptwriter from the Writer's Guild of Great Britain for the latter.

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