Faye Barker's Sunday programme blog

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We've heard tributes today to Croydon North MP Malcolm Wicks who has died at the age of 65 after suffering from cancer. Mr Wicks was elected to the Commons in 1992 and held a variety of ministerial briefs under Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, including pensions, science and energy.

His 20 years representing his Croydon constituents has been recognised by Labour leader Ed Miliband, who said: "Malcolm was a dedicated constituency MP, always putting the needs of his Croydon constituents first." Many in London will remember him for questioning the lack of police on the ground in Croydon during last year's riots, when he said: "The thin blue line was very thin indeed."

Cancer touches so many of us in one way or another. Two years ago I lost one of my best friends to breast cancer so I can understand what motivated ten thousand people to walk 26 miles from Battersea to Tower Bridge and back again last night. The Shine walking marathon raises money for Cancer Research UK and many of those who took part have experience of living with cancer. A massive shiny gold star for all of them who, I hope, have been putting their feet up today!

We associate London - whether seen at night or day - with many of its world famous landmarks, and I don't think I've ever thought of the capital as a place to see the countryside. However, this weekend, an event in Lee Valley has been taking place to prove me, at least, wrong. We sent our cameras to Countryside Live which boasted displays including sheep shearing, falconry and ferret racing. You're not likely to see any of the above happening in Piccadilly Circus anytime soon (although never say never in this city), but the event is reminding Londoners there is plenty of natural beauty around us.

London Tonight studio
Bye-bye Studio 4 Credit: Faye Barker

Finally, I just want to say a personal goodbye to Studio 4 at ITN, which is from where London Tonight has been broadcast since 2004. Tomorrow we're due to get a brand new shiny studio - which will look very much like the current one - something that the eagle-eyed of you may well notice.

Hope you can join me and the team from Studio 4 at 6:10pm.