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Weather Presenter Bob Crampton retires after four decades at ITV

Bob Crampton has worked at ITV for 41 years. Photo: ITV News

Weather Presenter Bob Crampton, who's been described as "TV legend" by viewers and colleagues, has retired on air on Friday 29 June after more than forty years at ITV.

For the last decade Bob has been known for presenting the weather, but he has worked almost every job in the newsroom - from Reporter, Main Presenter, Producer, Director and acting Head of News.

Bob joined Westward TV in Plymouth in 1977 as a reporter, after starting out as a newspaper journalist. Although he admits it was slightly difficult as his father was the main presenter for rivals BBC Plymouth Spotlight.

In 1983 Bob moved up to HTV Bristol, where he cemented himself as an on-screen favourite, known for his great sense of humour and quick-wit. He was never afraid to poke fun at himself, and his luxuriant moustache became his trademark look.

It wasn't until 2008 that Bob became weather presenter at ITV West Country, a job which he still describes as "his favourite".

Here are a few of his highlights:

Alex Beresford, who presents the weather on Good Morning Britain and ITV West Country, said he owes much of his career to Bob Crampton.

“There’s not enough time or words to express how truly grateful I am that my career path led me to TV legend Bob Crampton. I really couldn’t put a price on the level of support and mentoring I’ve received from him in the last 13 years. He’s a true inspiration and I’m so thankful for all the tools he’s given me," said Alex.

ITV West Country News Editor John Alcock said “Bob is one of the great characters of ITV. He's been a joy to work with and someone whose opinion I've always respected. As a reporter he was famous for his luxuriant moustache and fondness for wearing silly hats for pieces to camera,"

Take a look at some of Bob's best outakes below:

Since it was announced that Bob Crampton was retiring, hundreds of you have been getting in touch. Below are just a few of your comments:

Jan Harding Good health and happiness on your retirement Bob enjoy every moment we will miss you, the Harding family, East Brent, Somerset xxxxxxxxx

Adnan Ahmed A legend and lovely to be around and talk to. I did my work experience with ITV and had you not encouraged me to pitch a story idea to the Editor above the Producer it wouldn't have been made.

Christopher Vinicombe What can I say, about Bob ? Just LEGEND, will suffice. Happy Retirement, Sir Bob. Will miss you. Atl east your going out on a high, in more ways than one. This lovely weather, is a perfect end to your working life.

James Jennings Very happy retirement Bob! Thank you so much for bringing good cheer to us all no matter what the weather had in store! My favourite memory is when you dressed as Santa, it was like a Christmas present within itself!! Congratulations on your retirement very best wishes from all the Jennings family

Chellew McShane You make me giggle in the mornings bob with your funny weather reflections. Laughed very loudly one morning wen you described the weather front as a ‘flabby bottom’. You’ll be missed, happy retirement!

  • Watch our send off to him here, as he said his last on-air goodbye to our presenters Kylie and Jonty, and fellow weatherman Alex Beresford: