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Sir Michael Parkinson 'saddened' by 'left behind' hometown

Sir Michael Parkinson spoke to ITV Calendar ahead of his own tour Credit: ITV News

Sir Michael Parkinson has told ITV Calendar of his sadness and anger that parts of his home county of South Yorkshire are being 'left behind'.

From the pit village of Cudworth near Barnsley, Sir Michael went on to become one of the nation's favourite interviewers, sitting down with the biggest names in showbiz, sport and politics.

Sir Michael grew up in the pit village of Cudworth Credit: Family photo

Sir Michael, 82, spoke to ITV Calendar ahead of a tour that will see him share his own life story with audiences across the country.

He recalled a recent trip back to the area where he grew up, and blamed Government for a lack of regeneration since the pit closures.

"I'm saddened by it all, I really am. Angry. They lost their jobs, the mines were closed. You can have a big debate about that. But what they did - or didn't do - which was wrong, was they didn't replace it with anything else. They become very sad, almost ghost towns."

– Sir Michael Parkinson

Asked whether the Government's 'northern powerhouse' agenda would make a difference to communities in South Yorkshire, Sir Michael replied:

"You tell people in Barnsley that, or in Cudworth that. They don't believe that at all."

– Sir Michael Parkinson
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