Terrible news today in that we’ve heard of the sad passing of television presenter John Noakes. John started on Blue Peter in 1965 and stayed until 1972, which saw the breakup of the triumverate of John, Peter Purves and Valerie Singleton. John’s constant companion was his Border Collie, Shep, who was given to John in 1971. Shep joined John in his series Go With Noakes in 1976, travelling the country and taking part in activities such as rowing, painting and motor racing, among many other things. The programme finished in 1980.
John had been living with Alzheimers for some years, and went missing for a time from his home in Spain. He was found the same day, having taken a fall.
An absolute star.