Shocked and deeply saddened to learn this morning of the death of Dianne Oxberry.
No idea how well she was known beyond BBC North-West region, but that no-nonsense, personable and very professional lady, who added her own, accurate regional interpretations to the weather forecast is someone that I will miss.
The cause of Dianne's loss is not known to me yet, but it is given that she died at the Christie in Manchester, from which I assume cancer to be responsible. She was aged 51.
I've a recollection of her broadcasting in late December and, if that's accurate, then this has been devastatingly fast.
My thoughts are with Dianne's husband, Ian Hindle, and their two children.
And my commiserations also to those who worked with Dianne - due to their closeness to a smashing person, they have very clearly had a greater blow than I can possibly know.