Tributes to Luke Casey, journalist and broadcaster

Tributes are pouring in for one of the North East’s most popular broadcasters, Luke Casey, who has died aged 80.

The presenter has brought his natural gift for storytelling to news stories over the decades, and he has become a favorite to present the hugely popular programme, The Dales Diary.

Born on January 9, 1942 in Ballina, County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland, before emigrating to England aged just 14.

At 16, he landed his first job as a junior reporter at The Northern Echo.

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It was while working in the Stockton office that he met his wife, Mavis, and they were together for 63 years.

The past few years have been difficult for the veteran broadcaster as he battled Lewy body dementia.

His family said: “For such a wonderful storyteller to have his beloved words stolen was incredibly cruel.

“Although we are heartbroken, we are immensely proud of our lovely and kind father and husband.”

He died at home surrounded by his wife, two sons, Adam and Daniel, and three daughters, Fiona, Siobhan and Nuala.

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