Presenting the weather
Shepperton Rotarian Richard Edgar came to tell us about his days as a weather presenter on national TV and radio.
A native of Bradford, West Yorkshire, Richard gained an engineering degree at Leeds University before joining the Royal Navy, where one of his duties had been to take a supply ship to the Falklands during the conflict with Argentina.
Commanding a ship to and from a warzone across the Atlantic had of necessity developed his skills in predicting the weather and stood him in good stead when after leaving the navy he applied to Thames TV to be one of their weathermen. This had soon led to his joining ITN and then to the BBC where he had worked alongside the likes of Bill Giles and Michael Fish and trained recruits including Carol Kirkwood.
Weather presenting had been a demanding experience, with live and pre-recorded bulletins, typically each lasting about 90 seconds, being required throughout the day on both TV and radio. They had been prepared and delivered from a small hot studio from where to keep cool he had often on TV worn shorts beneath his trademark maroon jacket, collar and tie. He praised the quality of feeds of weather maps and landscape shots available for the preparation of the bulletins but explained that some of them had still needed lines and features to be added by the presenter.
After leaving the BBC in 2001 Richard had continued his varied career by setting up a property company and working in planning and in IT support.