ITV Calendar weather presenter Jon Mitchell has announced his retirement after more than three decades on our screens.
Jon, who is ITV’s longest-serving weather presenter, first appeared on our screens in 1989 as a replacement for Yorkshire Television weatherman Bob Rust.
He became a regular in 1995 and estimates that in his time with Calendar he provided around 70,000 forecasts for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
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Jon, 61, told ITV: “It has been an absolute pleasure to do the work I have been passionate about for so long. I have worked with some great people and enjoyed the friendship and good humor of the locals of this wonderful region along the way.
“People often ask me what the best part of my job is. It’s talking to people I wouldn’t otherwise talk to because they recognize me – I like that because everyone has a story to tell. .
“It’s also being able to look up at the sky and classify it as research. I always tell people, ‘look up, it’s free!'”
Jon, who is married with two grown daughters, is set to become a grandfather and says he looks forward to spending time with his family, going for walks and doing “thorough research” on some of the local pubs.
Jon’s last program will be in July.
Viewers have wished Jon luck and say it will be the end of an era.
Dee Manic on Twitter said, “Absolutely gutted. Greatest weatherman ever. Don’t be the same with you.”
Rob Dene said: “Worth tuning in just to watch Jon. Always impeccably dressed, professional and entertaining. Big loss to Calendar and viewers. Keep watching Jon. Wishing you a very happy retirement . Thank you.”
Mary Lovett added: “Enjoy your retirement, we’ll miss you saying it’s a good day to wash up, hugs.”
Ashley Jackson said, “I know I can rely on his reliable weather forecast. Definitely the end of an era.”
Jeanette said: “Wow grown up watching Jon do the weather, good luck enjoying retirement.”