Surfleet gardening expert in tribute to broadcast legend Sir Jimmy Young

Daphne Ledward: happy memories of broadcasting with Sir Jimmy Young.
Daphne Ledward: happy memories of broadcasting with Sir Jimmy Young.
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Surfleet gardener Daphne Ledward has this week paid tribute to her long-time friend Sir Jimmy Young, the former Radio 2 presenter, who died on Monday aged 95.

The gardening expert broadcast tips from Sir Jimmy’s studio for more than a decade until his show was axed in 2002, but remained in touch with him, exchanging birthday and Christmas cards with little notes inside.

Sir Jimmy Young, who has died aged 95.

Sir Jimmy Young, who has died aged 95.

Daphne said Jimmy’s non-confrontational and skilful style of interviewing had set him apart from the rest while he always elicited the answers he was after.

“It was his skilful way of interviewing that I thought was so much more clever than you would get nowadays,” said Daphne. “I don’t think there was ever anybody before like him and there will never be anybody else like him.”

Daphne continued: “He was very clever at what he did and very clever to keep out of what he didn’t know anything about.

“He wasn’t interested in gardening – he hated gardening – and let me have full rein.

“It was a fun programme, actually, it was the sort of thing you wouldn’t get now.”

Daphne will miss Sir Jimmy because he had been a part of her life for such a long time, but says: “He was working more or less up to the last couple of months, I think. He was 95 and as sharp as a pin right up to the end.”

During her time with Sir Jimmy’ show, Daphne met fellow Radio 2 favourites Sir Terry Wogan and Ed Stewart as well as Tony Blair.