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Tributes for former BBC Essex presenter Dennis Rookard
Dennis Rookard
Dennis was a familiar voice to BBC Essex listeners in its early years

Tributes have been paid to former BBC Essex presenter Dennis Rookard who has recently passed away.

Dennis, who broadcast a folk music show for the station in the late 1980s and early 1990s, was in his 60s.

He also broadcast on commercial radio in both Essex and London and helped develop local hospital radio alongside his own broadcasting career.

"He was one of life's characters," said President of Hospital Broadcasting Association, June Snowden.

"Hospital radio was tough in the 1970s and we had to work hard to get people to believe it was worthwhile.

"He was around in those days and I'm sure contributed much to improving the profile of hospital radio," she added.

John New, from the Essex Bullnose Morris Dancers group, said Dennis' passing had 'left a hole' in the county's folk music scene.

"He was definitely an unsung hero, one of those guys working away in the background," he told BBC Essex.

"But without the likes of Dennis, there would be no foreground for the performers to shine."


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