Wilfred Pickles first broadcast in 1927 and began announcing in 1938. As an occasional newsreader on the National Programme from 1941 - and the first with a regional accent - his sign-off, "...and to all in the North, good neet", caused indignation among traditionalists.
Pickles achieved his greatest success as the genial host of the Have A Go in which ordinary people performed party pieces and answered simple questions.
He was a 'Children's Hour' regular and presented a sentimental show which reunited lost friends. At his height, he was a great MC with a genuine common touch.
Wilfred Pickles – BBC News – 1941
Wilfred Pickles – Have A Go ‘Are You Courting’ – BBC
Wilfred Pickles – Hindles Wake – BBC
Wilfred Pickles – The Vicar of Wakefield – BBC – 1969