Lucy set to shine on breakfast TV screens
FORMER Suffolk schoolgirl Lucy Verasamy will soon be bringing a ray of sunshine to our TV screens every morning.
The 30-year-old, who attended Brandeston Hall, near Framlingham, has been named as the new weather presenter for Daybreak - which launches later this year to replace ITV’s GMTV.
Lucy, who is currently forecasting for Sky, was at the preparatory school in the early 1990s before her family moved to north Norfolk.
The revamped show - which begins on September 6 - will be fronted by Christine Bleakley and her former One Show co-host Adrian Chiles, who both left the BBC earlier this year.
Lucy will be inheriting the weather map from Claire Nasir and is very much looking forward to her new challenge.
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“I am delighted to be joining such a dynamic and professional team to launch the new look breakfast show,” she said. “I’m already looking forward to September.”
Lucy was at Brandeston Hall - which is affiliated to Framlingham College - for two years in the early 1990s.
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Last night one of her former teacher’s, Bob Williams, who was deputy head at the preparatory school for 28 years, said: “She was very little when she was here but I remember her being very pleasant.
“I actually saw her on television when I was on holiday in Austria. She was presenting on Sky News and I recognised the name. I hadn’t seen her for 25 years but I thought, ‘there can only be one Lucy Verasamy’ - and it turned out to be her.
“It’s lovely to see former pupils doing so well. She is very popular at Sky and I’m sure she will be a great success in her new role.”
According to a biography on the Old Framlinghamians website Lucy graduated from Brunel University in 2001 with a degree in Geography and Earth Sciences.
She gained first-hand knowledge at the Sky Weather Centre during a work experience placement and after graduating spent four years working at the Press Association’s Weather Centre as a forecaster.
She joined Sky News in 2005 and since March last year has also featured on weather slots for Channel 5.