Suffolk: Weatherman’s cryptic sign off explained

IT was a bizarre and somewhat abrupt sign-off from a long-term contributor that left many BBC Radio Suffolk listeners rather confused.

But today the mystery behind the station’s final forecast from Weatherquest – delivered in an unusual fashion by expert Steve Western – can be disclosed.

Mr Western, one of the founders of Norwich-based Weatherquest, and his colleagues had been heard on air across the region’s local BBC stations every day for 15 years, but recently the corporation ended the arrangement.

In a playful mood on the morning of his final broadcast, Mr Western decided to confuse the audience – by delivering a message in Anglo Saxon.

“A lot of people have been asking me about it,” said Mr Western. “Nobody else had any idea about what was coming up at all.


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“We used to go all around the regional network but the contract basically ended after 15 years.

“It was when it came to the end of my shift – I hung up without any explanation. It was on the Terry Baxter Breakfast Show – he said ‘I don’t know what you said but I hope it wasn’t rude.’

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“The other guys were listening in another room here at Weatherquest and they knew because I had been practising it. They all laughed – I had been plotting it for some time, although I have plotted various things over the years.”

The message he sent out was “Se hoefon sy bleahaewen, se hassuc sy grennes, Ethelbert sy sael” - which translates as “The grass is green, the sky is blue and Ethelbert is happy” – a cryptic joke inspired by Noddy and Big Ears.

“It was a bit of a laugh,” added Mr Western.

Mr Western was one of the founders of Weatherquest, which provides forecasts to businesses and to members of the public.

For more details, visit www.weatherquest.co.uk

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