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Breakfast boy Gareth is stepping down

PUBLISHED: 13:56 08 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:30 03 March 2010

IPSWICH'S morning wake up call will sound a little different in the future with the announcement that SGR FM's Gareth Evans is coming off air.

The popular Morning Crew DJ, pictured, has decided to step down from the helm of the station's breakfast show after three years.

IPSWICH'S morning wake up call will sound a little different in the future with the announcement that SGR FM's Gareth Evans is coming off air.

The popular Morning Crew DJ, pictured, has decided to step down from the helm of the station's breakfast show after three years.

SGR programme controller, Mark Pryke, today confirmed Gareth had decided to leave the early morning show, which he co-presents with Vicky.

He said: "He is leaving for family reasons and it is totally amicable. We have yet to agree a date for his final show and nothing has been decided on who will replace him.

"We're keeping all our options open and will appoint the most appropriate candidate."

Gareth took over the breakfast show with Bekah Fowler early in 1999 after the departure of Nick Risby.

They were an instant hit on the SGR airwaves with a chemistry that had been sparked when they worked together in Manchester.

In the summer of 2000 Bekah left Gareth alone in charge of the show after deciding to devote more time to being a mum to her daughter Emily. However, a replacement was soon found in the form of Vicky (her surname remains a mystery to radio listeners) and the show continued to draw in the listeners.

In July last year Gareth, who used to write an Evening Star column with former co-presenter Bekah, became a father for a second time when wife, Jo, gave birth to a baby boy, who they called Charley.

They also have another son George, who is one year Charley's senior.

Gareth has become a popular star in Suffolk during his time at the station and has taken to the stage at roadshows around the country. All ears will be tuned in to finding out who will have the tough job of replacing him.


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