Simon has had the pleasure of meeting Sir Michael Parkinson this week, and along with ITV Calendar anchor Duncan Wood has been talking with him about his South Yorkshire home.  He grew up in the pit village of Cudworth near Barnsley and recalled a recent trip back to his home.  He expressed sadness at how parts of his home county are being left behind, and blamed the government for a lack of regeneration after the pit closures:

“I’m saddened by it all, I really am. Angry. They lost their jobs, the mines were closed. You can have a big debate about that. But what they did – or didn’t do – which was wrong, was they didn’t replace it with anything else. They become very sad, almost ghost towns.”

– Sir Michael Parkinson
You can watch the piece on the ITV Yorkshire Calendar News blog right now to find out more about Sir Michael’s interview.
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