Tributes to Fittleworth broadcaster David Jacobs

TRIBUTES have been paid to broadcaster David Jacobs, who lived in Fittleworth.

Mr Jacobs died aged 87 after battles with Parkinson’s disease and liver cancer.

He stepped down from his weekly Radio 2 programme only last month.

He became a household name as presenter of peak-time radio and TV programmes Juke Box Jury, Pick Of The Pops, What’s My Line? and Any Questions?

David was also a patron for the Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy, based in Five Oaks, near Billingshurst.

Dame Vera said: “I am so sad to hear of David’s passing.

“We were lifelong friends and I recall back in 1955 when he and I together with a few other friends in the entertainment business decided to form a celebrity fundraising organisation in aid of children with cerebral palsy.

“His friendship and energy also extended to his becoming a founder and supporter and vice president of my own charity, the Dame Vera Lynn Trust, and our very special school for very young children with cerebral palsy.

“I shall miss you, as we all will, for your kindness and gentleness”

He was a self-proclaimed “huge optimist” and looked upon any career setbacks as new challenges.

Chris Welfare, chairman of Fittleworth Parish Council, said:

“Mr Jacobs was very well-liked in the village.

“He was a generous supporter of all our activities, always present at village events, and never in a ‘showy’ manner.

“He was an incredibly friendly man.”