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Look who's back in Todmorden! It's John Kettley the weatherman

HE'S best liked when he predicts sun but on a cloudy day in Todmorden John Kettley, the town's most famous son, went down a storm.

A crowd of more than 30 dignitaries turned out to watch the weatherman reopen the Tourist Information Centre almost 20 years after he cut the ribbon at the initial ceremony in 1988.

Mr Kettley told the Courier: "Why am I here? Because I want to see Tod pushing ahead of Hebden Bridge, of course.

"They've got a lovely town but this place is far better and everyone should know that."

The tourist centre was being reopened – despite the fact it has not actually shut – to symbolise the centre becoming independent of Calderdale Council.

It will no longer be funded from Halifax Town Hall but through grants, the first of which has been provided by the town council.

Mr Kettley, who grew up in Commercial Street and attended Todmorden Grammar School, said: "This centre was vital to the town when it was first opened and it still is. It's a real hub of information."

And he added it was Todmorden that had first inspired him to become interested in the weather.

"It was the winter of 1963 and the storms were incredibly bad – I mean bad like it has not been since – and this place was virtually cut off from the world.

"It just shut down and that really was the first time I started thinking about the weather."

He now lives in Lincoln but is still a regular visitor to his home town.

He is currently in talks to have Tribe Of Toffs' legendary John Kettley Is A Weatherman re-released on CD.

Jacqui Davis, tourist centre manager, said: "It's been fantastic. We just wish John could have brought better weather with him."

 
 
 

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