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Wilfred Pickles OBE (13 October 190426 March 1978) was an English actor and radio presenter.

Born in Halifaxmarker in the West Riding of Yorkshire, Pickles was a proud Yorkshiremanmarker, and having been selected by the BBC as an announcer for its North Region radio service, went on to be an occasional newsreader on the National service during World War II. He was the first newsreader to speak in a regional accent rather than the "BBC English" of the period, and caused some comment with his farewell catchphrase "... and to all in the North, good neet".

Pickles soon became a radio celebrity, and also pursued an acting career in London's West End theatremarker, on television and film. His most significant work was as host of the BBC Radio show Have A Go, which ran from 1946 to 1967 and launched such catchphrases as "How do, how are yer?", "Are yer courting?", "What's on the table, Mabel?" and "Give him the money, Barney", delivered in Pickles' inimitable style. He appeared in the show with his wife Mabel Pickles (née Myerscough) whom he married in 1930(1906–1989).

Television and radio

On television, among many performances, he appeared in Dr. Finlay's Casebook & For the Love of Ada co-starring with Irene Handl.

He was in the play, "Come Laughing Home" by Keith Waterhouse & Willis Hall on BBC Radio 4, 1970.



Selected filmography



Other information

Pickles was awarded the OBE for services to broadcasting in 1950.

Pickles is the uncle of judge James Pickles and actress Christina Pickles, and great uncle of actress Carolyn Pickles.

A public house, the Portman & Pickles, in Market Street Halifaxmarker is named after him and Eric Portman, film actor.

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