Derek Batey, host of ITV gameshow Mr & Mrs in the 1970s and 1980s, has died at the age of 84.

He died at a hospice near his home in Lytham St Annes on Sunday night, following a short illness.

Born in Brampton, Cumbria, the one-time ventriloquist started his broadcasting career with the BBC, then joined Border when it was formed in 1961.

OTS (Onthespot) photographed Derek and his family in Southport back in 2006.

Pictured above – Derek his wife Edith, and daughter Diane (left)

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