Following his sad death at the age of 86, a snapshot of Mr Mitchell’s character was provided by Labour leader Keir Starmer with a tribute that reminisced about his decision to briefly change to his surname to ‘Haddock’ to help promote Grimsby’s fishing industry.
“His sense of humour was matched by his deep Labour values,” he added of Mr Mitchell.
Mr Mitchell initially became well-known for his work alongside future Countdown host Richard Whiteley as the faces of Yorkshire Television’s Calendar and conducted a famously tense interview with successive Leeds managers and sporting rivals Don Revie and Brian Clough which inspired David Peace’s book The Damned United.
He leaves an unforgettable legacy.
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