Simon, who turned 70 in December, was missing from the breakfast airwaves on Friday morning, and the station's Plymouth Argyle specialist, Gordon Sparks, stepped in. Gordon's back on air this morning, after the rigours of a boy's weekend away in Liverpool.
Who did what to whom ? Hard to figure out from Twitter....
Sad news @SimonBatesUK leaving @BBCDevon. Talented broadcaster, hard working & dedicated+great coffee! My personal thanks for all he’s done— Mark Grinnell (@TwitGrinnell) January 8, 2017
@carelesscarer @BBCDevon @SimonBates aaah, but if we've got it right..you'll get Gordon Sparks and he will be twice as good as me— Simon Bates (@SimonBatesUK) January 8, 2017