David Willmott, 88: Shipping forecast announcer with a passion for Elgar - The Libyan Report

David Willmott, 88: Shipping forecast announcer with a passion for Elgar

When archive recordings of BBC Radio 4’s shipping forecast, the four-times daily weather forecast covering the sea around the UK and Ireland, are used by the BBC, it is often the voice of David Willmott that can be heard. Starting with “Viking” in the northeast and continuing clockwise around the coastline until it reaches “southeast Iceland” in the northwest, the nine-minute broadcast, with its familiar rhythm and bleak gale warnings, inspired a poem by Seamus Heaney and the Blur song This is a Low. From the 1970s to the 1990s it was frequently Willmott who intoned the state of the coastal weather at 0048 and 0520 or 1201 and 1754.

The only child of Ross Willmott, who painted buses, and Mary, a housewife, Willmott was… source