Byline: Mr Brocklebank
A NATIONAL legacy left by Liverpool's late Princes Park polymath Fritz Spiegl was the UK Theme music broadcast daily at 5.30am. This British folk tune medley marked the switchover from the BBC World Service to Radio 4. To many listeners' anger, the music is being dumped in favour of a news bulletin. Fritz's widow, Ingrid, told Mr Brocklebank: "I remember the medley being put together. Fritz was under no illusion that it would last, although The Times printed he was 'under an illusion it would last'. The idea was to create a new identity for Radio 4 UK, bringing the four countries together. The first I heard of it being scrapped was when Radio Belfast rang me on Monday night." Doesn't the BBC realise the Government now wants us to be more British? However, the spirit of Spiegl may be comforted knowing his adaptation of the Liverpool folk song Johnny Todd still greets Ever-ton players when they run onto the pitch at Goodison Park.
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