Legal partner in TV double act

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Angela Rippon’s best known connection to Morecambe is her famous dance with ‘our Eric’ on 1970s Christmas telly.

Now a former Morecambe High School pupil has formed his own TV double act with the presenter and former newsreader.

Gary Rycroft, a partner at Joseph A Jones & Co solicitors in Lancaster, recently filmed a fourth series of the BBC1 consumer programme Rip-Off Britain alongside host Angela.

Gary, 40, spent two days with the Rip Off Britain team – which also includes co-presenters Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville – filming at the Metro Centre in Gateshead.

Gary gave legal advice to members of the public who visited a ‘Pop Up Shop’ in the shopping centre.

“I dealt with around 25 different legal problems, many of which were filmed with either Gloria, Angela or Julia,” said Gary, a wills and property expert.

He said the three main presenters were “absolute professionals” and “had a genuine interest in helping people solve the legal problems they were facing”.

Gary’s appearance on Rip-Off Britain will be aired this month.