Friends and former colleagues of radio and television journalist Krysia Kaye have paid tribute after hearing of her passing.
Krysia died from pneumonia last Thursday 5th March at the age of 59.
Krysia worked in the North West of England, at Red Rose Radio, BBC Radio Lancashire and later at Granada Television.
John Gillmore, who worked with Krysia in Preston, told RadioToday: “I worked with Krysia in the late 80s when we both presented the news programme Red Rose Reports. She was a lovely person to work with and was the same off air as on air .
“We had some memorable broadcasts including the party conferences in Blackpool, we played spot the celebrity and the big wig political commentators. We presented the news in an informative and fun way.
“It was a pleasure to work with such a talented lady who always had a yearning to be on TV. Eventually of course ,that wish became reality. My thoughts are with her two sons James and Connor at this time.”
Other tributes fill Facebook, including from former Red Rose presenter and colleague Ian Calvert: “What a very sad loss what a lovely woman a delight to work with.” Simon Tate posted: “Tragic. She must have been quite young. Lovely lady. Always fun to work with. Condolences to her family.
Dave Shearer added: “That’s very sad news. She was a lovely lady who was so kind to me in my early Red Rose Radio years and sent me in loads of great press trips all over the world. Condolences to the family. RIP Krysia Kaye x”
Richard Duncan Rudin: “Can hardly believe it. A truly beautiful person in every sense. Very many happy memories of her at Red Rose.”
David Bailey: “That’s very sad news indeed. Worked alongside her at Red Rose for more than four years and found her a very pleasant colleague for whom I don’t have a bad word. In later times,our paths sometimes crossed and we always had a good catch-up. Condolences to her family and many friends.”
Derek Webster: “I had the pleasure of working with Krysia at Red Rose Radio. Not only was she a talented journalist but a brilliant broadcaster who had the ability to bring the dullest of stories to life. Always sunny and positive, even at the darkest and earliest hours of the working day.
“I just couldn’t believe it when I got the news on Friday afternoon. So very sad. My thoughts are with Krysia’s close family and friends.”
Krysia’s son, James Hoskinson said: “Thank you to everyone for your messages of love and support for my mother, Krysia Kaye, who sadly passed on Thursday 05 March, following a rapid pneumonia/septicaemia. Though the last few days have been hard, the support from all of you, our family and our friends has been overwhelming, with my brother and I truly blessed to be in the thoughts and hearts of so many great people.”