Shining tributes are paid to a highly regarded Harborough radio station presenter who died aged 70.
Ian Parker has been hailed as an “invaluable” member of the popular local station Hfm after his tragic death last Thursday (December 30).
Ian was scheduled to undergo crucial heart surgery in hospital when he died.
He was also a gifted drummer, performing in local bands and becoming well known on the local music scene, and an “enthusiastic” sound engineer.
Most recently Ian was the head of Hfm’s Friday Night Rock Show and he had gained an army of dedicated fans and listeners throughout the Market Harborough area over the past few years.
Hailing a ‘great friend,’ Chris Jones, Hfm’s program controller, told the station: ‘We have all been shaken and devastated by the very sad loss of our beloved family member.
“Ian was an important part of our station and in all kinds of ways.
“He wore many hats for the station.
“He went 2-4 on a Sunday afternoon and we got to know each other really well,” said Chris moved.
“A close bond was formed and he became a great friend as well as a co-host.”
Ian has also played a key technical role in Hfm’s outdoor events as well as a key member of the station’s board of directors.
“He will be sadly missed by all of his friends and colleagues at Hfm and our hearts are with his family at this time,” Hfm said.