REV Dr Leslie Griffiths; Lord Griffiths of Burry Port has decided to take a break from the slot he has occupied on the Chris Evans show for over twenty years as part of the feature ‘Pause for Thought’.
Lord Griffiths, a former Llanelli Boys’ Grammar School pupil cited work commitments for deciding to take a break from providing his words of wisdom on the show, which have reached many thousands of people.
Speaking about his reasons for giving up the spot Lord Griffiths of Burry Port said:
“After a great deal of soul-searching, I’ve decided to step down from presenting my Pause for Thought on Radio Two.
“I offered my first Pause script over twenty years ago. For the last four years I’ve had the immense privilege and pleasure of working alongside Chris Evans. I’m going to miss that greatly. Chris offered me respect and encouragement from the very beginning. But I believe that grew into something more akin to affection. I’ve loved his infectious cheerfulness and just being with the wonderful team he’s built up. My early morning visits to the studio were always a source of inspiration. And the challenge to present an uplifting message to over 9 million people was something I grew to enjoy hugely.
“My life has become incredibly busy since I retired! Pressures are particularly heavy from my new roles in parliament. So I needed steady and reliable schedules if I were to continue offering decent scripts. That’s proved to be difficult so, with huge regrets and in the definite hope of returning one day, I’m taking leave of absence.
“Chris is going through a tough time just now. Millions of people have felt deeply for him on the news of his mother’s death. Our hearts go out to him and his family at this time. I’d have liked to say that to him personally as we gave each other our usual big hug but, in the circumstances, this will have to do. God bless you Chris and may your mum rest in peace.”
A number of people passed on their best wishes to Lord Griffiths many commenting that they would miss his voice and kind words and wishing him well.
You can listen to the last Pause for Thought featuring Lord Griffiths here.