Peter Dimmock, British broadcaster, Died at 94

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Peter Harold Dimmock was born on December 6, 1920, and died on November 20, 2015.

He was a British sports broadcaster and senior television executive during its formative years in the 1950s.

Peter was the first host of the BBC’s long-running Grandstand and of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.

Peter attended Dulwich College and served in the Royal Air Force during World War II.

He transferred from the Territorial Army in 1941 and qualified as a pilot, then in 1943 he became a flying instructor with the rank of flight lieutenant, in 1944 he was appointed as a staff officer at the Air Ministry.

After his demobilisation, Peter joined the Press Association and later the BBC in 1946, around the time the television service was revived, as the head of the service’s outside broadcasts.

Peter married BBC continuity announcer and What’s My Line? Panellist Polly Elwes.

Elwes died on 15 July 1987 from bone cancer.

They had three daughters, Amanda, Christina and Freya.

On 8 June 1990 Peter married Christabel Rosamund Bagge.

Peter passed away on November 20, 2015 at the age of 94.


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