Billy Butler reunites with Wally Scott to reprise Hold Your Plums

Broadcasting legend Billy Butler has returned to the airwaves after his departure from Radio Merseyside left fans devastated.

The broadcaster's contact wasn't renewed in 2018 after 50 years on local radio, but he has now revealed he is back and ready for his new challenge.

Speaking to the ECHO, the 78-year-old said that he would be hosting two shows on a new station called LiverpoolLive 24/7 alongside a range of familiar voices from local radio.

He even revealed that he would be regularly joined on air by pal Wally Scott, for the first time in 20 years, to bring back beloved quiz show Hold Your Plums.

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Discussing his return, Butler said: "I will be on air on Saturdays from 10am-1pm and Sundays from 11am-1pm.

"The idea is to get local voices back on the air, speaking to local people about things happening right here in our communities.

Billy Butler and Wally Scott.

"It's great to be back sharing and chatting to the people of Merseyside. I have really missed that during my time off air."

Butler said that the station launched last weekend for the first time and the reaction online has been great from his fans.

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He said: "People have been contacting us on Facebook and Twitter to say that it has been great to hear us back on.

"We have loads of local people involved that listeners will be thrilled about.

"Kev Seed, Pauline Daniels, Jon Jessop, Paul Leckie, and so many others.

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"On my shows we'll have loads of different things going on such as a Merseybeat Plus hour.

"And on Sundays, I will be doing a Best of Hold Your Plums which Wally joined me for last week and hopefully will again every few weeks."

Billy said that the return to local radio has given him a "welcome boost" after a difficult few months.

Earlier this year, he went through a difficult knee replacement and then revealed that in the last month he had begun to lose the sight in one of his eyes.

He added: "It's been a difficult few months medically and a tough 18 months since I came off the air so this has been a welcome boost for me.

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"I know there was a lot of disappointment and upset when I left Radio Merseyside from listeners who weren't happy with the decision.

"So hopefully, this is something they will be glad to hear and will want to tune in.

"Especially now, during these times when more of us are in the house than normal, it will be nice for us all to be able to hear those local voices we became so accustomed to over the years."

You can see the full schedule for Liverpool Live 24/7 on their website HERE.

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