It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that Chris is no longer with us. He was a force of nature a friend to all 

Chris Needs MBE: A man of many talents:


« Award Winning Radio Presenter
« Author
« Actor
« Accomplished Pianist
« Accomplished Vocalist
« All Round Celebrity
« And A Friend To All



A week ago today I lost my partner of 30 years and husband Chris Needs, who died unexpectedly.

I want to thank everybody for their kind support and wonderful tributes to Chris over the past few days.

I have been overwhelmed by the huge number of messages, kind words and tributes received on social media, by phone, email and cards. There have been so many that I have had difficulty in responding to everyone, so please accept my apologies and be assured I am aware of all your kindnesses and will respond as best I can - please bear with me, I am reading through all the comments. I also want to thank everyone for their kind suggestion and support for me to take over the show, it is a lovely thought however, for me and the show (& BBC Radio Wales) it's too soon to make these kinds of decisions.

I want to thank my mother Peggy, my brother Ross, my sister Anne and Carol Rees Jones, Bruce Anderson and Simon Winkler for their constant support, love and wonderful care for me during this very difficult time.

My grateful thanks also go to Mal Pope for hosting the show, Colin Paterson for his support and to Llinos Jones for producing such a wonderful week of tributes to Chris, and to all the Garden for their enormous love for Chris and kind support for me and everyone involved in the show. The BBC have done such an amazing job and the warmth and support from the garden has been comforting.

Due to current restrictions, there will be a private funeral service. However, once the restrictions are removed a full memorial service will be held at a later date.

Chris touched so many lives, helped so many people and brought a smile and laugher when people needed it most. He will never be forgotten. He made a difference to everyone he met, including me.

Chris was one in a million.

My heartfelt thanks to you all.

GABE xxx