Watchdog’s John Stapleton says Christmas after wife’s death was ‘difficult’

John Stapleton spoke about his 'difficult' first Christmas without his wife Lynn Faulds Wood after she passed away in April.

The 74-year-old journalist and Watchdog star talked about the loss of his wife during an interview on Good Morning Britain as he spent his first festive period without her.

John and Lynn were married for 43 years. She passed away aged 72 after suffering a stroke and bleed on the brain earlier this year.

Speaking on GMB about his first Christmas as a widower, the television host explained: "It was a difficult time obviously, I wasn't particularly looking forward to it but it was a period that Lynn absolutely loved.

"She wasn't particularly religious but she loved Christmas and we had a great Christmas every year."

Remembering how they used to spend the festive holiday together, John continued: "There would be 10, 12 guests sometimes, Lynn doing the cooking, she was a brilliant cook.

"Made far better meals than I ever ate in a restaurant and she managed with our son Nick who inherited her culinary skills.

"With the help of Nick in lighter years, she managed to make all the dishes land at the same time on the table with fancy hats, daft toys."

"Lots of games, lots of noise, this year was clearly very different indeed like thousands of other people, we had some people missing at the dinner table", he added.

Lynn, who presented Watchdog with her husband for eight years, also battled bowel cancer in the past.

She founded the European Cancer Patient Coalition in 2002, which she chaired 2003-2010.

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Stapleton told GMB presenters Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher: "Lynn helped put bowel cancer on the map – it might seem a daft thing to say that but bowel cancer 30-odd years ago was very much the Cinderella of the National Health Service, there was very little attention paid to it.

"Largely because I think people were embarrassed about talking about their bottoms. At that stage 30-odd years ago, there wasn’t even an agreed list of symptoms for people to look out for.

"So how were people supposed to avoid bowel cancer if they didn’t know what they were looking out for?"

Fletcher then spoke about his own experience with bowel cancer after his mother died from the disease.

The presenter has completed several marathons to raise money and awareness.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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