Presenter leaves for new role

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A POPULAR weather expert has swapped forecasting for focusing her camera lens.

Look North presenter Trai Anfield is to leave the BBC after 10 years.

After a decade predicting the weather on TV and radio, she will appear on air for the last time tomorrow.

Trai is staying in the North East to develop her ethical production company Enlightened Media.

The new business is also the platform for her new venture into professional photography.

Her first exhibition is called Trai Anfield: Behind The Camera.

It opens at Newcastle’s Biscuit Factory gallery this weekend, and runs until May 27.

As well as braving storms, snow, floods, fog, ice and occasionally a warm, sunny day – to forecast the North East weather – Trai has also reported from major events such as Chelsea Flower Show and Royal Ascot.

Trai has said her career highlight was deputising for Sir David Attenborough on the BBC Blue Planet Live Tour in 2007.

In 2003 she came up with the idea for the much-copied Look North Weather Picture Calendar, which has raised tens of thousands of pounds for Children In Need.

She will continue to work with local charities including ME North East, LifeSpan, HealthWise and Friends of Red Kites, present on radio and television, and host live events.