Monty Don bids heartfelt farewell to writer stepping down after 36 years ‘Thank you’

Gardeners’ World: Monty Don reveals he’ll be back in a fortnight

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Monty Don took to social media to thank one of his favourite sports writers earlier this week. The Gardeners’ World star bid farewell to Telegraph Rugby Writer Mick Cleary as he steps down from the publication after 36 years.

Mick shared the news on his own social media earlier this week.

He posted a link to his “swansong” along with the tagline: “36 years and out: Long days and intoxicating nights – rugby may have changed but the stories remain

“@MickClearyTel bids farewell after a decades-long career in sports journalism.”

Replying to his message, Monty shared a poignant farewell as he thanks him for his work.

He wrote: “I have always sought out and enjoyed your pieces for their knowledge, clarity and humanity. Thank you.”

Mick had been the publication’s chief Rugby Union Writer after working there for 36 years.

The writer was inundated with support after he announced his exit.

ITV’s Pat Younge wrote: “Rugby and the Telegraph will be a duller place without you.

“I know you won’t be lost to the game, but just when we need informed comment and analysis to counteract the nonsense of the keyboard warriors, your departure leaves a massive hole.

“Enjoy your retirement – you’ve earnt it.” (sic)

Former international rugby union referee Nigel Owens added: “Well done on a wonderful career.

“Always enjoyed your reads. Best wishes.”

Golf journalist James Corrigan penned: “Enjoy the Harvey’s!

“It’ll taste all the sweeter. Congratulations on a brilliant career from all the Corrigans.”

Elsewhere, Monty announced a brief break from the screen himself as well.

In last week’s edition of Gardeners’ World, he announced he would be out for a fortnight.

He said during his sign-off: “I shan’t be here next week.

“I am taking a week’s holiday, which I haven’t done for ages.

“And I know I’m going to spend it potting around here in the garden – heaven.”

Monty then continued as he unveiled his replacements: “And of course, there will be a programme which will be hosted by Carol [Klein] and Nick [Bailey], who will be looking at how to make every space count.

“And that will be on at 8 o’clock next Friday – and I will be back here with you at Longmeadow in a fortnight.”

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