Tributes to resort journalist

Krysia Kaye (left) with sons James Hoskinson (back) and Connor Hoskinson (red top)
Krysia Kaye (left) with sons James Hoskinson (back) and Connor Hoskinson (red top)
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Tributes have been paid to a former Blackpool journalist who has died at the age of 59.

Krysia Kaye, who was a presenter with Granada TV and Red Rose Radio, died at Royal Preston Hospital on March 5 after contracting pneumonia.

The mum-of-two, described as a “talented journalist and brilliant personality”, was born in Blackpool.

Her parents died when she was 16 and now Krysia’s sons – aged 12 and 24 – are facing life without her.

Her close friend Karen Milner, said Krysia’s death was a tragedy.

She said: “I worked with Krysia at Red Rose Radio, which later became Rock FM.

“She was my news editor. She was a great journalist, a clever woman and a brilliant personality.

“Krysia had a fantastic voice for the radio, and was one of those people who always looked for a positive in any situation.

“Her children are fantastic boys.

“James is 24 and has just finished university and Connor is 12.

“It must be terrible for them to cope with this loss.

“She was a brilliant mother and she loved them both so much.

“She was born in Blackpool and always regarded it as her home.

“She enjoyed covering Blackpool while working at Granada and at Red Rose.

“She was semi-retired, but did some public relations work and had recently been working with a former Granada cameraman Barry Wilkinson.”

Former colleague Carol Tapp said Krysia’s friends were concerned about her sons, as there were few surviving family members.

They have set up a donation website to help them with the cost of the funeral and to give them a more secure future.

Carol said: “Krysia was a wonderful woman who touched many people’s lives and unfortunately passed away far too young.

“Krysia died unexpectedly after developing a cold which turned into pneumonia, which resulted in septic shock and multiple organ failure.

“She was a talented journalist who had worked in newspapers, radio and television, but foremost she was a mum.

“She loved her two sons with every bit of her being.

“She was their champion, defender and utterly devoted to them both.

“James and Connor are both heartbroken.”

Other former colleagues described Krysia as a “radio legend”.

BBC journalist John Spencer-Barnes tweeted: “Terribly sad to hear about the passing of Krysia Kaye.

“Krysia was a really lovely lady and a North West radio legend.”

The appeal, which aims to raise £5,000, has already seen donations of £1,885 made in just 24 hours.

The donation website can be found at