Television presenter Fern Britton has paid tribute to her mother after she died yesterday at the age of 94.
The former This Morning host, 60, posted a touching Twitter message to Ruth, a former Army Sergeant in World War Two, describing her as ‘funny and ferocious.’
Sharing a picture of her mother at home, she wrote: ‘My mum. Ruth.
‘Both mother and father to me. Funny, ferocious, and a woman once met, you couldn’t forget. 24.1.24 / 17.4.18.’
Fern with her mother Ruth in an image she uploaded to Twitter after she died aged 94
She also posted this picture and a touching tribute to her mother describing her as ‘funny and ferocious’
She added: ‘So brave and uncomplaining. An army sergeant WW2, beauty queen, teacher, and all woman.’
In a separate post, Fern revealed she had planted broad beans in the garden in memory of her dear mum – who hated vegetables.
She tweeted: ‘Broad Beans in memory of my mum who never ate a green veg in her life!’
The presenter also paid tribute to the NHS for caring for Ruth, adding: ‘Ps Thankyou @ NHSEngland for all your loving care. #ThankGodForTheNHS.’
Fern also revealed she had planted broad beans in the garden in memory of her dear mum – who hated vegetables
Fern appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2012 (left), and is married to television chef Phil Vickery (pictured with Fern, right)
Britton’s mother Ruth and her father, actor Tony Britton, 93, split when she was still a baby, and her elder sister Cherry was eight-years-old.
The presenter spent six years on Ready Steady Cook and ten years on This Morning.
She also appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2012. She is married to television chef Phil Vickery and they have a daughter, Winnie Vickery, 16.
Britton also has children Harry Jones, 24, and Grace Jones, 21, from her previous marriage to TV executive Clive Jones.