Jeremy Clarkson 'deluded' over Salford claims

Jeremy Clarkson
Image caption Clarkson said he would "resign in a heartbeat" if asked to work in Salford

Broadcaster Stuart Hall has described Jeremy Clarkson as being "deluded" for saying he would rather stop presenting Top Gear than move north with the BBC.

Writing in the Sunday Times, Mr Clarkson said Salford, which he has never visited, was "a small suburb with a Starbucks and a canal with ducks".

The BBC is moving five departments to Salford Quays from London. It has no plans to relocate the Top Gear team.

Mr Hall, 81, said Greater Manchester was "booming".

"Does he imagine that at the advance of effete southerners, we retreat to our outside lavatories with ripped-up copies of the News of the Screws?," he wrote in the Radio Times.

"That in our back-to-back terraces we ply uncle Fred with chitterlings, chunks, bangers and chips, sit him in a commode, chamberpot handy, an ashtray full of dog ends, a basketful of empty tinnies and pretend he's dying through lack of care?"

"Manchester is booming, the financial sector deals with the world. Our scientists lead. Manchester is a seat of knowledge, a breeding ground for brains."

Mr Clarkson had claimed he would "resign in a heartbeat" if he was asked to move to the city.

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