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Tributes paid to 'beautiful and bright' Radio Shropshire presenter Vicki Archer

By Mat Growcott | Shrewsbury | News | Published:

Tributes have continued to flood in for popular BBC Radio Shropshire presenter Vicki Archer following her inquest this week.

Vicki Archer

Councillor Shaun Davies, leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, called her "fair and kind", while fans from across the county have been taking to social media to share their memories of her.

The 41-year-old took her own life in August, the inquest ruled. She had worked at Radio Shropshire for 20 years.

Councillor Davies took to Twitter to urge anybody with depression to get help.

"I’m sad to read this," he said, after news about the coroners verdict broke.

"My thoughts and prayers are with Vicki’s family, friends and BBC family.

"I knew Vicki only through my role as Leader of Telford & Wrekin, but always found her fair and kind.

"A tragic reminder that mental health can touch anyone. Seek help."

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His comments are the latest of hundreds that have been placed online in the days following the verdict.

People have taken to Facebook to share their memories of Vicki, and to send their support to her friends and family.

Lynn Lovell wrote: "So very very sad and that someone who was so bubbly and bright sounding on the radio could have been suffering so much inside.

"My heart goes out to her and her family and friends."

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Helen Skinsley wrote: "We never know what people are thinking and suffering inside.

"If only we could all be a little kinder to one another. God bless her and her family."

Tina Hughes said: "So very sad - she seemed so full of life but shows how good we are at wearing masks and hiding our mental health problems.

"Let’s look after each other."

Vicki Stevens said: "I remember Vicki when she ran the Storm the Castle run in Ludlow with Adam. She was running near me and was so bubbly and friendly.

"This news is so sad and such a terrible loss."

Richard Soame said: "Truly sad. Such a shame all the people around her she could have turned to and talked to.

"Depression makes people hide their true emotions from family and friends. If anyone is suffering from depression you need to seek help from your doctor or the Samaritans."

Need help?

Help and advice for those having a mental health crisis is available from a number of agencies in Shropshire.

Mat Growcott

By Mat Growcott
Reporter - @MGrowcott_Star

Shropshire Star reporter

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