Grinning Michael Parkinson seen in rare snaps being whisked out of airport in wheelchair

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Sir Michael Parkinson has been spotted in recently emerged snaps taken in Sydney, Australia.

The TV legend, 84, beamed from ear to ear as he was aided by Virgin Atlantic staff at the airport after a flight from the UK.

Parky could be seen being pushed around in a red wheelchair in the photos that show him laughing and chatting with an air hostess.

The broadcaster put on a smart display in navy chino trousers paired with a white shirt and blue jumper and continued his suave appearance with a blazer and leather loafers.

Sir Michael Parkinson has been spotted in recently emerged rare snaps taken in Sydney, Australia
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He could be seen carrying a backpack on his lap and covered his eyes with dark shades.

Parkinson was visiting Down Under ahead of his farewell Australia tour An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

In May last year Parkinson wept on camera as he spoke of his dad’s death 44 years ago.

During an interview on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, he told interviewer Morgan: “I’d never seen anybody I loved die and I saw my dad die.”

The TV legend beamed from ear to ear as he was aided by Virgin Atlantic staff at the airport after a flight from the UK
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Jack, a miner, got lung disease pneumoconiosis from coal dust and passed away in 1975.

Michael and his mum, Freda, brought Jack home to die.

“You could see him withering away,” he said. “For a man as vigorous as he was, it was like watching leaves fall from a tree.

He could be seen being pushed around in a red wheelchair
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“The thing that kind of nags at me like a nightmare is that two guys came to take the body away.

“I see the image very clearly and I thought he’s got to be worth a lot more than that… carrying him out in a little plastic bag.

“He knew how much I loved him. I never found it difficult to say that to him – nor he to me.”

The broadcaster put on a smart display in navy chino trousers paired with a white shirt and blue jumper under a blazer
(Image: Media-Mode / SplashNews.com)
Parkinson was visiting Down Under ahead of his farewell Australia tour An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson
(Image: Media-Mode / SplashNews.com)

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Parky, knighted in 2008, owned up to battling drink and “misbehaving” after his dad’s death.

Piers said later: “I wasn’t expecting him to be so raw. He’s a tough Northern gritty guy.”

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