After 38 years the Ceefax service, which has helped us find out anything from TV schedules to sports news, is being cut off.
The retro-looking BBC teletext service will be gone forever as the final stage of the UK’s switch into digital TV services is completed.
As a child growing up without a mobile or internet services to hand, Ceefax became a regular help for TV-watching and finding out what was going to be on. Not only this, it also helped me find information, news and even phone numbers just at the tap of a a few numbers.
Launched on 23 September 1974 it was one of the handiest pre-internet tools which sadly doesn’t really have much use anymore.
As we now have digital services pretty much coming out of our ears and access to 24-hour news on everything from our PCs to tablets to smartphones, poor old Ceefax doesn’t really have much of an audience anymore.
To mark the end, the front page will display a thank you message to viewers and it will be gone forever when Olympic champion Dame Mary Peters will turn off the last analogue TV signal in Northern Ireland at 23.30 BST.