So grateful BBC presenter Rachel Burden bids farewell as she marks last show

Rachel Burden receives gift from Nicky Campbell on BBC 5 Live

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Rachel Burden took to social media this morning to bid farewell to her radio show for 2021. She co-presents the morning news show on BBC Radio 5 Live with Rick Edwards from 6am until 9am every day.

However, she confirmed she’ll be taking a festive break following today’s show.

Earlier this morning, Rachel penned to her 11,000 Instagram followers: “Last show before Christmas.

“Massive thanks to our brilliant team @bbc5live breakfast who’ve been incredible this year with the pandemic, huge sporting events like Olympic and Euros, and then a new show to launch.

“So grateful to them all – everyone has worked their socks off.

“Time to face plant in a tin of chocolates/tube of cheese-based savoury snacks. Happy Christmas.”

In the accompanying picture, Rachel posed next to chocolates, biscuits and a cup of tea.

Although, all of them had their labels covered by sticky notes to avoid sharing brands.

The broadcaster also teased what they’ll be chatting about, including the latest Covid restrictions.

She penned: “Anyone else feel like they’re doing the covid tightrope walk to Christmas?

“We’ll talk about the latest restrictions for Wales (tbc), and the ongoing disruption to football.

“Plus all the latest data. Are we heading for a short sharp peak?”

As well as this, she and Rick will be chatting about the Strictly Come Dancing final, The Grand Tour and talking to Peter Crouch.

Rachel was also inundated with messages following the show, with viewers thanking her.

Nick Austin wrote: “Merry Christmas to you and the team – thanks for waking me up every morning.”

Andrea Whitehead penned to the star: “@rachelburden @rickedwards1 thanks for a great show.

“Was dreading the change as I loved the previous partnership (felt the same when Shelagh left!).

“I needn’t have worried as you’re both brilliant and work really well together. Have a wonderful Christmas.”

Rick joined the radio show back in November, replacing Nicky Campbell.

At the time, Rick told the BBC: “When it comes to 5 Live, I’m a long-time listener, first-time breakfast-show-presenter.

“I’ve always loved the station’s heady mix of news, sport and free-wheeling conversation.

“I realise I have some big boots to fill – I checked, and Nicky Campbell’s an eye-watering UK12!

“But I’m very excited about popping them on and sitting alongside the brilliant Rachel every morning.”

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