It’s less like a job, more like a dream come true

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

IHAVE to ad­mit, that I feel truly blessed in the job that I have. In ac­tual fact, I don’t con­sider it a job at all. I get in at 6.30am, do a bit of a news up­date, make a cuppa, kick the early morn­ing jock (Neil “Fazza” Fara­day) out of my stu­dio and pre­pare for the ar­rival of my friend and col­league Kirstyn Read. She breezes in, usu­ally a tad late, with a big beam­ing smile and a packet of bis­cuits. We then spend the next four hours talk­ing rub­bish, play­ing our favourite songs and gen­er­ally hav­ing a right laugh. It’s a dream of a “job”. The other ben­e­fits of hold­ing down such a great gig is that you get in­vited to so many won­der­ful oc­ca­sions, which once again is al­ways a priv­i­lege and never a chore. Last week, for ex­am­ple, I was asked, with Kirstyn, to host a night for Ash­ford’s Sport­ing He­roes. Not only was it a night to com­mem­o­rate the fan­tas­tic achieve­ments of Olympic gold medal win­ner Jamie Staff, but all the young and up-and-com­ing tal­ent we pos­sess in our area. A great night out and many thanks to Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil for all their hard work in or­gan­is­ing it. Then on Satur­day it was down to County Square for the Ash­ford’s Got Tal­ent un­der-18s’ com­pe­ti­tion. Well, I’ve got to tell you, not only was I blown away with the stan­dard of tal­ent that was be­ing show­cased, but the spec­ta­tors who turned up to show their sup­port. You were all bril­liant and made the very ner­vous com­peti­tors re­lax and en­joy their mo­ment. There wasn’t an un­savoury mo­ment at all. Now on to Sun­day night down at Sandy­acres Sports and So­cial Cen­tre down Sandy­hurst Lane, what a great lo­ca­tion it is! The pro­pri­etor of said es­tab­lish­ment, Ernie War­ren, had world fa­mous The Searchers play­ing and he asked me to host the night, and what a night it was. A slightly dif­fer­ent crowd, as you can imag­ine, from the one on Satur­day but just as well be­haved. Our very own “crooner” Mr Ricky Fon­tayne warmed the crowd up quite bril­liantly be­fore the main act took to the stage and rocked our socks off. Ricky then fin­ished us off with an­other hour of mu­sic that we just couldn’t stop bop­ping to. Thanks to Ernie and Sue for invit­ing me to take part and all of you who came up to me to of­fer their kind words. As I said at the beginning, I feel truly blessed to be do­ing what I do. It has also reignited my love af­fair with Ash­ford, the place I con­sider home. We will al­ways have our lit­tle gripes about our town, but no “re­la­tion­ship” is ever go­ing to be plain sail­ing.

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