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