Jezza’s beachfront rally gets our town talking
IWAS delighted to welcome both the leader of the Labour Party and
Visiter reporter Kate Lally into my Southport studios, all in one afternoon!
Kate joined me for an exclusive radio/newspaper interview with Jeremy Corbyn on his recent visit to Southport.
To say that the phone lines lit up following Mr Corbyn’s beachfront rally is an understatement.
Good, bad, or indifferent, Jezza’s visit has prompted much debate.
Yes, I can refer to him as Jezza, following an on-air official seal of approval.
Mr Corbyn also joked with me about the lack of tide in Southport.
Politics and pledges aside, I found his musical tastes a little more suspect – Joan Baez!
Thanks to everyone who contacted the programme and has since watched the video. It’s up at sandgrounderradio.co.uk. I’m always pleased to invite Ainsdale author Spencer Leigh onto my programme.
Spencer joined me to talk all things Merseybeat during International Beatle Week.
If you popped into Liverpool over the August Bank Holiday, maybe you visited the new Mathew Street Festival.
Sadly the original was pulled several years ago.
There are so many links between the Beatles and Southport, as Spencer and I discussed.
The Beatles played many venues in the resort, including the Kingsway, latterly owned by the man who also held the keys to The Cavern, Roy Adams.
Finally, it was great to interview Nik Kershaw ahead of his Southport gig next month.
The eighties chart-topper will take part in what promises to be a fantastic celebration of the 1980s at The Atkinson.
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From left, rock and roll maestro Spencer Leigh; Neil Newton, Southport Labour politician Liz Savage, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Kate Lally