(Shower) curtain’s up on roving show
THERE’S nothing better, for me, than taking my radio show out and about to meet new people and listeners.
Recently, my Sandgrounder Radio programme came live from Brunslee Court in Churchtown.
For those who don’t know, this is a retirement complex in Cambridge Road for the over-55s.
I was invited by McCarthy & Stone, the owners, to spend the night there.
As it was a Friday, I took along my great friend and fellow presenter, Johnny Kennedy, who is pictured here broadcasting live from the shower! Surely a radio first? Southport is full of great restaurants and even bigger characters.
I welcomed “Onny” from Volare into the studio for something we call Foodie Thursday.
Originally from Sicily, the Volare team are celebrating 10 years in business in Lord Street. Here’s to the next 10! That end of Southport, known now as the Northern Quarter, continues to shine.
If you own a restaurant and fancy taking part, do get in touch. You can bring the food! Finally, once a month I also run something called the Sefton Surgery.
Cllr John Joseph Kelly was my latest interviewee.
We talked about a wide range of subjects, including Sefton’s Year of the Coast 2017.
Autumn, approaching winter time, is always a fab time to visit our gorgeous beaches and promenades.
Do join me on weekday mornings, 7-11am live from Southport and across the North West on DAB digital radio, via our free mobile app and online too.
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ARECORD number of starlings have come home to roost at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre.
Martin Mere is currently home to one of nature’s most amazing spectacles – 50,000 starlings roosting at the centre.
The birds disperse during the day but return at approximately 4pm every day with a fantastic 20-minute spectacle, creating shapes in the sky as they prepare to roost for the evening.
It is the largest number of starlings the centre has ever seen, being at least 10 years since the last large roost of 30,000 birds.
The best views of the birds’ display is from the reedbed walk from the Harrier Hide.
At the moment they are displaying between 4.10pm and 4.30pm but as the evenings get darker it will gradually come earlier.
Reserve wardens are walking everyone back after the display to the exit as the building closes at 4.30pm.
Starlings spend a lot of the year in flocks. They are smaller than blackbirds, with a short tail, pointed head and triangular wings.
They look black at a distance but when seen closer they are very glossy with a sheen of purples and greens.
WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9.30am to 4.30pm during winter months and parking is free of charge.
Visit the web site www.wwt. org.uk/martinmere/ to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight WWT wetland centres.
Cllr John Joseph Kelly, left, on the Sefton Surgery and, right, Onny from Volare joined Neil for the Foodie Thursday slot
Neil at Brunslee Court, left, and special guest Johnny Kennedy checking out the shower
A record number of starlings have come home to roost at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre