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DJ Tony Blackburn, 75, started out in the 60s presenting on pirate stations Radio Caroline and Radio London before joining the BBC. Today, he has a regular show on various BBC airwaves. Here, he tells us about an unfulfilled ambition…
How do you like to take your tea?
Regular English breakfast tea with milk and sweeteners.
Favourite biscuit to dunk?
I never dunk a biscuit in a tea! God, no! It’s disgraceful. I don’t really have biscuits or cake.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
I’ve never taken it. My advice is to be nice to people you work with and younger people who are starting out. Encourage them and be nice, then people are nice back to you usually.
What’s your earliest memory?
Seeing my baby sister for the first time when she came back from hospital and I was three. I wasn’t a jealous older brother – I was a doting one.
What’s your hobby?
My main joy in life is watching Coronation Street. I’ve watched every single one since it started. When
I go away on holiday, I’ll put a day aside and watch 18 in a row. I’ve done that a couple of times. I’d love to have had a cameo, but they don’t do that any more. My only ambition in life is to sit in the Rovers
Return. It’s probably good they’ve stopped it because I don’t really fit in!
Where’s your favourite place in the world to visit?
I love St Lucia. We go to the Royal Hotel – it’s lovely. I switch off totally. We’ve got a lovely room that overlooks the Caribbean. I’d like to live there for six months a year and come back in the summer, but I’m still working.
Would you ever retire?
I enjoy working – you’ve got to have something to get up for in the morning. I know a lot of people who have retired and they suddenly die through boredom, so I quite like working and I’ll carry on as long as I think I can still do it all right. I think some people carry on a bit too long, but it’s nice.
Do you do anything to keep you looking young?
No. I lost 2st recently by not eating as much. My dad was a doctor, and he said these silly diets were a waste of time – just don’t eat so much. And I’ve cut all alcohol out as well.
Tony Blackburn’s broadcasts on BBC Radio include Golden Hour, Soul on Sunday and Sounds
of the 60s