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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

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