Sunday, 15 March 2020

St Patrick's Day Birmingham 2020 - BBC WM

This years St Patrick's Day Parade in Birmingham became the first event to be called off due to the corona virus pandemic.

The Parade normaly sees up to 100 000 people lining Digbeth High Steet for one of the world largest events of its type.  However after the New York and Dublin parades where called off it left the team in Birmingham with no option.   Saftey first.

The plan was to have Adrian Goldberg at the bus broadcast the event as it happend. 

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Sunday, 1 March 2020

EFL Cup Final 2020

It is a staple of the BBC Bus.  The first visit to Wembley of the year and for the 3rd year in a row Manchester City are into the final.  This time they are up agents Premiership Aston Villa.

Football doesn’t stop in the capital and for the two hours in the run up to the match BBC WM will be live in at Tottenham’s ground for Tottenham v Wolves.  But they will broadcast from our new location on the Market Place next to Olympic Way for the two hours before that match. 

A true fan’s favourite BBC WM give out a limited edition hat in Villa’s colours and chatted to 100s of fans all wanting to see the glory days return to Villa Park.

BBC Radio Manchester had too much on that day and didn’t have time for a build up show from outside the ground.

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Friday, 20 December 2019

James Hazel's Christmas Tour 2019

James Hazel's Chrismas Tour 2019
James Hazel's Chrismas Tour 2019
For the 3rd year in a row the BBC Bus, James Hazel and BBC Radio Suffolk has taken Santa on a tour of Suffolk.

Without Issac Chenery for the first year, Vic Tucks comes in the producer and was helpet along by Lois Worrow.

As in other years, its five days and five venues, at each venue we broadcast the James Hazel show on BBC Radio Suffok but also have a VIP joining us. None other than Santa himself.

We started on the 16th of December in Bury St Edmonds before heading on to Beccles, (17th) ,
Hadleigh, (18th), Haslesworth, (19th) and Stowmarket (20th).

Heres a video from each day out on the road plus one other video of an interview in Halesworth.

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Friday, 6 December 2019

BBC Radio Meresyside Toy Appeal 2019

The BBC Radio Meresyside Toy Appeal is an annual event aimed at rasing toys for children on christmas day who would otherwise not have antything to open. 

The toys themslefs are collected by the local Lions cub, (local to whichever part of Liverpool we are in),  so the toys are staying within the area where we collect them.

We often find that the people of Meresyside are very kind and keep giving.  So we keep collecting for them.

This is where we have been 

Saturday, November 30 
Widnes Market,

Tuesday, December 3
New Mersey Shopping Park

Wednesday, December 4
Tesco Extra store, St. Oswalds St, Liverpool

Thursday, December 5
Smyths Toys,  Ravenhead Retail Park, Saint Helens

Friday, December 6
Sainsburys   Birkenhead,                                                   

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Monday, 9 September 2019

BBC Stoke in Stafford

BBC Stoke in Stafford
BBC Stoke in Stafford

BBC Radio Stoke love to get out and about and talk to listeners where ever they find them.

Starting on Tuesday the 3rd of September 2019 Bbc Stoke based themselves in the market place of Stafford outside the Guildhall.
BBC Stoke in Stafford
BBC Stoke in Stafford
On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Paula White and Denholm Siegertsz both came out the office and head to Stafford to spend mid-morning finding out what made the people there tick.

But it was until Friday when Perry Spiller came down the A34 and brought his full show from the market place. A fun-filled 3 hours ending with Top-Of–The-Pots in the last half hour.

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Monday, 14 August 2017

Lakefest 2017

Children's Entertainment at Lakefest
Children's Entertainment at Lakefest 

Lakefest is the UK's fastest growing music festival.  In its new location at Eastnor Castle in Ledbury for the second year, lakefest is attracting more and more revellers, with headliners Imelda May, Feeder and the Charlatans among the acts performing.

Around 8,000 tickets have sold for the festival at Eastnor Deer Park, which is in its sixth year.

BBC  Hereford and Worcester had its own stage run by Introducing presenter, Andrew Marsden.  The stage showcased new and unsigned bands from across  Herefordshire and Worcestershire, hosting three days of live music. 

Here is a program of when some of the bands that were recorded will be aired.

Quote: Andrew Marston, BBC Music Introducing
“One of the most exciting bands in the Midlands right now who steal the show with their live performances.”
“Powerful and exciting tracks delivered with a class-A stage performance.”
“Stunning electronica from one of Herefordshire’s most prolific producers.”
Devon Mayson
“Beautiful songs from an artist who’s been our BBC Introducing Track of the Week on so many occasions.”
Nuns Of The Tundra
“A powerhouse of rock who blew the tent poles off our BBC Introducing tent at 


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Saturday, 25 February 2017

BBC Humberside - Capital of Culture 2017

BBC Humbersdie's bus at burton constable hall
BBC Humberside's bus at burton constable hall

2017 is a big year for Hull and everyone involved in the City.

For the whole year, the city is the UK City of Culture.

BBC Humberside wanted to refelt this right but not forget about the rest of the editorial area. (East Riding of Yorkshire, North and North-East Lincolnshire)

To that end, the former BBC Somerset bus has been reconditioned and sent north.

From January to December 2017 the new BBC Humberside bus with travel around the region.

They will be broadcasting the Phil White show (12 noon to 2.30pm) each day, Monday to Friday.
From Bridlington to Cleethorpes, Grimsby to Goole, the bus will broadcast across the patch not only making sure that the events of the City of Cutler are covered but also the areas outside the city don't feel like the BBC is missing them out.

I was drafted in to drive the bus, as the two members of BBC staff hadn't passed their driving test and also to help set up the broadcast side of the bus.

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Monday, 30 January 2017

10 Years of No Supper Casino in Blackpool

Mike Steves talking about investment in the seaside town.
It was going to the making of the town.  The once busy seaside town of Blackpool was looking forward to the high life once again. 

Blackpool's popularity came in the Victoria era and has suffered a slow and steady downturn in the latter half of last Century.

But the problems were all going to be solved on turn on a card.   Blackpool was to become "The Las Vagas of the North" or so we were told.

The town council put all its eggs in one basket and bid to host the Uk's first  Super Casino.

There really wasn't a plan B for Blackpool.  It was this or nothing for the town.

Then on the 30th of January 2007 came the news that seemed to put the final nail in the coffin of Blackpool, Manchester was to host the Super Casino, not the seaside town.
The news was hard to take for the Fylde Coast.

How would Blackpool survive this?  

10 year to the day that the news broke, BBC Radio Lancashire spent the whole day on the Prom looking at what has happened since the decision.

A super casino never did come to the Fylde but the town has been on something of a journey.  To stand on the seafront now and look back over the 10 years you would see 1000's of pounds of investment.

Blackpool's Comedy Carpet
The investment that saw a new look Prom, new trams and new tram stops.  The money brought in new investors like Merlin who own the Town as well as other attractions in the town.

It also made new attractions like the Comedy Carpet where BBC Radio Lancashire spent the day.

All in all the fact that Blackpool didn't get the super Casino could have been the making of the town.   We will never know but Plan B, the plan that we didn't have, has worked for Blackpool.  Manchester never did get a Super Casino either.

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Sunday, 15 May 2016

National League Play-off 2016

Another day, another visit to Wembley.

This time it's to see who can came that 92nd and last place in the football league. 

The game on Sunday the 15th of May kicked off at 4pm between Forest Green Rovers of Gloucester and Grimsby Town of North East Lincolnshire.

As you can imagine both BBC Local radio stations (BBC Gloucestershire and BBC Humberside) had full live coverage to see if they could get another league side on there patch. 

We had all the build up from Olympic way.

As for the match itself.  Well Grimsby won that three goals to nil, going up via the play offs at the 3rd time of asking.

Well done Grimsby Town FC.

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Monday, 2 May 2016

Tour de Yorkshire 2016

The Tour de Yorkshire 2016

After the sussess of the Grand Depart of 2014, when the Tour de France started in Yorkshire, orgenisers of the tour made it an annual thing.   It can't be part of the full Tour de France each year so a new race was set up.    


Now into its second year the Tour de Yorkshire takes place across the whole of Yorkshire and even into Middlesbro' this year.

The three day event is coved in full by BBC Local Radio and as you would expect the BBC Bus is there to lend a helping hand to what is a logistical nightmear for the stations.

On Friady the 29th of April the Tour started in the historic market town of Beverly in the East Riding.  The Bus was in the the village of Market Weighton to watch the tour leave the East Riding.  

On Day two (Saturday the 30th of April) we got in to West Yorkshire to the start line that was in Otley.  There we watched not only the start of the mens race but the start of the very first womans race with 27 year old Lizzie Armitstead starting the race in her home town.   Armitstead was a member of the gold medal winning team pursuit squad at the 2009 Track World Championships, her second appearance at a senior world championship event.

On the last day we headed back east again to scarborough to the finishing line by the beach.  Were we saw Danish Thomas Voecker beat Ireland's and team sky's Nicolas Roche by just six seconds over the whole three days.  


BBC Humberside
BBC Leeds
BBC York

Tour de Yorkshire 

Aslo on the blog.

WW1 At home. 
York 10k
Play offs 2015
Humberside at 40

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