History of Out and About, by Irwyn Davies.
haunting sounds of a
Russian choir echoing around the hills of North Wales during the
Llangollen International Festival in 1992 was an experience I felt I
should share with listeners to Radio Redhill – so Out
& About was born.
programme seeks to highlight the interests, talents and creativity of
people from all walks of life and provide something different for
patients during their stay in hospital.
do I mean by something
different? Well, we have admired the bravery of the crew of the
Shoreham Lifeboat, collapsed in mirth in the presence of impressionist
Rory Bremner, witnessed the enthusiasm of BBC Antiques Roadshow expert
David Battie, gained an insight into the world of documentary film
making with the charming Joanna Lumley and have been inspired by the
recollections of centenarian Dick Barron who, as a British Veteran of
World War I, was awarded the Chevallier Legion D’Honeur by
the French government.
veteran of a different kind is the London to Brighton Veteran Car run
when motor racing champion Nigel Mansell revealed how difficult it was
to slow down in these ancient vehicles. His thoughts were confirmed by
fellow driver Prince Michael of Kent.
if to keep it in the family, His Royal Highness The Prince Edward came
on to the programme during his visit to Richard Stilgoe’s
Orpheus Centre in Godstone where the arts become a meaningful
experience for disabled students.
& About is proud to have been the recipient of BT Awards in the
Best Non-Music Programme category, in association with the Hospital
strange that it should have all started with that Russian choir!