As the Sun set on Wednesday evening (21st September) sixteen wild and wacky cars, including one driven by Bruce Dickinson from legendary rock band Iron Maiden, set off from the Black Horse Pub in Reigate heading for the South of France aiming to raise £75,000 for local charities.
The drivers were only allowed to spend a maximum of £500 on their cars and are aiming to reach Cannes in a little over three days despite not being able to drive on the Motorways. As the Dash to the Med began the total already pledged stood at £62,000 which is set to be split between four well deserving causes.
Hundreds of visitors flocked to the Outwood Village Country Show at the weekend and joined Susy Radio as they enjoyed a great afternoon of live music, dog shows and bird of prey displays in the Surrey countryside.
The Southern Golden Retriever Society’s Display Team put on a stunning show of precision dog handling in the main show ring and later in the afternoon youngsters gasped as low flying birds of prey swooped just inches above them during the display by The Hawking Centre. Musical entertainment was provided by the excellent Lingfield Silver Band before the day took a slightly more competitive turn as the Dog show entrants entered the main ring to battle for the chance to be the best in show.
Susy Radio broadcast live on 103.4FM from the showground for three hours as Neil Munday entertained and chatted to stallholders and vistors at the show.
Hop Stop from Oxted provided the chance to sample some of the local beers they sell and Neil Munday enjoyed a live on air beer tasting session as he chatted with Hop Stop’s James Rushforth.
Natalie Tribe, owner of Tribe’s Hut caterers, selling posh Wraps and Panini’s from a Vintage Citroen HY Van gave Neil the chance for another live tasting session for the Susy Radio listeners as he tucked into a freshly made pulled pork panini.
Canine Partners who partner people with physical disabilities to specially trained assistance dogs were among the many charities and local community groups at the show and Beverley chatted to Susy Radio about the in depth training given to the dogs by Canine Partners. Neil also chatted live on air to Carolyn Last who is the President of the Outwood Women’s Institute as well as volunteers from Just Springers Rescue and the British Legion.
A major attraction on the East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services (ESDAS) stall was a partly rusting Audi car with a wooden pallet, adorned with various styles of lights, attached to the roof and a disco style mirror ball hanging inside. This is one of 16 cars that are leaving Reigate later this month in a “Dash to the Med” in an attempt to raise £50,000 for four charities including ESDAS. Volunteer Janine from ESDAS explained on air that none of the cars have cost more that £500 and that Rock star Bruce Dickensen of Iron Maiden fame will be one of the co-drivers. Other charities that the drivers are raising money for are Variety, The Children’s Trust and the Reigate Grammar School Foundation.
Saturday 22nd November saw Crawley switch on its Christmas Lights with a huge all afternoon festival of food, music and dance. The Boulevard Was the location which was closed to traffic for the day as a huge stage, sound system, lighting on stage and on the council offices roof top plus fireworks and the Susy Radio outside broadcast unit were positioned!
The Susy Radio team comprised of Charlie Q, Steve Lee and Neil Munday who engineered and oversaw production on site with Michael Williams as main studio technical operator.
Geoff Rogers, Programme Director of Susy Radio, had given Neil a clean slate to work from with no adverts and omitting the 6pm news to cover the switch on ceremony by local panto celebrities and catch phrase / Britain’s got talent presenter, Stephen Mulhern.
Production consisted of live and pre recorded material throughout the day with families, young people and bands making the final live broadcast from 5pm which included exclusive interview with Stephen Mulhern and live sound direct from the main stage!
Susy Radio would like to thank Crawley Borough Council and Tony Whitton of “Main Stage” for including us in the celebrations but most of all the people of Crawley who packed in their thousands into the Boulevard for the big moment!
The broadcast was just under 1¼ hours and is here in full to listen again with a selection of pictures taken by Neil and posted to the Susy Radio Facebook page on the day.
Video courtesy of Chris Bell for Crawley Borough Council.
Next Sunday 23rd March is the date of a special charity football match organised through the offices of the Mayor of Reigate and Banstead, Councillor Dr Lynne Hack. The match is being played in support of the Mayor`s chosen local charities this year, The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and Surrey Crimestoppers.
The match will be played between the Mayoral team consisting of players selected from local football clubs against a Chelsea team that includes some ex-players now employed at Chelsea in a coaching capacity.
The charity football match, which has received financial support from two local companies, is being played at Redhill Football Club’s ground at Kilnbrow. At half time, there’s a penalty shoot involving local children selected by the clubs participating in the Mayoral team, with local celebrity, Phil Tufnell as the goalie. After the match the children involved in the penalty shoot along with the ball boys and girls will be presented with a goody bag donated by Chelsea FC.
Chelsea hopes to bring Stamford, the club mascot with them, which is certain to be a great attraction especially for the little ones. Ticket are available at the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill town centre or on the gate at Kilnbrow. Kick off is at 2.00pm.
Tickets are from the Harlequin Box office 1737 276500 at a cost of Adults £5 and Children £3.
Susy Radio`s Natalie Osborne spoke to The worshipful the Mayor of Reigate and Banstead Cllr Dr Lynne Hack during the sports show Live on Susy Radio.