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June 2015

Hello Beckham, Goodbye Maria

26th June 2015

Well, what a week that was!

It's been a busy one at Wessex FM HQ for me, starting with a weekend where we had the Wessex FM Summer Party, Wool Carnival, and then Dorchester Carnival all within the space of 24 hours!

On Wednesday morning, I had a message sent to the studio telling me that global superstar David Beckham was having breakfast in Morrison's Weymouth store.  Surely not true?  But the rumours continued to circulate that he was, in fact, in town and had gone on a fishing trip with his eldest son Brooklyn.

Beckham Weymouth

So, thanks to a few contacts, I discovered the boat he was on and what time he was heading back into the harbour.  As I waited, a crowd gathered, becoming more excited when his boat docked, and he disembarked.  I would have thought a couple of 'heavies' may have cleared a path through the crowd for him, but no!  He zigzagged his way through the fans, and stopped for many selfies and photos.  He eventually got to his car and drove away.  It was ten minutes of madness, and I reported in live to Drivetime, interviewing a group of teenage girls who were literally shaking at the experience!

See all the photos here

Finally, today was a sad day at Wessex FM, as it was Maria Greenwood's final day before leaving to give birth to her first baby.  She will return in the New Year, and we wish her all the very best.

maria flowers

There were plenty of tears this morning as I surprised her on the Breakfast Show with phone calls and messages.

Many thanks to local musician Jack Daniels, who joined us on the phone for Birthday Stars!  At the start of the year, he said that for every celebrity birthday Maria guessed correctly, he'd donate £1 to the Steve Charles Help A Friend Fund.  This morning the total stood at £30, but thanks to some fun and games, that rose to £100!  Well done Jack for his generosity.

Find out more about the Steve Charles Help A Friend Fund.


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The Out Loud Festival is coming to Weymouth

18th June 2015

I'm really looking forward to introducing all the acts on stage over the weekend of the 27th and 28th June at the very first Out Loud Festival in Weymouth!

There's loads of acts across five stages through the town centre, and we'll be at the Main Stage in New Bond Street outside Debenhams.

Richard Burgess from Weymouth & Portland Lions popped into the show this morning to tell me more about what's happening:

You can also find out more about the Out Loud Festival here.


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Showbiz legend Des O'Connor on the show

17th June 2015

des o'connor

It was great talking to showbiz legend Des O'Connor on the show this morning.  He brings his new show to Weymouth Pavilion tomorrow evening!

Listen here:



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Dorset's next Jose Mourinho?

16th June 2015

This morning, Phil Hallett popped in for a quick chat - he's the Secretary of Maiden Newton & Cattistock FC, and they're looking for a first team Manager / Head Coach.

It's voluntary and will involve training one evening a week and match days.

If you're interested, call Phil on 01305 267649.



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12th June 2015

How do you get people talking about something that's really serious? 

Local magician and hypnotherapist Chris Piercy is running a campasign to get people talking about depression in men, and wants men to open up about their feelings, in a bid to reduce the number of suicides.

So he's come up with the#HamSelfie - spreading the word on social media by posting a photo of yourself with some ham!

Chris told Maria and I more about teh campaign on the Breakfast Show this morning:


Of course, we took a #HamSelfie with Chris in the studio!

ham selfie


Chris has also recorded a video which has been seen and shared thousands of times on social media:


Posted by James at 8:10am

Your favourite hidden beaches in Dorset

10th June 2015

While we know just how gorgous our county is, it does make me feel good whenever Dorset gets praise or recognition nationally, and the Daily Telegraph have named two Dorset beaches in their Top Twenty Hidden Beaches in the UK.

On the show this morning, I was asking you to name your favourite local spot by the sea - join in the Facebook conversation here - and mentioned that mine was Ringstead Bay, because I popped the question to my other half there last week!  It was a lovely sunny evening and we had the place to ourselves.

Thanks for your contributions - this photo is courtesy of LoveWeymouth on Facebook, which has loads of brilliant photos from aound the county.

beach lee dolbear


Posted by James at 9:18am

Top Five Barbecue Tips

5th June 2015

It's getting warmer, summer is here, and it's time to break out the barbecue!

I caught up with Dennis from The Fantastic Sausage Factory in Weymouth, who gave me his Top Five Basic Barbecue Tips!

dennis barbecue tips


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