May 2019

On the 6th May we invited our members to ‘turn on and tune in’ for an afternoon of radio nostalgia!
We began with time to chat or have a go at a ‘Tuning into Newquay’ wordsearch, before David introduced Chris Blount, a well-known ‘local boy’ who worked for the BBC for many years and was a familiar voice on Radio Cornwall. He now broadcasts on Radio Newquay as well as writing a weekly article in the ‘Newquay Voice’. We also discovered that Chris is a train-driver at Lappa Valley Railway and a bard of the Cornish Gorsedd – a very busy chap!
Chris gave an interesting talk about his early life in Newquay and how his career in radio developed as a result of his grandad's love of the ‘wireless’. His acquisition of an early tape recorder gave him the opportunity to record the voices of interesting characters and events from Newquay's past, which brought back memories for those of us who grew up in or around the town, whilst giving an insight of earlier times to those who have come from other parts of the country.  Chris also recalled visiting Crantock as a boy, and of local families who manned the Gannel ferries and revived the interest in Cornish gig racing.
Everyone was fascinated by Chris’s talk, and we were reminded of the importance of recording our own memories for future generations to enjoy.
Revived by the usual delicious selection of home-made cakes and biscuits there was a chance to view a display relating to the early days of radios and radio broadcasting and to reminisce about our favourite radio programmes and stars of the past. There were also some early holiday souvenirs, guide books and illustrations of ‘Old Newquay’ to talk about. We were delighted that Chris joined us for tea and several guests took the opportunity to chat with him about their memories.

A quiz about ‘vintage’ radio programmes and their musical signature themes followed, and when the answers had been shared there was just time for a quick ‘singalong’ before we all set off for home once again.
We look forward to meeting up again from 2pm – 4pm on Monday 20th May and Monday 3rd June at Crantock Village Hall. New members, who have a degree of memory loss, are always welcome to come along with their carers, and should you require more information please contact Di on 01637 830544, Joan on 01637 831347 or see our website (