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Offline RoyW46

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1937 BBC Radio Broadcast In Town To-night
« on: Thursday 01 February 18 11:14 GMT (UK) »
Hello everybody
Help please, my wife's Grandfather was Thomas Willett born Brighton 1888 died Islington 1944. He was a resident of Hastings for most of his life and was better known as Tom Willett Hastings Sand Artist.  In the 1930's at low tide on the sands at Hastings, Dymchurch and Folkestone, he would sketch in the sands, his most famous sketch being that of Salisbury Cathedral.

I know that on 27th March 1937 he was interviewed on the popular Radio Show: In Town To-night.  Possibly during the same broadcast some other Hastings men were interviewed including: Mr. Bill Martin a Lugworm Digger and Hastings Lifeboat member, Mr. Wicking a Hawker and Mr A.M. Breach the Lover's Seat Photographer.

I have tried searching (online) the BBC Radio Archives and the British Library Archives and although I found a number of details of broadcasts on this Radio Show for 1937, none included the Hastings men.

My wife's wish is naturally enough a desire to obtain a copy of the recording when her Grandfather Tom Willett was talking, but to hear the other men would be just as interesting, certainly the surname of: Martin is well known in the Old Town of Hastings.

We would also like to know where the show was broadcast from, what Studio was used, the Wavelength and apart from the: Hastings and St Leonards Observer, Saturday, March 27, 1937 where else would we find information about the broadcast?  What Newspapers, Journal or Magazines would have carried information.

From the Hastings and St. Leonards Observer we read that a 'script' prepared by Barry Funnell may have been used.
Any help or advice would be appreciated, thank you
Roy


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Re: 1937 BBC Radio Broadcast In Town To-night
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 01 February 18 14:07 GMT (UK) »
The Radio Times archive gives some brief information, but nothing about who took part - see

http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/2d134fb416fe4976b4c4266bb8874b97

where there's also a link to an image of the page in Radio Times.

It was apparently on the National Programme. The page in the above link says it was broadcast from Daventry, but at the top of the original page it says Droitwich, and it was 200KHz/1500m long wave, but also on medium wave in some parts of the country.

Wikipedia has an article on the National Programme - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_National_Programme

Also one on In Town Tonight - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Town_Tonight
Researching among others:
Bartle, Bilton, Campbell, Craven, Emmott, Harcourt, Hirst, Kellet(t), Kennedy,
Meaburn, Mennile/Meynell, Metcalf(e), Palliser, Robinson, Rutter, Shipley, Stow, Wilkinson

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Re: 1937 BBC Radio Broadcast In Town To-night
« Reply #2 on: Friday 02 February 18 10:46 GMT (UK) »
Arthurk

Thank you, sorry I did not reply earlier.  I have written to Simon Rooks of the BBC, keep you posted on updates.

Thanks again all the best

Roy