A morning with John Holmes  BBC Radio Nottingham Presenter.

John Holmes BBC Radio Nottingham Presenter

12/01/2009.  John had embarked on a series of walks around the County and was looking for ideas, so I invited him to Sherwood Forest,  John was eager to accept my invitation as I hope the FoSf being a new Charity I might just prove interesting.  I arranged to meet John at 9.30am on the first day of his celebration of 40 years in Broadcasting.

The morning for the walk arrived and I was early at 08.55 in the car park as arranged, it was tipping it down with rain, and I had that dreadful feeling that this was not going to happen,  perhaps his new fangled voice recorder would seize up with the rain or something.  I decided to feed the birds, which usually takes a full packet of bird food ( Bill Oddies monster mix for pterodactyls and Dinosaurs goes down a treat ).  At 09.15 it stopped raining and I felt a little better,  ten minutes later John arrived.

I was greeted by a very heart-warming smile and a solid handshake,  John asked if I had ever been involved in any other broadcasts, no came the reply, never mind John said,  asking where I would like to start.  I decided a word about the unofficial feeding station in the car park would not come amiss, as we were in the winter period.  We progressed down to the Major Oak, chatting as we walked.  The time passed very quickly and no sooner had we left than we were back where we started in the car park.  A quick cup of coffee in the restaurant was the order of the morning ( John Paid - bless I'm ).  I had a few more tasks before I departed for Edwinstowe, I thanked John for his time in walking and talking to me about the Forest and the FoSF.  My next port of call was the Library where the Plans for the new visitor exhibition were on Public display.

The walk was broadcast on the following Friday and a subsequent e-mail from John confirmed the broadcast was a success.



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