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BBC Radio 4's "Any Questions?" comes to Spalding




Jonathan Dimbleby. Photo courtesy of the BBC (3015308)
Jonathan Dimbleby. Photo courtesy of the BBC (3015308)

Spalding people will have their concerns heard by 1.5million listeners when BBC Radio 4 broadcasts "Any Questions?" from the parish church.

The Vicar of Spalding, the Rev John Bennett, invited the programme to St Mary and St Nicolas eight years ago because he believed people from this area have "concerns and perspectives that deserve to be heard more widely".

As time passed, Mr Bennett forgot all about the invitation but, a couple of months ago, he had a phone call from the BBC.

Prospective panellists have been mentioned - Heidi Allen MP, Kate Hoey MP and Tom Shakespeare - but they may change as political events unfold over the next few weeks.

The Rev John Bennett believes the views of Spalding people deserve to be more widely heard. (260618SG-13)
The Rev John Bennett believes the views of Spalding people deserve to be more widely heard. (260618SG-13)

Mr Bennett said: “I am very pleased to welcome ‘Any Questions?’ to Spalding’s historic parish church on July 27.

"I wrote to the BBC not long after I came to Spalding in 2010 and suggested that the church would be a good place to use for a broadcast.

"I had forgotten all about it, until I had a phone call from the producer, a couple of months ago, to see if we were still interested. I immediately said , ‘yes!’

“Last month a BBC engineer came for a visit and we worked out the practicalities together. We won’t know exactly who will be on the panel until a few days before, but what will make the programme really interesting is the questions.

“People from this area have concerns and perspectives that deserve to be heard more widely across the country. I know they will come and take the opportunity to raise the issues that are closest to our hearts.”

Tickets for the broadcast are free, and can be obtained from The South Holland Centre or The Parish Office at 1 Halmer Gate.

"Any Questions?" was first broadcast 70 years ago and Jonathan Dimbleby became its presenter in 1987.



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