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Profile: Andy Ball

Andy Ball
Andy Ball

Join Andy Ball for Saturday Breakfast from on BBC Radio Merseyside (0600 - 0930). Andy aims to ease people into the weekend in a leisurely frame of mind.

"I know many people still have to work on a Saturday, but somehow the feel of the day is different to the hurley-burley of weekdays, so I hope to wind down the pace a little, while still supplying information to help people make the most of their weekend," he says.

The programme features much that is happening around the area. The popular naturewatch feature helps people identify what's happening in the world around them. There's also a popular book club, and features on the river, local shipping, gardening and travel.

It's a change of pace for Andy who spends most of the week operating as part of the BBC Radio Merseyside management team, "It's great to keep my hand in as a presenter and gives me the opportunity to get to do things most people don't."

Recent examples include a 125 mph ride from London to Liverpool in the cab of a Virgin Pendolino train, a ride on the footplate of a steam locomotive on the Llangollen Railway and even a spell steering one of the famous Mersey Ferries.

He's also enjoyed balloon rides, a trip on a lifeboat and a cruise from Runcorn to the Pier Head on a narrowboat to mark the opening of the new link carrying the Leeds-Liverpool canal across the Pier Head to Albert Dock.

A native of Wallasey, since 2006 he's lived with Lynn in the village of Lymm near Warrington where they have a tiny house with a large garden now occupied by a few chickens as well as his bird feeders and veg plot. "We may not be self-sufficient, but it certainly is the Good Life, " he says as he leaves the studio on Saturday morning to mow the lawns and tend the compost heap.

When not at home or work he's probably walking on the coast or in the countryside, browsing around a traditional market or visiting a heritage attraction.

At home he's probably experimenting in the kitchen or catching up on a huge backlog of reading - or even more likely a mountain of ironing.

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