John loves real ale and loves the city's annual beer festival
John came to Nottingham as a Mining Engineering student and stayed.
He met his wife, Kate, in The Salutation, whilst she was working as a nurse at Mapperley Hospital. They married and now have an expanding family of three grown-up children and four granddaughters - he is working towards a netball team.
John first broadcast on BBC Radio Nottingham in April 1970.
He was particularly fortunate to find himself at BBC Radio Nottingham as a sports reporter in the halcyon days of the late 1970s when Forest were winning European Cups under Clough and Taylor; Rice and Hadlee were playing for Nottinghamshire Cricket Club and Torvil And Dean were conquering the world with their ice dance.
He went on to front the legendary Saturday Rock Music show 'Extravaganza' and present Radio Nottingham's Mid-Morning and Breakfast shows.
Life at the BBC
In 2009 John celebrated 40 years with the BBC. His career began at the home of British radio, Broadcasting House in London, working alongside household names like Sam Costa, Victor Sylvester, Humphrey Lyttelton and Status Quo. He also did a spell in Birmingham on spot effects for The Archers.
JOHN'S ALL TIME TOP TEN
Easy - Commodores
All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
Life's Been Good - Joe Walsh
Need Her Love - Electric Light Orchestra
Old Love - Eric Clapton
River Man - Nick Drake
Love Minus Zero No Limit - Bob Dylan
She's Not There - Santana
Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson
Chasing Pavements - Adele
He worked in Bristol where he produced Down Your Way, Any Questions and, alongside Jonathan Dimbleby, launched Any Answers as a phone-in. He also had a satisfying spell working in the world famous Natural History Unit.
His TV work began on 'Look! Hear!' a youth show with Toyah Wilcox. He also presented one of the BBC's first consumer series; BBC2's Inside Information.
Life in Nottingham
John now presents the Afternoon Show on BBC Radio Nottingham and is often rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous.
But he is keen to stress that his average day is not all glamour.
He is a founder and Chairman of the skin cancer charity, SKCIN.
John Holmes is on BBC Radio Nottingham 2.00 - 4.00pm, weekdays.