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Gerry Kersey

Gerry Kersey

Gerry brings you great tunes from a bygone era every Monday evening, from 1900-2200. However, if he won the lottery he'd do a swift disappearing act!

What's your first memory?

Getting into trouble for taking a flourbag full of caterpillars [taken from our willow trees] into the house and releasing them.

First record you bought?

Holst's The Planets Suite.

Your favourite three songs?

Joan Armatrading, Love and Affection

Labi Siffre, So Strong

George Harrison, Whilst My Guitar Gently Weeps

Who's been your best interviewee & why?

Sir Bob Geldof. Because he took time from a busy schedule and didn't show any impatience when the 'uher' became temperamental.

What's the most embarrassing thing you've said on-air?

When I pronounced that someone had died years before. They rang me to say they were not speaking from heaven or hell!

What's been your career highlight?

Dozens of them. Being on stage with Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet [for three performances], for a radio feature. Or touring Ontario, Canada. And meeting and interviewing Sir Ian McKellen.

How do you spend your time away from the microphone?

Painting in acrylics, walking, collecting all kinds of interesting things.

Favourite place in South Yorkshire or North Derbyshire - and why?

Hathersage Moor overlooking the Hope Valley. Because it is stunningly beautiful, and infinitely variable and I've known it all my life.

As a 10-year-old child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I don't really know. But I did use to mimic people and was always up for a family concert.

Who would you like to be trapped in a lift with?

Nelson Mandela - he'd know how to cope with confinement and be an excellent conversationalist!

Favourite food & drink?

Shepherds pie or meat and potato pie or a pie and pea supper.

What do you never miss on television?

Foyles War - it appeals to my age group.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

Distribute funds to family. Change my identity and disappear!

Gerry Kersey: Mondays 1900-2200

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