Spilling the beans

Do you remember the Swinging Sixties? Maybe not – but perhaps you’re still a fan of Sixties music?

Either way, the name Frank Ifield is sure to strike a chord – the first UK-based pop star to have three consecutive number one hits, beginning with I Remember You in July 1962 which was also the first disc to sell a million copies in the UK alone…

This weekend, ex-showbiz journalist Graham Keal returns to Girls Around Town to explain why and how he made it his mission to bring one of his own 60s idols to Newark on Tuesday 22 May.

“As a pop-mad 12-year old back then, Frank was a huge star to me,” says Graham. “And he still was when I interviewed him 20 years later during my time as TV editor of the Northants Evening Telegraph.

“When I saw on his website that his 2018 UK tour didn’t include any dates in the East Midlands, I contacted his agent and agreed to organise a Frank Ifields Spills The Beans dinner if a suitable venue could be found.”

Graham will be in the studio on Sunday to describe how he set the search in motion and just what’s in store for the 40 diners at Carriages Café, where Frank will be ‘spilling the beans’ about lots of behind-the-scenes stories from the Swinging Sixties.

Tune in to 107.8FM or DAB digital radio or listen online between 10am and 12 noon – with a little bit of luck, June might even be able to persuade him to drop one or two hints about some of the tales Frank has to tell!

Fabulous after 40

it's not the yearsWho says women can’t be fabulous – personally, professionally or both – once they’ve passed the two-score mark? That they should just accept the fact that the best is well and truly behind them and give in gracefully to a life less visible?

There IS life after 40 – and even after 50 or 60! – and if you need proof, then just consider this…

Tina was in her 40s when she discovered an exciting new outlet for her creativity in BeLOVEd – Sue was in her 40s too, when she not only started a new career in IT but also first found her radio voice – and June was on the wrong side of 50 when she decided to take up weight training and she’s still going strong!

But they’re not alone in breaking new ground at a time when they’ve become what the French so charmingly call femmes d’un certain age – a much nicer description than middle-aged or even worse, don’t you think?

On the show, in networking groups or just out and about, the Girls Around Town have met a steady stream of kindred souls who prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that it’s not the YEARS in your life that count, it’s the LIFE in your years

fabulous at 40And now they’re on a mission to find and feature even more local ladies who’ve shown that it really is never too late to take on new challenges.

Have you found your fabulous after 40? Or perhaps you know someone who has?

Whether it’s a major lifestyle change, a completely new career or a hobby you’d never considered before, the Girls Around Town want to hear from you and share your stories with their listeners.

Getting in touch couldn’t be easier – just follow this link and choose the way that’s best for you. June, Tina or Sue will get back to you right away and you – or the friend or family member you’ve suggested – could be joining them in the studio one Sunday morning soon…