Boxing clever

More than 20 years have passed since Dean Sugden, himself a former World Champion kickboxer, first opened the doors of Suggy’s Gym in Newark.

And for almost 10 of those years, June – aka the oldest deadlifter in town – has been there in the red and black room of pain three times a week for her personal training sessions with none other than The Boss himself!

Although she’s never walked out into the ring herself, other than to present trophies at a few fight nights, there are plenty who have – kickboxers and boxers, professional and amateur, all flying the flag for Newark both at home and abroad.

Now she can’t wait to get her own back on Dean for all that suffering when they go head to head in the studio in the second hour of this weekend’s Girls Around Town, talking about those two decades of fitness and fighting on Castlegate, how he and his team have adapted things over there during and after lockdowns…

And how it’s not just about professional fighters although, as you’ll hear, he manages and coaches a fair few of them!

If you think boxing, kickboxing, weight training and working out are just for boys and blokes, think again – there are plenty of lasses and ladies giving it their all during the different training sessions and a few female rising stars on the fighting front too, not least among them the second guest joining in the chat, young boxer Megan Williams.

Make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening on the apps, on Alexa or online from just after 11am – gym gear and/or boxing gloves are optional of course, just Put On Your Sunday Best to hear what Dean and Megan have to say about what’s on the cards for them and everyone else in the coming weeks and months.

And don’t forget that this Sunday also sees the welcome return of the Newark Dragon Boat Festival

Among the Radio Newark team joining in the fun down there at Riverside Park will be Chris Bevans, who’ll be on the phone to the studio from just after 10.20am to share a quick bird’s eye view of how things are going as it all starts to kick off.

Photo by Rick Wilks, Primal Pixels Photography

Back to the drawing board

Six months ago, Marie Elizabeth Edwards joined the Girls Around Town to talk about helping local businesses stand out from the crowd by designing and producing bold and beautiful signage for them.

It’s back to the drawing board this weekend when she’s in the studio again to tell Rosalyn and Rachel a little more about how she turned a hobby into a thriving business of her own.

And how, through a range of other creations Made By Mee, she brings a uniquely personal touch to special celebrations such as weddings, christenings and Christmas…

On her previous visit to Radio Newark, Marie was about to host the first meeting of a new local branch of the Mums in Business Association. Since then, the group has gone from strength to strength and she’ll have news of the events that have taken place so far and, of course, what’s next on the agenda for working mothers in area.

And there’s more! Last month, she was a member of Carrie’s Babes, one of 27 teams taking part in the Dragon Boat Festival here in Newark. Find out how the babes prepared for the big event, how things went for them on the day – and above all, how delighted they were to be crowned top team on the sponsorship front, raising over £1,700 for two of Newark’s best-loved charities!

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am to 12 noon on Sunday to hear what Marie has to say about what’s obviously been a very busy year so far…