From Bologna to Boston with travel writer Jane Keightley

A regular visitor to Girls Around Town, Jane Keightley will be joining June and Rachel again next weekend, looking back at a few of her recent travels – and looking ahead to a major event coming soon…

If you’ve heard Jane on previous shows, you’ll know she shares June’s passion for Italy. So you won’t be surprised to hear that she’ll be describing some of the highlights of trips to Bologna and Piedmont – and filling everyone with envy with the news that’s she’ll be off to Florence again in just a few days!

Closer to home, she’s still on a mission to spread the word about the many attractions of Lincolnshire, determined to quash the myth that it’s just ‘flat, boring and full of cabbage fields’…

With this in mind, she’ll be talking about places she visited researching an article for The Sun on its extensive aviation history and the celebration of the RAF Centenary.

But top of her agenda for the coming months is putting the finishing touches to a new series of tours centred on the market town of Boston, home of the famous Boston Stump. Otherwise known as St Botolph’s Parish Church, it’s one of the country’s largest parish churches with one of the tallest medieval towers at 272 feet high.

It’s also a place that’s particularly close to Jane’s heart – in her own words, more years ago than she cares to mention she got married there!

In preparation for the anticipated influx of American visitors in 2020 for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower, the tours will explore some of the sites connected with this historic event.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon when Jane will be explaining what’s in store for the tours and where you can find out how to join her when they’re launched next spring…

Picture by Jane Keightley

The witching hour

Centre stage on this week’s show goes to guest Rachel Repper – whether she arrives by broomstick or not remains to be seen but she’ll be joining June, Tina and Sue with news of the Robin Hood Theatre‘s upcoming production of Roald Dahl‘s The Witches.

Set partly in Norway and partly in England, the story revolves around seven-year old Boy‘s bid to rid the world of these ‘demons in human shape’, who look and act like ordinary women. As the plot unfolds, he sets out to foil the Grand High Witch‘s master plan to eliminate all children by giving them free sweets and chocolates laced with a magic potion which turns them into mice!

Rachel will be talking about her involvement in the theatre and her starring role in The Witches, which runs from Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 June. Performances start at 7.30pm each evening and there’s a matinee at 2pm on the Saturday. For more details and bookings, click here.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday – not quite the witching hour, of course! – when Rachel will also be sharing a different kind of story with the Girls Around Town as she describes a recent trip which took her and her family to India, South America and beyond…