Radio station Gateway 97.8fm hired The Big Red Memories Bus to visit landmarks including Basildon Hospital, to celebrate 70 years of the town recently.
The hospital radio joined Basildon Community Radio on their journey to collect memories from the people who live in the town. The bus stopped at landmarks such as Wat Tyler Country Park, Basildon Sporting Village, Barleylands, and Wickford Downtowner Youth Club.
Many local people joined the celebration, including Billericay town crier Jim Shrubb, Matt Everard and his Tuk Tuk, that he had shipped over from Thailand and chairman of Gateway Radio, Alan Ursell.
The bus stopped outside Basildon’s outpatient department and the radio team were ready with microphones, broadcasting live and talking to patients and staff about Basildon life.
Jacqui James, chairman of the hospital radio said, “Basildon Hospital is a significant part of the town and it was fantastic to visit the hospital and mark 70 years .”
BHR1287 is the radio service operated by Basildon Hospital Radio, which broadcasts 24 hours a day throughout the year for patients. The live programme plays a continuous mixture of news, features and show favourites.
Money donated to the hospital radio goes towards the running of the service, so entertainment, information and news can be supplied free of charge to the patients of the hospital.
Left to right: Alan, town crier Jim Shrub and Jacqui outside of Basildon hospital.