Hackney takes to the airwaves

Parallel Radio De Beauvoir Hackney
Parallel Radio (Rachel Banning-Lover)

A group of De Beauvoir residents have been challenged to produce a radio show in just six weeks.

Run by Open School East, an education venture using the Rose Lipman Community Centre, more than 20 people – from schoolchildren to senior citizens – give up four hours each Saturday to share memories through music.

Rick Crust, workshop leader, said: “In just two weeks, they’ve learnt to use the equipment [and] how to make jingles.

“But, more importantly, because we’ve been talking about music we remember from a long time ago to induce memories, we’ve found out more about each other. That is the real value.”

Pauline Browne, 58, from Clapton said that the singing was her favourite part. She took over the radio booth to record a song she had written years ago, but only now felt confident to share.

“It’s wicked working with older people,” Victoria Burrington, 22, said. “Part of the reason I signed up was because it was with over 55s.”