Back in the frame again for my photo competition with the Mayor of Ashford and our local MP Damian Green. I managed to get in twice with no sign of my competitors (I don’t count the picture of me next to my Webbo’s World column, that’s a gimme, oh and talking about my column that’s on page 6 every week, I must have had some kind of sixth sense kick in. I decided to write about the shambles of the England football team and how it was time for change. Well blooming heck, the day before it comes out, Mr Cappello decides to resign, he must have known I reckon). So you can find Kirstyn and I on page 14 as we help launch the Food4Thought campaign that the British Heart Foundation have set up and our very own Towers School are supporting. And then on page 22 you will, rather embarrassingly, find me also on page 22. I say embarrassingly, because I’m wearing the same shirt and suit that I was pictured in the paper last week, oops, bit of a faux pas. But it’s not all about me because I was happy and privileged to be invited to the launch of The Butterfly Blastoff, a gala evening which marked the start of fundraising campaign organised by the Kent MS Therapy Centre. My new friend and her willing helpers put on an incredible night which managed to raise £10,000 to help sufferers of multiple sclerosis.
The front page is all about the story of a father and son who ran their own tyre business. But behind the scenes, they were running a much more lucrative business, growing cannabis, it’s an incredible story.
There are also some brilliant pictures featuring all the snow that fell last week, we really do have the best photographers in the world (ish). Talking of pictures, check out the centre pages where you will find the entire staff and pupils of High Halden Primary School.
Plus, the back pages holds a sports story that warms my cockles. When I got involved with the newly formed Ashford United FC I said that getting the youth policy correct was paramount to the club succeeding in the future. Well my prayers were answered and now United are going to merge with one of the best youth set ups in Ashford, namely Ashford Borough, the future is truly bright.
So, today’s randomness (there is always one per show it would seem) was all to do with the name Lionel. After introducing Lionel Ritchie’s ‘dancing on the ceiling’ I merely suggested that I didn’t know many Lionel’s, in fact Lionel Blair was the only one. But I knew I didn’t have to worry because you came up trumps, so we had Lionel Bart (writer of Oliver), Barrymore (who starred as the baddie in its A Wonderful Life), Jeffries (the Granddad in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and Messi (you know, that little Barcelona bloke). But the best call was from a lovely lady called Isabelle who had a brother called Lionel Derek Bailey, who is 73 and lives in Bethersden, priceless.