Your very last chance to listen to Cheddleton Chats on LASAR

DEREK Walker presents his very last Cheddleton Chats show on LASAR tomorrow (Friday) before the internet community radio station closes down this weekend.

The octogenarian with a zest for life will be reminiscing about some of the many interesting guests he has interviewed since the online station was first launched two years ago.

They include local leading sports personalities, charity workers, poets, local authors, artists and more.

Derek, the station's founder chairman, will also recall his brush with the KGB and relate to other intriguing tales that have gripped listeners.

Derek prides himself in being the oldest living original UK space scientist at the age of 81.

He gained a post in the prestigious space department at RAE - England's version of NASA, after graduating from Manchester University in 1960.

It was while at university that Derek pursued his passion for rugby as a member the varsity first team.

He has also been a keen rock climber and was a regular visitor to The Roaches, near Leek, where he met up with some of Britain's most famous mountaineers, including Joe Brown and Don Whillans

"I have enjoyed working with some truly talented and wonderful people during my stay with LASAR," said Derek.

* LASAR Radio will cease broadcasting on Saturday lunchtime, when Dave Fuller and Gary Shenton will present the very last show between 12 and 1.

It is hoped to launch a new radio station later in the New Year, if there is sufficient support.

LASAR Radio was founded by local broadcaster John Barratt over a pint in a local pub with Derek Walker in November 2017 and has gone on to attract listeners in more than 160 countries.

The station goes out on a high having built up 1.2 million visits each month from its many, many followers on the worldwide web.

Dressed for the part: Derek recalls his regular visits to The Roaches as a keen climber.



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