Radio Solent to host free Christmas event

Solent's Alex Dyke with Bill Palmer

Solent’s Alex Dyke with Bill Palmer

Local radio station Radio Solent has been inspired to get together with local charities this Christmas to host a special live broadcast community event following the appearance last month of a lonely pensioner, Bill Palmer, on the Alex Dyke Show.

DJ Dyke sent a taxi round to bring the 95 year-old listener to the BBC studios after the elderly gent took part in a phone-in on ‘Love later in life’ and told how the love of his life was in a care home and that “ every day is hell. I feel so alone “.

The pensioner spent the rest of the show chatting to other listeners and his story made national headlines .

“The Big Christmas Cuppa” will be held at Southampton Guildhall on December 9 and guests will be able enjoy a mince pie and a cuppa with presenters Alex Dyke and Katie Martin as they host heir shows live from the event.

The free community event is open to everyone, but the station hopes that it will attract hundreds of older people from the area in an effort to combat loneliness and isolation this Christmas.

Activities will include and afternoon tea dance, an over 60s physical M.O.T plus the chance to meet a host of local charities and services including Age UK, The Silver Line and Hampshire Fire Service.

Free tickets, which include refreshments, are available by calling   BBC Radio Solent: on 023 8063 1311 or the  O2 Guildhall box office on 023 8063 2601.