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My hero, Stephen Walker

6th June 2014

My hero, Stephen Walker

 

Today, 6th June, is the 70th anniversary of D-Day when Allied forces landed across the coast of German occupied France.  With the benefit of hindsight, D-Day signalled the beginning of the end for Hitler but back then 70 years ago today, nobody knew whether D-Day would be a success or a disaster- there were thousands of casualties, but it paved the way for a victory in World War 2.

 20-14 is a poignant year for remembering.  It marks 100 years since the outbreak of WW1... today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day... and it’s days like this when we not only remember the people who fought for the wars of our ancestors, but also the most recent wars: The Faulklands, The Gulf War, Bosnia, Kosavo, Afganistan, Iraq... those thousands of brave men and women from this great country of ours, who lost their lives doing something that – I’ll be honest – I could never do.

I want to tell you about a man called Corporal Stephen Walker, or ‘whiskey’ as he was known amongst his military colleagues.  

In April 2010, he was deployed with Royal Marines 40 Commando – as a Section Commander, based out of ALMAS. His job was to lead a group of 8 Royal Marines on foot-patrol through Afghanistan, and one of those young commandos was my best friend,Wayne Gayton. 

Wayne and I have been best friends for years.  We grew up together, went to school together, hung out together, talked about girls, had sleepovers, and supported one another through tough times; so when Wayne was deployed, it was hard for me and his family, because we knew how dangerous it was.  During his time out there we would all write to him and keep his spirits high, but in his letters back to me, he was really honest about how tough and horrific it was out there.  He was perhaps much more honest with me, rather than when he was writing to other members of his family –he, obviously didn’t want them worrying any more than they were already.  It truly sounded horrible.  It was.  It was a warzone. 

During a morning patrol in a town in Helmand Province, my best friend Wayne and the other marines were walking through a farmer’s field of wheat... it was chest high and they were carefully navigating their way through.  As Stephen was leading Wayne and the rest of the marines through this field, he suddenly shouted STOP.  My best friend froze at this instruction.  He looked down, and it was then that his heart stood still – he’d trodden on a trip wire, which was attached to a bomb.   Just one slip, or one false movement, and the bomb would’ve detonated. 

Stephen Walker didn’t think twice about his own safety.  He went forward and fearlessly picked this trip-wire from my best friend, and saved his life.  

Just days later, there was a tragic twist of fate.  Stephen Walker was conducting a joint foot patrol with the Afghan National Army (ANA) to reassure local villagers and provide security for local farmers, when he himself was killed in an explosion.  He was a proud father of 2 children and a loving husband.   

I never met him, or spoke to him... and he never knew me.  In fact, I’ve only ever seen 1 photograph of him.  But when I look at this photograph, I feel a connection.  He put his life on the line to save my best friend, and then sadly lost his own life only days afterwards.  I never got a chance to say thank you, so here it is now. 

 Thank you Stephen for saving my best friend’s life.  He’s getting married in October and I’m his best man.  I’ll raise a glass you to.  I never knew you, but I’m proud to call you my hero...

 

Stephen Walker

Corporal Stephen Walker

 

 

Posted by Adam at 7:53am

70 years since D-Day

6th June 2014

70 years since D-Day

 

Today it's the 70th anniversary of D-Day, which signalled the beginning of the end of WW2... but not before thousands of brave individuals lost their lives.  Throughout today's show, we've been reflecting upon the horrors of that day and remembering those who didn't come home. 

 

Have a read of this letter which I read out earlier.  It was written by Lance Corporal Stan Eckert, 70 years ago.

 

Dear Mum

I am writing this letter at the bottom of a ditch very near the front line and I hope to get it posted pretty soon as my pal and I have a good idea that tomorrow we will be prisoners of war.

I am writing this short note here so as if it is ever found by anyone they can forward it for me. Do you know mum dear, I have never realised how much you meant to me, until now? If I can get home again, you will see a very different Stan, just wait and see. The same goes for Dad too and the rest of the Eckerts. There is one thing that worries me, and that is what happened to Cyril. I hope and pray that he is safe and well. Well mum, just sit and wait for the end of the war when I will be ‘home’ once again, for good. Don’t worry at all, will you.  With love to everyone at home, especially you.

Your ever loving son, Stan

XXXXX

 

A Royal marine Commando found that letter in the hands of a dead Lance Corporal Stan Eckert on D-Day itself 70 years ago this Friday. The photo, right, is where Stan rests. Stan's brother Cyril was later found dead too.

 

LISTEN AGAIN TO OUR TRIBUTE TO THOSE WHO DIDN'T COME HOME

 

 

StanEckertphoto

The resting place of Lance Corporal Stan Eckert, who died on D-Day, 70 years ago

Posted by Adam at 7:17am

Friday fun on the Breakfast Show

21st March 2014

Friday Karaoke... and other bits!

 

Today was a fun show.  Not only did Jake, Si and myself perform another amazing Friday Karaoke (listen again in the box, right), but we also spoke to some really talented youngsters from St Martha's Primary in King's Lynn.

Last week I judged a public speaking competition for the Soroptimists at KES, where a bunch of Primary Schools from across the area were taking part.  All the schools were really impressive, but these kids won and I invited them onto the show to have a little chat about it.  You can listen again here:

 
(Here they are, below, with The Mayor!)

 public speaking comp

 

FRIDAY KARAOKE!

LISTEN AGAIN HERE:

 

Now decide, which is better?  Ours, or the original...

Posted by Adam at 8:52am

Wednesday bits

12th March 2014

Wednesday bits...

 

 

Today we spoke to Simon and the team from Sainsbury's King's Lynn who are walking part of the Ancient Roman Peddars Way today to raise some money for Sport Relief. 

They set off at 7am from Castle Acre and are walking the 21.5 miles to Hunstanton, due in between 4pm and 5pm.

If you want to sponsor them, here's the link:

http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/kingslynn0748

 sainsbury

 

And here's something to make you laugh!

We've all honked the horn to hurry someone up... but have you ever seen a dog do it?

Posted by Adam at 6:19am

Friday Karaoke

7th March 2014

Friday Karaoke!

 

 

Needs no introduction...

Simply BRILLIANT.

 

 
 

 

Here's the inspiration behind this week's Friday Karaoke

 

Posted by Adam at 9:46am

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