How and why did you get involved with Irvine Beat FM? : Came to do an interview for another voluntary job I do, Macmillan Cancer Care about local services and here I am.
What are your favourite types of music? : Mowtown, soul and used to like rock when much younger
Name your favourite artist(s) : These days Paloma Faith, Jessie J, Beverley Knight, Gabrielle and Dina Carroll
Name a song that makes you hit “Repeat” when you listen to it. : At the moment it would have to be Peanut Butter Jelly by Galantis or Fleur East with Sax
Name a song you can’t help singing along to : I can’t sing – but have been known to hum along to the tracks in the studio
Favourite concert(s)/gig(s) : Many at the old Glasgow Apollo but best would have been the 3 nights in a row I went to see Lynyrd Skynyrd in about 1976 not long before their plane crash which I believe was because it ran out of fuel – unforgivable mistake for any pilot to make!!
Which, if any, musical instruments can you play? : A CD player if it counts
Can you sing? If so, what’s your Karaoke favourite? : As previously stated can’t sing but have done a bit of karaoke to the Walkers Brothers You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling
What do you love about Irvine? : It is where I was born – well Buckreddan Kilwinning and I grew up here until the age of 21 when I went off on my aviation career but always loved to come back and see the view across to Arran especially at dusk – so much so we have had a local artist paint an oil of that scene.
Best view(point) in Irvine? : As above over to Arran at dusk
Irvine Meadow or Irvine Victoria? : Irvine Meadow
If someone visits Irvine for the first time, where MUST they go? : My cousin’s cafe Freckletons in the Mall or the beach park
What’s your favourite breakfast? : Sausages, bacon with beans on toast
What’s your favourite dinner? : Steak pie
What’s your favourite soup? : homemade lentil and bacon
What’s your favourite ice-cream flavour? : Rum and raisin
What’s your favourite biscuit? : Digestive
What’s your favourite fruit? : Banana – and I have the perfect holder to keep them from getting bruised if I take one for a packed lunch
What’s your favourite vegetable? : Peas
If it’s my round, what drink should I get you? : Tennents lager
If you have a day off and some cash in your pocket, what would you do? : Invest it – I am very careful with money and hate wasting it on frivolous things!
When did you last have a lie-in? : Monday
What are the last three things you bought? : Can’t remember it was so long ago since I bought anything
Best holiday ever? : Too many to mention but I like the States where we have an apartment in Myrtle Beach South Carolina
Best day out? : Last year we had a fantastic day out over in Arran
Do you play any sport? : Table tennis
Do you follow any sport/teams? : F1 but it is getting boring and Rangers
Do you have a hero? : No particular single person but I do admire what both my parents achieved locally – oh and my wife
Have you met anybody famous? : Yes many in my working days but if my wife reads this she will question the work bit as she used to think I just went out to have fun
Who was your favourite interviewee? : All of our guests that come into Irvine Beat FM are very special – but I was once interviewed by the American chat show host Jay Leno at an airshow.
Do you have any secret talents? : Yes I can touch my head with my foot!!
Favourite film? : Don’t watch many films as my attention span is about 45 minutes
Favourite TV shows? : Scot Squad – that was so funny
Favourite Book? : Which magazine
Favourite game? : Scrabble
Do you look like any celebrities? : What’s a celebrity?