Benidorm Live

10th September 2018

Benidorm Live

As soon as the curtain went down at the Theatre Royal’s performance of Benidorm Live some of the cast nipped out of the stage door…

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Alan’s Never Gonna Give Him Up!

6th September 2018

Alan’s Never Gonna Give Him Up!

We had great fun when Rick Astley came into the studio to chat to Alan. So much fun, in fact, that Alan wanted to ‘Never…

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Alan Wins Gold At The New York Radio Awards!

17th August 2018

Alan Wins Gold At The New York Radio Awards!

Alan’s won Gold in the New York Radio Awards for Radio Personality: Local Market in the 2018 International Radio Program category. Here he is, posing…

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Busker Bailey Nelson Pops In

2nd August 2018

Busker Bailey Nelson Pops In

Busking sensation Bailey Nelson has gone viral across the world this week after he was spotted playing on Northumberland Street in Newcastle. After hearing all…

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Wanted!

1st August 2018

Wanted!

Ex Wanted band member, Max George, popped by to have a chat with Alan (and to marvel at his shirt!) at the Metro Radio studios…

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Tilly’s Bucket List

12th June 2018

Tilly’s Bucket List

Tilly the dog is dying, so the owner is giving him a bucket list of treats one was to see The Blade Alan Robson!

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Alan Meets Daniel Docherty

15th April 2018

Alan Meets Daniel Docherty

Daniel had a great time when he stopped by the Metro Radio studios on Sunday night. He’s currently touring the UK and Europe with Calum…

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Afnan Prince Pops In

11th April 2018

Afnan Prince Pops In

North Shields singer-songwriter Afnan Prince popped into the studio to see Alan recently. His new single ‘Scared’ is out in early May.

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Fooling Around With Birds!

9th April 2018

Fooling Around With Birds!

Alan visited The Rising Sun Countryside Centre in Benton recently. Set in 400 acres of open countryside near Newcastle he particularly enjoyed meeting the birds…

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Alan Catches Up With Franz Ferdinand

29th January 2018

Alan Catches Up With Franz Ferdinand

Here’s Alan with Alex from Franz Ferdinand, who popped into the Metro Studios recently.

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Collecting For Cash For Kids

10th December 2017

Collecting For Cash For Kids

Alan and the team were collecting for the Cash For Kids charity at a chilly Dalton Park tonight at the Vectra Meet.

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Alan Receives Nomination At Audio Production Awards

23rd November 2017

Alan Receives Nomination At Audio Production Awards

Alan has been nominated in the category for ‘Best Presenter – Speech’ at the Audio Production Awards.

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Alan Wins His 80th Award!

21st November 2017

Alan wins his 80th award from The International Tourist Board Awards, for his shows with Adventures In Radio, when he broadcast live from Barbados, including…

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Perfect Blue Sky

15th November 2017

Perfect Blue Sky

Swede/Aussie duo Perfect Blue Sky chatted and played live in the studio with Alan tonight. They are currently nearing the end of a European tour…

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Zeals From Somerset!

9th November 2017

Zeals From Somerset!

Somerset 3 piece Zeals popped into the Metro Radio studios recently for a chat with Alan before supporting the Hoosiers at the O2 Academy in…

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Blue Rose Code

7th November 2017

Blue Rose Code

Edinburgh born Ross Wilson AKA Blue Rose Code stopped by with his band before their gig at the Cluny in Newcastle, the fourth date in…

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Lucy May

7th November 2017

Lucy May

Kent born singer Lucy May is currently touring the UK but made time to pop in and see Alan before her gig at The Central…

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JoAnna Lee

2nd November 2017

JoAnna Lee

American singer JoAnna Lee dropped into the Metro Radio Studios recently midway through her UK Tour.

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All Aboard For Halloween!

31st October 2017

All Aboard For Halloween!

Alan gets ready to board the Tyne Idols bus for his Halloween Grisly Tales Tour.

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Alan Interviews A Tyne Idol

30th October 2017

Alan Interviews A Tyne Idol

Original Lindisfarne band member Ray Laidlaw speaks to Alan about his life in music and as a partner of tour company ‘Tyne Idols’, who will…

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Alan Meets Jessica The Goth!

25th October 2017

Alan Meets Jessica The Goth!

Jessica, star of new play ‘Goth Weekend’ popped into see Alan at the Metro FM studios. The play is currently on at the Live Theatre…

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Voice Winner!

25th October 2017

Voice Winner!

Lena, winner of the Israeli version of ‘The Voice’ popped into the Metro Radio studios recently for a chat with Alan before supporting Little Mix.

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Alan Meets Rhys Lewis

24th August 2017

Alan Meets Rhys Lewis

Singer/Songwriter Rhys Lewis popped into the studio to see Alan and promote his new single ‘Be Your Man’.

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Alan Meets Wildwood Kin

24th August 2017

Alan Meets Wildwood Kin

Indie Alt Folk harmony trio Wildwood Kin popped into the studio to see Alan and promote their new album ‘Turning Tides’.

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Alan Takes To The Air

13th August 2017

Alan Takes To The Air

Alan experiences a different type of ‘on air’ experience by hitting the skies to help promote the Wings & Wheels Festival at Eshott Airfield on…

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Alan Gets Inked

14th June 2017

Alan Gets Inked

Check out Alan’s new sleeve artwork courtesy of ‘Not Just A Pretty Facepaint‘, who airbrushed this design onto his arm.

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Alan Comperes ‘Big Day Out with Metro Radio’ In Aid Of Cash For Kids

3rd June 2017

Alan Comperes ‘Big Day Out with Metro Radio’ In Aid Of Cash For Kids

Alan and the Nightowl’s team were at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park in South Shields for music, games, prizes and giveaways with live performances by Big Audition…

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Alan Helps Animal Shelter

30th March 2017

Alan Helps Animal Shelter

Alan visited Northumberland based SHAK (Safe Homes And Kindness), a charity in Bedlington who look after dogs with behavioural or health issues that would otherwise have…

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In The Studio With The Hairy Bikers

8th March 2017

In The Studio With The Hairy Bikers

Alan met the Hairy Bikers (Dave Myers and Si King) when they appeared on his Night Owls show on Metro Radio.

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In The Studio With Earl

3rd March 2017

In The Studio With Earl

London based singer and BBC Introducing artist ‘Earl’ visited Alan at Metro Radio to talk about her new EP and tour.

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Ross Noble Joins Alan In The Studio

20th February 2017

Ross Noble Joins Alan In The Studio

Ross joins Alan on his Night Owls show for more lunacy and references to the time he rang the show to report he’d released a crocodile…

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Alan Tries Spanish Tapas With A Masterchef!

13th February 2017

Alan Tries Spanish Tapas With A Masterchef!

Omar, Spain’s Masterchef popped into see Alan with some tasty treats in the run up to the opening of new restaurant ‘Tapas Revolution’.

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Alan Presented With Platinum Disc

16th November 2016

Alan Presented With Platinum Disc

To celebrate his 40 years on air, Alan is presented with a platinum disc.

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40 Year Anniversary On The Air!

12th November 2016

40 Year Anniversary On The Air!

Today marks Alan’s 40th anniversary on the air. In 1976 he joined Metro Radio full time, previously having worked in the civil service. But it wasn’t the…

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Alan Meets Spice Girl Mel C

12th September 2016

Alan Meets Spice Girl Mel C

Mel C stopped by Metro Radio to perform her new single ‘Anymore’ on Alan’s show.

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Night Owls Heads To Ireland

28th April 2016

Night Owls Heads To Ireland

Alan and the rest of the Night Owls team take the show on the road to Ireland. Here they visited spooky locations, carried out some…

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Alan Meets Ellie Goulding

16th March 2016

Alan Meets Ellie Goulding

Ellie stops off at Metro Radio to chat to Alan before hitting the Metro Radio Arena for her ‘Delirium’ Tour.

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Inducted Into National Radio Hall Of Fame

12th May 2014

Alan is inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame at a glittering ceremony hosted by Chris Evans at London’s Grosvenor Hotel. This was the first…

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Alan Meets Auschwitz Survivor Zdenka Fantlova

13th January 2014

Alan Meets Auschwitz Survivor Zdenka Fantlova

Alan has met and interviewed Zdenka Fantlova, one of the survivors of Auschwitz. Her story is told in two ‘Incredible Stories’: Zdenka Fantlova Interview and Survivors…

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Night Owls Broadcasts From Western Isles

2nd May 2013

Night Owls Broadcasts From Western Isles

Alan brings the Night Owls team to the Western Isles of Scotland for a week of shows.

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Night Owls Begins Simultaneous Broadcasting

8th October 2012

Night Owls Begins Simultaneous Broadcasting

Alan’s show ‘Night Owls’ begins simultaneous broadcasting on TFM and it’s home station – Metro Radio.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

19th October 2010

In 2010 Alan was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Radio Acadamy.

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Alan Wins New York Radio Award

9th June 2007

Alan Wins New York Radio Award

Alan wins a New York Radio Award for his show ‘Walking In The Footsteps Of Jack The Ripper’.

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New Sponsors Car

15th July 2004

New Sponsors Car

Alan gets another ‘Bladesmobile’.

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Lucedio Ghost Hunt

31st October 2003

Lucedio Ghost Hunt

Alan hosts a Ghost Hunt from Italy. This image is from a desecrated Cathedral.

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Night Owl Party

14th September 2002

Night Owl Party

One of the many Night Owl Parties. This one was held at the Mayfair in Newcastle. Singer Jayne Mackenzie and Alan duet ‘The Time Of My Life’.

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Alan Photo

17th August 2002

Alan Photo

Alan poses for a photo in 2002.

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Alan Signs For A Third Series Of ‘Scariest Places On Earth’

21st April 2002

Alan Signs For A Third Series Of ‘Scariest Places On Earth’

Alan signs for a third series of 20th Century Fox’s ‘Scariest Places On Earth.

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Qualifies As An Exorcist

1st November 2000

Yes, it’s true. Alan is an exorcist! He carried out his first exorcism after gaining a Masters in Exoricsm and Spiritualism at Birkbeck, University of London in…

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20th Century Fox’s ‘Scariest Places On Earth’ Airs

23rd October 2000

20th Century Fox’s ‘Scariest Places On Earth’ Airs

Alan joins Linda Blair presenting ‘Scariest Places On Earth’ for 20th Century Fox. The show ran for 41 episodes over three series.

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Messing With The Audience On ‘Robson’s People’

21st April 2000

Messing With The Audience On ‘Robson’s People’

On the set of Robson’s People for Tyne Tees Television in 2000.

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Ross Noble Pranks Alan

29th February 2000

Ross Noble Pranks Alan

Comic Ross Noble gets 500 fans to call Alan and claim an alligator was on the loose in a Newcastle park. Ross, originally from Cramlington in…

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*Article* ‘Local Hero Heeds Final Whistle’

16th October 1998

The Journal reports on Newcastle United’s parting with Alan as their matchday announcer.

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Alan Versus The Gladiators

5th September 1998

Alan Versus The Gladiators

Alan’s celeb team take on TV’s ‘The Gladiators’ at Gateshead Stadium for charity.

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*Article* Alan Helps Celebrate Pennine Windows 21st Birthday

25th June 1998

*Article* Alan Helps Celebrate Pennine Windows 21st Birthday

Alan is the face of Pennine Windows and in this article he is helping them celebrate their 21st birthday.

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Raising Cash For Charity

13th September 1997

Raising Cash For Charity

Raising cash for charity at Gateshead Indoor Market in 1997.

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*Article* ‘Our Hero’

28th August 1997

The Sunday Sun tell how Alan has become the very first ‘Freeman of Benwell’.

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Charity Football Match

14th June 1997

Charity Football Match

Alan scores 7 goals in a charity match, which finished 8-2. The opposition included athletes Steve Cram and Linford Christie!

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*Article* ‘Desperate Plea To Phone-In Host’

27th April 1997

Alan tells how a caller to his Night Owls show left her children with Alan at the Metro Radio Studio!

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Night Owls Event

23rd November 1996

Night Owls Event

Alan hosts a Night Owls event at an unknown location in a beautiful flecked suit! Were you there?

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Announcing Alan Shearer

30th July 1996

Announcing Alan Shearer

As host at St James’ Park back then, it fell to Alan to introduce Newcastle United’s new world record signing outside St. James’ Park. What was…

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Charity Football Match

15th June 1996

Charity Football Match

Alan plays in another Charity Football match (approximate date)

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New Orleans Ghost Hunt

26th October 1995

New Orleans Ghost Hunt

Alan is pictured here with Sister Mimi Lansoux in 1995 when he took Night Owls to New Orleans for a ghost hunt.

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Alan Presents College Cuisine for Tyne Tees TV

1st September 1995

Alan Presents College Cuisine for Tyne Tees TV

One of several television series Alan has presented for Tyne Tees TV was College Cuisine. Here he is pictured with Henry Cooper and winner, Derek…

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Night Owl Team

15th July 1995

Night Owl Team

The Night Owls Team in mid 1995.

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Lord Mayor’s Parade

15th July 1995

Lord Mayor’s Parade

Alan at the Lord Mayor’s Parade for charity in the mid 1990’s (approximate date and year).

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Charity Event

10th June 1995

Charity Event

Alan at a charity event.

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Promo Photo

19th May 1995

Promo Photo

A less scary promo photo than some of Alan’s early ones!

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Robson’s Choice Airs

7th April 1995

Robson’s Choice Airs

Alan is pictures here on the set of his latest Tyne Tees Television show, Robson’s Choice.

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*Article* ‘Drug Misery Of Gulf Frontline Nurses’

5th February 1995

The Sunday Sun reports on a campaign Alan lent his support to.

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*Article* ‘Stars On The Ball’

6th November 1994

Coverage of the ‘Nissan All Charity Football Match’, organised by Alan and held at Gateshead Stadium. Stars taking part included a very young Ant &…

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*Article* Ghost Chasing Night Owl

1st November 1994

*Article* Ghost Chasing Night Owl

A report on Alan’s ghost hunt in a haunted castle.

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Eldon Square Sponsor A Blade

16th September 1994

Eldon Square Sponsor A Blade

Newcastle’s Eldon Square Shopping Centre sponsor Alan! And here he is on their promotional literature!

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*Article* See You At The Show

16th September 1994

*Article* See You At The Show

Alan will appear at the annual Disability North Exhibition in 1994. (date approximate)

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*Article* ‘Rape Call That Will Always Haunt Me’

28th August 1994

Alan tells the Sunday Sun about a harrowing call to his Night Owls show.

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American Football

20th August 1994

American Football

Alan raises more charity cash taking on American Footballers.

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*Article* Two-Way Radio Row

19th August 1994

*Article* Two-Way Radio Row

An interesting article suggesting a well known DJ turned down a job at a rival station for fear of going up against Alan. (date approximate)

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Alan Hosts Supergigs

17th July 1994

Alan Hosts Supergigs

Alan hosts a series of supergigs at Gateshead International Stadium featuring Queen, Bruce Springsteen, Guns ‘n’ Roses and Bryan Adams (pictured).

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Lord Mayor’s Parade

16th July 1994

Lord Mayor’s Parade

Alan dresses in fancy dress (as the Flashing Blade) for charity in the Lord Mayor’s Parade.

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Awarded The MBE

10th June 1994

Awarded The MBE

Alan is named in the Queens Honours list and awarded the MBE (Member of the British Order) for services to broadcasting.

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Alan At His Gingerest!

19th March 1994

Alan At His Gingerest!

A super-ginger Alan.

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*Article* Alan Is Announced In The New Years Honours List

31st December 1993

*Article* Alan Is Announced In The New Years Honours List

The Evening Chronicle confirm Alan has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours list.

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*Article* Alan Says Sorry

9th November 1993

*Article* Alan Says Sorry

The Evening Chronicle reports on Laura Johnson’s VIP visit to the Metro Radio studios with Alan, following her unfortunate accident at a recent roadshow.

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*Article* Video Nasty

5th November 1993

*Article* Video Nasty

The Evening Chronicle tells how Laura Johnson was accidentally hit by a flying videotape during a Metro Radio Roadshow. The tape was being thrown into…

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Listener Photo

9th September 1993

Listener Photo

Alan is pictured with a listener. Is this you? Let us know! (date approximate)

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Hippy Day Out!

14th August 1993

Hippy Day Out!

Alan enjoys a ‘Hippy Day Out’ with Denny Ferguson in 1993 (date approximate)

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*Article* Sick To Death Of Argument

14th August 1993

*Article* Sick To Death Of Argument

After comments made by Alan in one of his newspaper columns, readers have their say. (date approximate)

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The Day Alan Abseiled For Charity (In The Wrong Shoes)

3rd July 1993

The Day Alan Abseiled For Charity (In The Wrong Shoes)

Alan (in a fetching colourful legging and shoe combo) abseils down a building in Newcastle City centre. (date approximate)

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*Article* Robson Turns To Love

12th February 1993

*Article* Robson Turns To Love

Alan’s TV show ‘Robson’s People’ will have a theme all about love!

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*Article* Robbo’s Rubbish!

30th August 1992

*Article* Robbo’s Rubbish!

P Dixon doesn’t have much time for Alan!

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*Article* Alan Takes Part In ITV’s Telethon

14th July 1992

*Article* Alan Takes Part In ITV’s Telethon

Alan will be joining Michael Aspel to help host 28 hours of live television fundraising.

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*Article* ‘Compact Offers A Brighter Future’

1st July 1992

An article about the launch of ‘Compact’ at Washington School, where Alan hosted the Compact Roadshow.

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*Article* The Launch Of ‘Compact’

22nd June 1992

Promotional material from 1992, announcing Alan’s involvement with ‘Compact’.

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*Article* Alan Hits Page 3!

20th June 1992

*Article* Alan Hits Page 3!

Alan answers some quick fire questions. (date approximate)

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*Article* Dire Straits Review

14th June 1992

*Article* Dire Straits Review

A review of the Dire Straits gig at St. James’ Park in Newcastle, where Alan warmed the crowd up and introduced the band.

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Radio Station Team Photo

12th June 1992

Radio Station Team Photo

A Metro Radio team shot. (Date approximate)

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*Article* Robson’s People Is Magic

15th May 1992

*Article* Robson’s People Is Magic

Alan hosts a magic special of his TV show ‘Robson’s People’ featuring, amongst others, Geoffrey Durham – AKA The Great Suprendo! (date approximate)

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Family Photo

11th May 1992

Family Photo

Alan with his parents Tony and Audrey. (date approximate)

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Broken Blade

3rd May 1992

Broken Blade

Alan hosts charity gig in Blyth with a broken arm. He broke it playing in goal at St. James’ Park! (date approximate)

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*Article* The Show Must Go On

29th April 1992

*Article* The Show Must Go On

The Evening Chronicle tells how Alan played on during a charity football match, despite being injured.

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*Article* ‘Radio Horror Is A Hoax’

12th April 1992

Alan tells the Sunday Sun how it felt to find out the lady he had talked out of committing suicide live on air in 1990…

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*Article* Grisly Trails Sells Out

1st April 1992

*Article* Grisly Trails Sells Out

Alan’s first book has already sold out of it’s first print run.

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*Article* Alan On Cravings

31st March 1992

*Article* Alan On Cravings

Alan reflects on some of the weird cravings that have been revealed on Night Owls.

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*Article* Grisly Trails Review

27th March 1992

*Article* Grisly Trails Review

The NorthWestern Evening Mail reviews Alan’s first book – Grisly Trails and Ghostly Tales.

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‘Grisly Trails and Ghostly Tales’ Book Launch

20th March 1992

‘Grisly Trails and Ghostly Tales’ Book Launch

Alan’s first best seller ‘Grisly Trails and Ghostly Tales’ is launched at Newcastle Guildhall. Alan and Denny Ferguson at the Guildhall.

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*Article* The Rave From Beyond The Grave

19th March 1992

*Article* The Rave From Beyond The Grave

The Gateshead Post reports on the contents of Alan’s first book – ‘Grisly Trails and Ghostly Tales’.

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*Article* Personal Appearance – Grisly Trails

19th March 1992

*Article* Personal Appearance – Grisly Trails

An advert for a personal appearance at John Menzies in the MetroCentre, where Alan will be publicising the release of his first book – Grisly…

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*Article* My First Record

8th January 1992

Alan tells the Evening Chronicle about his first record, who manage to spell the name of the biggest band in the world wrong!

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*Article* Make This A Year To Care

5th January 1992

A readers letter to the Sunday Sun.

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Special Sherlock Performance For The Blind And Deaf

2nd January 1992

Special Sherlock Performance For The Blind And Deaf

A special performance of the hit pantomime is put on specifically for a blind and deaf audience.

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*Article* Wacky And Cuddly

21st December 1991

The Evening Chronicle tells how Alan likes to write his Christmas cards!

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*Article* You’ll Gan Hyem Happy

20th December 1991

A review of Sherlock Holmes & The Case Of The Christmas Curse.

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*Article* Review of The Christmas Curse

20th December 1991

The Evening Chronicle reviews Sherlock Holmes & The Case Of The Christmas Curse.

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*Article* Review of The Christmas Curse In ‘The Stage’

20th December 1991

Entertainment publication ‘The Stage’ reviews Sherlock Holmes & The Case Of The Christmas Curse.

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Sherlock Holmes & The Case Of The Christmas Curse Opens

17th December 1991

Sherlock Holmes & The Case Of The Christmas Curse Opens

Alan’s third pantomime opens at the Newcastle Playhouse, running to January 25th 1992.

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*Article* Charity Cheque Presentation

3rd December 1991

Neighbourly News reports on a successful charity event, where Alan presents the cheque.

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*Flyer* Sherlock Holmes & The Christmas Curse

1st December 1991

Advert for Alan’s third Christmas panto.

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*Article* Christmas Curse Panto

24th November 1991

The Sunday Sun tell of Alan’s third panto outing.

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*Article* Searching For Success

24th November 1991

Alan talks to the Sunday Sun about his TV show ‘Robson’s People’.

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*Article* Lights Go On

22nd November 1991

The Evening Chronicle reports on the Christmas Lights switch-on, by Alan and Lindisfarne.

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*Article* Traders Stump Up

22nd November 1991

The Journal tell how the city’s traders stepped in to fund the Christmas lights in Newcastle when the council withdrew funding.

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*Article* Elementary My Dear Robson

14th November 1991

*Article* Christmas Curse Panto Announcement

14th November 1991

The Northern Echo announces that Alan will appear in his third pantomime, this time writing, producing, acting and directing.

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*Article* Church Fayre

31st October 1991

*Article* Church Fayre

Alan opens the St. Andrews Church Fayre in Ashington.

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*Article* Ready, Steady, Go!

9th October 1991

*Article* Ready, Steady, Go!

A short piece on Alan and his Night Owls. (date approximate)

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*Article* Quality Day For Reay

5th September 1991

Alan presents a quality certificate to Reay Electrical.

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*Article* He’s Too Sexy For His Show

25th August 1991

Alan record and releases parody record with fellow Metro DJs.

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Berwick Gig

20th July 1991

Berwick Gig

Alan entertains the crowd at a gig in Berwick. (date approximate)

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*Article* Interview With Alan

7th June 1991

*Article* JD Associates

29th April 1991

The Sunderland Echo reports on John Dabrowski, who has become Alan’s agent.

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*Article* The Entertainer Magazine

27th April 1991

Alan graces the cover of The Entertainer Magazine to mark his move into TV.

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*Article* Estate Cleanup

18th April 1991

The Evening Chronicle reports on a community clean up in Longbenton.

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*Article* Shop Opening

18th April 1991

News Post Leader tells of the new Rumbelows shop in Blyth, which Alan has officially opened.

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*Article* Robson Choice Cash Giveaway

14th April 1991

The Sunday Sun shows some more of the ‘Tenner’ competition winners getting their prizes from columnist Alan.

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TV Show ‘Robson’s People’ Airs

12th April 1991

TV Show ‘Robson’s People’ Airs

A brand new 12 part late night chat show hosted by Alan begins on Tyne Tees Television. It features people behind the news and local celebrities…

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*Article* Gotcha!

7th April 1991

The Sunday Sun shows some of the ‘Tenner’ competition winners getting their prizes from columnist Alan. non

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*Article* Northerners Back Major

2nd April 1991

The Evening Chronicle speaks to several well known Northerners following a speech by then Prime Minister, John Major.

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*Flyer* Roadshow

1st April 1991

A flyer for the Bank Holiday Bonanza in Benton.

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*Article* Are You Robson’s Choice?

31st March 1991

The Sunday Sun launches their ‘Tenner’ competition with columnist Alan.

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*Article* Tyne Tees Preview

30th March 1991

Details of the upcoming Tyne Tees schedule, which featured news of Robson’s People.

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*Article* Firm’s Sales Increase

28th March 1991

The Newspost Leader tells how a successful marketing campaign fronted by Alan has seen Pennine Windows’ sales rocket.

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*Article* Alan’s My Choice

10th March 1991

A reader defends Alan in the Sunday Sun.

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*Article* Good, Bad and Stinking

2nd March 1991

Alan talks about evocative smells to the Evening Chronicle.

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*Article* Face Facts Blokes

16th February 1991

*Article* Just The Job

2nd February 1991

Alan tells the Evening Chronicle what he did before he started working in radio.

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*Article* Hangover Tips

26th December 1990

Alan tells the Evening Chronicle how he deals with New Years hangovers.

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*Flyer* Christmas Card

25th December 1990

*Article* Christmas Singles

16th December 1990

Alan vents his frustrations to the Evening Chronicle.

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*Article* School Art Competition Winners

12th December 1990

The Gateshead Herald & Post announces the winners of the Gateshead Indoor Market Schools Christmas Art Competition and Alan presents the prizes.

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*Flyer* Charity Football Match

9th December 1990

*Flyer* Charity Football Match

Alan lined up alongside other celebrities for the charity match at Gateshead Stadium, in aid of the Metro FM POP Fund. Steve Cram’s All Stars…

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*Article* Metro Radio Voted Top Company

7th December 1990

The Journal tell how Metro Radio has been voted the Company Of The Year in the Northern Business Awards.

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*Article* Safeway & Metro On The Road

24th November 1990

An article about the partnership between Safeway and Metro Radio.

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*Article* Tyneside Launch

18th November 1990

Alan compere’s the launch of a school based initiative.

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Flashing Blades For Children In Need

16th November 1990

Flashing Blades For Children In Need

Alan takes some flashing blades on the BBC for their Children In Need Appeal.

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*Article* ‘I Was A Bully’

15th November 1990

Alan is guest speaker at an event in South Shields aimed at helping young people avoid perpetrating or becoming victims of crime.

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*Flyer* Roadshow

10th November 1990

A flyer advertising the launch of Eldon Leisure, where Alan’s Metro Radio Roadshow will be appearing.

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*Article* Charity Football Match

9th November 1990

The Evening Chronicle announces the upcoming charity match at Gateshead Stadium.

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*Article* Sparking A Wave Of Complaints?

5th November 1990

The Northern Echo questions Alan’s on-air appeal to his listeners to unite in sending fireworks into the sky in unison during his Night Owls show.

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*Article* Light On The Tyne

4th November 1990

A report from the Sunday Sun on a rather damp and cold fireworks display in Newcastle, which also talks about Alan’s attempt to get his listeners…

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*Article* Superquiz Winners Announced

10th October 1990

The popular quiz, hosted by Alan as part of the National Garden Festival in Gateshead has a winner.

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All Aboard!

13th September 1990

All Aboard!

Alan advertises Pennine Windows, from the side of a bus! (Date approximate)

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*Article* Alan Visits Nudist Colony

12th August 1990

Alan joins the Sunday Sun as a columnist and tells of one visit where he was not so flash…

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*Article* All The Fun Of The Fair

13th July 1990

*Article* All The Fun Of The Fair

Master of Ceremonies, Awards Presenting and the Entertainment will all be provided by Alan at this fair! Are you in this picture? Can you tell…

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*Article* ‘DJ Stops Suicide Bid

3rd July 1990

The Daily Star tells how Alan talks a lady out of suicide live on the radio. This story developed further in April 1992 and it became…

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*Article* Remember The Good That Night Owls Do

29th June 1990

Alan has his say after recent letters in the Evening Chronicle, some of which were negative towards the Night Owls show he presents.

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*Article* Alan We Love You

25th June 1990

For several weeks the Evening Chronicle has printed letters from readers about Night Owls. While some were critical others (as these show) were far from that.

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*Article* Supermarket Opens

16th June 1990

Alan opens Safeway in Alnwick.

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*Article* What A Cheek!

11th June 1990

Another readers letter to the Evening Chronicle about the Robson Vs Wappat debate.

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*Article* The Voice Of The North

4th June 1990

A readers letter to the Evening Chronicle.

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*Article* Cheers And Jeers

26th May 1990

A newspaper critic has his say about the ‘Getting Personal’ TV show.

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*Article* Top Holiday Prize

1st May 1990

As part of the National Garden Festival, held in Gateshead in 1990, a new competition is launched.

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Alan Assists The Police

13th April 1990

Alan Assists The Police

Alan lends his support to a Northumbria Police initiative. (date approximate)

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*Flyer* Roadshow In Aid of Pop Charity Appeal

7th April 1990

Alan takes his Metro Radio Roadshow to Sunderland as part of the Pop Charity Appeal fundraising.

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TV Show ‘Getting Personal’ Airs

6th April 1990

Alan joins the panel of late night ‘agony aunt’ style phone in show on Tyne Tees Television, alongside Nina Miyscow. It ran for two series. (exact…

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*Article* What He Showed Me In The Bath…

16th March 1990

A reporter interviews Alan on one of those new fangled mobile phone thingys, while ‘the whiskery DJ’ was in the bath.

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*Article* Your Dead Wife’s Here

4th March 1990

A national newspaper picks up on one of Alan’s Night Owls callers.

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*Article* Listeners Speechless

2nd March 1990

The Northern Echo tells of a freak lightening bolt, which hit Alan’s studios during a broadcast.

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*Article* Charity Raffle Winners

8th February 1990

The Newcastle Times reports on two 14 year old schoolgirls, who have won a new car in a charity raffle.

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*Article* Doodle Dandy

2nd February 1990

*Article* Doodle Dandy

An article in which Alan’s doodles are analysed by Peter Fairley. (date approximate)

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*Article* I’ll Shave My Moustache Off

1st January 1990

Alan talks New Years Resolutions with the Evening Chronicle.

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Panto ‘Revenge Of The Lambton Worm’ Opens

21st December 1989

Panto ‘Revenge Of The Lambton Worm’ Opens

After the runaway success of the original Lambton Worm the previous year, Alan treads the boards again in The Revenge Of The Lambton Worm.

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*Flyer* The Revenge Of The Lambton Worm

1st December 1989

After the phenomenal success of last years Lambton Worm pantomime, the same team announce another Christmas show.

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*Article* The Lambton Dame

1st December 1989

*Article* Entertainment For Everyone

28th November 1989

*Article* Interview With Alan

1st October 1989

*Article* Star Columnist

19th August 1989

*Article* Star Columnist

Alan joins the Daily Star as a columnist. (date approximate)

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*Article* Residents Association Office Opening

20th July 1989

Alan is star guest as a new residents association office is opened in Newcastle

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*Flyer* Roadshow

8th July 1989

*Article* New Image For Hospice

26th June 1989

The Advertiser reports on St. Oswald’s Hospice’s new video, which Alan will present.

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*Article* Title of DJ’s Disc ‘ill advised’

25th May 1989

More fallout from the Alan’s single about Newcastle United. Here Metro Radio explain their decision.

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*Article* DJ’s Record Banned By Own Station

24th May 1989

The Mirror tells how Metro Radio have decided to ban Alan’s record about Newcastle United called ‘Sack The Board’.

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*Article* Revenge Of The Lambton Worm Announced

21st April 1989

The Evening Chronicle reveals the follow up to last years The Lambton Worm.

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*Article* The Lambton Worm To Open In Sunderland

5th April 1989

Panto at Easter? asks the Gateshead Courier.

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*Article* Night Rider Interview

1st April 1989

An interview from April 1989 with ‘Tempo’.

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*Flyer* Home Exhibition

24th February 1989

A flyer from the Home Exhibition Show.

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*Article* Lambton Worm Sets Record

1st February 1989

The Gateshead Courier tells how the Lambton Worm is now Britain’s longest running pantomime.

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*Article* The Lambton Worm Extended For 3rd Extra Week

22nd January 1989

The Sunday Sun tells how the Christmas show is set to extend it’s run further.

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*Article* Friday 13th January

20th January 1989

Alan recalls his unfortunate day.

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*Article* The Lambton Worm Extended For 2nd Extra Week

8th January 1989

Following its transfer from Gateshead Leisure Centre, The Lambton Worm is extended for a second extra week following a successful run at the Newcastle Playhouse.

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*Article* Guardian Review of Lambton Worm

19th December 1988

The Guardian reviews the Lambton Worm pantomime in Gateshead.

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*Article* A Backhanded Compliment!

16th December 1988

*Article* A Backhanded Compliment!

A listener’s rather tongue in cheek letter from 1988. (date approximate)

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*Programme* All Star Football Event

11th December 1988

Here’s the programme for Alan’s Charity Football Match.

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Panto ‘The Lambton Worm’ Opens

5th December 1988

Panto ‘The Lambton Worm’ Opens

Alan’s first foray into pantomime began in Gateshead with ‘The Lambton Worm’. The production would later set the record for the longest running pantomime, having…

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Raising Money For ‘War On Want’

29th November 1988

Raising Money For ‘War On Want’

Alan is pictured with Billy Fane, raising money for the charity ‘War On Want’.

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*Article* Silly Billy!

25th November 1988

*Article* Silly Billy!

Following the launch of The Lambton Worm, the Gateshead Post reveal the charity that will benefit from the profits of the show.

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*Article* Lambton Worm Panto Announcement

24th November 1988

The Gateshead Post & Times reports of plans to stage a pantomime in Gateshead, starring Alan. The show would go onto be so successful it…

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*Article* War On The Worm

24th November 1988

*Article* War On The Worm

An article from the Gateshead Post about the upcoming Lambton Worm pantomime.

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Children In Need

18th November 1988

Children In Need

Alan and a host of local celebrities raise money for Children In Need.

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*Article* ‘Stars Rally In Fight Against World Poverty’

20th October 1988

Alan and Billy Fane hold a press conference to announce their pantomime, where all proceeds are set to go to charity.

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*Article* A Night In The Life

23rd September 1988

*Article* A Night In The Life

We’re not entirely sure which publication this is from, but in this piece we learn about a day in the life of The Flashing Blade!…

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*Article* Local Hero In The Wings

18th September 1988

*Article* Local Hero In The Wings

An article asking why Alan hasn’t been snapped up for telly work. This of course was to change very soon. We can neither confirm or…

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*Article* Alan’s My Fantasy Man

17th September 1988

*Article* Alan’s My Fantasy Man

From September 1988, S A Foreman (gender unknown) drools over Alan!

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*Article* Alan Is President!

16th September 1988

*Article* Alan Is President!

Alan is named as President of the Tyneside Disc Jockey’s Association. (date approximate)

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*Article* Internal Memo – Listening Figures

26th August 1988

*Article* Internal Memo – Listening Figures

A rare internal memo, explaining to staff of Metro Radio how the latest listening figures are broken down.

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*Flyer* Roadshow

11th August 1988

*Flyer* Roadshow

A flyer for a roadshow in Washington, where attendees could win a holiday!

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*Article* Putting Stars Into Their Place

16th July 1988

*Article* Putting Stars Into Their Place

Another of Alan’s newspaper columns. (date approximate)

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*Article* Alan’s New Column For The Washington Echo

18th June 1988

*Article* Alan’s New Column For The Washington Echo

Alan launches his new column. (date approximate)

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*Article* Is Censorship The Answer?

18th June 1988

*Article* Is Censorship The Answer?

Another of Alan’s newspaper columns. (date approximate)

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*Article* Alan Judges A Bros Dancing Competition!

17th June 1988

*Article* Alan Judges A Bros Dancing Competition!

As Bros were about to play Newcastle, Alan judges a Bros dancing completion. Did you take part? (date approximate)

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*Article* Bed Race Turns Heads!

4th June 1988

*Article* Bed Race Turns Heads!

Alan takes part in the Gateshead Post’s charity appeal. (date approximate)

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*Articles* Radio Rivals Bat It Out

4th June 1988

*Articles* Radio Rivals Bat It Out

Alan, along with other DJs from BBC Newcastle and Metro Radio play a charity cricket match. (date approximate)

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*Article* What A Nerve – Quiz Winner Announced

30th May 1988

*Article* What A Nerve – Quiz Winner Announced

John Brady wins the Metro Radio Quiz (and a holiday to Majorca).

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*Article* Most Popular Independant DJ

27th May 1988

*Article* Most Popular Independant DJ

Alan and fellow Metro Radio DJ Nicky Brown beat all other commercial and independent DJs in a national poll.

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*Article* The Listener Figures Are In

20th May 1988

*Article* The Listener Figures Are In

Metro Radio registers the highest commercial reach in the UK mainland. (date approximate)

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*Article* Business And Enterprise Brochure

9th May 1988

*Article* Business And Enterprise Brochure

Alan’s letter to Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic appears in their brochure for new businesses. (date approximate)

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*Article* Search For A Wise Night Owl

1st May 1988

*Article* Search For A Wise Night Owl

An article announcing a megaquiz to find the Trivia Champion of the North East.

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*Article* Charity Match Kicks Off At Last

1st May 1988

*Article* Charity Match Kicks Off At Last

Happy news from the Evening Chronicle about a charity event that had been postponed after a misunderstanding between Metro Radio and the organisers, which will…

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*Article* It Sticks In The Throat

16th April 1988

*Article* It Sticks In The Throat

Alan responds to a listener’s criticism over a mix up with a charity event. Thankfully the event was able to go ahead after all in…

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*Article* Spirits Elude The Night Owl

15th April 1988

*Article* Spirits Elude The Night Owl

A piece about an interview conducted with a spiritualist by Alan. (date approximate)

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*Article* Alan’s Off His Trolley!

15th April 1988

*Article* Alan’s Off His Trolley!

Alan helps launch the KP Balloon Race. (date approximate)

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*Article* Alan Talks To The W.I

13th April 1988

*Article* Alan Talks To The W.I

Alan visits the Nedderton branch of the Women’s Institute. (date approximate)

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*Article* Flaming Mad!

9th April 1988

*Article* Flaming Mad!

The Chronicle continues to tell the story of the mix up between the organiser of a charity event and Metro Radio. Thankfully all was resolved…

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*Article* Alan Helps Relaunch The Washington Echo

24th March 1988

*Article* Alan Helps Relaunch The Washington Echo

Alan helps relaunch the Washington Echo.

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*Article* Alan Takes Part In 24hr Bounce-athon

26th January 1988

*Article* Alan Takes Part In 24hr Bounce-athon

*Article* Internal Memo – Poll Of The Year 1987

25th December 1987

*Article* Internal Memo – Poll Of The Year 1987

An internal Metro Radio memo detailing some of the winners in the annual poll. (date approximate)

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Night Owls Party (With A Very Young Ross Noble)

18th December 1987

Night Owls Party (With A Very Young Ross Noble)

A then unknown Ross Noble (far left) joins Alan as a victim at an early Night Owls Party at the Newcastle Mayfair. Singing Auld Lang Syne at…

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*Article* All She Wants For Christmas Is Chicken Pox

17th December 1987

*Article* All She Wants For Christmas Is Chicken Pox

The Daily Mirror reports on a strange request, which Alan helps to fulfil.

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*Article* Washington Galleries

17th December 1987

*Article* Washington Galleries

An advertisement for Washington Galleries Christmas celebrations, featuring Alan.

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*Article* Hair Raising Search

24th November 1987

*Article* Hair Raising Search

Alan’s in the running for the most outrageous hair style of 1987. (Amazingly he didn’t win!)

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Guide Dogs For The Blind Event

19th September 1987

Guide Dogs For The Blind Event

Alan hosts a charity gig to raise money for Guide Dogs For The Blind. (approximate date)

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*Article* Meet Alan!

31st August 1987

*Article* Meet Alan!

Alan’s Metro Radio Roadshow hits Benton.

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The Bladettes!

22nd August 1987

The Bladettes!

Alan once had his own team of dancers, who appeared at live gigs with him. Here they are!

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*Article* Alan Joins St. Trinians

11th July 1987

*Article* Alan Joins St. Trinians

Alan helps out at the Gateshead Post’s Charity Appeal. (date approximate)

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*Article* Share A Phobia

27th June 1987

*Article* Share A Phobia

Another of Alan’s newspaper columns. (date approximate)

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*Article* Alan Launches The Post

19th June 1987

*Article* Alan Launches The Post

Alan helps launch a brand new newspaper in Newcastle. Are you in the crowd behind him? (date approximate)

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*Article* Is Insurance A Con?

23rd May 1987

*Article* Is Insurance A Con?

One of Alan’s regular newspaper columns. (date approximate)

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*Article* The Body Is Horrible

11th April 1987

*Article* The Body Is Horrible

Another of Alan’s newspaper columns. (date approximate)

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*Article* Alan’s First Day Shock

23rd March 1987

*Article* Alan’s First Day Shock

Alan tells the Evening Chronicle about his nightmare first day! (date approximate)

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*Article* The Celebrity Friends Of St. Oswald’s Hospice

3rd March 1987

*Article* The Celebrity Friends Of St. Oswald’s Hospice

Taken from a promotional brochure for the charity St. Oswald’s Hospice, who Alan has supported for many years. (date approximate)

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*Article* ‘DJ Gets 130 Off The Dole’

2nd November 1986

In a joint project with Manpower, Alan helped local people find work, as this article from the Sunday Sun explains.

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Promoting The MetroCentre

14th October 1986

Promoting The MetroCentre

Alan helps Sir John Hall to promote the MetroCentre in Gateshead, which when it opened was the largest shopping centre in Europe.

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Young Farmers Gig

13th September 1986

Young Farmers Gig

Alan hosts a two hour gig in the freezing cold on the back of a truck for the Young Famers. Alan says “Those Young Farmers!…

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Wearside Partnership Gig

13th September 1986

Wearside Partnership Gig

Alan hosts a gig for The Wearside Partnership.

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Roadshow Fun

16th August 1986

Roadshow Fun

Alan entertains the crowd at a roadshow. (date approximate)

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*Article* Martian Mania!

14th July 1986

*Article* Martian Mania!

The Shields Gazette reports on how a laser show hosted by Alan resulted in a mass panic that aliens had landed!

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*Article* Royal Ruling

11th July 1986

*Article* Royal Ruling

The Evening Chronicle reports on a bizarre court ruling that banned a Newcastle nightclub an extension to their licence for Alan to host a Royal…

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*Article* Interview With Gateshead Times

13th June 1986

*Article* Interview With Gateshead Times

Alan talks to the Gateshead Times about Night Owls. (Date approximate)

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Radio Station Team Photo

12th June 1986

Radio Station Team Photo

A Metro Radio team shot. (Date approximate)

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*Article* Ready For The Big Off

11th April 1986

*Article* Ready For The Big Off

Alan joins other celebrities to launch ‘Race Against Time’, a charity running event. (date approximate)

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*Flyer* Roadshow Holiday Special

19th January 1986

*Flyer* Roadshow Holiday Special

Alan brings his roadshow to town to help promote Dawson & Sanderson Holidays.

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*Article* Alan’s Up And Down Year

21st December 1985

*Article* Alan’s Up And Down Year

You couldn’t make up Alan’s 1985, and neither would you want to! (date approximate)

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The Day Alan Abseiled For Charity

16th November 1985

The Day Alan Abseiled For Charity

Alan jumps of the Tyne Bridge for charity!

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*Article* Rowdies

26th October 1985

*Article* Rowdies

Alan had a live broadcast interrupted by ‘rowdies’!

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*Article* On Air Family

11th October 1985

*Article* On Air Family

An article in the Gateshead Post about Alan and the Night Owls show. (date approximate)

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*Article* Alan’s Bevy Of Beauties

1st October 1985

*Article* Alan’s Bevy Of Beauties

The Sunderland Echo reports on the winners the Annual Miss Julies Competition.

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Charity Cricket Match

13th July 1985

Charity Cricket Match

Alan plays cricket in a charity match to help a child who has been run over in Murton. Alan says “I lasted seconds (nothing new…

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New Sponsors Car

22nd June 1985

New Sponsors Car

In around 1985 Les Allen Car Sales Ltd sponsored Alan’s wheels. Here he is picking up his brand new Honda!

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*Article* On The Track Of Fame

25th May 1985

*Article* On The Track Of Fame

The Evening Chronicle reports on a competition searching for new music talent, which Alan is involved in promoting and judging.

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Alan Wins Top Independant DJ

18th May 1985

Alan Wins Top Independant DJ

Alan wins Top Independant Radio DJ, beating off competition from Kenny Everett, Steve Wright and Terry Wogan. (date approximate)

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*Article* Alan The Flashing Blade

25th August 1984

*Article* Alan The Flashing Blade

That time when Alan was caught with his pants down…

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*Article* Happy Birthday Metro Radio*

20th July 1984

*Article* Happy Birthday Metro Radio*

Alan (and his long locks!) features in a specially produced newspaper to celebrate Metro Radio’s tenth anniversary.

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*Article* MetroGoodies

14th July 1984

*Article* MetroGoodies

An advert, featuring Alan. (date approximate)

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New Sponsors Car

6th June 1984

New Sponsors Car

Alan picks up his new wheels from Les Allen Car Sales. Apparently a lady left her bra on the windscreen!

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Family Photo

15th February 1984

Family Photo

Alan relaxing in Jamaica. (date approximate)

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Alan’s On The Buses

25th March 1983

Alan’s On The Buses

An illustration we found, which we can’t put an exact date on!

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Gig For Children With Disabilities

7th October 1982

Gig For Children With Disabilities

Alan hosts a gig in Washington for disabled children.

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On-Air Charity Auction

11th December 1981

On-Air Charity Auction

Alan hosts an on-air charity auction.

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Hot ‘n’ Heavy Gig

20th September 1980

Hot ‘n’ Heavy Gig

Alan live at the Sunderland Mayfair at a Hot ‘n’ Heavy gig.

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Alan Breaks The World Kissing Record!

18th July 1980

Alan Breaks The World Kissing Record!

Alan breaks the World Kissing Record. He’s pictured here in training by sucking porridge through a straw! One of the queues  of ‘kissing volunteers’ at Longbenton…

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Alan Robson’s Night Owls Begins

1st June 1980

Alan Robson’s Night Owls Begins

Alan Robson’s Night Owls, in what is still it’s current format, was launched. Now famous for it’s mix of banter, bizarre callers, quizzes, pranks, stories of…

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Old School Alan!

24th May 1980

Old School Alan!

Alan entertains the crowd in Durham in this photo throwback.

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Number One Rock DJ Award Win

18th May 1980

Number One Rock DJ Award Win

Alan wins his first Number One Rock DJ Award.

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Hot ‘n’ Heavy Soaking!

17th November 1979

Hot ‘n’ Heavy Soaking!

Alan soaks one of his dancers at a Hot ‘n’ Heavy gig in Newcastle.

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Hot ‘n’ Heavy Gig

15th September 1979

Hot ‘n’ Heavy Gig

Alan signs autographs at a Hot ‘n’ Heavy gig in 1979. (approximate date)

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Hot ‘n’ Heavy Gig

11th August 1979

Hot ‘n’ Heavy Gig

A Hot ‘n’ Heavy gig around 1979 (date approximate) with Brian Ross of ‘Blitzkrieg/Satan’.

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Scary Promo Photo!

2nd June 1978

Scary Promo Photo!

An early and scary promo picture, taken in 1978.

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Hot ‘n’ Heavy Gig

8th April 1978

Hot ‘n’ Heavy Gig

Alan hosts another Hot ‘n’ Heavy gig and poses with two fans. Not sure what the roadie is describing behind though! Is this you in…

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Queen’s Jubilee Concert

7th June 1977

Queen’s Jubilee Concert

Alan hosts a concert at the Newcastle Mayfair to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.

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Alan Hosts Crazy Night Owls

1st June 1977

In 1977, having hosted regular shows ‘Bridges’ and ‘The Hot n Heavy Express Show’ on Metro Radio, Alan takes over the Friday night phone in…

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Scary Promo Photo!

19th May 1977

Scary Promo Photo!

Alan in his Hot ‘n’ Heavy days.

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Live Rock Gig

1st April 1977

Live Rock Gig

In 1977 Alan appears at Newcastle Guildhall at a live rock gig. At this time he was also hosting the Hot ‘n’ Heavy Express Show on Metro…

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First Radio Broadcast (sort of!)

12th November 1976

Alan’s first DJ job was on a rock show called ‘Bridges’ for Metro Radio. His voice had been heard on air before though. In his…

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Reel To Reel Mixing

10th September 1976

Reel To Reel Mixing

Pictured here, back in the day, Alan’s mixing his tunes with a reel to reel machine.

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Young Owl

16th August 1974

Young Owl

When Alan started on the wireless as just a Young Owl!

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Frendz Mobile Disco

16th August 1973

Frendz Mobile Disco

Alan takes to the decks in this early photo from his pre-Metro Radio days, when he was available for weddings, christenings and bar mitzvahs!

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Family Photo

13th July 1968

Family Photo

A cheeky looking Alan (left) at his sister’s wedding in 1968. (approximate date)

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Family Photo

1st July 1963

Family Photo

A young Alan (left) plays outside his childhood home in Hugh Gardens in Benwell, with his mate Specky Les.

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Family Photo

11th August 1962

Family Photo

Alan with his mam (Audrey) on a trip to Ford Castle.

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Family Photo

16th June 1961

Family Photo

Little Alan, aged 6, in bed in 1961.

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Born

1st October 1955

Alan is born in Benwell in the West End of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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