Swindon 105.5 Community Radio’s new home at the Liden Library was officially opened by station patron Lord Joel Joffe and Swindon Mayor Cllr Andrew Bennett at a launch lunch on 15 March attended by radio staff, families, members of the community and local businesses.
Shirley Ludford, who has been an integral part of the station since its inception, spoke of how the diverse range of people that have been involved in Swindon 105.5 has made the critical difference. She said: “I’m delighted that the station receives such incredible support from the community in Swindon and from its mayor. Our new premises will give us the platform to expand our offerings in tuition and programming.”
Cllr Bennett added: “Having worked on hospital radio and for the British Forces Broadcasting Service in Gibraltar, I know how difficult radio can be, but Swindon 105.5 always manages to find the right words at the right time to brighten someone’s day. It makes people’s day because it’s their station.”
Lord Joffe commented: “This is an extraordinary example of community organisation, and Shirley is an excellent example of leadership through any adversity.”