Cheers - Diamond sound is toast of Tyneside

Mike Neville with the new beer

23.08.2012

A special anniversary beer has been brewed to celebrate 60 years of hospital radio and raise funds for the charity.

It has been brewed for Radio Tyneside - thought to be the oldest hospital radio station in the country – by the Big Lamp, the oldest micro brewery in the North East.

And renowned former TV anchor man, Mike Neville MBE, President of the radio station, toasted the diamond fund raising appeal with a taste of the special brew called Diamond Sound.

Mike Neville said: “I don’t drink much alcohol these days but a little of what you fancy in moderation won’t do you any harm - and it’s a very palatable way of raising money for a good cause!”

Cases of the limited edition ale (ABV 4.2%) in 500ml bottles, brewed with support from Northumbrian Water, are being sold at £30 (£2.50 a bottle) to raise hundreds of pounds for the charity.

Orders for the Diamond Sound brew can be placed with Jane Morland, Northumbrian Water’s Corporate Affairs Team Leader by email jane.morland@nwl.co.uk or by phone on 0191 301 6787.

Award-winning Radio Tyneside, which broadcasts to the hospital communities on Tyneside and beyond, was formed 60 years ago, initially to bring live reports of Newcastle United football matches to patients in the city hospitals.

Today the registered charity, run by volunteers, is a full 24-hour music, news, sport and features radio station. It still provides live match day coverage from St James’ Park and that commentary is also played in the stadium for visually impaired fans to follow.

Northumbrian Water employees Cara Charlton and Alistair Baker broadcast on Radio Tyneside under their company’s ‘Just an hour’ volunteering scheme which encourages its people to get involved with good causes in company time.

Mike Neville said: “Hospital radio provides a really important local service to patients and Radio Tyneside is a great example of its success. It has been serving patients for sixty years and continues to be more and more popular, achieving better listener figures than other radio stations.

“However, equipment can’t go on forever and it breaks down and has to be replaced and annual licences and running costs have to be met as well. The station depends on donations and so we set up the Diamond Appeal to make sure our service continues many years into the future.”

Radio Tyneside broadcasts on the hospital network, hospedia and on 1575AM, on-line and on Radio Player. Listeners can tune in through the website: www.radiotyneside.co.uk where more information about the station and details on how to donate to the appeal can also be found.

For further information contact: Alistair Baker on 0191-301-6851 or 07711-793-493.

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