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Our Patron

We are delighted to announce that we have a new patron, her name is Charlie Charlton, a radio & TV presenter for BBC North East.
Many thanks to Julia Hankin who has been our patron for the last 6 years.

Charlie co-presents Breakfast with Alfie Joey each weekday morning from 6.30am and reports for Look North on BBC One.

Q & A

Place of birth: Glorious Gateshead.
Favourite view in the north-east of England? The view along the Northumberland coast from the sand dunes at Embleton.
Best thing about working in radio? The guarantee of a surprise every morning. I remember my first day at BBC Newcastle when I interviewed John Prescott (who was then deputy prime minister) in the morning, before climbing into a wheelie bin during the afternoon with a pair of bin men.
What makes you angry? Litter and drivers who don't say thanks when you let them into a line of traffic.
Describe yourself in three words: Curious (read: nosey), happy (read: giggly), energetic (read: annoying early in the morning).
First record you bought? Agadoo by Black Lace. It was a rare seven-inch single with a dancing pineapple on the back of the sleeve showing me the moves.
What couldn't you live without? My hilariously wonderful family and friends. Music. Travelling the world. Newspapers. Seafood. Smiles. The list is almost endless...
What was your first job? School holidays packing industrial overalls in a warehouse, while book-keeping at a haulage company. I was sacked temporarily after a workmate wrapped me in masking tape in the back of trailer. I fought my corner as soon as I was cut free!
What keeps you awake at night? My kittens purring.
Who would you most enjoy being stuck in a lift with? Mr Tickle - the potent mix of fear and fun!
Where do you go when you want to be alone? The hammock in my garden, but once I'm drenched in the North East rain I retreat to my car on the driveway.
Any bad habits? I required a basically-ectomy a few years back, and a wow-ectomy when I was younger. At the end of the day, basically there are too many verbal ticks to count, y'kna what I mean?