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Radio Sheffield's 40th Birthday

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Sheila Yeadon presenting Coffee Break in 1967

Sheila Yeadon

Another member of the original 1967 team, Sheila Yeadon was at Radio Sheffield till 1974, producing several programmes including 'Coffee Break', gardening shows and local history.

Sheila presented

the food prices in Coffee Break. Here are some of them from 1967...

:: Campbell Chicken Soup: 1'1
:: Heinz Sponge Puddings: 1'1
:: Oxo Cubes 1 dozen: 2'2
:: Ovaltine 4'6
:: Mandarin Oranges 1'4 per tin
:: Currants 1'9 per lb
:: Spillers Flour 1'8 for 3lb bag
:: Senator Salmon 3'6 per tin

:: Sheila Yeadon

How did you come to work for Radio Sheffield?

I was a secretary for BBC North, working on farming programmes, Gardener's Question Time etc. I loved the idea of getting involved with local radio programmes and staying in the North of England.

Where has life taken you since you were at Radio Sheffield?

I left Radio Sheffield in 1974 and went to Radio Leeds, where I stayed till 1989. I've also qualified as a Blue Badge tourist guide for Yorkshire.

Sheila Yeadon in 2007

Proudest moment at Radio Sheffield?

Never being late for an early shift. Mind you, I managed to avoid most of them.

Do you have any other good/funny memories?

The first New Year's Eve at Radio Sheffield. Several of us, all strangers to the town, gathered at Radio Sheffield. At midnight someone said 'lets go into the studio, say hello, see if anyone's listening!' We did and we had lots of calls and record requests as a result. So I ended up spending the evening answering the phone and searching out records.

"We worked very hard and very long hours, but we also laughed a lot."

Sheila Yeadon

What was your worst on-air moment?

Interviewing a farmer about the effects of foot and mouth. I got several bewildered and incomprehensible answers before I discovered he was a plumber. I'd got the wrong person, same name.

During your time here, who was your favourite presenter?

Anyone who could keep talking when the next guest was late, particularly Mary Redcliffe and Dinah Maiden.

How do you spend your free time these days?

Helping with Otley Talking Newspaper, local and good neighbours schemes. I also love gardening, theatre and golf.

Looking back now, how would you sum up your Radio Sheffield experience?

Sheffield - 'the largest village in England' was an ideal place for a local radio station. We worked very hard and very long hours, but we also laughed a lot.

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