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Radio Leicester turns 40

BBC Radio Leicester is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a show tune extravaganza over the next few weeks. The station turns 40 on November 8th and was the first BBC local radio station when it started broadcasting in 1967.

More than a dozen of Leicestershire's amateur dramatic groups are being brought together to perform the shows. 40 singers from a dozen amateur dramatic groups belt out 40 show songs to raise funds for the station's charity, The Ruby Rainbow Appeal.

Radio Leicester presenters Monica Winfield, Martin Ballard and Dave Andrews will compere the shows.

Drivetime host Martin Ballard says: "Monica, Dave and I have been rehearsing furiously — well, we've been arguing a lot — but at least if our bit goes wrong, we can say it's all in a good cause. Seriously — it should be a fantastic night for anyone who even vaguely likes the musicals."

The BBC station is aiming to raise £400,000 (£10,000 for every year it's been broadcasting) to help build an extension to the Rainbow's Hospice in Loughborough for teenagers and people in their Twenties.

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