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Sporting lunch in Leicester

BBC Radio Leicester, the UK's first BBC local radio station is to celebrate 40 years of broadcasting by inviting a squad of sports personalities back to the studios. A Sporting Celebration, which includes lunch and a photocall takes place on Monday 8th October.

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew, BBC Football Focus frontman Manish Bashin and Iain Carter, BBC Five Live's golf correspondent, will attend a special reunion event at BBC Radio Leicester, where they cut their broadcasting teeth. At the event the trio will be joined by Bleddyn Jones, who has commentated on the Leicester Tigers games for 20 years, and Russell Hobbs, Radio Leicester's non-league football expert.

The sports presenters will tour the station's new, state-of-the-art building before taking part in a photocall in one of the radio studios.

After lunch the sports pundits will discover for themselves what it's like to be under scrutiny, as their successors at Radio Leicester interview them about their favourite sporting memories and anecdotes about the many personalities they have come across during their careers.

Jonathan Agnew, a former fast bowler for Leicestershire, says: "If it hadn't been for the chance that Radio Leicester gave me all those years ago, I certainly would not be in the happy position that I find myself in today.

"It will be great fun catching up with all the others whose careers began on BBC local radio."

BBC Radio Leicester celebrates its 40th birthday on Thursday 8 November 2007.

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