Dee Dee Makes DJ's Dream Come True!
Former Pan's People member Dee Dee Wilde helped make a fan's dream come true when she came to Weymouth Harbour in Dorset last Wednesday ( 9th May 2012 ) to meet PP.com moderator PJ ( Lee & Mary Fan ) and his friends on board Weymouth Charter boat Als Spirit where PJ was holding his 3rd radio event for Special Music Radio.
PJ had suggested to Dee Dee many months ago that it would be a fun idea if she could take part in the event and to his delight she agreed. It had been PJ's dream to meet Dee Dee for many years.
PJ takes up the story:
I suggested around a year ago to Dee Dee that it would be great if she could take part in the 2012 event for Special Music Radio. I never thought she would agree to this but, to my amazement, Dee Dee said she would try to attend the event and the lady didn't let me down! She did attend and it was very exciting indeed as Dee Dee and her husband Henry Marsh of the band Sailor arrived at the charter boat Als Spirit around midday on Wednesday 9th May.
I helped Dee Dee on board and introduced everyone to Dee Dee and Henry and quickly showed them the on-board studio located in the wheelhouse of the boat.
We then all set off for a splendid pub meal further along the harbour at The Ship Inn. Everyone got on very well and the conversations were flowing as we waited for our meals. I was a little on edge knowing that one of my greatest idols was sitting next to me, but Dee Dee soon put me at ease with her warm personality. I must add that Dee Dee looked very stylish and very beautiful and that Henry Marsh is a very interesting man and has a great sense of humour, as indeed has Dee Dee.
We had a table for eight at the pub at the window in the raised area - for anyone who knows the pub. Although it was raining, we had a lovely harbour view and Dee Dee seemed impressed.
After the meal, we headed back for the boat and, once back on board, Dee Dee, Henry and presenters Mandy and Nancy interviewed our very special guests in the studio. Everyone else either stayed on the back deck or went over to The Sailors Return pub to take shelter from yet another rain storm.
In the wheelhouse studio, it was very cosy as the rain lashed against the windows (Als Spirit has windows and not portholes ). Although Mandy and Nancy are not as au fait with the history of Pan's People as most here, they did a great job. Unlike most paid radio presenters who interview people because its their job to do so, Mandy and Nancy did the interview because they really wanted to and their interest and respect for both Dee Dee and Henry really came across. In my opinion, it was more like a conversation between a group of friends, rather than your typical radio style interview.
Special Music Radio until recently had its programmes transmitted via Bristol internet station Radio Samantha, but sadly that closed down recently. I hope the programmes we recorded including the interview will be heard later this year via a planned new internet radio station.
Meeting Dee Dee was a dream come true: she is a lovely and interesting lady. Everyone was very excited about meeting Dee Dee and Henry but, before we knew it, the time had come for our special guests to have to head back home. It was sad to say and wave goodbye, but I will always have the lovely memories of meeting Dee Dee and Henry. I have always liked Sailor's music, especially their album tracks, so it was wonderful to meet Henry as well.
By the way, I'm Lee & Mary Fan on this site but as a radio presenter I'm known as PJ.
Henry and Dee Dee with presenter Nancy after receiving their thank you gifts.
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