In the second part of this three-part series I’d like to share some of the things that we’ve been doing since we started in April. At Sound of Spitfire we endeavour to support local events and here is a selection of just some of the things that we’ve been doing:

Spalding Utd Youth Tournament: The Tulip Trophy

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Weekend attendance, interviews, promotion and special programmes: The programme gained national coverage, with fans as far away as Leeds and Manchester tuning in to find out more. We received a number of messages from people who attended the event and others that didn’t who thoroughly enjoyed our coverage. The objective was to promote Spalding and the South Holland Area and we believe that we achieved it.

Spalding Beer & Music Festival

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Sponsor and Special Programme: Sound of Spitfire sponsored the outside stage for the event and also took the opportunity to interview artists, bands and attendees. The event was an enormous success and afterwards, Sound of Spitfire broadcast a 2hr summary show, playing the music of the star acts and the interviews with the artists. Again, as with the Tulip Trophy, the show attracted many positive comments from not only attendees, but those from further afield who were unable to attend. On the approach to the event in 2019 we shall broadcast the show again to promote the area and the Beer and Music Festival.

Spalding Athletic Football Club

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Sponsor: Spalding Athletic Football Club is a new team to Spalding that needed some support to get off the ground. Sound of Spitfire saw this as an opportunity to team up with a local team and help to get them underway. Sound of Spitfire proudly sponsor the team and the first team shirt boasts the Sound of Spitfire logo on the front. They play most weekends at the Castle Sports Complex in Spalding and we wish them well for the season.

Spalding Utd Under 7s Football Club

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Sponsor: Sound of Spitfire was approached by the coach of Spalding Utd Under 7s Football Club to provide shirt sponsorship in association with their main sponsor “Barberettes – Gents Barbers” of Spalding. Spitfire was happy to help and now you can hear the Barberettes advert playing on the station. If you would like similar advertising for your business please drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

National Citizen Service (Spalding)

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Advertising & Promotion: In August Sound Of Spitfire was approached by a group of young people based in Spalding from the National Citizen Service. They explained that they were a youth group that were trying to raise funds for local causes and do some good for the local community by promoting Social Action. Sound Of Spitfire were very happy to promote the work of this group and are proud to say that they raised £374 in one week going towards helping the 5th Spalding Brownies and Spalding Rugby Football Club. If you have an event that needs promotion, drop us a line and we will be happy to support you too.

Moulton Chapel Tulip & Scarecrow Festival

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Advertising: In May, the small village of Moulton Chapel held its annual Tulip and Scarecrow Festival. Sound of Spitfire were happy to promote this event and help the local community raise its profile. We ran regular advertising and talked about the event on our shows. The weekend was a huge success and we look forward to helping them again next year.

Little Miracles Fun Day

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Advertising: In August, The Little Miracles Group who help children with additional needs throughout the Spalding area, held a Family Fun Day at the Fun Farm at Weston near Spalding. The event was free to enter and had a number of attractions including Fire Engines, Bouncy Castles, Stalls and motorbikes. Sound of Spitfire was asked if we would promote the event and of course, as it was such a fabulous cause, we would never refuse. During various shows our presenters promoted the event as well as publishing various posts on social media to attract support.

Spalding Round Table/Ladies Circle

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Special Programme Feature: Following the success of the Spalding Beer & Music Festival, the organisers (Spalding Round Table and Spalding Ladies Circle) asked if Sound of Spitfire would promote their organisations. Spitfire went one step further and made a special programme dedicated to the groups and broadcast the programme on a number of occasions. If you have a group that requires promotion, please contact us.

South Holland District Rotary Club
Guest Speaker: At the end of July, Chris Hyde was honoured to be offered the opportunity to present at the South Holland District Rotary Club and speak about Sound of Spitfire. The event was very well attended, with a supper, presentation by Chris and then a Q&A session. If you would like Sound of Spitfire to come and speak at your event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In the next post we’ll tell you about how Sound of Spitfire is supporting up-and-coming talent, locally, nationally and internationally; promoting the South Holland District to the world. Until next time keep tuned to Sound Of Spitfire – The Station You All Deserve
#SpitfireChris

STOP THE PRESS!!!

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We have just been notified that Sound of Spitfire has received a nomination for the Pride of South Holland Awards. We are immensely proud and honoured to have been nominated for such a prestigious award and will provide details in the next post!!

It’s been an exciting and busy few months for Sound of Spitfire. Now officially, just over 4 months old it’s time to assess and re-assess how we are doing. Like any new undertaking it is always important to understand if things are going well or not so well, so in this first part of a three part post I’m going to mention a few things that have happened that you may have missed.

What a busy month April was! We started off on 2nd April 2018 with our Official Launch Programme. Ten hours of continuous live broadcasting counting down the Top One-Hundred of all time, with a few requests thrown in for good measure! Not only did we have the Live Broadcast, but the “Spitfire Girls” were out-and-about in Spalding spreading the news. To be honest the weather really didn’t help us much! A grey and drizzly day meant that folk were few and far between in Spalding, but that didn’t dampen our spirits! Oh no! Our Social Media was keeping Technical Tom on his toes, whilst Zandra and Anita were drumming up trade and I was in the studio keeping the tunes going. It all culminated just before 8pm with the announcement of the No.1 tune of all time, which of course, no surprises, was “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. A great, hugely enjoyable, but very tiring, first day that went without a hitch!

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April also gave us the first opportunity to launch our “Taking Off With Spitfire” Show, with an initial idea of featuring local talent. Wow, little did we know about the how this programme was literally about to “take-off”! By August (at time of going to press) we have featured artists from not only the South Holland area, but National and International artists. “Taking Off With Spitfire” is establishing itself as the “go to” show for new, emerging and unsigned talent, plus more established bands that are seeking airplay via Internet Radio. Only this week we’ve been approached by bands asking us to play their music from places such as Paris, Zagreb and Hull! (Yes! Even Hull!!)

Sound Of Spitfire now even get a mention on the sleeve of an album called “Universal Sky” by The Viewers (a Mod band from Cornwall) that we featured a few weeks ago – Thanks guys!!

Another highpoint came in July when I got to interview Mr “Whispering” Bob Harris for “Taking Off With Spitfire”. An amazing opportunity and what a lovely chap. What started out as a potential 5-10min phone call ended up as a really in-depth interview, with Bob sharing his stories about how he started off in radio broadcasting, how he first met Elton John, his move into The Old Grey Whistle Test, how he became the voice of Country Music on BBC Radio 2 and his future projects. We ended up having to make a 2-hour special to fit in all of the music and interviews, but well worth it!

We now consider “Taking Off With Spitfire” as one of our “flagship” shows. It really is promoting local, national and international talent. With plenty of new music and in-depth interviews with artists and bands, we are immensely proud of this show and long may it continue!

From the outset Sound Of Spitfire has been proud to host entertainment and music shows such as “The Jon Nicholas Show”, with Jon who is based in Hampshire and of course “Now You Has Jazz Jazz Jazz” with John Petters, “Fly By Wire” with Myson Webster and “The Goldmine” with Mike Watts, all local presenters who give their time to make Spitfire what it is.

But, since April the programme schedule has grown and grown. We have a blues show called “Blues From The Beginning” hosted by local man Neil Olley, we have “That Seventies Sound” with Leicester based Dave Edwards, “The Warp Factor” with Kirk Owers from Kent, another show by Myson called “The Collection With The Connection” and we’re delighted to announce that “The Golden Oldies Show” with Finn Ryder will be joining our station with a first broadcast on 13 August 2018 at 7pm BST.

Oh, almost forgot, yes there is me with “The Pirate Radio Show”, “The Nearly Really Live Entertainment Show”, “Get Set For The Weekend”, Taking-Off With Spitfire” and live “Spitfire Summer Breakfast Shows” every morning between 7am and 9am! Not to mention the occasional “Special Broadcast” (more about those in a later post!)

We’ve also got a wide variety of talk shows that are being broadcast now and more coming into the daytime schedules over the next few months, so lots to keep the listener interested. Watch out for announcements.

However, we’re not resting on our laurels, we’re still on the look out for quality shows. Our schedule is filling for music, but always open to light entertainment and interest shows… especially community involvement and some comedy. If you want to know more or have an idea for a show then please drop us a line This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as we’d love to hear from you.

Just before I sign-off from this post, I’d like to give a special thanks to you, our listener. Without your support this wouldn’t be happening, so keep it tuned to Sound Of Spitfire AND if you like us please tell your friends!

Until next time keep tuned to Sound Of Spitfire – The Station You All Deserve
#SpitfireChris

Spalding Beer And Music Festival Main Stage Sponsored By The Sound Of Spitfire

The Sound of Spitfire is delighted to announce that we will be sponsoring the brand new outdoor stage at the Spalding Beer & Music Festival 2018.

The festival will take place between Friday 25th and Sunday 27th May 2018 at The Castle Sports Complex (Spalding). Come down and visit us for your chance to appear on the radio! You'll find a great weekend of amazing bands and a crowd pleasing range of beers. Click here to buy your tickets now!

Moulton Chapel Village Parade

The Moulton Chapel Tuliptime Parade will take place on Sunday 6th May 2018. Headed by the float carrying the Tuliptime Queen, Prince, and Princesses, starts at 15:00. There will be plenty of live entertainment both before and after the parade has finished including music, dancing, vintage tractors, classic cars, and decorated bikes. You can even decorate your own bicycle and participate in the parade with a prize for the best one. There will be a wide range of food and drink to buy on the day so why not come down and hope with us that the weather stays nice!

Moulton Chapel Scarecrow Festival

The Moulton Chapel Scarecrow Festival 2018 is being held in the village from Thursday 3rd May to Monday 7th May. Enter your scarecrow for free! The scarecrows will be displayed at a prominent position within the village for everybody to view and enjoy. The winner will be announced on village parade day (Sunday 6th May). First prize is £25, second prize is £15, and third prize is £10. If you would like to enter please telephone 07793782617 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an entry form. Please note the deadline for entry is Monday 30th April.

Alex Gold on Taking Off With Spitfire - Showcasing Local Talent from the South Holland area

We are pleased to announce that artist Alex Gold from the West End Musical "All Or Nothing" will be featured on Taking Off With Spitfire on Thursday 26th April 2018 at 19:00 (listen again on Sunday 22nd April 2018 at 18:00). You can find out more about Alex and his music via his Facebook and Twitter pages.

Stefan Edwards on Taking Off With Spitfire - Showcasing Local Talent from the South Holland area

We are pleased to announce that artist Stefan Edwards from the West End Musical "All Or Nothing" will be featured on Taking Off With Spitfire on Thursday 26th April 2018 at 19:00 (listen again on Sunday 22nd April 2018 at 18:00). You can find out more about Stefan and his music via his Twitter page.

Stanton Wright on Taking Off With Spitfire - Showcasing Local Talent from the South Holland area

We are pleased to announce that artist Stanton Wright from the West End Musical "All Or Nothing" will be featured on Taking Off With Spitfire on Thursday 26th April 2018 at 19:00 (listen again on Sunday 22nd April 2018 at 18:00). You can find out more about Stanton and his music via his Twitter page.

Sam Pope on Taking Off With Spitfire - Showcasing Local Talent from the South Holland area

We are pleased to announce that artist Sam Pope from the West End Musical "All Or Nothing" will be featured on Taking Off With Spitfire on Thursday 26th April 2018 at 19:00 (listen again on Sunday 22nd April 2018 at 18:00). You can find out more about Sam and his music via his Facebook and Twitter pages.

Mick Mepham on Taking Off With Spitfire - Showcasing Local Talent from the South Holland area

We are pleased to announce that local artist Mick Mepham will be featured on Taking Off With Spitfire on Thursday 26th April 2018 at 19:00 (listen again on Sunday 22nd April 2018 at 18:00). You can find out more about Mick and his music via his website.

I Got Spiders on Taking Off With Spitfire - Showcasing Local Talent from the South Holland area

We are pleased to announce that local band I Got Spiders will be featured on Taking Off With Spitfire on Thursday 26th April 2018 at 19:00 (listen again on Sunday 22nd April 2018 at 18:00). You can find out more about the band and their music via their website, as well as following them on Twitter and Facebook.

The All Or Nothing Musical on Taking Off With Spitfire - Showcasing Local Talent from the South Holland area

We are pleased to announce that the West End Musical "All Or Nothing", celebrating the music of The Small Faces and 'Mod' culture, will be featured on Taking Off With Spitfire on Thursday 19th April 2018 at 19:00 (listen again on Sunday 22nd April 2018 at 18:00). Book to see the show here before the 2nd of June 2018 or follow the act on Twitter.

Tommy Loose on Taking Off With Spitfire - Showcasing Local Talent from the South Holland area

We are pleased to announce that local musician Tommy Loose will be featured on Taking Off With Spitfire on Thursday 19th April 2018 at 19:00 (listen again on Sunday 22nd April 2018 at 18:00). You can find out more about Tommy and his music via his Website and Facebook page.

Two Point Zero on Taking Off With Spitfire - Showcasing Local Talent from the South Holland area

We are pleased to announce that local four-piece band Two Point Zero will be featured on Taking Off With Spitfire on Thursday 19th April 2018 at 19:00 (listen again on Sunday 22nd April 2018 at 18:00). All of their music is avaliable via iTunes, and you can find out more about the group via their YouTube, Facebook and MySpace pages.

Matthew James Aylett on Taking Off With Spitfire - Showcasing Local Talent from the South Holland area

We are pleased to announce that local musician Matthew James Aylett will be featured on Taking Off With Spitfire to be broadcast on Thursday 19th April 2018 at 19:00 (listen again on Sunday 22nd April 2018 at 18:00). You can find out more about Matthew and his music via his Facebook and Twitter pages.

Redemption at The Red Lion Hotel With The Sound of Spitfire

A great afternoon seeing local group Redemption play live in The Red Lion Hotel. We are hoping to have an interview with Mr Nigel Portass on Taking Off With Spitfire in the near future!

A great day out and about all day in #Spalding meeting lots of businesses and organisations who are helping to spread the Sound Of Spitfire word by displaying flyers. Look out for them in a shop or centre near you. Also, great to meet with another four contributors to the station who will add valuable content #TheStationYouAllDeserve

Local Talent Dodge Rogers (Alive and Swell) on Sound of Spitfire

Tonight at 18:00 we will be playing our first local talent show which will feature Mr Dodge Rogers and tracks from his upcoming album “Alive & Swell”. Listen live here from 18:00! #Spalding #LocalTalent

A small gift to all the Nightwalkers out there from Zandra at The Sound Of Spitfire. Without any scientific proof, this may help you to fall asleep. Alternatively you could just listen to Chris for the next hour, which has been proven to have the same effect!

The Jon Nicholas Show on The Sound of Spitfire

Turn on, tune in, doze off! We are pleased to welcome The Jon Nicholas Show to The Sound Of Spitfire. Broadcasting each Saturday at 19:00 and then repeated on Tuesdays at 12:00 noon, you can find out more about the show here.

Sound Of Spitfire on your TV!!! Yes, it’s true! If you have NowTV go into the App Store add the TuneIn app for free and search for “Sound Of Spitfire” - hey presto!

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We are now broadcasting live from our brand new Spalding studio. You can listen via our website, or through the TuneIn or Radio.Net apps.

Did you know you can now get in touch with us via social media? You can find us on both Facebook and Twitter. Please do come and say hello! You can listen via our website, or through the TuneIn or Radio.Net apps.

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Spitfire's Tom has been busy this evening promoting our station at The Water's Edge (Spalding). You can listen via our website, or through the TuneIn or Radio.Net apps.

The relaunch of the Sound of Spitfire Internet radio station, broadcasting from Spalding (Lincolnshire) and serving the South Holland District and beyond is taking place on the 2nd of April 2018. You can listen via our website, or through the TuneIn or Radio.Net apps.