I was raised in Bexhill on Sea, moved to London in 1979 to join the Civil Service, then Liverpool for ten years and London as a National Officer with the Trade Union PCS, before heading to Hastings in 2000 as the Deputy Returning Officer for all elections in this area. I was retired early due to Transverse Myelitis, a chronic multiple sclerosis type of condition.

From a young age I listened to the top twenty on the radio, watched Top of the Pops, The Old Grey Whistle Test, The Tube, Revolver and was always buying music. That has never stopped and I have an extensive collection of CD’s, vinyl and music memorabilia.

I love live music and been to many 100’s of concerts here and abroad, In particular Bruce Springsteen, who I have seen 67 times since  Brighton Centre in 1981. Also The Pogues, Peter Gabriel, Beach Boys, YES,  The Waterboys, First Aid Kit, Billy Bragg, Bob Marley,The Eagles and more..

And Hastings is such a great place to live for live music with so many talented musicians playing in our pubs and venues around the town.

So music will always be a big part in my life; simply turning on the radio in the morning, joining in at the Sea Shanty Sessions on a Thursday night in The Jenny Lind in Hastings Old Town, helping out at Hastings Beatles Day or singing my head off with tens of thousands of Springsteen fans at Wembley Stadium or Madison Square Gardens…

I enjoy volunteering at The Conquest and with the Pain Management Service in Eastbourne. And I also sit on the National Faculty of Clinical Heath Psychology Committee as the patient representative and I help the Transverse Myelitis Society to publicise our rare health condition.

I live with my partner Liz who is a big music fan and we go to many concerts together. I also enjoy attending cricket matches, occasional trips to Chelsea FC and closer to home, Hastings United.

So my show is called ‘Paradise by the Sea’, 2pm to 4pm on Tuesday afternoons and it will be an eclectic mix of bang up to date music and a real delve through the treasure chest of popular and long lost songs. Please tune in and enjoy the music.



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Graham Belchamber