A tribute concert is to be held at Shanklin Theatre early next year to remember local journalist and broadcasting legend, John Hannam.

John, who will be remembered as being the host of Britain’s longest-running non-stop radio chat show and for his traditional style of interview, died following a short illness back in September this year, aged 80.

Over the decades, John interviewed some of the country’s greatest from Bruce Forsyth to Cliff Richard, Victoria Wood to Judi Dench and quite literally almost everyone in between. He is said to have interviewed over 5,000 people over almost 50 years.

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The event on Sunday 6th February 2022 will be headlined by British husband-and-wife country duo, My Darling Clementine – Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish. Also performing on the night will be singer-songwriter, Matt James – the former drummer of ’90s anthemic indie-rockers Gene.

Other acts include Andy Strickland (The Loft, The Caretaker Race, The Chesterfields), Matt Hill, Brian Sharpe, Bobby I Can Fly, Chris Clarke, Amy Bird and Bob and Bertie Everson.

Sean Hannam, John’s son, says:

“Shanklin Theatre was a venue that my dad was very fond of – it’s where we held the wake for his funeral in November – so it’s very fitting that the tribute concert will take place there.

“As a nod to the showbiz TV series, Sunday Night at the London Palladium, I’ve called the concert Sunday Night at Shanklin Theatre – A Tribute To John Hannam. The line-up of performers will include national and local musicians who dad liked, admired and supported – most of whom he interviewed at some stage during his career.

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Tickets are available here and cost £10. Proceeds will go to the British Heart Foundation and the Wellow Ward, St Mary’s Hospital. Doors open at 19:00.

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