It began with a phone call from the BBC to the Treasurer, and in only a couple of days things started to happen.
BBC Producer Perminder Khatkar was setting up a programme in the Radio 4 series, ‘Open Country’ and had planned a visit to Formby. It had already been decided to tell the story of the red squirrel and report on what was happening at the coastline with the Wildlife Trust and National Trust. Yet they were also looking to record with people who live in Formby and could talk about how times have changed here.
They were keen to find out more about the Formby Lifeboat and Lifeboat House from earliest times. That meant relating the research and findings of FCS stalwarts Barbara and Reg Yorke, though neither of them would have been available to take part in a ‘shore and dunes walk interview’.
However, an opportunity like this for FCS was not to be missed and so John Phillips met Presenter Helen Mark and took part in the interview as they walked through the dunes and down to the site of the old Lifeboat House.
The programme went on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 7th December at 3pm and was repeated on Saturday 9th at 6.07. It was entitled, ‘Red Squirrels in Formby’. It will remain on the BBC site for 4 weeks.