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Young Martley DJ honoured as Good Citizen for his work in community
AS one of the country’s youngest radio DJs, 13-year-old Harry Sarkar is seldom lost for words.
But even he was taken aback momentarily as the start of his regular Saturday morning show was abruptly interrupted when police burst into his broadcasting booth.
But Harry did not find himself in any trouble.
In fact, the surprise visit was for officers to present him with a prestigious West Mercia Police Young Good Citizen award in recognition of his enthusiasm and dedication to his role lighting up the airwaves with Longside Radio, a community station based in Martley, near Worcester.
Despite his tender years, Harry is already an experienced presenter, having had his own show for the last 18 months.
PC Tracey Wood, of the Martley and Tenbury safer neighbourhood team, was delighted to surprise him with his award.
“It amazes me to hear of Harry’s enthusiasm and all that he gives to the local community, and it was a absolute pleasure to surprise him live on air,” she said.
Longside Radio was founded in a garage belonging to owner Mark Tibbutt back in December 2010.
Since then it has gone from strength to strength, attracting thousands of listeners and earlier this year re-launching at its own dedicated studio in the Old Weigh-bridge, right in the centre of Martley.
Mr Tibbutt said the station’s success is down to the hard work and support of Martley people like Harry.
“Harry’s commitment to the station has been extraordinary for a boy his age,” he said.
“In the 18 months he has been broadcasting he has only missed two shows.”
West Mercia Police’s Yo-ung Good Citizen award scheme aims to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of young people in the community that might otherwise go unrecognised.
Harry received two nominations, one for his work with Longside and the second for his efforts with the Worcester Bolton Dragons dragon boating team.
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