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Deputy Mayor Joan Holmes, Hardeep Singh Kohli & Tom Burgess

Just two days of me this week as Mike Jones, Graham Stannard & Nick Field all took it in turns to kindly stand in midweek while I headed off to Wakefield for a spot of training for the day job. Just think of me as the bookends of what was a busy week on Drive.

As well as regular commentator Mark Reed, we were honoured on Monday evening to be joined by the Deputy Mayor of Brentwood, Cllr Joan Holmes. She told us how a multitude of events have kept her busy since May in her ambassadorial role, and how she hopes to become Mayor in a few months time. There was also concern regarding speeding, particularly coming off of Brook Street roundabout, and an appeal to motorists to slow down and not exceed the speed limits.

Friday's programme kicked off with a chat with Hardeep Singh Kohli. Viewers of the One Show will remember his six month stint as a roving reporter coming to an abrupt end in July 2009, after a complaint by a female member of staff for inappropriate behaviour. He said how he was pleased to still keep in touch with Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley and do some work for Daybreak, and was looking forward to taking to the stage at Barking's Broadway Theatre with his Nearly Naked Chef tour (

To round off the week, local singer/songwriter Tom Burgess graced the studio and entertained us with his folky tones... something slightly more mellow than what we grown accustomed to over the past few weeks but magnificent nonetheless. Yet another talented youngster that we will welcome back to Phoenix FM with open arms in the future.

We're back next week at the new time of 3-6pm Monday & Tuesday, and 2-6pm Wednesday to Friday. Don't forget! See you then!

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