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Clare Panniker, Basildon Hospital Chief Exec Talking

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Clare Panniker, the Chief Executive of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital talks to Yvonne Williams during a frank and revealing interview. Read More »

New Look for Basildon Borough Council

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The Council’s AGM has proved to yield a refreshing new look to the Council Chamber. The hefty phalanx of Tories ranged before the Mayor and her Deputy has been dramatically slimmed down. It has become a little quieter too, for hubris had tended towards rowdiness and inattention. The survivors of the night of the long electoral knives appear fewer but ... Read More »

Mabel Rogers


Local artist Mabel Rogers from Billericay released her new EP “Tides” this week and it peaked inside the top 20 on iTunes. It has been the record of the week all week on David Webster’s Brighter Breakfast. Charlie Sarson caught up with her on Good Afternoon. He revealed his favourite song on the EP is “Little Love”. You can hear ... Read More »

Basildon Art Gallery welcomes Tudor Roses


  On Friday the 2nd of May at the Basildon Art Gallery there was a Tudor history display with Tudor clothing, a book and also a canvas with a sewing pattern. Visitors to the Art Gallery saw  traditional Tudor clothing being modelled and were able to see a wonderful selection of pictures depicting the changes in fashion for both men and women over ... Read More »

Mike Le-Surf with Yvonne


Mike Le-Surf is the Labour Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock. He is the Leader of the Labour group in Brentwood and visited Gateway 97.8 for a chat with me on Good Afternoon. He is an Essex man through and through. In the recorded interview he comes across as a disarmingly open and friendly man. But ... Read More »

‘Question Time’ special on Wednesday’s ‘Good Afternoon’

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Councillor Tony Ball, leader of the Borough’s tories, Cllr Geoff Williams the lib-dem leader and County Cllr Kerry Smith for UKIP came together in a sort of special radio ‘Question Time’ to mark Local Democracy Week. Court duty as a magistrate prevented Cllr Nigel Smith, the labour party leader from taking part.The programme, chaired by Yvonne Williams from Gateway 97.8, ... Read More »

Highlights of the last seven days on Gateway


On today’s Good Afternoon with Ros, you’ll hear all the latest news stories, sport, showbiz and money news. And you can also catch up on some of the highlights of the last seven days. If you missed Monday’s interview with Basildon Council Leader Tony Ball, there’ll be a second chance to hear him in conversation with our very own Yvonne ... Read More »

X Factor Luke Britnell sings his own song Think Positive

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Luke Britnell, 19, from Canvey Island, recently impressed The X Factor judges with his song Think Positive, before playing in front of thousands at Wembley Arena. He’s a former pupil of Cornelious Vermuyden School and Southend’s South Essex College, started playing guitar when he was 15, and began actual singing two and a half years ago. In 2011, Luke began ... Read More »

Basildon Blackout

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Hi! I just signed the petition “Essex County Council: Leave our lamppost on at night in Basildon.” on I feel that not enough has been done to find out whether we really want to lose our street lighting late at night; whether we will feel secure; whether the energy savings could have been better achieved by different, but sufficiently ... Read More »

Elkie Brooks with Danny Lawrence


This Thursday on Good Afternoon, Danny Lawrence is joined by singing legend Elkie Brooks. On the programme as we look back at her life in music after many years of hard work. The answer came in 1977 with a song that transcends genre’s and married all of Elkie’s vocal abilities and 17 years of hard work into the million selling Pearl’s ... Read More »