Three days ahead of the start of the Olympic Games in Beijing, Sebastian Coe presents an Olympic-themed instalment of Radio 2's now annual series of soundscapes. Combining archive recordings and newsreels with music and newspaper clips, this audio collage recalls the Mexico City games of 1968, which, Coe claims, inspired him to join his local athletics club in Sheffield.
2/4. Comedian Lee Mack looks back to the heyday of Northern clubs. This edition recalls the glory days of the Batley Variety Club, which local tycoon James Corrigan created from an old sewage works. Expect anecdotes about Louis Armstrong , Jayne Mansfield (a "bizarre act"), Roy Orbison , Gracie Fields and Tony Hancock , who lasted less than an evening. With input from Batley employees and others.
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