A musical story for Stuart

Stuart Maconie
Stuart Maconie

STUART Maconie is to host a 50-part music series detailing the story of modern Britain.

The former Worsley Mesnes resident will present The People’s Songs, on Radio Two, which will revisit modern Britain via 50 records that have provided the soundtrack to British culture and the station wants listeners to contribute music stories.

Stuart said: “The People’s Songs is the story of modern Britain in 50 records.

“In the company of the Great British public, I aim to tell the story of the last seven decades via the records that sound-tracked this dramatic period; a period of conflict, social change, parties, prosperity, plenty, poverty, peace and war. These are the songs that people listened to, laughed to, loved to and laboured to, as well as downed tools and danced to. And we’d love to hear from listeners.”

The show will air each week during 2013.

Meanwhile, Stuart is calling for a national champion to safeguard nature trails, through the Ramblers Campaign, as local councils and voluntary groups are to be asked to take over the trails’ management from English Heritage, a Government quango.

He said: “It will leave the trails without an organisation to champion them nationally, posing an enormous risk to their quality. To find out more visit www.ramblers.org.uk/nationaltrails