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Sedgeford stars as Any Questions host

BBC Radio 4 'Any Questions' broadcast from Sedgeford village hall on Friday. From left: Francis Maude, Emily Thornberry, Jonathan Dimbleby, Peter Hennessy and Camilla Cavendish. ANL-140331-085123001

BBC Radio 4 'Any Questions' broadcast from Sedgeford village hall on Friday. From left: Francis Maude, Emily Thornberry, Jonathan Dimbleby, Peter Hennessy and Camilla Cavendish. ANL-140331-085123001

BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions came to Sedgeford Village Hall on Friday night and chairman Jonathan Dimbleby left with the importance of geography impressed firmly upon him.

An unfortunate gaffe in his opening remarks had him place the village in “North East Norfolk” but, helped by the audience, he recovered quickly and did a great job.

Not so impressive was Paymaster General Francis Maude MP who said the burning of household waste was a great plus for the current administration.

It was a howler in a pretty limp display by the experienced government Minister – but it didn’t really matter in a friendly and pretty light-hearted show.

Journalists Peter Hennessey and Camilla Cavendish were well equipped to answer questions on how the energy companies are fleecing us, the bedroom tax iniquities, the policy of banning books being taken into prisons and political face-to-face debates such as that between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg.

Whether or not to tax sugar really got them going and best line of the night came from Labour’s statuesque Emily Thornberry who described herself to unseeing radio listeners as “a willowy blonde”.

The warm-up question listeners didn’t hear asked panellists what was the favourite sound. By the end of the night the answer may well have been warm and generous applause from the packed audience who helped make it a triumph for Sedgeford Village Hall.

 

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