KL.FM Off Air, by Darren Taylor, January 12, 2016

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I have a feeling that 2016 is going be a really special year for us all both here at KL.FM and also for the town. To kick things off we’re busy getting ready for the West Norfolk Sports Awards which take place at the end of January at the Corn Exchange. It’s always a special evening and one that I really enjoy. There’s a huge and diverse sporting community in West Norfolk and we’re proud to be able to host the awards which recognise some outstanding people. And while I’m on the subject of sports, isn’t it terrifying to think that the fantastic London Olympics were almost 4 years ago now. I know they say time speeds up as you get older, but I’m struggling to believe it’s that long ago since that amazing 3 weeks. Meanwhile back on air, once the Sports Awards are over the KL.FM team will be doing something very special for Valentine’s Day so please make sure you listen out for that.

During 2015 KL.FM gave away thousands of pounds worth of prizes to listeners in and around West Norfolk and we’re planning 2016 to be even bigger and better. If, like me, you didn’t manage to scoop that huge lottery jackpot last Saturday, then make sure you tune to 96.9fm. I can’t promise £50million, but I can promise your odds of winning something will be considerably better!

Meanwhile away from my ‘day job’, there’s a flurry of activity happening in my role as Chairman of the Town Centre Partnership / Business Improvement District along with my involvement with various groups campaigning for improvements to the rail service for the town. I’m confident that 2016 will be the year that we make significant progress on both issues.

On a more personal note I’ve read a lot over the last few weeks and months about the Walks in King’s Lynn, particularly after the horrible incident when 2 dogs were killed. I live very close to the Walks and I’m either walking to and from work, or walking my dog there, most days. It seems to me that there’s some confusion about what the Walks actually are, so indulge me while I add my two pennies worth; The Walks isn’t a dog exercise field. But neither is it an athletic track for 5k runners. It’s not a cycle path or a velodrome. It’s not a children’s playground or a picnic area. It’s not a venue for brass band concerts or a parkour site. It’s not there for fireworks or charity events, nor is it a place for fitness classes or even American football training.

It is, of course, all of these things and more. I think it’s one of the most beautiful public parks in the country but unless everyone who uses the Walks respects everyone else, we’ll lose something really special. Not the physical space, of course, but that sense of everyone coming together to share a great resource and that would be a terrible shame.