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Having finally emptied my loft of what seems like a container load of memories I came across a CD from 1998 of which I’m particularly proud.

It’s called From The 53rd Floor, a compilation of music by local artists: a project conceived, compiled and produced by myself, aided by the financial backing of Golden Wonder from Market Harborough.

All of the money raised from the sale of the album went to an umbrella charity called Kids 2000, devised by KCBC Radio in Kettering, benefiting the Corby Summer Camp Appeal, Spurgeon’s Childcare, the Northants Society for Autism, Home-Start Kettering and the Welland Valley Children’s Trust.

All of the artists contributed for free in order that we might raise as much cash as possible for the chosen organisations.

The only prerequisite for a band or solo artist being included in the project was their prior appearance on my Saturday Breakfast Show.

In addition we decided to run an art competition specifically for children in order that an appropriate cover for the CD might be chosen.

Clinton Gillett of Kettering was the eventual winner with 14 -year-old Claire Moss from Corby coming in as runner-up.

The work involved in producing such a 14-track beast was immense, right down to levelling the tracks as best as possible, liasing constantly with the pressing plant, and fighting to get the CD released in time for the 1998 Christmas market.

Last Saturday, the same day that I’d rediscovered the charity CD, we attended an excellent opening night at the Raven in Corby’s Rockingham Road.

The first band to appear on stage were the excellent Rocky Road who had the whole room dancing in no time.

Then I noticed the guy playing guitar on the left of the line-up: the talented Tom Hall.

I then remembered that Tom had appeared on the charity CD with his beautiful composition The Child.

Purely coincidental: I know. I love those moments.