In Memory of Vikki Event, Legal Advice & Local News

Host Danny Smith is joined by award-winning sports journalist and author Ian Ridley. In February Ian lost his wife Vikki, a pioneering sports journalist in her own right, to cancer. They worked together creating and running the Flamstead Book Festival and Ian is hosting an event in her honour, entitled “The Vikki Orvice Memorial Interview”. 

Former Blue Peter and Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas is coming to Flamstead for a special one-off event in memory of the late trailblazing journalist Vikki Orvice, who was a much-loved resident of the Hertfordshire village. Vikki, who was the first female football writer on a tabloid newspaper when she joined The Sun in 1995, died of cancer in February at the age of 56. She was a co-founder of the Flamstead Book Festival, Books In the Belfry.

Now her husband, writer Ian Ridley, is helping to organise an event at St Leonard’s Church in Flamstead on Friday October 11th entitled The Vikki Orvice Memorial Interview, which will feature Simon Thomas discussing his acclaimed and moving new book Love, Interrupted.  More information can be found at

Also on the show, regular legal correspondent Michael Labrum from Labrums Solicitors will be joining us for our usual feature looking at the law.

Podcast producer Sam Rolfe and local character Margie Skinner also appear with another “Hot Topic” – a light-hearted look at a weird & wonderful news story from somewhere around the world.

In place of the much-loved Front Page Franki, Danny will be joined by Byline Laura and Middle Spread Matt to look at local news stories from St Albans and beyond.

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