BBC radio chief returns to old school

From left are Eric Ollerenshaw MP, chairman of governors Gill Manklow, deputy head of school Matt Shackleton, mayor Susie Charles, Bob Shennan, director of music and controller of Radio 2, 6 Music and the Asian Network, head of school Nicholas Phillips, headmaster Dr Chris Pyle, Sally Pyle.
From left are Eric Ollerenshaw MP, chairman of governors Gill Manklow, deputy head of school Matt Shackleton, mayor Susie Charles, Bob Shennan, director of music and controller of Radio 2, 6 Music and the Asian Network, head of school Nicholas Phillips, headmaster Dr Chris Pyle, Sally Pyle.
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BBC Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan returned to his old school as guest speaker at the annual Lancaster Royal Grammar School speech day at Lancaster Town Hall.

After distributing books and trophies to this year’s prize winners, Mr Shennan, who is director of music and controller of Radio 2, 6 Music and the Asian Network, entertained the audience with stories from his long career in BBC radio, from travels to Albania in the 1980s to hiring Chris Evans on Radio 2 and from Test Match Special to U2 performing live on the BBC rooftop, saying how ‘the power of the human voice’ unites people around the world.

He urged the boys to “have courage, be bold – this is what this school taught me. Always have vision for where you want to go. In your career you will win some and lose some. Be ready for that.”

Mr Shennan, who attended LRGS from 1973 to 1980, paid tribute to teachers who had helped him to become the person he was.

He said: “I know it was the influence of the school that gave me confidence to pursue the life I have.”

Headmaster Dr Chris Pyle reported on a very successful year for the School, listing a wide range of sporting, cultural and academic achievements.

Distinguished guests this year included Lancaster MP Eric Ollerenshaw and mayor Susie Charles.

All guests, including pupils, parents, former pupils and friends attended a reception afterwards in the town hall’s banqueting suite, hosted by the Friends of LRGS.