Banana Chat – meet Peter Holmes

This week’s Banana Chat is with our inspirational person of the week – Peter Holmes host of the BBC Essex Sunday Early Morning Radio Programme….

My name is Peter Holmes. I was born in 1952 and grew up in Leigh on Sea, Essex. I was educated at Westcliff High for Boys and Nottingham University (BSc Civil Engineering).

I am a Chartered Civil Engineer by trade and worked for Northampton and Southend Borough Councils. Between 1980 – 1987 I worked for Thomas Cook Holidays & Thomson – lived in Morrocco, Tunisia and Spain and later worked in Greece, France, Yugoslavia, Austria. I speak French. I started working in radio in 1984 as a freelancer for Essex Radio, which became Essex FM and went full time in 1987.

In 2003 I returned to Civil Engineering as a Highway Engineer designing and implementing road safety schemes… then in 2010 I begun freelancing for BBC Essex at weekends. Then in 2013 I took over BBC Essex Weekend Breakfast Shows and begun my role as a Funeral Minister.

What is your favourite joke?
Two Bishops in a bed – which one’s wearing the nightie? Ans: Mrs Bishop!

What makes you smile? 

What is your favourite good news story? 
One with a happy ending

What inspires you? 
Seeing others succeed.

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
Donald Trump’s hair!

If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why?
The ability to travel through space because I want to sit on one of Jupiter’s moons and look at the enormous ball of gas!

What is your favourite food?
Sausage and garlic mash

What is your favourite drink?
Pint of Adnams Broadside

If you are going on holiday what luxury item would you take from home?
My wife Barbara

If you could make one law, what would it be and why?
Ban smoking – it would save the NHS a fortune!

Give us a random piece of information about you that people wouldn’t know?  
I have a Triang TT gauge railway set!

What is your favourite phrase or saying?
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana

What cause, project or event would you like to promote?
The CF Trust. Treatments have improved immeasurably meaning babies born with the condition can expect to live into adulthood, thanks to their fundraising and the fabulous work of people like Professor Andy Bush. 

Who is your favourite music artist? 
Bryan Adams

Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life most?
Jesus Christ

PJ’s or Not?

Hot or cold?  Hot

Cat or dog?  Dog

Blue or pink?  Blue

Tea or coffee?  Coffee

Glass half-empty or glass half-full? Half full

Pyjamas or not?  Not – definitely!

Night out or night in?  Night in

Pizza or pasta?  Pasta

Biscuits or cake?  Biscuits

Wine or beer?  Beer

Football or rugby?  Football

Cinema or theatre?  Cinema

Gym or TV?  Gym!!

Naughty or nice?  Naughty (not arf!)

Silver or gold?  Silver

Tent or hotel?  Hotel

Bath or shower?  Shower

Starter or pudding?  Starter

Sheets or duvet?  Duvet

Love Island or Game of Thrones?  Game of Thrones

Finally, apple or banana?   Banana of course!


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