Fans call for a lasting tribute to radio Dave

A PETITION has been launched to name a roundabout near the M20 after a legendary disc jockey. Dave Cash, who lived in Holling- bourne near the turn-off, was a founding member of Radio One and more recently a broadcaster on BBC Radio Kent. He died in October, aged 74, leaving a widow, Sara Davies, who he met at Radio Kent. Fan Anne Bond, from London, launched the petition on the social change platform She wrote: “Dave would always

ask his travel reporter, towards the end of his programme, whether the route to J8 was clear as his home was about amile from the junction. “Dave used this roundabout

daily – driving his branded 4x4 – whether on his journey to Radio Kent or heading in and out of Maidstone. “After the very sad and untimely passing of the legendary DJ, his fans and loyal listeners would like to commemorate his memory with the renaming of J8, on the M20, as Dave Cash Corner.

DJ legend Dave Cash broadcasting to listeners from BBC Radio Kent

“Hewas a national treasure.” After beginning his UK career

with pirate station Radio London, Dave became one the first DJs at Radio One, in 1967, later joining Capital Radio and co-hosting a pro- gramme with Kenny Everett. For the last 17 years of his career

Dave broadcast to BBC stations in the South with his weekend shows from Radio Kent, reaching not just a local and national audience but audiences across the globe. Dave died suddenly at home on

October 21, with his wife Sara Davies Cash by his side. Anne added: “Dave laid down a soundtrack for millions of people’s lives in a career of more than 50 years. He is sorely missed. “We feel that to rename this roundabout would be one of the manywayswe can remember Dave Cash for years to come.” The petition so far has 210 signa-

tures and will be presented to Maidstone and The Weald MP Helen Grant.


Layton sentence A HOMELESS man received a sus- pended prison sentence after at- tacking a man at a supermarket in Maidstone. David Layton (44) admitted shoplifting goods worth £167.25 and assaulting the man at Sains- bury’s in Romney Place on Febru- ary 16.

Layton, of no fixed address, was sentenced to eightweeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, at Med- way Magistrates’ Court on Febru- ary 17. He must also pay £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

Community order

A MAIDSTONE man has been given 250 hours of community serv- ice by Mid Kent Magistrates after being found carrying cannabis. Josh Smith (24) of Burston Road, admitted possession, but had de- nied intent to supply. However, he was convicted of both offences after the court heard he had 269g of the drug on his person when stopped on May 23 in Lancet Lane. He was also ordered to pay £600 costs and an £85 victim surcharge

RNLI’s meetings

RNLI Maidstone (Lifeboats) now meets on the first Monday of every month at 8pm in the Sea Cadets Hall, College Road, Maidstone. De- tails: John Ashbolt: 01622 725435.

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