Riverside Drive with George

Riverside Drive with George
George Talbot

Having worked on radio in Ireland for a number of years I decided to spread my wings and applied for a number of positions here in London.Not being known here,I accepted the first position offered which was as a travel announcer on LBC. As I was working for an agency, I also ended up being heard on BBC Cambridge, Suffolk and Norfolk and others before leaving to join CTR in Kent where among other things,I presented the breakfast show.

When I first arrived in London,I had taken the first flat I seen on Nightingale Lane in Wandsworth. It was a basement garden flat with 2 sets of tall patio doors leading up some steps to a large private walled garden with a huge willow tree at the bottom and with Clapham South and Common a short walk away, I was very happy there, but when the landlord decided to sell the whole property, I bought my own house just off Trinity Road.

Getting up at 03.30 every day to drive to Folkestone took its toll and after a year I took a well earned rest for a month. It was during this break I decided,after many years in radio, to follow my other passion which was photography and started working for a London Studio and also went back to College as a mature student to resume my studies for a law degree. I still dabbled in radio doing the odd voiceover but soon I was so busy in the photo studio, I dropped my college once again and worked there full time eventually opening my own studio.

I was enjoying living in Wandsworth,with its green spaces and low council tax,with Earlsfield station a walk away and close to the common as well. I enjoyed the variety of shops and restaurants and the community spirit of the people here so when a slightly larger house became available just 7 doors away from where I lived on the same street, I moved…yes! Just 7 doors away!

I have now been living in Wandsworth since 1989 and have seen the population growing and the services improving. The Arndale once a sad excuse for a shopping centre, has now become Southside a busy bustling place with cinemas and restaurants and something for everyone there and its still growing.