is an article written by Ken Slaymaker for Phonebox
In life we often have to ask questions of ourselves.
One question David Ashford asked of himself was
“what can you do with your life when
you`re 69 but feel 17?”
The answer was to fill every minute possible
trying to help others!
Birmingham born David not only lives in Bletchley
but lives in a world of music, love and rather
strangely, Sheffield Wednesday FC. He plays music to
make people smile, to be happy and to inspire love;
all of which feature in his personal life. Not only
does he play a wide variety of music, he smiles, he
is happy and he is 42 years married to Maureen, the
love of his life. Within this happiness there has
also been sadness however as they lost their
daughter Rebekah suddenly and unexpectedly in 2017.
Sons Peter and Matthew completed their family which
has been further complemented by grandchildren
Katherine, Frances, Adam and Oliver.
teacher and former Head of Year at Leon School, he
also ran their famous Disco. He might be a platform
shoe wearing retro-pop glam-rock disco man but his
favourite music is classical with ballet
his favourite. In his opinion, whilst preferring
traditional to modern, the finest production of any
ballet was The Royal Ballet Company`s
Nutcracker by Sir Peter Wright. He also holds a long
held dream to see a
performance by The Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow.
Tchaikovsky and Gilbert & Sullivan rank highly with
David as do rock band Queen and Simon and Garfunkel.
In his own words, “I have tried to live my life like
a bridge over troubled
and has asked that
the song be played during his funeral service along
The Radetzky March by Johann Strauss where people
can either applaud his life or say thank goodness
that silly old so and so has gone!
David writes under the pseudonym Max Robinson, has
several publications and has an online blog.
Volunteer work features largely in his life and he
supports teenagers in school through WorkTree whilst
supporting the NHS,
University Hospital MK, MK Winter
Night Shelter and Food Bank. He runs a secret Santa
project on behalf of families with a hospitalised
sick child whilst also running programmes that raise
awareness for blood and organ donations.
Work with News At Ten, Anglia TV and BBC`s Blue
Peter show are among his credits. Past radio
experience comes from working with Secklow, Classic
Gold, BBC local and one of his 24 hour Leon School
disco`s featured as part of an Horizon FM show.
David may be an Owl in support of Sheffield
Wednesday but he is always up with the lark for his
early morning broadcasts every weekday from 6am
until 8am. His Start the Week, Tuesday`s Terrific
Tunes, Wake Up with the Classics, Dave`s Disco and
Pick of the Pops shows are sure to start your day
with a smile.