Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 13 July 2020
HINCKLEY’s local history and nostalgia group, Hinckley District Past and Present, appeared on the BBC East Midlands TV channel at 6.30pm this evening.
Paul Gardner, Group Founder of Hinckley District Past and Present, which was launched in 2015, went on the BBC’s East Midlands Today as a spokesperson for the group.
Sarah Teale, a presenter for the programme, said: “Over the past few months we’ve featured so many passionate people who’ve been determined to keep their communities connected after being forced apart.
“That’s certainly been the case for Paul Gardner, who along with wife Sue Gardner, runs the Hinckley Past and Present group.”
Paul was nominated to appear on the regional television show as a part of the BBC’s ‘Make a Difference’ campaign by group members for his charitable efforts as he helps fundraise for local charities by hosting quizzes and local prize draws.
Through their quizzes and prize draws online, the history group have continued to raise thousands of pounds for local charities.
In his interview with the BBC, Paul explained that the two weekly live streams has taken some getting used to, but he enjoys hosting them.
He said: “It’s a great learning curve, and I really, really enjoy it. It feels like I’m giving something back to the local community and it’s prompting their heritage.
“It’s brought us all together, so this is something I am sure is going to continue for the foreseeable future.”