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Ian Forward

Ian has lived in Bradford since 1982, when he arrived to volunteer for a homeless project. He worked in further education for 22 years, until 2014.

He presents In Your Backyard, with Malc Currie, in the About Bradford slot on Fridays.

He has many interests – reading, art, music, gardening, DIY, camping and walking are just a few of them. His passion is nature and in particular fungi, mushrooms and toadstools, common terms for the fruiting bodies we see in urban places and the countryside.

He originally came from a market town in the south west, where industrialisation was small and sparse, so when he came to Bradford it took his breath away, seeing the heritage left by the woollen trade.

Ian: “I remember arriving at the Interchange and catching a bus along Manningham Lane, passing the first big Bradford ‘pit’ that was the former site of Busby’s Department store, with chickens roaming the earthen floor. Since then I have roamed and explored Bradford and West Yorkshire extensively and I can truly tell you I love it!”

Programmes

Black History Month

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October is Black History Month. Here at BCB, we want to reflect and celebrate the contribution and life experiences of Bradford’s African and African Caribbean communities.
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Sound Of Science

As part of the Bradford Science Festival 2020 BCB Radio will host a series of special radio shows throughout the week.
Find out more!

On Air Now
Tue 27th Oct 18:00 - 18:30

In Our Backyards

Nature trails around Bradford

Presented by: Ian Forward, Malcolm CurrieListen Live

Women & Girls Workshops

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Every Thursday, 2pm - 4pm for women only radio workshops. No experience needed!

Listen again to our International Women's Day 2020 broadcast

Paint the Town Brown

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South Asian Heritage Month is a month long celebration of South Asian cultures, people and histories. Join us for a series of programmes celebrating everything South Asian. Find out more!

10 Today project

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Let's do 10 mins exercise on the radio! Join us 2pm every day on BCB Radio 106.6fm Read more

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