DJ Barry Alldis from Radio Luxembourg Saturday show – Greatest love songs :
B.A – came to England from Sydney, Australia, in 1955 .
He phoned his godmother, Lady Enniskillen, who told him to stay
put while she despatched a chauffeur-driven limousine to collect
him from his hotel.
With commendable presence of mind, young Alldis packed his bag,
left the doss house he was staying in and walked a block up
the road to stand outside a four-star hotel, where he awaited
the arrival of his new benefactor’s emissary.
He worked in a Park Lane Hotel, sold ice-cream from a bicycle
and played piano in cocktail lounges.
One night he met a man from Radio Luxembourg, who told him
the station was looking for disc jockeys.
He joined 208 in December 1956, and stayed for 10 years,
becoming the station’s best-loved personality.
Moving to the BBC, he worked for the Light Programme,
principally as a Housewives’ Choice presenter,
from 1966 until September 1967.
He then joined the Late Night Extra team.
In 1975 he and his wife Fernande returned to the Grand Duchy.
Alldis worked in an office for a while until it was realised
that the Sunday Top Twenty Show hadn’t been the same without
‘your DJ, BA’ – and he was invited back on to the air.
He died in 1982, aged 51. He had worked until the end,
even though he had been desperately ill with stomach cancer.
Because he never complained, associates failed to understand
the gravity of his condition; he was losing so much blood that his
brain function was sometimes impaired, and people thought he was drunk.