We’ve been asked to present the Isle of Wight Radio Breakfast Show away from Dodnor Park on a few occasions. Festivals, charity fundraisers, sports events and so on.
But when the boss said this time you’re going 4,500 miles away, we thought she was winding us up – or we were in trouble. It would’nt have been the first time.
She said no, you’re in the clear this time – but how do you fancy presenting the Breakfast Show from the largest city in Canada – Toronto! And after much thought and deliberation (around two seconds) we were in.
And we wouldn’t be on just any flight to Canada, but on British Airways’ first ever flight direct from London Gatwick to Toronto.
Before we had time to catch our breath, we are getting picked up by Ryde Taxis, taken to the Wightlink FastCat, picked up by South Coast Executive the other side in Portsmouth and driven to Gatwick Airport!
The transfer was totally seamless on all modes of transport and we arrived in plenty of time to meet representatives from British Airways in the BA Executive lounge.
Once we’d stuffed ourselves on mini bacon rolls, fruit, pastries and Buck’s Fizz for breakfast (all in the name of research, of course) it was time to board our flight to Toronto.
Seats were comfy and we had plenty of legroom on board, with a host of films, TV and music to keep us entertained. Flight time was less than seven and a half hours.
On arrival, we were met unseasonably warm weather – around 26’c in fact. We were taken to our home for the next few days – the Sheraton Parkway North Hotel.
Check-in was very easy and we dropped our bags in our rooms, donned the shorts and headed to our temporary studio, overlooking the Toronto skyline.
Once that was all sorted and tested, we managed to get some dinner before heading off for a nap for a couple of hours before the first Breakfast Show live from Toronto!