DJ David ‘Kid’ Jensen on his perfect Surrey weekend
PUBLISHED: 10:21 14 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:25 19 June 2015
One of the country’s best-known broadcasters, former BBC Radio 1 presenter David ‘Kid’ Jensen will host this year’s series of Summer Saturdays on BBC Surrey. Here, the Esher resident reveals what he likes to get up to come the weekend…
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine June 2015
As a long-time resident of Surrey, some 38 years and counting, I have an abiding love of our countryside here and do my best to make the most of everything I can in our wonderful neck of the woods.
I am particularly lucky to have BBC Surrey just a 20-minute drive away in Guildford, so when I am called upon to sit in for some weekend radio shifts, as I will be this summer, my commute to and from home couldn’t be easier.
My ideal weekend starts around six on Saturday morning. I’m an early riser, and I jump on the PC to clear out any unanswered mail and then wheel out my bike for a spin down the towpath from Hampton Court Palace to Kingston Bridge and on through Bushy Park.
Exercise has always been important to me and I try and combine cycling with swimming, often at the RAC in Epsom. I’m also an enthusiastic dog walker and can often be seen in Esher High Street walking our two Staffies, who are very well known to various shops and restaurants up and down the street, or letting them off the leads at Black Pond or the woods in Ripley.
Saturday afternoons are always a highlight, especially when Crystal Palace are playing at home. A great result will see me dancing on air, and when I get back home, the immediate neighbours will hear me exclaim: “We won!” – except, of course, it was the team that won and I just watched, but you get the idea.
My favourite weekend watering holes include The Albert Arms in Esher, The Albany in Thames Ditton and the Hare and Hounds in Claygate.
When it comes to food, we are spoilt for choice. I love Italian and enjoy the food and atmosphere of the bustling Da Lucio in Surbiton. For Chinese, The Good Earth in Esher is always a treat. My favourite coffee is from Giro in Esher.
After church on Sunday, I head off to buy the ingredients I need to cook a traditional roast just for me and my wife, Gudrun; and usually, after more exercise, get back home and tune into Radio 4 or listen to some jazz. Jazz is my secret passion and when the digital radio station, The Jazz, was closed down, I was heartbroken. I’ve started picking up my tenor sax again and that tends to scare the squirrels away.
Over the past several months, I’ve been working on a wonderful project with some local friends called Lead Belly Fest.
A one-night only event at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Monday June 15, it’s a salute to an amazing blues musician who influenced everyone from Jools Holland to Led Zeppelin to Lonnie Donegan. In fact, George Harrison once said that if it hadn’t been for Lead Belly, there would have been no Beatles.
This tribute to a real music legend will see the likes of Van Morrison, Eric Burdon, Paul Jones, Billy Bragg and new, blistering guitarist Laurence Jones, as well as Ronnie Lane’s band, after he left the Small Faces, Slim Chance, taking to the stage to play songs made famous by Lead Belly like The Midnight Special and Good Night Irene. I’ll be joining them to help tell the Lead Belly story, which has never before been told in this way.
If you’d like to join us, you’ll find more information at leadbellyfest.com
Now where did I put that recipe for Yorkshire Pudding...?
• Catch David ‘Kid’ Jensen on the Summer Saturdays series on Saturday afternoons on BBC Surrey on 95-95.3FM and 104-104.8FM and online and DAB digital radio