Julie & Wayne discuss family histories on Radio Leeds

Last week Wayne Levitt and Julie Holmes went into Radio Leeds to talk to Nick Ahad about family histories.

Following South Leeds Life’s coverage of Leeds Libraries campaign featuring Wayne’s discovery of his family links to a Victoria Cross holder, BBC Radio Leeds got in touch to feature the story on air. As you can hear in the interview, the story starts at BITMO’s GATE centre in Belle Isle where Julie runs the Ancestry Group. Wayne then went on to use the Local and Family History section at Leeds Central Library.

We asked Julie about her radio experience:

“When I found out that Radio Leeds wanted to interview me about my Ancestry Group, I couldn’t believe it.  I was actually quite surprised by it.  I spoke to Munaza on the phone and she told me how interested they were to know all about my group and to know about Wayne’s war hero third cousin.  That part is for Wayne to tell you about.

“I was so very nervous talking to Nick Ahad who was the DJ, but he was very calm and made me feel at ease. Not long into the interview, I stopped been nervous.

“I am glad that I did the interview and glad to be able to tell people what can be uncovered when they look into their family history.”

Wayne commented:

“All went well with mine and Julie’s interview at Radio Leeds, I would have liked to have said a little bit more, but was very nervous.”

Thanks to Nick Ahad and Munaza Rafiq at BBC Radio Leeds for allowing us to reproduce this clip. You can listen to BBC Radio Leeds on 92.4FM, 103.9FM, 774 AM, DAB, online at bbc.co.uk/radioleeds, or via the iPlayer.