Grantham Journal caricature: Radio DJ ‘Pugsey’ Parker

Caricature of Ian 'Pugsey' Parker, by Terry Shelbourne.
Caricature of Ian 'Pugsey' Parker, by Terry Shelbourne.
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For many, the voice of Ian ‘Pugsey’ Parker is as recognisable as his face.

This is due to his many years on the airwaves, formerly with Gravity FM and now at Newark Radio.

During his time with the Grantham station, he was one of the most popular presenters, and also enjoyed working with co-presenters including Willy Mack and Linda Graves. Not only did they have a lot of fun with their regular radio features, but he speaks highly of the importance of local radio in keeping local residents informed.

Indeed, Pugsey was determined to continue on the airwaves despite being asked to leave Gravity FM over his use of innuendo, which he says was just an echo of the style of presenters like Kenny Everett. Since then, Pugsey has had a regular show on Newark Radio, which is a mix of chat and music ‘from across the board’.

He is also particularly proud of all the charity and campaigning work he has done in the area, including for Glenfield Hospital, and adds that he has much to thank the NHS for, having survived six heart bypasses. His life has also been very eventful thanks to his dedication to be in the football stands, with Pugsey being present when his team Nottingham Forest suffered a fire in the main stand in 1968, as well as one of those who watched in horror at the Hillsborough disaster.

No doubt he will be looking back on all these events when he celebrates his 60th birthday in April. And for those wondering about his nickname – it dates right back to his schooldays when a fellow student decided to name him after the Addams family character ‘Pugsley’, which has since been abbreviated.

Pugsey even jokes that if Ian Parker was put on his gravestone, nobody would know that he had died, so popular is his moniker!