BBC Local Radio broke down the psychological and physical barriers between 'us and them', between the electorate and those whom they had placed in power.
Before BBC Radio Leicester, the people of Leicester seldom heard the voice of their MP, or the Chief Constable or the other leaders of utilities and public services. But sometimes BBC Local Radio could even place Prime Ministers on the spot and give listeners the opportunity to challenge them.
So this letter is one of the most precious assets in my archives, It's not often a Prime Minster sends you his good wishes after an interview!
However, it wasn't quite like thst. At this time, Margaret Thatcher was in power and leading a very different Government. Sir Harold was in his retirement although he was often present in the House of Lords.
Perhaps most appropriate is his epitaph which is stlll relevant: Tempus Imperator Rerum - Time is the Commander of things.