I started the day early – interviewed on BBC Radio Oxford by James Watts – flagging up the unveiling of a plaque to 50 years of achievement by the unique KOA ! You can hear the interview on this link by moving the line from 6am to 8.05am
The plaque sums it up. From feedback from the projects in 25 countries and 4 continents KOA probably changed the lives for the better of possibly a hundred thousand people. It brought a lot of fun to our village and encouraged children to perform in KIDs 4 KOA, produce art for the regular art competitions at the Fete- often judged by KOrky Paul and sketched by Weimin He. Whole families have enjoyed the Bagley Wood Fun Run and Oxfordshire’s first pop-up shop. In the memorabilia photo you can see tickets to the gala nights I organised, one of them – the Fifties Fandago was opened with a film made by Philip Hind in which I drove in a Morris Minor with the wonderful Peggy Seeger and Bill Heine’s voice wafted over the airwaves.
You’ll also understand from the group pic why KOA wound up last year..