Radio legend Tony Blackburn to be guest at 70th RHA Annual Lunch

17th April 2018

The Road Haulage Association is pleased that radio broadcaster Tony Blackburn will be a guest at the RHA’s Annual Lunch at London Hilton on Park Lane, on Thursday 12 July.

The well-known radio DJ will be sharing stories spanning the 50 years from when he was the truckers’ friend in the early days of Radio 1 to the present day.

Commenting, Tony Blackburn said: “Radio has always considered itself a friend to generations of lorry drivers across the UK. It’s great to know that I’ve been keeping them company wherever they are. They do an incredible job and I’m pleased that I’m doing my bit to keep their wheels rolling.”

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett said: “This year’s lunch is particularly special: it’s the Association’s 70th and I’m confident that we will give our members and their guests a day to remember.

“We are pleased that Transport Secretary Chris Grayling will be taking time out of his busy schedule to talk to us – and with Brexit fast approaching I know he’ll have a lot to say.

“I also know that this year’s ‘on-stage interview’ between the RHA’s Rod McKenzie and Tony Blackburn will be fascinating. They are old friends and I’m sure that we’ll hear some interesting and amusing stories.”

But that’s not all. This year the RHA will be launching an awards ceremony to recognise and celebrate excellence in the sector, and members are asked to submit nominations in two categories: Haulier Diversity and Exemplary Employee.

Tickets for the event are now on sale through the RHA website at a ‘spring saver’ reduced rate of £165 (+ VAT) for members and £194 (+VAT) for non-members. Member group bookings for 10 people are £1,320 (+ VAT) – a saving of nearly £400!

The ticket includes a champagne reception followed by a three-course gourmet lunch, wine, soft drinks and coffee.

Spring saver tickets are available until 27 April from the RHA website:







Tony Blackburn found fame in the 1960s working for Radio Caroline and Radio London before joining the BBC where he was the first disc jockey on the newly-launched Radio 1. His career has taken him to television – he was a presenter on Top of the Pops amongst others – and can still be heard today presenting shows on BBC Radio 2.

The Haulier Diversity Award recognises operators who have increased opportunities for under-represented groups in the industry.

The Exemplary Employee Award recognises extraordinary performance, and above and beyond commitment in individuals.

Awards nominations deadline is 27 April.

Venue full address – London Hilton on Park Lane, 22 Park Lane, London, W1K 1BE.


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