Answering our 20 Questions this week is historian Mike Wilson ...

Bridlington War Memorial
Service to the Ten Bridlington men who died in the Gallipoli Campaign during the 1WW
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Mike Wilson reads from the book The Great War Heroes of Bridlington.

Bridlington War Memorial Service to the Ten Bridlington men who died in the Gallipoli Campaign during the 1WW NBFP PA1517-23c Mike Wilson reads from the book The Great War Heroes of Bridlington.

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1. Describe yourself in three words.

Old Brid Kid.

2. What is your greatest achievement?

Producing The Echo, the newspaper to celebrate the filming of Dad’s Army in Bridlington (eight pages broadsheet, 16 pages tabloid, photographs from a press journalist, words (all but one story) written by myself.

3. What would you say to your younger self?

For Pete’s sake, stop being a Catholic, and go dancing.

4. What are your ambitions and aims?

To be remembered as a Bridlington writer and historian.

5. What’s your favourite colour and why?

All colours are gorgeous, so no favourite.

6. What is your first childhood memory?

Playing on the shore at Lossiemouth in 1941, where my father was a fireman in the RAF.

7. What do you like best about the Bridlington area?

How many do you want? Priory, Spa, sands, harbour, Flamborough cliffs, rich history; ice cream, fish and chips.

8.Describe your perfect day?

At 80 years of age, every single one of them that doesn’t include a doctor’s appointment for either me or my wife Diane.

9. Which three people, dead or alive, would you invite to a dinner party?

The Pope (to tell him he should think again about God); Tony Blair (to tell him he’s not welcome and to call him a two-faced liar to his face); Kit Brown (who gave his life trying to save his in a lifeboat incident in 1898).

10. Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?

Anyone who would be crazy enough to think it was a good idea.

11. Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

Yesterday it was enjoying the glorious sunshine on South Beach at Brid, but I have to say Vancouver in Canada.

12. What is your favourite book and why?

Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt; it opened my eyes to the madness of religion and faith.

13. Who has been the biggest influence in your life and why?

The Catholic faith. It took me 70 years to be rid of it. It coloured my life judgements for years when I was held back by the fear of God’s wrath.

14. What is your favourite TV programme and why?

Mock The Week, because it is irreverent, funny, intelligent and tells most of the truth. I’d like to think that I could join in.

15. If you won a million pounds, what would you spend it on?

There is nothing I desire, there is nothing I need, there is nothing I would spend a million pounds on, so most of it would go for the benefit of others.

16. If you could change one thing tomorrow about Bridlington, what would it be?

Inform those in authority (the Council, the Lords Feoffees, the Harbour Commissioners) that some local people think that they are not necessarily doing it right by Bridlington and that we have good ideas too.

17. What three things would you take with you to a desert island?

A box of matches; a deck chair; a Charles Dickens’ novel, preferably A Christmas Carol.

18. Cats or dogs ... what pets do you prefer and why?

Cats. They don’t need a walk every day.

19. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Be more understanding, be more empathetic, be more generous, be more loving.

20. What was your favourite year and why?

This year is my current favourite.