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DJ Mark admits he's a hasbin

PUBLISHED: 20:24 15 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 March 2010

DUST you wait! Breakfast radio presenter Mark Murphy has vowed to get his own back on co-presenter Maureen Garratt after she landed him with a pair of gorblimey trousers and a dustman's hat for this year's BBC Children in Need challenge.

By James Fraser

DUST you wait! Breakfast radio presenter Mark Murphy has vowed to get his own back on co-presenter Maureen Garratt after she landed him with a pair of gorblimey trousers and a dustman's hat for this year's BBC Children in Need challenge.

The unsuspecting BBC Radio Suffolk DJ thought he'd suffered enough after being jailed and bailed last year to raise £1,200. This year he was hoping it was Ms Garratt's turn.

But before you say My Old Man's a Dustman, Mark found himself down on the council refuse rota to collect rubbish on Ipswich's Chantry estate.

Shouldering the responsibility like the fully-laden wheelie bins he is soon to be tipping into the dustcart tomorrow, the big-hearted presenter told The Evening Star how he hoped to fill "Mark's Magic Bin" with at least £3,000 for children's charities in Suffolk as he spearheaded the radio station's appeal.

"The challenge is to join the dustmen on their round while presenting the show at the same time – as well as filling up Mark's Magic Bin with donations and listeners' pledges," he said.

The dawn start is not a problem for the early bird who gets up at 4am to present BBC Radio Suffolk's Breakfast Show.

"But being outside is," joked Mr Murphy.

More than 1,600 bins teeming with rubbish are waiting on his route – which will see him trudge about 10 miles!

And he can forget about hitching a life on the back of the dustcart.

"That was my fantasy," said Mr Murphy, who has undergone health and safety training as well as having a preview look at the work the refuse collectors do. "But rules say that you must ride in the cab now."

And Chantry residents are in for an extra treat – one of Mr Murphy's colleagues for the day, Andy Ehlert has promised to serenade householders with his karaoke skills.

Thanking Ipswich Borough Contracts for their help and support, the DJ-turned-dustman said he never realised what backbreaking work rubbish collecting was.

"It's hard work. Lots of the bins are overweight and overfilled – I know I've done it in the past. We all do. But the guys I was with were all good-natured about it - and in all weathers. They're stars."

The Star is giving 2p of every copy sold on Friday to BBC Radio Suffolk's Children in Need Appeal – which brand manager Austen Dack has pledged to put in grateful Mark's Magic Bin.

"We hope to raise more than £600 which I will be presenting to Mark on Friday," he said.

If you want to help the radio star meet his ambitious total, the full list and approximate times of when he'll be down your way are as follows:

Allenby Road 12.20pm

Anita Close East 2.30pm

Anita Close West 2.35am

Bunting Road 9.38am

Chantry Green 10.00am

Copperfield Road 1.15pm

Curlew Road 7.15am

Dickens Road 12.50pm

Dombey Road 1.00pm

Goldcrest Road 8.15am & 9.30am

Greenfinch Ave 8.36am

Hadleigh Road START 6.30am & 12.35pm

Hyntle Close 12.45pm

Kelly Road 1.35pm

Kelly Road (CC) 1.30pm

Kestrel Road 9.35am 10.15am and 10.35am

Kingfisher Avenue 11.05am

Lapwing Road 7.55am

Lavenham Road (inc caravan site) 2.15pm

Linnett Road 11.20am

London Road (Hadleigh Road to Sprites Lane) 6.40am and 12

London Road (service road) 11.25am tip 1st load

Merlin Road 9.15am

Milden Road 1.55pm

Partridge Road 10.40am

Peewit Road 8.05am

Pheasant Road 10.55am

Pickwick Road 2.40pm end off the day tip 2nd load

Robin Drive 6.50am

Sprites Lane 8.30am

Stonechat Road 8.40am

Swallow Road 7.50am

Teal Close 7.30am

Whinchat Close 10.20am

Woodpecker Road 9.45am

Wren Avenue 7.45am

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