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An excerpt from the book, All is Bright - A Yorkshire Lad's Christmas, read by the author, Dave Preston. Derek Bradley’s just like any other daft young lad growing up in the 1960s - unique. Through his brutally honest eyes and ears we recall what it's like to celebrate Christmas past in a small Yorkshire village. The advent calendar in the Bradley household is full of adventures - in this second chapter we hear how Derek's dad loses his Christmas wage packet and the family is plunged into despair. The meagre, festivities, however, are saved just in time. Further tales in this festive saga tell of a search for decorative holly that leads to a ghostly encounter, and Christmas presents "hidden" by Father Christmas don't quite stand up to the brutal examination they're given before the big day. As Joseph in the school nativity play, Derek rewrites scripture and fuels a riot. Christmas magic is everywhere, until Granddad tries conjuring with flames at the dinner table. Christmas Eve in church is anything but holy. In frosty bedrooms, damp village halls, cheerful pubs and Santa's Grotto at the CO-OP, all is not calm, but it's certainly bright. It’s how Christmas used to be – real, fun, and real funny. “We like it!” BBC Radio Award-winning author Dave Preston was born and raised in Old Malton, a small village in Yorkshire that provides the perfect setting for these hilarious stories.
Dave Preston, author and performer.