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Visitors thrill the radio star

LAURIE Stratton has long been a familiar face at the Esk Visitor Information Centre.

Published: August 28th 2019

LAURIE Stratton has long been a familiar face at the Esk Visitor Information Centre.

Now he’s also known for his voice, featuring in a 20-minute interview with ABC Radio Overnights host Rod Quinn for the popular Spot On The Map segment.

The wide-ranging interview aired on Sunday morning, covering everything Esk.

“I was a bit surprised to be honest, talking about the past, present and future of the place,” Mr Stratton, 73, said.

“One person called me about 15 minutes after the interview went to air to say they wanted to come to Esk, and a few from Brisbane drove out after they heard it.”

Mr Stratton has volunteered at the accredited Ipswich Street information centre for two years.

A plumber by trade, he lives in Esk with his wife, Anne, and also volunteers with the town’s Meals on Wheels group.

“I volunteer at the information centre for what I get out of it – it’s extremely rewarding and I like meeting new people,” Mr Stratton said.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said Spot On The Map had showcased the region to a national audience.

“Volunteers like Laurie contribute so much to the community, and now ABC listeners know more about his pride, passion and positivity for Somerset,” Cr Lehmann said.

For more on visiting Somerset, follow facebook.com/experiencesomerset/, and listen to Spot On The Map Esk here: https://ab.co/2NtPSjw.

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