Dancing queen wins prize

jpco 11-2-15 Mary Lucy has won a Solo Radio phone in competition (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150902-111849001
jpco 11-2-15 Mary Lucy has won a Solo Radio phone in competition (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150902-111849001

A woman nicknamed ‘Queen Mary’ for her musical taste has won a radio competition.

Mary Lucy, of Three Bridges, will compile a playlist for a Solar Radio’s dancefloor classics show on Friday (February 13).

She will receive a plaque inscribed with her name and the words ‘Award for Outstanding Musical Taste’.

Mary has won other radio competition prizes. She said: “I’ve won tons of stuff but this is the one that means the most to me.”

She was grateful to have her song choices recognised and will put the plaque in a display cabinet in her home.

Mary has been passionate about music since her childhood in Horley.

She said was overjoyed when she found out she had won Les Adams’ The Two Hour Takeover Show competition on social media.

The DJ played many of her song requests, which were made on social media over the last three months, on his show on Friday evenings.

She was awarded points every time her songs were played with extra if they were openers for the show.

Mary, a supermarket cashier, said her ‘followers’ on the show’s social media page called her ‘Queen Mary’.

The winner was due to be announced live on air on January 30.

Mary said she was ‘left hanging’ after she heard the quarterly contest had been won by a single point but the winner’s phone number was lost.

She will compile her hour-long playlist with Les Adams at his studios in Worcester Park in Surrey.

It will be played on one of his Saturday shows.

Mary has listened to the radio station for six years.

She said the DJ’s dancefloor classics show reminded her of going to nightclubs in London in the 1970 and 1980s.

Mary said she had made many friends on the social media page through their shared musical interests.

She was part of a group who had organised to meet and listen to soul music in Bognor Regis.

Mary, a mother-of-two adult children, grew up in Horley with a musical family.

She won promotional CDs and ‘ghetto blaster’ music players on Mercury Radio contests and other call-in competitions.

Mary said she got a “buzz” every time DJs named and thanked for her suggestions on shows.

She has lived in Crawley for 26 years.

Her children, Hazel, 23, and Jack, 19, went to Hazelwick School.