Kelso’s radio reverend

Member of the congregation Babs Mcleod with newly appointed Prebendary Bob King Rector of St Andrew's Scottish Episcopal Church in Kelso.

Member of the congregation Babs Mcleod with newly appointed Prebendary Bob King Rector of St Andrew's Scottish Episcopal Church in Kelso.

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The DJ with a dog collar will hit the Borders airwaves next month when new rector of St Andrew’s in Kelso, Reverend Prebendary Bob King, goes live.

After 20 years in Herefordshire, Mr King moved to the Borders and was installed in the post of rector at Kelso’s episcopal church, in the town’s Belmont Place, at the beginning of December.

A long-time radio broadcasting enthusiast, he was a familiar voice on Hereford Hospital Radio.

However, at the end of March, he will take up another new post – that of regular presenter of the Wednesday Drivetime show on TD1 Radio, which has been operating as an internet-only service in the Galashiels area since launching in 2008, but which switches to a new frequency of 106.5FM on March 30.

Mr King told The Southern this week that he and his wife, Pat, a solicitor – the couple have two grown-up children – are settling in well at their new home in Kelso.

He told us: “I lived in Glasgow for 26 years before moving to England, so I know Scotland well.

“I was ordained 20 years ago, but did various things prior to that – I sold photocopiers for a while, was involved in the catering industry and was also a national sales manager for a major company. I really enjoyed my time down south. But I saw the position in Kelso advertised and we decided I should apply for it.

“We love it here in Kelso – it is a beautiful town and area, and the people have been very friendly and welcoming.”

As for his love of radio, he says he is looking forward to his Borders broadcasting debut next month.

“Radio has been one of my great interests for many years and I’m really looking forward to starting at TD1 Radio,” he said.

Asked what kind of music he favours, the radio rector says cheesy 1970s pop is top of his list.

He added: “I think my favourite band would have to be Dire Straits – so I’m aiming to be a Sultan of Swing on TD1 radio.”

However, his work in Herefordshire extended well beyond local hospital radio airwaves.

He headed the diocese’s board of education, overseeing around 70 faith schools.

He was instrumental in setting up programmes such as Messy Church and Open The Book, which help young people access the Bible and religion in a way that makes sense to them.

And he says making the church accessible to all, will be a prime driver in Kelso.

He said: “St Andrew’s is an open and inclusive church, which is open throughout daylight hours. I’m hoping to be able to reach out into the community, maybe do some youth work and work with older people as well.”