Charlie Chester presented his Sunday Soap Box on Radio from 1969 until his death from a stroke in 1997, yet very few recordings remain. This one dates from the days of the fuel crisis in 1973, petrol ration books had been issued, thieves were siphoning fuel from parked cars, it all contributed to the kindly gestures offered by worthy listeners responding to Charlie's heartfelt appeals for assistance to those in need. Somebody even drove from Broadstairs in a small car with five wheelchairs. Charlie was more the traditional court jester, dubbed 'Cheerful' Charlie Chester; he certainly was but he also could turn on the pathos, none more so when presenting this show, as can be heard when he reads listeners poems to Katchaturian and an air on a g string and the tale of the girl with the hole in the heart who loses Trollope, her little pony will leave you choking back the tears. But fear not there are plenty of jaunty tunes to cheer us up, mostly from the baton of Norrie Paramour.