Video: BBC star Zoe Ball performs special birthday song and dance for York mum

BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show star Zoe Ball with Matt Woodcock (second right), Richie Anderson (left) and Mike Williams
5 Dec 2019 @ 6.31 pm
| Entertainment

Every morning she has eight million listeners hanging on to her every word.

But today Zoe Ball performed a special song and dance to celebrate the birthday of just one listener in York.

The BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show star often has the Reverend Matt Woodcock on the show for the Pause For Thought slot. Matt is pioneer minister at St Barnabas and St Paul’s churches in York, and travels down to London for his regular national radio appearance.


It’s the 70th birthday of Matt’s mum Christine, who lives in Holgate. So after the show Zoe and her team – travel presenter Richie Anderson, Mike Williams who does the sport, and newsreader Tina Daheley – joined Matt to send birthday greetings to Christine.

“Christine, we just want to say ‘happy birthday’ from all of us at the Radio 2 Breakfast Show – we love your boy, he’s an absolute legend,” she said.

Matt told YorkMix: “I was absolutely over the moon when she did that for my mum. It’s made her day – she cried her eyes out!”

Party plug

The Reverend Matt Woodcock and his mum Christine
Matt’s Pause For Thought message during the Breakfast Show on Thursday (5 December) was also about his amazing mum and her “thirst for life, Prosecco and leather-trousered dance moves”.

Earlier Zoe also helped Matt plug a York charity show he’s organised at St Paul’s Church in Holgate.

It involves a Michael Bublé impersonator but ticket sales are sluggish “because he looks nothing like him”, Matt told Zoe.

She told her listeners:

  • If you’re anywhere near there and you love a bit of Bublé, you need to get yourself down there.

    If I wasn’t at the Ditchling Christmas Fair tomorrow afternoon, then I would be there.

The show is at 7.30pm on Friday (6 December), and all the money raised goes to the York young person’s homeless charity SASH.