Date: 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 19:49

The Eden Project has inspired part of a musical message composed by Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn to mark the 90th birthday of the BBC.

The three-minute composition, called 2LO Calling, was played around the world this evening (Wednesday November 14) as part of the BBC's Radio Reunited event and featured the voice of Eden volunteer Carol Heathcote, from Chacewater near Truro.

Earlier this year the BBC invited listeners to contribute a 20-word message to their local radio station addressed to people listening 90 years from now. The message could be a hope, an observation, a question or a piece of advice.

Carol's message was chosen by BBC Radio Cornwall and she recorded it to be added to Damon Albarn's special three-minute composition. It was used alongside others from around the country as well as the voice of Bertrand Russell.

Carol's message was: "Keep talking to one another. Keep listening to one another. These are the ways to keep living with one another."

The inspiration for Carol's message came from a staff training day at Eden where everyone was asked to write down the first words that came into their head. Carol's words were "Just keep talking".

Carol said: "I believe that communication can solve a lot of problems. It's not only a pleasant social medium, but it can actually bring people closer together.

"One of the reasons that I love the Eden Project is because every member of the team is a great communicator and able to talk to visitors from all parts of the world.

"It is a very optimistic place and visitors often comment on how happy and helpful the staff are. Hopefully, this means that they go home with positive thoughts and good memories to pass on."

2LO Calling was broadcast across all BBC radio stations at 5.33pm this evening, exactly 90 years since the first BBC broadcast, to a potential audience of 120m people across all the inhabited continents.

Radio Reunited is the centrepiece of the BBC's on-air 90th anniversary celebrations, which will also feature a wide range of special programming across all of the corporation's stations.

To find out more about volunteering at Eden, go to: http://www.edenproject.com/support-us/volunteering.