Mitch Philistin's Radio London photo album - part one

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Mitch Philistin was the Haitian steward on board the Galaxy, the Radio London ship. He crossed the Atlantic with the ship and worked there throughout the station's life. The disc-jockeys frequently mentioned him on air and he became a firm favourite with the listeners. Some of these pictures have been magnified from a contact sheet and, as a result, are a bit blurred; others have deteriorated over the four decades since they were taken. But they all give a fascinating insight into life on board the Radio London ship. The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame is very grateful to Mitch for sharing these pictures with us and to Duncan Johnson for his assistance.

Mike Lennox and Mitch Philistin
Mike Lennox, left, and the man himself, Mitch, looking extremely dapper.
Gaby Collins, Mitch Philistin, Alan Keen
Left to right: Gaby Collins, Big L's original merchandising man, Mitch, airtime salesman and later Programme Director Alan Keen.
Tony Windsor
It is Christmas and Tony Windsor has a bottle of beer, a not uncommon sight but this time the bottle still has its top on!
Richard Swainson, Kenny Everett, Tony Windsor, Captain Buninga
Clockwise round the table from the front left: ship's administrator Richard Swainson, Kenny Everett, Tony Windsor and Captain Buninga enjoying their Christmas meal.
Kenny Everett and Chuck Blair
The camera moved but if you squint you can see Kenny Everett, left, and Chuck Blair.
guest, engineer, Mitch and Duncan Johnson
Mitch, left, Duncan Johnson, right, with a guest on the ship. There is another picture of the guest here. Behind Mitch is the relief captain and just visible, left on the upper deck, is one of the original crew, a man from Honduras. Can anyone give us his name?
mv Galaxy
The mv Galaxy, Radio London's home.
mv Galaxy from above
The view from the crow's nest.
Paul Kaye with a guest
A guest with Paul Kaye, right.
the tender
The station's tender.
Mitch and Pancake John
Mitch and the Dutch chef known as Pancake John.
Mitch and Pancake John
Another shot of Mitch and Pancake John.


More of Mitch's photos on the next page.
There is another one of Mitch's photos, taken at a Radio London reunion in August 1988, here.
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