Radio Caroline's 50th birthday

28th March 2014

Radio Caroline's fiftieth birthday was celebrated by the media on 28th March 2014, with extensive coverage on BBC radio and television and local ITV (see below). Ray Clark (“Mick Williams” on Radio Caroline during the eighties) invited The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame to guest on his BBC Essex programme, alongside some former Caroline DJs. Unfortunately, when the time came, Ray had lost his voice and wasn't able to present the programme. He was there, producing silently, but his place at the microphone was taken by colleague Paul Hawkins.


Martin Fisher and Johnny Lewis
Martin Fisher, left, and Johnny Lewis / Stephen Bishop.
Paul Hawkins, Ray Clark and Johnny Lewis
Paul Hawkins at the controls, Ray Clark hovering silently behind him, and, left, Johnny Lewis.
Kevin Turner
Caroline DJ from the eighties, Kevin Turner.
Kevin Turner, Martin Fisher, Johnny Lewis and Ray Clark
Left to right: Kevin Turner, Martin Fisher, Johnny Lewis and Ray Clark.

Two celebratory events took place on 28th March to mark the fiftieth anniversary of British offshore radio - one at Walton-on-the-Naze, one in Harwich. These pictures from Harwich have been kindly provided by Keith Chanter, Chris Edwards, Paul Graham, Chris Mould and Alan Wareham. Our grateful thanks to them.


Ian Damon and Roger Day
Radio London's Ian Damon, left, and party organiser Roger Day. Photo courtesy of Keith Chanter.
Dave Rogers, Roger Day
RNI/Atlantis DJ Dave Rogers, left with Roger. Photo courtesy of Keith Chanter.
Alan Turner, Carl Thomson
Alan Turner, left, and Caroline engineer Carl Thomson. Photo courtesy of Chris Mould.
Paul Graham, Dave Rogers
Caroline DJ of the eighties Paul Graham, left, and Dave Rogers. Photo courtesy of Chris Mould.
Bryan Vaughan
Bryan Vaughan. Photo courtesy of Chris Mould.
Roger Day
Roger Day. Photo courtesy of Chris Mould.
Dave Rogers
Dave Rogers. Photo courtesy of Paul Graham.
Garry Kemp, Roger Day
Garry Kemp (known as ‘Gordon Bennett’ on Britain Radio), reunited with his old ship-mate Roger Day. Photo courtesy of Chris Mould.
Roger Day, Garry Kemp
Garry Kemp, left, and Roger Day. Photo courtesy of Chris Mould.
Bryan Vaughan, Roger Day, Dave Rogers
Bryan Vaughan, Roger Day and Dave Rogers. Photo courtesy of Paul Graham.
Roger Day, Dave Rogers, Mark Sloane
Left to right: Bernard Jenkin MP, Bryan Vaughan, Alan Turner, Carl Thomson, Roger Day, Paul Graham, Mark Sloane and The Mayor of Harwich. Photo courtesy of Chris Edwards.
Bryan Vaughan, Roger Day, Dave Rogers
Left to right: Caroline engineer Trevor Grantham, Gordie Cruse, the Mayoress of Harwich, Bernard Jenkin MP, Bryan Vaughan (seated), Alan Turner and Carl Thomson. Photo courtesy of Chris Edwards.
Gordon Cruse, Alan Turner, Carl Thomson, Paul Graham, Mark Sloane, Bryan Vaughan, Roger Day and others
Local dignitaries plus Gordon Cruse, Alan Turner, Carl Thomson, Paul Graham and Mark Sloane, behind Bryan Vaughan and Roger Day. Photo courtesy of Alan Wareham.
Chris Cooper, Garry Kemp
Caroline DJ of the eighties Chris Cooper and Caroline ‘Good Guy’ of the sixties Garry Kemp. Photo courtesy of Chris Mould.

Earlier in Walton-on-the-Naze:

Ian Damon, Herbie Visser, Kevin Turner, James Kaye

 
Four DJs in lifejackets, prior to boarding the RNLI lifeboat, left to right: Ian Damon, Dutch broadcaster Herbert Visser (Herbie the Fish), Kevin Turner and James Kaye. Second left, without a lifejacket, is tender supremo Albert Hood. Photo courtesy of Kevin Turner.

Julian Wellings has posted a video of the celebrations at Walton on YouTube.
 
Some of the media reports on Caroline's birthday:
ITV - Anglia, ITV - Meridian, Sky News, BBC TV, BBC Essex, BBC World Service, The Kent Messenger, The Lincolnshire Echo and The Daily Express.
 
See also Radio City's, Radio London's and Radio Essex's fiftieth birthday events.


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