Radio Essex, the country's smallest offshore radio station, began broadcasting in October 1965. It is the only one whose staff have continued to hold regular reunions since it closed at the end of
1966. In 2006, to mark the station's fortieth anniversary, rather than meeting in a restaurant, they decided to do something special: they went back to their old home, Knock John Fort. Unfortunately fort captain
Richard Palmer was unable to attend, following an accident while cutting a piece of marble a few days before the trip, but DJs Michael Cane, Guy Hamilton, Roger Scott, David Sinclair, Chris Stewart, Mark West
and engineers Dick Dixon and Mike Brereton all gathered at Whitstable harbour for their day out. They travelled out to Knock John in a 400 HP boat, The Celtic Voyager, taking in another Thames fort and a wind-farm
along the way. Unless otherwise credited, the photos on this page are courtesy of the organiser of the trip, Guy Hamilton. Many thanks to him and his colleagues for sharing their pictures with
The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame.
More photos over the page.
See also pictures from Radio London's, Radio Caroline's and Radio England/Britain Radio's fortieth anniversary celebrations.