Many people growing up in the 60s still remember the pirate radio stations that were anchored off the Suffolk and Essex coasts. In particular the name Radio Caroline which was the first ship to drop anchor just off Felixstowe.
A Facebook group, Felixstowe and Offshore Radio is testament to the continuing interest in the pirate ships and features many pictures and stories from those days. Now Felixstowe and Offshore Radio have teamed up with Chris Dannatt of the Flashback 67 pirate radio exhibition, Ray Anderson, owner of Radio Fab a radio nostalgia and souvenir publisher and Chris Brisland of the Wireless of the Week Facebook group to bring fans a weekend of memories of those times.
The weekend is housed in the old Martello Tower on Old Fort Road, itself a fascinating building which these days is home to Coastwatch. The exhibition is open noon until 5pm on Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August. There will also be the opportunity to purchase memorabilia, however due to poor internet signal within the Tower payment will be Cash Only.
It looks to be a fascinating and nostalgic event and one that pirate radio, or even those intrigued as to what pirate radio was all about, will not want to miss.
The event will be opened at noon on Friday 5th by Radio Caroline (& ex BBC Radio Suffolk) presenter, Stephen ‘Foz’ Foster and Radio Caroline & BBC Eastern Counties presenter, Ray Clark, will be holding a ‘meet & greet’ book signing between noon & 2pm.
On the Saturday, Spa Pavilion & Radio Fab owner, Ray Anderson, will be holding a ‘meet & greet’ signing for his new Radio North Sea International book at 2pm.
Visit www.facebook.com/felixstoweandoffshoreradio for more info.
Picture from Felixstowe and Offshore Radio