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Farewell to James Kay

The funeral took place of Jim Coad (James Kay) on the 19th of February at the Bournemouth Crematorium. Jim was an engineer on board the Radio Caroline ships, The Mi Amigo and Ross Revenge.

He became a regular at the Radio Caroline Southampton support group meetings where we all enjoyed listening to stories of his days on the high seas keeping the transmitters on air.

It was a very moving service and many of his old radio friends were there. His wife Karen is planning to join us at our next meeting on Wed 13th March (details below) and you will be very welcome to share your memories of him with us.

Roland

Refurbished Overdrive studio

on the Ross

The picture shows the refurbished overdrive studio on the Ross Revenge. This studio has been put back in use by the DJs during the Radio Caroline North weekends.  These repairs were done with money raised by the Southampton Support Group.

 

Radio Caroline North February 16th/17th broadcast

 Radio Caroline North's latest weekend broadcast  from the Ross Revenge has now sadly finished for another month

There will be lots more broadcasts in 2019 to look forward to though

Presenters onboard included,  Dave Foster, Johnny Lewis, Kevin Turner, Peter Phillips and Ray Clark .

PODCASTS

For  photos of the latest broadcast click or tap below

Paul Douglas memory of Paul Kay former Caroline Presenter

Paul's Interview by Roland Beaney many years ago

 

"Following on from the sad news about the loss of Jim at the beginning of February, may I just add my memories and condolences to all who knew him especially of course to Karen and his sister Kim.

I met Jim in early 1975, after hearing him on the air (from his home in New Milton). He gave out a phone number for those that heard the broadcast to phone  during the following week. I recognised the number as being one in the area where I worked at the time.

It didn't take long for me to track it down (especially as he had said for those phoning to ask for the service manager), it was a Hi-Fi shop in the Southbourne area of Bournemouth.

So rather than phone him I thought I'll get a face to face meeting with this guy.....so I turned up with my Sony cassette deck and explained to him that I was having a problem with making recordings and could he possibly give it a quick listen, well of course he said yes...…….Jim's face was a picture when he heard his own voice being played back to him...….and there began a long friendship.

Of course I have other stories but don't want to bore you with my memories,

Cheers Paul"

Congratulations to Chris Pearson

Congratulations to Radio Caroline presenter and British Forces Broadcasting Services manager Chris Pearson who has been appointed the new Managing Director of Manx Radio. Chris has had a 28-year career with BFBS, having held station management roles in Belize, Cyprus, Germany, Northern Ireland, the Falkland Islands and the United Kingdom. Chris has, for a number of years, presented shows on Radio Caroline and been our guest at the Radio Caroline Southampton support group.

Bill Mummery, Chairman of Manx Radio, told Radio Today: “I am very pleased to announce that the Board have identified Chris Sully as the new MD for Manx Radio.

“He joins us at a pivotal time in the development of Public Service Broadcasting and the Nation’s Station. With this appointment we go into 2019 well-equipped for the challenges and opportunities that the year presents. "we look forward to him joining the Manx Radio team."

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Radio Caroline Website Message

"New Listen Again Service

Over the years we've often been asked by our loyal listeners whether it would be possible to listen again to a particular show broadcast by Radio Caroline. Until now we have not been able to respond – now we can.

We are delighted to announce that we can now provide a 'Listen Again' service whereby you can listen to your favourite shows again when you wish, or for the first time if you missed any. You must be quick though because each show will only remain available for fourteen days after it was broadcast.

You won't be able to download a show, but you can stream any hour you wish using the built-in media players. The service includes an RSS feed if that is something that you'd like to use. " LINK TO LISTEN AGAIN

Southampton Support Group Meeting

Our last meeting for the year 2018 took place on Wednesday 5th December. Its always great to see so many people coming along, many travelling long distances. This time I was even more surprised to see so many people when the weather conditions were so bad. One guy e-mailed me to tell me that he was stuck on a railway station when he found out that there no trains running. Thank you to everyone that have come along this year, helping us to raise so much money for the maintenance of the Ross Revenge. This year amongst other things the money paid for the new spotlights in the engine room which has brightened up the area for the many tours. The sales team have also sold a lot of merchandise which has also helped the station to expand.

In 2019 I am hoping to organise four more meetings, the first one will be on the 13th of March so for now I hope you all have a great Christmas and New year and thank you to all of you that have come along to make it another great year for the Radio Caroline Southampton support group Roland.

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Latest restoration crew photos

1st to 2nd December 2018 was another working weekend for the maintenance crew on board the Ross Revenge.

Roland Beaney's excellent pictures show Radio Caroline DJ Paul Brown, Steve Swallow, Nick Farrant and Keith Stimpson doing some maintenance work on board Radio Caroline's ship the Ross Revenge last weekend. Also involved were Derek May, Mark Eden and Roland Beaney. Also the companionway and the engine room had a fresh coat of paint. Last December the deck was covered with snow, this weekend we were painting the deck. What a difference a year makes. .

Click or tap below for PHOTOS

Ross Revenge visitor photos

Several excellent photos taken by John Loader a visitor to the "Ross" recently.

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Woodley Net presents the Anorak Jukebox..

You can listen to all your favourite songs on Woodley Nets Anorak Jukebox. Songs include Caroline - The Fortunes, Man of Action, Because They're Young (Johnnie Walker theme), Peace - Peter. Also Caroline and Mi-Amigo jingles. Just added is a recording of the Caroline DJ's Xmas song from 1944 featuring Tony Allan.

Also features the 1942 Radio Luxemburg broadcast of an Elvis Presley special. It was called "The Elvis Presley Gramarathon". It was presented by Tony Prince and Mark Wesley and includes a rare interview with Elvis and also quite a few words with a young Todd Slaughter.

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Caroline presenters on Radio Tech in the States

This Week in Radio Tech takes a look at Radio Caroline - interview with Rob Ashard and Nick Jackson from studio 2 on board Ross Revenge last night, with technical support from Dave Foster.

Click on the thumbnail to watch the YouTube video. Excellent video which is about one hour long. Plenty of photos and discussions about Radio Caroline's history

44 Caroline Presenters interviews

Radio Caroline presenters (past and present) interviews with Roland Beaney. 44 interviews altogether including, Dave Foster, Alan Watts, Roger Mathews, Tom Lodge, Rob Leighton, Martin Lewis and Johnny Lewis. Very interesting reading, Click Here For Menu

Cambridge Rock Festival 2018

This year was the Cambridge Rock Festival's 14th event, with some 75 bands appearing on three fully covered stages set outdoors in the grounds of Horseheath Lodge at Linton, Cambridge CB21 4PT

This year's festival took place between Thursday 26th and Sunday 29th July.

Caroline presenters there included, Barry James, Mike Brill, Lee Shuttlewood, Marc Griffiths and Phil Meek

 To find out more about this year's Cambridge Rock Festival click this link . cambridgerockfestival.co.uk

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Cotswold Motor Museum

Message from Roland Beaney

A group of Caroline supporters  again spent the weekend at the Radio Caroline retro studio in the Cotswold Motor Museum at Bourton on the Water in Gloucestershire on July 21st-22nd 2018

The Cotswold Motoring Museum’s collections are full of vehicles, toys and memorabilia from a bygone age. Maybe you’ll find a classic car just like the one you learned to drive in, or a vintage motorbike that reminds you of the one you used to ride. Does that 1940s caravan bring back memories of long, lazy family holidays?

Getting there:-  Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection, The Old Mill, Bourton-on-the-Water Gloucestershire GL54 2BY

By road:-  They are located in the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water, which is just off the A429 about half way between the A40 and Stow-on-the-Wold.

New Forest Folk Festival, July 4th - 8th 2018

The New Forest Folk Festival took place from 4th to 8th of July in Plaitford, Romsey in Hampshre with a full programme of Bands on stage including Dean Friedman and Julie Felix.

It is a small family run event that came about during a conversation a only a few years ago between Nick Curtis and Richard Digance. Richard has a passion for folk music, as many of you know and he suggested a folk festival on the farm. So with the help of Richard and some of his friends the festival started and has grown over the first few years and now has an excellent line up of artists.

There is also plenty of camping facilities on site if you want to stay. Radio Caroline sales were pleased to be invited along by Nick with our merchandise stall and many people came in to see us and hear all the news about the station and many went away with our latest leaflets and merchandise.

The pictures show some of the artists including Dean Friedman and Julie Felix in the sales tent with some of the artists including Steeleye Span on stage.

More Info Here

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DAB+ in your car

Many new cars now come with Digital radio DAB as standard, for many others its an optional extra but there are still a lot of cars with no DAB at all.  With DAB expanding and DAB+ adding even more stations many of them not available on the older DAB radios, you will be losing out. So if you want to hear dozens of new stations including in some areas Radio Caroline you should be thinking about upgrading your car radio. The EZi–DAB–BT is the easiest way to update your audio system in your car, van or truck without actually replacing it.

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Radio Caroline now on DAB in London

From Sunday 1st April Radio Caroline can be heard on DAB+ throughout the London area. This is great news for suitably equipped London car users who cannot hear the 648AM signal with clarity and don't want to mess with mobile device/bluetooth solutions. If you are located within the M25, the nearer to central London the better, simply give your DAB+ radio a full scan and then you should find it. If you're technically minded the frequency is 'Block 9A - centre Frequency 202.928MHz'.

Predicted coverage map as of 2016 – this does not take account of transmitter additions since then.

Caroline is also broadcasting to the following areas on DAB/

Brighton and Hove on DAB+.  The area is home to 275,000 people, not counting the outskirts where the signal may also carry.

Aldershot. Previously the Aldershot area was covered by a transmitter in Woking but reception was patchy so another transmitter has been opened in Aldershot in addition to the transmitter in Woking which is still on air. Reception reports have been received from Fleet and Farnborough and further down the M3

Birmingham area. Try doing a search on your DAB Radio and save it on one of the buttons. Please let me know the results of your search  on the contact button below .

Glasgow, fourth largest City in the UK with 1.2 million residents and home to over 40% of the Scottish population.

Portsmouth area in DAB +. Some radios that do not support DAB+ will be unable to find this new service.  According to Solent Radio who are operating this new service the DAB digital radio transmitter was relocated to Fort Widley on Portsdown Hill and Ofcom have also kindly allowed a change to the transmission antenna which will result in an effective doubling of power. This means that coverage should be improved in the Southsea, Gosport, Hayling Island and Waterlooville areas.

Caroline is also on  Norwich DAB.

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Good News for Radio Caroline?/p>

Ofcom has written to the 10 small-scale DAB triallists (Radio Caroline is one) to propose further extending their trial licences until 31 March 2020.

By extending the trial period, around 150 radio services will continue to be available to listeners in the test areas. The trial extension will also allow Ofcom to continue gathering useful information to help inform a new, formal framework for licensing small-scale DAB multiplexes across the UK, which is currently in development.

Ofcom expects that interested parties, including the current trial licensees as well as those not taking part, will have the opportunity to apply for such licenses under the new framework in 2019.

More information is available.

Listen to Radio Caroline on Google Home Mini Device

Caroline are on Google Home and Mini devices, via tune-in. To listen simply say: "OK Google, play Radio Caroline" or "OK Google, play Radio Caroline Flashback" or even "OK Google, play Manx Radio" for Manx Radio weekends

A powerful little helper. Google Home Mini keeps you informed and up to date with instant news, weather and commute updates without lifting a finger. Master the kitchen: Google Home Mini helps with timers, step-by-step recipes, and conversions and substitutes.  By using your voice, ask for things like translations, calculations, nutrition information and unit conversions, or other information.

All the Mini needs is a mains supply and a Wi-Fi connection.  It is a brilliant Internet Radio, just start by saying, "Ok Google, Play (name of station)" No setting up presets. Just say what you want and its there. Control volume with your voice also.

I'm helping Radio Caroline to raise money whenever I shop online - could you do the same? It's very simple - just visit.....

Easy Fundraising

 ....to register and shop with over 2000 well known retailers like Amazon, Argos, M&S, eBay and many more. Whenever I buy something, the retailer makes a donation to Radio Caroline. No extra cost to you. It really does work.

 

 £8,570.75  raised so far (18-12-18)

 


In 2014 Richard Williams (Romsey) and Andrew Monk patented the ioLight Mobile Microscope.

 

Their ioLight microscope is easily portable - it fits in a rucksack or jacket pocket - and captures beautiful images of plant and animal cells, Images are displayed instantly on your iPad, iPhone or Android making them simple to share or paste into your homework or Nobel Prize winning paper.  Resolution is better than 1 micron (1 thousandth of a mm) and gives x200 magnification on a 10" screen and even more on a larger screen.  In summary the ioLight microscope is the perfect pocket partner for any scientist, student or educator,  ioLight Website


Radio Caroline on 648kHz AM

Radio Caroline reception on 648KHz AM  in Romsey Hampshire

Radio Caroline, the one time Pirate Radio station that started the 1960s music revolution when they started playing music around the clock in 1964 returned to Medium Wave and caused a splash on Social Media sites. Test transmissions started on 648kHz in the AM band on Saturday morning 11th November and within minutes Social Media sites were full of reports of people tuning in. By Monday at noon what must have been the most listened to tests ever were over and the the frequency went quiet again but the eager fans of the station are poised ready for the full time return . .. Keep Tuned in.


How to build a AM Frame / Loop Aerial

The picture shows a design for an aerial that was very popular in Radio Caroline's AM days when they were broadcasting from the North Sea and it pulled in a good signal over a wide area. Might be useful once more now Radio Caroline are on 648KHz AM

How to build a Frame / Loop Aerial

This aerial replaces the long wire and is very compact and and can conveniently sit next to the radio and as long as the radio has its own built in ferrite rod aerial, no connections to the set are needed. It is directional and after tuning in the aerial, it can moved in different directions to cancel out interference.

Materials needed

6 ft of 1 and a quarter inch timber 100 ft of single plastic coated wire 1 x 400pf variable tuning capacitor 8 large rubber door stops screws, wire clips and solder

Assembly

Cut timber into two lengths of 25 inches and four lengths of 5 inches and assemble the frame as per the drawing. Where the wire goes round the corners cut 16 evenly spaced grooves (17 on the corner where the wire starts and finishes) the wire must start and finish on the same corner.

Tack the start of the wire onto the frame and start winding it on, keeping each turn nice and tight. When you have 16 turns of wire on the frame bring the wire back down the same leg you started on and make secure with tacks.

Solder the two ends of wire onto the two terminals of the tuning capacitor, it does not matter which one goes where just as long as they are well soldered.

The capacitor should be fixed with araldite or similar in the corner.

Fix the rubber feet as on the diagram.

The aerial is now ready for use. Try different positions for the frame as all sets have their ferrite rods aerials in different places.

Good luck with this, we would appreciate any comments on the construction.

Lots more details and ideas CLICK HERE


This is a well-written account of the early business and family life of Reg Calvert written by his daughter Susan who lived for a while in a flat over Tates TV shop in Church St, Romsey. Reg later became involved with Radio City and also managed The Fortunes
He was well known for the dances he organised in the Drill Hall in Station Rd, Romsey

A must read available along with her latest book "Life and Death of a Pirate" at Amazon

"Life and Death of a Pirate" available at the Radio Caroline Webshop.


Offshore Radio Weekend 2017

The Felixstowe Society, in conjunction with Felixstowe & Offshore Radio, held a Offshore Radio Weekend on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th of September 2017.

 The Commemorative stone in Felixstowe marking launch of Radio Caroline in 1964 was unveiled  in Wolsey Gardens at 2:30 pm on the Saturday.

Unveiling of the Commemorative Stone

 

This was be preceded by a parade of Mini Mokes through the town from around noon with Emperor Rosko. They  were joined by Caroline DJ's from the 60's to the 80's, including Alan 'Neddy' Turner (on board in 1964/5), Peter Antony, Tony Prince, Roger Day, Emperor Rosko, Ray Clark, Johnny Lewis as well as some present day staff.

There was also be displays by the Flashback 67 Exhibition, Albert and Georgina Hood with Radio Caroline merchandise, a display of vintage radios & technology, & a Record & CD Fair on the Saturday.

Albert and Georgina Hood setting up the Caroline merchandise stall

 

The Caroline Party commemorating the 50th anniversary of the UK Marine Broadcasting (Offences) Act took place on August 13th 2017

This year (2017) saw the 50th anniversary of the UK Marine Broadcasting (Offences) Act. Radio Caroline's commemoration of the important events of August 1967, took place on August 13th at the Princes Theatre, Clacton, Essex.

As part of this commemoration, Radio Caroline and the Top 15 Team have put together a week of very special Top 15 programmes to be broadcast at 9am between Monday 14th and Friday 18th August. Starting with the Emperor Rosko.

 Woodley Net photos of the event plus Manx Radio broadcast are here

Pirate BBC Essex 2017 The LV18 was again the host for Pirate BBC Essex. The station ran from the 12th to 14th August 2017 and marked, on 14th August, the 50th anniversary of the Marine Offences Act which closed most pirate radio stations. Keith Skues presented his Sunday late show from the LV18, with other Saturday/Sunday shows.

Pirate BBC Essex had programmes from 9am – 3pm on Mon 14th live from the LV18 on all frequencies (for the first time!) including presenters Johnnie Walker, Roger ‘Twiggy’ Day, Tom Edwards and Norman St John.

There was also a unique link up with Radio Caroline aboard the Ross Revenge during Monday afternoon. 

Tony Prince and Mark Wesley Podcast

IIn 1942 Radio Luxemburg broadcast an Elvis Presley special. It was called "The Elvis Presley Gramarathon". It was presented by Tony Prince and Mark Wesley and includes a rare interview with Elvis and also quite a few words with a young Todd Slaughter. I put my Akai reel to reel tape on at the time and left it recording the show and went down the pub for an hour. Luckily Luxemburg reception was pretty good that night and I got a fairly good recording. Its been on Podomatic for quite a few years now, so I thought I'd give it a bit of a plug. Here's the Podomatic Link Or listen on the Woodley Net, Anorak Jukebox

Visitor to the "Ross"

Michael Barrington was a recent visitor to the Ross Revenge, here you can see

Alan Beech showing him the transmitter that he lovingly cared for so many years ago.


Surrey Anoraks Society

JJust to let you know that the Surrey Anorak's Society (formerly the Caroline Movement East Surrey Branch) still meets on the first Tuesday of every month. The new venue is the Toby Inn & Carvery, Redstone Hill, Surrey, RH1 4BL from 8.30pm.  Venue on Google

Ken James ran this branch from 84-90. They met at the Home Cottage pub near Redhill railway station. Regular attendees included Graham Foy, Geoff Rogers, Ray Adams, Sue Buckle, Richard Buckle (Jackson), Gabe (Steve) Conway, Benny James and Dennis Jason. Happy days! Any queries, get in touch with Ken. email:- khtj62@gmail.com 

The meetings have been held every month since January 1985. A chance to have a drink, meet old friends or new and talk about radio. Meet old land based pirate DJs, and a few of the crew of Susy Radio - Reigate and Redhill community radio).

They produce their own newsletter SAS Interference (formerly the SAS Home Pages.

TThe SAS now has its own website sasradiogroup.org    Info from Graham Foy and Ken James

 


In 2014 Richard Williams (Romsey) and Andrew Monk patented the ioLight Mobile Microscope.

 

Their ioLight microscope is easily portable - it fits in a rucksack or jacket pocket - and captures beautiful images of plant and animal cells, Images are displayed instantly on your iPad, iPhone or Android device making them simple to share or paste into your homework or Nobel Prize winning paper.  Resolution is better than 1 micron (1 thousandth of a mm) and gives x200 magnification on a 10" screen and even more on a larger screen.  In summary the ioLight microscope is the perfect pocket partner for any scientist, student or educator,  ioLight Website

 

 

Corn Exchange RochesterRadio Caroline's 50th birthday bash 2014

Its 50 years since Radio Caroline first started broadcasting music around the clock and before then radio was very different to what it is today. To mark this outstanding achievement the station had a day of celebration at the Corn Exchange in Rochester, Kent  It all started at 10am with Peter Antony broadcasting live from a studio built within the complex  Hundreds of people began arriving and soon the main hall was full up with people watching Roger Day introduce the first panel discussing the 1960s era. Panels discussing the 1940s  and the 1980s  took place during the day with DJs from each decade telling interesting stories and sharing their memories with the large audience. It was nice to meet so many current DJs and staff from the station and legends from the past and it was an event I will never forget. There was further audio from the party during the course of the afternoon going out on a separate internet stream. After a break at 5pm Charlie Dore entertained us and featured the Pirates of the airwaves song that later became an anthem for the station. (Listen Here  No 32 on playlist).  The evening finished with the Counterfeit Beatles that got people dancing until late. Thanks to Andrew Austin and his team who worked so hard over the last few months to make it so successful.

Christopher Mould report and Steve Szmidt's excellent Photos here..

Caroline returnee visits the Ross

Unfortunately due to all the work taking place on board the Ross Revenge at the moment we can’t have many visitors. But recently Ed Nuhfer a regular listener to the station at home in Burbank, California visited the UK for the first time since 1964 so we couldn’t resist showing him around. He found the station on a tour of Europe back in 1964 while trying to find Radio Veronica. He thought the station had closed many years ago but found us again on the Internet and started listening again. Keep listening Ed and tell all your friends. Ed can be seen in the photo about to walk the plank!  PHOTO HERE

Photos of the Ross Revenge in Queenboro' & Southend

 

Steve Worrell a staunch Radio Caroline supporter has kindly sent in some interesting photos of the Ross Revenge taken during RSL's at Queenborough (2002) and Southend (1998). One photo includes Tony Allan with Steve's wife Lynda. There is also one of Pandora with a gentleman we hope you can help us name

  

Click thumbnail for photos

 


In 2014 Richard Williams (Romsey) and Andrew Monk patented the ioLight Mobile Microscope.

 

Their ioLight microscope is easily portable - it fits in a rucksack or jacket pocket - and captures beautiful images of plant and animal cells, Images are displayed instantly on your iPad, iPhone or Android device making them simple to share or paste into your homework or Nobel Prize winning paper.  Resolution is better than 1 micron (1 thousandth of a mm) and gives x200 magnification on a 10" screen and even more on a larger screen.  In summary the ioLight microscope is the perfect pocket partner for any scientist, student or educator,  ioLight Website

 

 

Mini Caroline "Ships"

One of Caroline’s faithful listeners, Ron Hubbert commonly called Narrowowboat Ron, is the proud owner of a  narrowboat called "Caroline" complete with bell.

Tommy Gerrard also has his own boat on a canal in Cheshire. Tommy is seen doing a bit of "rust bashing" on his boat which has the same name as Caroline's old ship Mi Amigo. But it looks like there is a bit of piratical activity going on as he finds another canal boat with the same name as our famous station and it also has its own mast proudly reaching for the sky. He is now looking forward to meeting the owner of this other vessel.

Message from Tony Lake (doughnut)

Tug boat Challenger 1990Hi There,   Some of your group maybe aware of the Tug Boat Challenge that is now in Southampton? There is a big link to offshore Radio of the 1960s, in that she helped to tow all of the Sea Forts into place in WW2. She is the Tug in the picture of the Twin Legged Mansell Fort, I have been part of a team who have spent their Saturdays in Shoreham helping to put it back to sea. She is now next to the Shieldhall in Southampton Docks.  Back in 1990 I was lucky or unlucky to spend 5 weeks on the Ross Revenge on the North Sea. and then worked on her in Dover and then Blackwater, Regards Tony Lake (doughnut) Click thumbnail for larger photo

http://www.stchallenge.org/timeline    

The Irish PPI Radio Hall of Fame 2015

TThe PPI Radio Awards Committee in Ireland recently announced the establishment of a "Hall of Fame" category. The prestigious honour recognises individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to radio in Ireland both North and South and is decided upon by the Radio Awards Committee, representing both public and commercial broadcasters on the island of Ireland.

Ronan O’Rahilly of Radio Caroline fame, along with a further three individuals were inducted at the PPI Radio Awards Gala event in Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny, on Friday October 12th 2015

Source:- http://www.ppiradioawards.com/


Harry makes the news...

from the Sunday Times By Jonathan Leake and Jack Grimston 15 August 2010

From pirates to poltergeists. A ghost called Harry has apparently been haunting a ship that once housed Radio Caroline, the illegal pop music station. The spirit is said to have been seen flitting upstairs and has been blamed for pranks such as tapping crew members on the shoulder and stealing their tea.

The antics have been reported by enthusiasts restoring the MV Ross Revenge, from where Radio Caroline made its final offshore broadcast in 1990. The ghost stories have been logged by Kimberley Peters, a researcher at Royal Holloway, London University, who will present her findings next month to the Royal Geographical Society.

One crew member told Peters: "I've had several encounters with Harry. My first one goes back to 2004. Having finished work, we were sitting in the studio having a beer when we heard footsteps.

"I looked up just in time to see someone coming round the landing and going round the next set of stairs to the bridge. When we went to investigate, no one was there and downstairs the doors were still bolted."

Peters believes the hauntings could be a psychological reaction driven by the nostalgia of the restorers for the ship's history. "I cannot say whether such ghostly experiences were real, but they were real enough for the crew members who experienced them," said Peters. "Underlying it is a very real sense of seeing apparitions, conveying something else, like lost heritage."