The Radio Caroline North 40th Anniversary Convention.

Isle of Man, 19th - 21st September 2008.

Forty years after Radio Caroline North was silenced, a convention was held on the Isle of Man to celebrate the achievements of this hugely successful but sometimes ignored, station. As many of the delegates pointed out, the media - mainly based in the south-east of England - have usually preferred to focus on Caroline South. But the story of the northern sister station is every bit as fascinating.

Caroline North Convention leaflet cover

Cover of the convention leaflet.

Wally Meehan

Wally Meehan at the Friday night dinner.

The delegates began to arrive on the island by ferry and plane during Friday and most of them gathered for dinner that evening at a restaurant in Douglas.
The next morning it was an early start to catch the coach to Peel to see the excellent Pirates Of The Irish Sea exhibition at the House of Manannan.
This free exhibition was originally planned to close in February but was so successful that its run was extended until the end of August 2009. Other museums have also expressed an interest in taking it so it is possible that it will move elsewhere later.
Among the former Caroline personnel visiting the exhibition on the Saturday morning were newsreaders John Aston and Nick Bailey, disc-jockeys Martin Kayne, Alan Turner and Wally Meehan, engineer Trevor Grantham and station founder Ronan O'Rahilly.

Andy Wint

Convention organiser Andy Wint welcomes delegates outside the House of Manannan.

Radio Caroline T-shirts

A collection of Radio Caroline promotional T-shirts and Christmas annuals.

model of the Fredericia

A model of the Radio Caroline North ship, mv Fredericia.

The original Caroline bell

The bell of the Fredericia, used in the famous ‘ding ding’ Caroline call-sign, loaned to the exhibition by the family of Harry Maddrell, skipper of the tender Essex Girl.


The facsimile radio studio, as it was when the delegates arrived.


The studio a bit later - with a second Spotmaster cartridge machine added, courtesy of John Aston.

John Aston

John Aston and his wife Christine in front of a giant photograph of Jason Wolfe.

Andy Wint and Ronan O'Rahilly

Andy Wint deep in conversation with Caroline founder Ronan O'Rahilly.

Caroline's theme

The first record played on Radio Caroline, the station theme, 'Round Midnight from the album I've Got A Woman by Jimmy McGriff and a Caroline Buoy-O-Boy life jacket.

Martin Kayne

Martin Kayne alongside a poster advertising a 1968 gig remembering Caroline.

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