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, left, and Johnny Lewis / Stephen Bishop.
Paul Hawkins at the controls, Ray Clark hovering silently behind him, and, left, Johnny Lewis.
Caroline DJ from the eighties, Kevin Turner.
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.
Radio London's Ian Damon, left, and party organiser Roger Day. Photo courtesy of Keith Chanter.
RNI/Atlantis DJ Dave Rogers, left with Roger. Photo courtesy of Keith Chanter.
Alan Turner, left, and Caroline engineer Carl Thomson. Photo courtesy of Chris Mould.
Caroline DJ of the eighties Paul Graham, left, and Dave Rogers. Photo courtesy of Chris Mould.
Bryan Vaughan. Photo courtesy of Chris Mould.
Roger Day. Photo courtesy of Chris Mould.
Dave Rogers. Photo courtesy of Paul Graham.
Garry Kemp (known as ‘Gordon Bennett’ on Britain Radio), reunited with his old ship-mate Roger Day. Photo courtesy of Chris Mould.
Garry Kemp, left, and Roger Day. Photo courtesy of Chris Mould.
Bryan Vaughan, Roger Day and Dave Rogers. Photo courtesy of Paul Graham.
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.
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.
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:
Julian Wellings has posted a video of the celebrations at Walton on YouTube.
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