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Pirate Radio

On this day 46 years ago the government passed a Marine act that officially closed down all such Pirate Radio stations.

Johnny Walker and a few others carried on broadcasting for a short while, until he had to hide away in Holland I believe. For fear of being arrested.
Thankfully he is still at the decks and broadcasts radio programs today.
Along with many other DJ's of those years.

Before Caroline and others all we had was radio Luxembourg and the top 20 played on the Beeb sunday afternoons.

1964 they started the Pirate stations...

I remember carrying always with me my little Transistor radio, run off batteries and mains, Plug it in while at work and use the batteries when travelling home on the bus. It had a little white ear piece, that was as good as useless.....as other passengers on the bus would complain...oops!  

They were brilliant days....Pop music constantly changing, Carnaby Street...ect....
The world was fresh, new and exciting....could go on forever....

Anyone else old enough to remember those wonderful days ?

If so what are your memories of Pirate Radio ?

As a point of interest I believe Tony Benn was Post Master General at the time and he instigated the law to enable the BBC to bring in Radio One    
sod

  Remember those days well as a teenager started college in 1963 an world was ours "" We're the coming generation"   here  We had a ship just outside the3 mile limit and called "Radio Hauraki" now still going but land based. There were other local ones that moved around in vans etc. I as part of my job drove around in a van listening to them with other vans to try and catch them.   great job not very good at catching them
darkbrowneggs

Keynsham spelt K E Y N S H A M      
Rena

You had radio in your day?! !  ( .....erm.....sorry? Just couldn't help meself... )
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Rena wrote:
You had radio in your day?! !  ( .....erm.....sorry? Just couldn't help meself... )


Cheeky      

(Chrystal)
Rena

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darkbrowneggs wrote:
Keynsham spelt K E Y N S H A M      

Horace Batchelor, football pools predictor. When advertising on the radio would carefully spell out Keynsham...Kay Eee Wye En Ess Aitch Ay Em...

On their 4th Album The Bonzo Dog Doo Da Band made a reference to him with a line saying " I have also won "...album was called Keynsham...

Spot on DBE.....
sod

Yes it was wood fired like our tv till couple of years ago and computors are clockwork arn't yours
brummie nick

Radio Luxembourg was the big thing for us older ones, remember listening to the 'top twenty' think it was on Sunday nights.

Horace Batchelor, ads were also on there.

Nick
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Radio Scotland "Swinging to you on 242 " She  "The Comet" was an old light ship who had seen service in the irish sea for many years before coming just south of Edinburgh near Dunbar in the North sea and started broadcasting on hogmanay 1965, she later moved to the west coast leaving in her wake a trail of unpaid bills to small local firms , who had previously been delighted to be associated with the station , i worked on her as an apprentice joiner with a small local firm who were doing some refitting ,great fun for a 16 year old lad , made even better when the weather broke and we were stranded on her for 3 weeks , the tender used to get out to us and could throw stores aboard , but the sea's were too rough for us to jump ships , great fun ! The D.J'S used to play loads of requests  for us , which never done our social standing any harm at the local dances !! . time fades the memory but a few of the names that spring to mind were - Bob Spencer, Paul Young (Hooked on fishing) Jack Mclaughlan,Tony Meehan (who i think replaced the ever sea sick Stuart Henry), Jimmy Mack, one memory that sticks out was that they had a fan club , and one of the items that most could afford was a 242 pen , 1shilling plus p+p! but we "found" a box containing  144 of them , the other" find " was Radio Scotland tea shirts ! which were scarce and a bit more expensive than an apprentice joiner could afford ! i often wonder how many Keepsake Tea shirts are tucked away in drawers with Genuine "FAKE  !" Autographs on them ?? supplied courtesy of ????   Ah the memorys , it was   all good fun at the time .
Bernie

Radio Luxemburg which would fade quite often.
The ships bell on radio Caroline
Emperor Rosco
Tony Blackburn and his dog
darkbrowneggs

Rena wrote:
You had radio in your day?! !  ( .....erm.....sorry? Just couldn't help meself... )


Our radio was powered by a big glass cased battery which was filled with acid and 2 were collected and delivered each fortnight along with paraffin for the Tilley lamps from the hardware shop in the local market town  

Rena

darkbrowneggs wrote:
Rena wrote:
You had radio in your day?! !  ( .....erm.....sorry? Just couldn't help meself... )


Our radio was powered by a big glass cased battery which was filled with acid and 2 were collected and delivered each fortnight along with paraffin for the Tilley lamps from the hardware shop in the local market town  



That concept is amazing to me. Are there any photos of such batteries? Thanks for telling me! I came along about the same time as the colour version of the tele (lived in the 'hicksville' mountains of mid California at the time)...love the old radios though!
brummie nick

Rena click this link.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?...word=glass+accumulator&crdt=0
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Clockwork .....,Sod.....,you winding us up      


As for the Glass accumulators remember them ....but for what reason escapes me now....must have come across them at sometime   Certainly remember seeing them....,

Remember putting Ever Ready batteries as close to the fire as possible and sticking them in the oven after Ma had cooked the dinner...
Cheapest way to re-charge them..
Rena

brummie nick wrote:
Rena click this link.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?...word=glass+accumulator&crdt=0


Whoa! Never seen anything like it. Thanks!
confused

I remember the old accumulators , i lived 2 miles outside town and on a saturday all us country yokels ! would get the 2p.m. bus into town , all the men rushed to the garage with the accumulators then into the Black Bull where the barman had pints of beer ready poured for the bus arriving ,in order that the " country folks" could get a couple of pints before 2.30 closing , then it was walk about the street ,the paper shop to collect the weekly papers ,a fish tea,and back to the garage and pick up the accumulators that had been left from last week, then the 4.55pm bus home , 5 mins before the pubs opened again !! sometimes my Dad would wait and get a sports paper at 6.00 then walk home after having enjoyed another couple of pints , but these days were far and few between , nobody had any money to waste.

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