Felixstowe: Pirate radio role is celebrated by town

Radio Caroline DJ Gerry Duncan at the opening of the Caroline Snack & Coffee Bar, in Beach Station R

Radio Caroline DJ Gerry Duncan at the opening of the Caroline Snack & Coffee Bar, in Beach Station Road, Felixstowe, on July 4, 1964, run by Dilys Calver. Former Caroline DJs will be at Felixstowe for a special exhibition on the resort's role in pirate radio over the Heritage Open Days weekend. - Credit: Archant

People who worked on Radio Caroline when the station’s vessel was moored off Felixstowe in the 1960s will be visiting exhibitions in the town this weekend to celebrate pirate radio.

Felixstowe and Offshore Radio is staging a display of photos, videos and other archive material – including some never seen before – as part of the Heritage Open Days event.

The event will take place at Fish Dish, opposite the town’s leisure centre in Undercliff Rd West, from 11.30am to 9pm today and 11.30am to 8pm tomorrow.

Enthusiast Brian Nichols, part of the organising team, said Alan ‘Neddy’ Turner, who was 1960s Caroline North DJ, who originally worked on the Fredericia moored off Felixstowe as a studio engineer, would be dropping in during the weekend.

Bill Rollins, a 1960s DJ on Tower Radio and later Radio Caroline onshore link man during the 1980s, and Michael Barrington, who worked for Radio Caroline as engineer on both the Mi Amigo and Ross Revenge, for Laser 558 on the Communicator, and today works on Sealand, would also be visiting.

He said: “In addition, we have also invited our friends at Pirate Memories to bring their Flashback 67 display to the Heritage Weekend, and they will be based at the Cotman Hall.”

Access to the display will be via Mrs Simpson’s Tea Rooms, next to the Fludyers Hotel, Undercliff Rd East, from 10am to 5pm each day.

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When Caroline was launched to cater for the interests of teenagers desperate to be able to hear the sounds of the burgeoning pop scene, it was based off Felixstowe and tenders would regularly takes trips out there – supply vessels to keep the DJs stocked with food and other necessities, and to transport them to shore and back for occasional breaks.