Radio Caroline to celebrate 60 years of broadcasting this Easter

Radio Caroline celebrates its 60th anniversary this Easter with a special three-day broadcast from Ross Revenge on the Blackwater Estuary in Essex.

The station made its first unauthorised broadcast from a pirate radio ship off the coast of Essex on 28th March 1964.

Some of the artists who credit their success to plays on Caroline have sent recorded messages for the special broadcast, including The Kinks, Status Quo, Saxon, Chris De Burgh and Nils Lofgren, plus past presenters such as Tony Blackburn, Paul McKenna and Emperor Rosko,

More than 100 people will visit and tour Ross Revenge over the three-day broadcast from Good Friday to Easter Sunday and meet presenters.

The ship has been home to Radio Caroline since the early 80s after the previous ship the Mi Amigo sank off the coast of Frinton in a gale.

Radio Caroline station manager Peter Moore said: “The broadcast promises a journey through the station’s turbulent and often dramatic history, with classic tunes from the past six decades, memorable moments and interviews with key figures who shaped the station’s legacy.

“We will be celebrating the nostalgia of the past 60 years and look forward to an exciting future as we continue to expand our broadcast operations.”

The anniversary will also highlight a Crowdfunder Campaign by the charity Ross Revenge (Home of Radio Caroline) which is raising funds to send the 64-year-old vessel for a major shipyard overhaul.

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