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Please Don’t Take Them Away – The Story Of The Great British Pirate Era

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Sixty years ago, on the Easter Weekend of 1964, radio listening in Britain was changed forever with the start of broadcasts from Britain’s first daytime commercial radio station – Radio Caroline.

Anchored off the Essex coast and free of government control, Radio Caroline (and the other offshore radio stations that followed in her footsteps over the next few years) gave the British radio listeners a complete transformation in their radio landscape. In place of the limited pop music choice offered by the BBC Light Programme, listeners learned to love offshore radio stations such as Radio Caroline, Radio London, Swinging Radio England, Radio 270 and many more.

Sixty years on, guest presenter Mark Stafford returns to South Norfolk Radio this Easter to present ‘Please Don’t Take Them Away – The Story Of The Great British Pirate Era‘ as he revisits the Swinging 60’s and tells the full story of those great radio days along with a soundtrack of the wonderful music of the era.

Along the way, Dave Cash, Robbie Dale, Tony Prince, Roger ‘Twiggy’ Day, Don Allen, Johnnie Walker, John Peel and more will tell us exactly what life was like breaking all the rules with a life at sea.

You can hear ‘Please Don’t Take Them Away – The Story Of The Great British Pirate Era‘ on South Norfolk Radio on Easter Saturday, 30th March at 10.00am.


(Regular Saturday morning host Sophie is enjoyng her Easter break and ‘The Sophie Sessions’ will return on Saturday 6th April).

Written by: David Mann

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