Press Release 08/08/2017

Press Release – for immediate use

The pirates are coming!

Over three days Harwich will be awash with former radio pirates who revolutionised pop music in the 1960s. The BBC will be broadcasting from the LV18 Lightvessel on Harwich Quay on Sunday 13th and Monday 14th August with veteran broadcasters Johnny Walker, Roger ‘Twiggy’ Day, Keith Skues, Ray Clark, Tom Edwards and Norman St John, under the banner of ‘Pirate BBC Essex’.

Ray Clark will be in Harwich on Saturday 12th august, broadcasting live from the LV18 and Ha’Penny Pier. Local girl, Liana Bridges, along with former Radio Caroline pirate Barry Lewis, will be at the LV18 on Sunday morning at 9am and will be heard on BBC Essex.

Keith Skues will be in the LV18 studio on the Sunday night (13th) for his three hour regional show, which will include guest Roger ‘Twiggy’ Day.

The LV18 studio will be live from 9am to 3pm on Monday 14th, marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Marine Offences Act which shut down all bar one of the pirate radio stations in 1967.

The BBC and the Pharos Trust will also host an exhibition of Pirate Radio Memorabilia on Ha’Penny Pier between Saturday 12th & Monday 14th August. The exhibition will include recently discovered  and unique photographs from fifty years ago of the pirate radio ships Galaxy (Radio London) and Mi Amigo (Radio Caroline).

Many of the radio pirates will also be appearing at the Electric Palace cinema in Harwich on the Saturday and Sunday evening for ‘Meet The Pirates’, Sunday’s event includes a showing of ‘The Boat That Rocked’, introduced by the DJs.

During the morning of August 14th, the ashes of the late Dave Cash, a 1960s radio pirate and latterly BBC radio presenter, will be scattered from the Harwich Lifeboat by his widow Sara Cash. Those wishing to pay respects should gather on Ha’Penny Pier from 10.30am.

Notes for editors

This is the fourth ‘Pirate BBC Essex’ event and the LV18 has been the home for each of the previous events in 2004, 2007 & 2009. The BBC have announced that this will be the last such event.

The station can be received on 95.3FM, 103.5FM and DAB across Essex as well as via the BBC IPlayer, ensuring global reception.

The Pirate Radio Exhibition will include previously unseen photographs from the widow of the captain of the Mi Amigo, the Radio Caroline ship.

The LV18 Lightvessel is a former Trinity House lightvessel which was decommissioned in 1994. It hosts regular radio stations and most recently was the home for Radio Mi Amigo, which includes shows by Roger ‘Twiggy’ Day. BBC Essex’s Liana Bridges and Barry Lewis also presented a show and that is now available to hear on www.lv18radio.uk

Pirate BBC Essex latest

Roger ‘Twiggy’ Day reports:

Here is what’s happening in Harwich.

Sat 12th August
Ray Clark (BBC Essex) live O/B 9-11am from H’penny Pier and deck of LV18.
Pirate Radio Exhibition on the H’penny Pier opens at 10am (until 5pm)
Meet the Pirates talk at the Electric Palace Cinema 5.30pm till 7pm with Roger Day, Alan Turner, Steve Scruton, Ian Wyatt.

Sunday 13th
Exhibition opens 10 – 5
9 am BBC Essex Quest programme starts from Harwich
Meet the Pirates talk at the Electric Palace Cinema 5.30 – 7pm with Roger Day, Keith Skues, Tom Edwards, Norman St John followed by film The Boat That Rocked 7 – 9.30pm
Pirate BBC Essex starts broadcast 10 pm – 1am With Keith Skues and all former dj’s in Harwich.

Monday 14th
Exhibition opens 10 – 4pm
9 am Pirate BBC Essex re-starts with Roger Day
10.30 Norman St John
12 noon Tom Edwards
1.30 Johnnie Walker
3pm Switch to Ross Revenge for Ray Clark until 4 pm Closedown

Shows at Electric Palace Cinema

Details have now been announced of two shows, at Harwich’s historic Electric Palace cinema, during Pirate BBC Essex.

On Saturday 12th August, there will be an opportunity to meet the 1960s pirates. Meet live in the Electric Palace some of the Pirate DJs who have come down to broadcast on Pirate BBC Essex. The price is £7 NC. Starts 5.30pm.

On Sunday 13th August, another chance to meet the pirates followed by a showing of The Boat That Rocked. The price for both is £10 NC. Starts 5.30pm.

Steve Scruton & Ian Wyatt talk Pirate BBC Essex

Wednesday lunchtime and a pair of special guests arrived in the radio studio. Steve Scruton and Ian Wyatt are, during the day, BBC Essex presenters, but every few years they play with Pirate Radio.

Hear the guys talk with Alan ‘Neddy’ Turner about past adventures on the LV18 with Pirate BBC as well as the forthcoming broadcast (13 & 14th August)

Getting Ready!

It’s been a busy few weeks on the LV18 as we prepare for Radio Mi Amigo next month and Pirate BBC Essex just two weeks later!

The studio still looks rather bare with just a hint of technology but it’s had a lick of paint and a tidy up. Elsewhere the ship has had similar treatment; lots of those ‘Winter jobs’ have now been completed!

We’ve been testing our new streaming service and it sounds great! Thanks to everyone who’s commented on our Facebook page. We are preparing a few programmes to go out exclusively online before the broadcast starts on 21st July, keep an ear open for that!

There’s plenty going on in readiness for Pirate BBC Essex too, Steve Scrutton, Ian Wyatt and engineer Matt visited us recently to make sure everything was ship-shape. Cheers guys!

Pirate BBC Essex 2017

The BBC & Pharos Trust are pleased to confirm that the LV18 will again be the host for Pirate BBC Essex. The station will run 12th to 14th August 2017 and will mark, on 14th August, the 50th anniversary of the Marine Offences Act which closed most pirate radio stations.

Keith Skues will present his Sunday late show from the LV18, with other weekend shows to be confirmed.

Pirate BBC Essex programmes from 9am – 3pm on Mon 14th live from the LV18 on all frequencies (for the first time!) including presenters Johnnie Walker, Roger ‘Twiggy’ Day, Tom Edwards and Norman St John. Other surprise Pirate guests expected !

There will also be a unique link up with Radio Caroline aboard the Ross Revenge during Monday afternoon.

Other activities will include:

  • a Pirate Exhibition on Ha’penny Pier open to the public from Sat 12th to Mon 14th August – Pirate DJs will drop in when available

  • The Boat That Rocked film showing at Electric Palace cinema on Sun 13th (evening) introduced by former pirate broadcasters

Pirate BBC Essex in 2017

There are a few rumours that Pirate BBC Essex will happen in 2017, since Steve Scruton made an on-air announcement on BBC Essex in January.

As it stands, in February, no arrangements are in place and there is no confirmation that the LV18 will host Pirate BBC Essex again.

If that situation changes, news will appear here , on facebook and various bulletin boards (no doubt)