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Launch of Radio Caroline at the Palace, Douglas

Date(s): August 1965

Creator(s): Manx Press Pictures

Scope & Content: Radio Caroline arrived off Ramsey Bay on 5 July 1964. Although heralded as a ‘pirate radio ship’, she was legally operating in Manx waters. Radio Caroline reached a huge audience and generated fantastic publicity for the Isle of Man. For a short time in the 1960s the Isle of Man was the hippest place to visit! This all came to an abrupt end when Harold Wilson’s Government sought to close down the pirate radio ships. It sparked a constitutional crisis on the Island.

Jackie Trent was special guest at the launch party at the Palace Ballroom in Douglas.

Language: eng

Collection: Photographic Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: PG/13633/1/1965/670/2


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Living on the Eifl mountain on the Llyn Peninsula, I heard the test transmissions from Caroline in 1964. I wrote to them in response and received a gift pack including signed cards from Tony Prince and Tony Blackburn. The station played 'Catch us if you can' when the ship had to move occasionally. Have you any information about that era? Aled. - Aled Williams Report this

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