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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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