RAFFLES    BIRTHDAY

Raffles Birthday
In early May, promotions started for the 1st International Music & Media Conference being held in Montreux, Switzerland from 7th to 10th May 1986 and where Radio Caroline was represented by Vincent Monsey, who was one of the speakers. Strong winds on 21st May caused John Lewis's trousers to be blown off the washing line and swept away to sea. A few days later, during his morning show, Johnny announced "Caroline 558, today May 24th 1986 is Raffles's birthday, also had the Communicator still been out here broadcasting, they would have been celebrating two years on the air this very day as well." He then played a few excerpts of Laser's first birthday celebrations, followed by the stations closedown theme from Abba. "Everybody remembers us on our birthday, so it's nice to remember other people. 'Thank you for the music' for some very good friends of ours, sadly no longer with us."

Illegitimate Sons
In an article about the recently published Peacock report on the future of British broadcasting in the "Sunday Times" for 6th July 1986, Jeremy Hardie of the Peacock committee is quoted as saying that he thought that BBC Radio's 1 and 2 were simply "the sons of Radio Caroline" and should be regarded as commercial radio stations. This does raise a serious thought, if Radio Caroline is a pirate, as claimed by the BBC and other authorities and is illegal and not legitimate, does this mean her "sons" are illegitimate?.

Birthday Visitors
On Thursday 14th August, Dave James in his 01.00 to 05.00 show commented after playing Lena Lovich's record 'Happy Birthday', "Happy Birthday to the Marine Offences Act, which came into being on this day in 1967". Later in the day Kevin Turner announced "Six minutes before midday and a very good afternoon to the gentlemen on board the 'Alert III' just going around and around us at the moment, nice day for a cruise really" "Heart" and 'These dreams', three minute before midday, we'll do that one especially for the floating plod, the Essex police who just came out to see us on the 'Alert III' going round and round us, and waved at us, very friendly crowd actually that lot, good morning to you. Caroline 558 within the International waters of the North Sea." That afternoon Tony Peters said "what with the police coming out for a quick cruise round us and the RAF dive-bombing us, hurtling out of the sky and scared the living daylights out of everybody, I hate to think what my hearts doing at the moment. It was quite amusing actually to see everybody duck at the same time." More visitors came out the next day, "We'll say good morning to everybody on the little light plane that just shot past us, very low it was and they're all from Fotoflite from what we can make out, they're taking pictures and waving at us."


Chris & Raffles

Chris (OEM) with Raffles

Dave James

Dave James

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DJs line-up May/June 1986

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John Lewis

John Lewis

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