CAROLINE    CONTINUES

Caroline Continues
"The London Evening Standard" carried a short article about Caroline on 14th August 1987, reporter Stewart Payne spoke to Ronan O'Rahilly about his feelings twenty years earlier and for the future. "I really couldn't believe that the other pirates were prepared to give in so easily. We had put up a big fight to prevent the law being passed, we had lobbied the Labour Party Conference and fought local elections. But when all that failed, there seemed to be only one choice" said Ronan. "If we had all continued, what could the Government have done?. But they didn't have the guts, everyone was afraid of the policemans knock. But I believed then, and still do now, that the law is unjust. What are we doing that is so wrong? Playing music that people want to hear".

Driftback
A few months earlier, the media celebrated, "It was Twenty years ago Today" that the Beatles released their acclaimed Sergeant Pepper album. On Saturday 15th August 1987, it was the turn of offshore radio for "It was twenty years ago today". This time it was not a record release being commemorated, but the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act that became law and scuppered most of the offshore radio stations around Britain's coast, twenty years earlier, that was the culprit. The Caroline Movement hired part of the Bloomsbury Crest Hotel in central London for "Driftback 20". One hall was for meeting and refreshments, another for sales stands such as the CM's own, and at the opposite end Anoraks UK representing Offshore Echo's, Monitor and Now Radio magazines as well as the Weekly Report. Along the other side and in the middle of the hall was an exhibition of news cuttings, photo's and memorabilia of twenty years of offshore radio. The third hall - the Conference hall, was the largest of the group and it was here offshore radio films were shown and the personalities recounted the events of twenty years and more of offshore radio. Among the radio personalities attending "Driftback 20" were: Ian Akers - Caroline; Paul Alexander (Rusling) - Caroline; Mike Barrington - Caroline & Laser engineer; Mike Berry - Caroline House; John Catlett - Laser 558 manager; Tony Christian - Caroline; Terry Davis - RNI & Atlantis; Mike "Coconut" Davies - VOP; Rob Day - Atlantis; Dick Dickson - City; John Dwyer - Caroline; Steve Essex - Caroline; Neil Francis - Caroline; Dave Gilbee/McKaye - City & England; John Harding - Atlantis; Bob Harris - BBC & LBC; Fiona Jeffries -Caroline; Richard Jackson - Caroline; Crispian St. John/Jay Jackson - Atlantis, Caroline & RNI; Andy Johnson - Caroline; James Kay - Caroline; Terry King - business associate with Reg Calvert; Stevie Lane - Caroline; Alex Lee - VOP; John Lewis - Caroline; Bob Mathews - Caroline; Dick Morecraft - 60's Caroline house manager; Dick Palmer - Caroline, Essex RNI; Chris Pearson - VOP; Tony Peters - Caroline; Peter Philips - Caroline; Tony Pine - City engineer; Black Printz (Holman) - Atlantis & City; Ronan O'Rahilly; Nick Richards -Caroline; Tommy Rivers - Laser 558; Nigel Roberts - Caroline; Bill Rollins - Tower; Mike Ross - RNI; Roger Scott/Arnold Lane/Greg Bance - Caroline & RNI; Walter Simons - Monique; Johnnie Walker - Caroline & England; Mark Wesley - Essex & RNI; Ron West - Monique; Mick Williams - Caroline and finally Charlie Wolf from Laser 558.

Olau

The new position near the Olau Ferry line

Olau

Bellatrix

Tender Bellatrix through porthole

Bellatrix

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DJs line-up July, August, September 1987

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