Christopher Moore, who died on 2nd January 2021, a few weeks after receiving a diagnosis of oesophageal cancer, is best known for his role in setting up the pirate radio station Radio Caroline, along with Ronan O’Rahilly and Ian Ross. This was one of the key events in pop culture in 1960's UK.
In the early 60’s he was a DJ at a club in London’s Curzon Street called the Crazy Elephant. This was part owned by James Bond co-producer Benny Fisz, which was why it was always full of Bond Girls, “wannabees”, actors, models etc. Chris was very much a part of that scene, and was in fact offered the role of Bond post-Connery and before George Lazenby. He was what was generally known as a Kings Road Cowboy in swinging 60’s and was a larger than life figure in every way - very good looking and attractive to girls who literally threw themselves at him.
As one of the founding trio of Radio Caroline he hired DJ's who later became national figures on Radio One which was set up by the authorities as a more mainstream alternative to Caroline. He also helped to keep the precarious pirate radio station afloat and outside territorial waters, and safe from prosecution by the UK government.
His 6 foot 6 inch frame dominated most situations and, thanks to that and his deep bass voice, you would get the feeling, when in his presence, of being on a radio show with him as DJ and you as a guest.
By the mid 1970's Chris was tiring of the stress involved in helping keep Caroline afloat and chanced upon Barcote Manor in rural Oxfordshire - a splendid gothic mansion and sort of semi-commune, when visiting a girlfriend in a nearby village. He took up painting and photography and moved into a tiny room at Barcote where he worked, with self parodying humour, on a prolific range of projects. He was to remain based at Barcote until its owner, James Tenant Eyles, decided to sell up in 1993/4, generously moving his by now good friend into a tiny cottage nearby, where Chris spent the majority of the rest of his life.
During the Barcote period Chris became a frequent visitor to La Gomera in the Canaries and he introduced many friends from those days to a place that had changed considerably since he originally arrived by private boat years earlier. Then, he had spent several months living in a cave by the Valley Gran Rey. He was the first outsider to stay in what was to become an exclusive hippy holiday destination rivalling Goa and Ibiza.