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Return of Radio Caroline

PUBLISHED: 10:48 27 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:43 23 August 2010

PIRATES: The stations DJs in the ’60s, including a very young looking Tony Blackburn (second from right).

PIRATES: The stations DJs in the '60s, including a very young looking Tony Blackburn (second from right).

DO NOT adjust your radio dials, pirates are invading the airwaves this Bank Holiday. The infamous former pirate radio station Radio Caroline, the scourge of many a British Broadcasting regulator, will be airing across Gravesham as they look to bring its

AIRWAVES: The Ross Revenge is to be moored on Gravesend riverfront and will broadcast again at the weekend.

DO NOT adjust your radio dials, pirates are invading the airwaves this Bank Holiday.

The infamous former pirate radio station Radio Caroline, the scourge of many a British Broadcasting regulator, will be airing across Gravesham as they look to bring its ship Ross Revenge to the riverfront.

Captain Peter Moore, 63, said: "We want to move to Gravesend permanently to act as a radio station and visitor attraction. The borough council seem on board but we want to broadcast this weekend to show them what we can do off the Ross Revenge."

Launched in 1964 and broadcasting from the ship just off the Essex coast, and so out of UK territory, Radio Caroline built a cult fan base and survived numerous government attempts, including an armed raid in 1989, to shut it down.

Shipwrecked in 1991 the boat was brought to Tilbury Dock and the team moved to broadcasting through satellite, on Sky 0199 and web streams, also shedding their pirate status.

Mr Moore added: "We've still tried to keep to our roots of not becoming like all the others out there. The problem with us now is you can't tune in without a television or computer.

"This weekend we will be turning on our old transmitters and coming across in AM so anyone who wants to whether they are out and about, or in the car, can hear us."

He hopes this will convince the council they can be an asset to the area.

"The AM transmitters on our ship do not have to be used solely for Radio Caroline, they could be energised for any community group, having an ambition to broadcast to blocks of Kent and Essex," he added.

The show will begin tomorrow afternoon and continue throughout the bank holiday until Monday night on AM 531.

Council leader Mike Snelling confirmed Gravesham was looking at the idea, but it was at an early stage.

He said: "There are issue such as where it would be moored, cost and access.

"In principal we can see the attraction but we are asking our officers to look at the nuts and bolts of it.

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