35th Anniversary Reunion

 

 On Saturday August 10th 2002, there was a 35th Anniversary Offshore Reunion for sixties offshore personnel ('The Wet Club') to commemorate August 14th 1967. 

Mary and Chris Payne from the Radio London website along with some dedicated offshore radio friends had organised a phantastic event. 

Many former offshore personalities attended the reunion in The Doggett's Coat and Badge, Blackfriar's Bridge, London:

 

Mike Ahern (Caroline North, South)
Paul Alexander [Rusling] (Caroline '73)
John Stewart = Chris Stewart = John Aston (KING, 390, Caroline North, South, 270, 355)
Nick Bailey (Caroline South, North)
Bud Ballou  [Howie Castle] (Caroline South)

Woolf Byrne (City)
Gordon Cruse (Caroline South North)
Robbie Dale [Robinson] (Caroline South)
Johnny Flux = John Edward (City, London)
Graham Gill (London, Britain, England, 390, Caroline, RNI)
Mark Hammerton = Mark Sloane (KING, Caroline South, 355, Caroline North)
Keith Hampshire (Caroline South)
Dave Hawkins (technician on London)
Ronan O'Rahilly
Phil Jay (City)
Duncan Johnson (London, RNI)
Mick Luvzit (Caroline South, North)
Roger Scott  = Arnold Layne [Greg Bance] (Essex, 270, 390, Caroline North, RNI)
Keith Skues (Caroline South, London)
Ed Stewart (London)
Dave Lee Travis (Caroline South, North)
Tommy Vance (Caroline South, London)
Johnnie Walker (England, Caroline South)
Willy Walker (London)
Graham Webb (Caroline South)
David Williams (Caroline South, North)

 

 

Click on the pictures to enlarge:

Roger Scott and Mike Ahern

Bud Ballou, John Edward and Roger Scott

Graham Gill

Mark Sloane, Robbie Dale, Tommy Vance, Mike Ahern, Dave Lee Travis, Keith Hampshire, John Aston

Mark Sloane, Robbie Dale, Tommy Vance, Mike Ahern, Dave Lee Travis, Keith Hampshire, John Aston

Roger Scott, Woolf Byrne, John Myer (Hall of fame website)

Ed Stewart, Keith Hampshire

John Edward

Chris Edwards (OEM), Keith Skues, Rob Olthof (SMC), Hans Knot

Dave Hawkins

Mark Sloane, Graham Webb, Mike Ahern

Ed Stewart

Duncan Johnson

Keith Hampshire

Ronan O'Rahilly

Keith Hampshire, Johnnie Walker, Ronan O'Rahilly, Mike Ahern

Tommy Vance

Gordon Cruse, Mike Ahern

Tommy Vance, Gordon Cruse, Ronan O'Rahilly, Graham Webb

Phil Jay, Chris Edwards, Keith Skues

Johnnie Walker, his girl friend, Stella Robinson, Robbie Dale

Dave Lee Travis

David Williams

Mick Luvzit, John Aston

Mick Luvzit, Mike Ahern, Ronan O'Rahilly

Pauline Miller, Mary and Chris Payne

Mary Payne

Tommy Vance, Mike Ahern, Ronan O'Rahilly, Robbie Dale

Tommy Vance, Keith Hampshire, Ronan O'Rahilly, Mark Sloane, Dave Lee Travis

Willy Walker

Dave Hawkins, Willy Walker, Ed Stewart, Keith Skues, Duncan Johnson

John Aston, Ronan O'Rahilly, Mike Ahern, Paul Alexander [Rusling] 

Tommy Vance, Mark Sloane, Ronan O'Rahilly, Graham Webb

Who is who?

Who is who?

Paul Alexander [Rusling] and your webmaster

 

© Pictures ending with "bm": Ben Meijering

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Hans Knot reporting:

Last week Martin van der Ven and his radio friend Gerhard Fiolka, Ben Meijering, Rob Olthof and Hans Knot travelled for a few days to England. One part of their stay was a special reunion party held in London. It was organised by Mary and Chris Payne of the Wonderful Radio London Fansite and their friend Pauline Miller. It was held at the 'Doggett's Coat and Badge' a big pub at the Thames near Blackfriar's Bridge. The party was organised as a memento to the fact it was this month 35 years ago the Marine Offences Act became law in Great Britain. Not known to the anorak people this meeting was well organised during the last 6 months. Only a month ago it was mentioned where the venue would take place and everybody attending was asked to keep it for themself and not telling anybody, avoiding that people, who were not invited, would show up. Also press and radio and television reporters were out of the question during the reunion.

All honour is going out to Chris, Mary and Pauline for getting together around 35 former offshore people who worked for the offshore stations in the sixties. On the photographs of Martin van der Ven and Ben Meyering you can see we all enjoyed ourselves a lot. From everywhere they came to London including USA, Canada, Australia and Belgium - former Caroline North deejay and newsreader David Williams is living there nowadays. It was a day full of memories and meeting people you haven't seen for ages or haven't seen before at all. It was very nice to see that people like Bud Bulloo and Robbie Dale and others are following the stories on the Internet and tell me that they're enjoying all the stories so much.

It would go to far to mention everybody who was attending but here are some hands filled: Johnnie Walker, Robbie Dale with his wife Stella, Dave Lee Travis, John Platt, Graham Gill, Ben Meyering, Keith Hampshire, Chris Edwards, John Aston, Gordon Cruse, Mark Sloane, Mike Ahern, Keith Skues, Rob Olthof, John Myer (Pirate Hall of Fame), Tommy Vance, Martin van der Ven, Willy Walker, Phil Jay, Arnold Layne aka Roger Kirk, aka Greg Bance, Gerhard Fiolka, Paul Rusling, Bud Bulloo, Woolfe Byrne, Nick Bailey, Graham Spider Webb, Dave Hawkins, Duncan Johnson, Ed Stewart, Hans Knot and Ronan O'Rahilly.

As it was a private party so we will not go into detail of the memories which came up. Maybe a little bit egoistic but take a look at the wonderful pictures as a gift to you, the visitor of our site.

 

Speciale bijeenkomst
Vorige week reisden zowel Martin van der Ven, Gerhard Fiolka, Ben Meijering, Rob Olthof en Hans Knot voor een aantal dagen naar Londen. Een deel van onze reis naar Engeland had wel een heel speciaal doel. We waren door Mary en Chris Payne uitgenodigd aanwezig te zijn op een private party die werd georganiseerd in de 'Doggett's Coat and Badge', een grote pub aan de Theems in Londen. De party was ter gelegenheid van het gegeven dat het dit jaar 35 jaar geleden is dat de wet in Engeland tegen de zeezenders van kracht werd. In alle stilte was het afgelopen half jaar de voorbereiding geweest en pas enkele weken vooraf werd gemeld waar we moesten zijn en dat zwijgplicht gewenst was. 

Veel lof
Alle eer gaat dan ook aan Mary en Chris Payne, evenals aan Pauline Miller die het voor elkaar hebben gekregen dat zo'n 35 voormalige zeezenderdeejays en technici bij elkaar kwamen. En dat uit Canada, Engeland, AustraliŽ, BelgiŽ en Amerika. De Belg was Dave Williams, de voormalige Caroline North deejay en nieuwslezer, die de laatste jaren WalloniŽ als zijn verblijfplek heeft verkozen. Het werd een lange dag met veel leuke heerlijke herinneringen maar tevens met het weerzien van velen die elkaar decennia niet hadden gezien dan wel nog nooit eerder hadden ontmoet maar wel, op welke wijze dan ook, contact met elkaar hadden.

Te veel om op te noemen
Het zou te ver gaan om een ieder op te noemen die aanwezig was. Dat laten we dan ook over aan Mary en Chris op hun eigen pagina's op internet. Hier zo maar een paar handen vol met namen: Johnnie Walker, Robbie Dale vergezeld van zijn eigen Stella, Dave Lee Travis, John Platt, Graham Gill, Ben Meyering, Keith Hampshire, Chris Edwards, John Aston, Gordon Cruse, Mark Sloane, Michael Ahern, Keith Skues, Rob Olthof, John Myer (Pirate Hall of Fame), Tommy Vance, Martin van der Ven, Willy Walker, Phil Jay, Arnold Layne aka Roger Kirk, aka Greg Bance, Gerhard Fiolka, Paul Rusling, Bud Bulloo, Woolfe Byrne, Nick Bailey, Graham Spider Webb, Dave Hawkins, Duncan Johnson, Ed Stewart, Hans Knot en Ronan O'Rahilly.

Gezien het een besloten party was willen we niet in detail treden en de herinneringen die zijn opgehaald vooral voor onszelf behouden. Misschien een tikje egoÔstisch maar geniet mee met de prachtige foto's zoals geschoten door Martin van der Ven en Ben Meijering. Met alle hulde aan Mary, Chris en Pauline.

 

 

Click here for more pictures from the 35th Anniversary Offshore Reunion on the "Radio London" website

 

 

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