The boys from the Knock John always find 222 good reasons for holding a reunion this years venue was Kettners in Soho
1. Ketners Soho
I was invited to join what might still be described as the Radio Essex Beat Club as an honouree member
2. Knock John in 1965
Before the radar house was unceremoniously cut away & toppled overboard in an effort to improve the signal - It didn't!
3. John Hatt formerly Chris Stewart above ...
4. ... with Gerry Zierler alias Guy Hamilton
5. Fort Captain Dick Palmer enjoying an affectionate greeting from ...
6. ... Mark Wesley's (Mark West)
7. An anecdote from Dick shared with Michael Bates of Sealand
8. Gerry with Greg Bance aka Roger Scott on Essex
9. Originally a Radio City Shivering Sands colleague ...
10. ... Dick Dixon jumped Forts
11. Dick & Greg
Things might have gone better with Coke
12. Greg Bance aka Roger Scott
His Queens English was to be heard on many commercial voice-over's through the 70's & early 80's a stark contrast to Mike Curtis' Estuary English listen below
13. John & Gerry
"Don't say I didn't warn you Gerry, "Drink anymore wine & you'll be sick"
14. Radio Essex Car Sticker January - October 1966
|Vince Allen & Mike Curtis on the "Crazy Eve" a kind of Clubby DX programme where just about anything happened & usually did|
15. The days line-up on 2 double 2 Bob, Dick P, Dick D, Mark, Michael, John, Gerry, & Greg
16. Michael Bates
Ponders the wisdom of staying out on Roughs rather than 'roughing it with the Essex boys
17. Wishes from Roy & Joan
18. Mark, Bob, Greg & Dick
Afterwards the (fool) hardy continued the show at the French Bar in Dean Street
19. Radio Essex QSL Card
See the first boarding pictures of Knock John by Radio City & the early days of Radio Essex by navigating from Radio Essex 222
Also see how Radio Essex converted Roughs Fort navigate from Sealand One
For more details on all the Thames Estuary Forts see Fort Fax
To commemorate the 40th anniversary we've published a book written by David Sinclair & Bob Le-Roi called Making Waves the Radio Essex story
We also have a range of documentary CD's, the Sealand VCD, books, & a video on the Army & Naval Forts available from the Offshore Shop
There are also pictures of Radio Essex from David Sinclair's photo album in The Pirate Hall of Fame