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Red Sands Radio Station Themes 1964 - 2014

Issue: 3 Dated: 19th February 2019

Not exhaustive but the most complete to date listing of programmes and where known themes used by the radio stations/DJ's that have broadcast from the Red Sands Forts

Radio Invicta

(3rd June 1964 - February 1965)

Radio Invicta, was set-up by Folkestone fisherman Harry Featherbee, better known as Tom Pepper and his partner publican Charlie Evans, said to have been financed by a Millionaire who had purchased a virtualy complete radio set up including a Ex-Government surplus RCA ET4336 Transmitter

Red Sands Searchlight Tower Roof

Red Sands Searchlight Tower Roof (1964)

John Ross-Barnard believes station name was painted by Eddie Jerold misspelling'metres'

Radio Invicta Studio

Red Sands Radio Invicta Studio (1964)

Radio Invicta TX Radio Invicta TX

Red Sands Radio Invicta Transmitter (1964)

Invicta was a loose MoR (Middle of the Road) easy listening station with little structure with few Programme/DJ theme tunes

Programmes tended blend into one another, announcers sometimes signing-off, with another voice appearing shortly after

Daily Mail

Radio Invicta first all night radio (Daily Mail 6th October 1964)

5.00 - 6.00 'Early Morning Spin'

8.00 'Weather'

6.00 - 9.00 'Invicta Breakfast'
9.00 - 10.00 'Top Sticks'
10.00 - 11.00 'Mail Call'
11.00 - 11.30 Strictly For Highbrows

11.30 - 12.55 'Pot Luck'

Johnny Keating - Carlo's Theme: Piccadilly Records, 7N35158 (1963)

Johnny Keating - Carlo's Theme 45

The above 'Pot Luck' theme heard on a number of occasions

12.55 - 1.00 'Weather & Information Desk'
1.00 - 2.00 'Lunch Box'
2.00 - 3.00 'Date With Romance'

3.00 - 4.00 'Memory Lane'

4.00 - 4.30 'Afternoon Session'
4.30 - 5.00 'Kiddies Corner'
5.00 - 6.00 'Music for the Evening'

6.00 Closedown

The On-Air Line-Up

Chris Allen
Simon Ashley
Gary Brandum
Johnny Caine
Bob Graeham
Jeff Godfrey

Bruce Holland

Johnny & the Hurricanes - Rocking Goose: London Records, HLX9190 (1960)

Johnny & the Hurricanes - Rocking Goose 45

Bruce Holland is known to have used the above track in recorded programmes

Eddie Jerold

^ Eric Davies aka Ed Laney

Johnny Lark
Ed Moreno
Pete Ross
* Tony Silver

^ Radio Amateur Eric Davies joined as an TX engineer in the pre-launch days of Radio Invicta in June 1964, with few hands aboard everyone was expected to present programmes to make the station sound beger than it was Eric became Ed Laney

* Tony Silver radio amateur radio G3OUV aka Phil Perkins went to Radio City on 5th April 1965 until it closed on 8th February 1967

Neil Spence
Lee Taylor
Paul Wayne


Eddie Hinkins who worked mostly behind the scenes mostly as an administrator made the initial contact with Vic Davis and Brian Tyrrell who ran the 'Mullard' F19 out of Whitstable Harbour. Eddie was seeking a boat to take out urgent supplies to the starving crew, the 'Mullard' became the Tender to Radio Invicta, KING (London) and Radio 390 until the final closedown on 28th July 1967



Sabotage (Sarasota Journal 19th December 1964)

Daily Mail

Missing (Daily Mail 19th December 1964)

The demise of the station followed these events of Wednesday 16th December 1964: Motoring out from the local port of Faversham, Pepper's fishing boat the 'David' was suspected of having developed engine problems as it left Red Sands at around 11.10am

Pepper's body was found at Reeves Beach, Whitstable, the same evening Barry Hoy (DJ Simon Ashley) and Engineer Martin Shaw also tragically perished

KING (K.I.N.G) Radio

(February 1965 - 22nd September 1965)

The Station Theme's opening bars were used in pre-recorded programme opening announcements later inviting listeners to tune to 390 actually 388 metres (773KHz)

Ironic the theme included the word 'Red' ideal as they were on Red Sands Fort

Station Theme: HM Royal Marines Band - The Thin Red Line: Colonel Bogey Marches On HMV CSD 1282 (1959)  also on Marching with the Royal Marines #1 EP HMV 7EG 8638 (1961) Original Marching Music composed by Kenneth J Alford in May 1939 far right original HMV B. 8885 shellac 78rpm
HM Royal Marines Band - The Thin Red Line 45
HM Royal Marines Band - The Thin Red Line 78

However, they blatently announced, quote: "KING Radio (London) on 238 metres coming from the Nore, where's the Nore?" (no suggestion it was a Fort)

Test TX Music : John Philip Sousa - Hands Across The Sea recorded 10th April 1923 Victor 73823 (1910) also Stars & Stripes Forever written in 1899 Victor 16190 (1906) both Military Marches on 10" shellac 78rpm
Hands Across the Sea
Stars and Stripes Forever

The Nore Fort had been had been hit twice by ships after WWII due to its proximety to the River Medway approaches & Yantlett Channel into the River Thames, so had been demolished four years earlier between 1959-1960

See The Great Nore

Test TX Music : Mitch Miller & his Orchestra - O'Cangaceiro (The Bandit) (1955) version of the 1953 film score

Mitch Miller

Often announcers made more of London than the station which on occassion was pronounced K.I.N.G originally on 306 actually 304.5 (935KHz) then 238 (1259KHz) finally 236 metres actually 236.7 (1267KHz)

6.15 - 7.00 'Fiesta'

Transmiter warm up


7.00 - 8.00 'Rise & Shine'

Continuous music with 5 minute time checks




8.00 - 9.00 'Mike & Mandy's Breakfast Show'



Breakfast Mike & Mandy Raven who was Britain's first female DJ

8.00 - 9.00 'King Sized Breakfast Show'

Ray Anthony & his Orchestra - I'll See You In My Dreams: C/W At Last, Capital 1912, USA (1952)

Ray Anthony & his Orchestra - I'll See You In My Dreams 45








10.00 – 11.00 pm 'Meet Mike & Mandy'

Nino Tempo & April Stevens - Sweet & Lovely: Artco 45-6224 (1962)

Nino Tempo & April Stevens - Sweet & Lovely 45
Nino Tempo & April Stevens
9.00 - 9.30 'Country Style' (C&W)


9.30 - 10.00 South of the Border (Latin)

Sundays: 'Concert Hall'

10.00 - 11.00 'Mail Beat' (Dedications)


11.00 - 11.30 'Music from the Shows'
11.30 - 12.00 'Our Kinda Folk'


12.00 - 13.00 'Noon Show' included Spotlight feature

Johnny & the Hurricanes - Rocking Goose: London Records, HLX9190 (1960)

Johnny & the Hurricanes - Rocking Goose 45








12.00 - 2.00 'Lunchbox'
12.00 - 1.00 'All That Jazz'
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturdays
2.00 - 3.00 'Melody Hour'
2.00 - 3.00 Mardi Gras


3.00 - 3.30 'Memory Lane'


3.30 - 4.30 'Lucky Numbers'

Shadows - Quartermasters Stores: C/W Apache, Columbia, DB4484 (1960)

Shadows - Quartermasters Stores 45
'South East Special' with Jeff Tyse
4.30 - 5.00 'Stateside '65'


5.00 - 6.00 'Up & Coming' (Latest Releases)

6.00 - 7.00 'Raven Around ' (R&B) with Mike Raven

Chuck Berry – Liverpool Drive: C/W of No Particular Place To Go, Pye International, 7N25242 & St Louis To Liverpool album Chess 1488 also (Netherlands) Funchler 45-124 (1964)

Chuck Berry – Liverpool Drive 45









* Country Style, South of the Border, Melody Hour, Memory Lane, Lunch Box & Stateside '65 retained by Radio 390 with some of the original theme tunes


Isle-of-Evans (March 1965)


Press Cutting declaring Independence (March 1965)

N.B This statement two years ahead of Roy Bates 'Sealand'

7.00 Closedown

The other KING Radio Announcers & Staff

Roy Atkinson


Peter Barraclough (pronounced Barclay)
Libraaka John Ross-Barnardrian


Clive Berry
* Brian Cullingford
Bruce Ford
Peter Glosit
Roger Gomez
* Mark Hammerton

Mark Hammerton & John Stewart

Van Doren Hawksworth Collection - Pinball: Decca F 12105 (R/D 12-3-1965)

Van Doren Hawksworth Collection - Pinball 45

Mark Hammerton & John Stewart recorded a 'play about' programme that wasn't aired using above theme

Jonathan Harvey
$ Eddie Hinkins
^ Bruce Holland
* Sheldon Jay
Eddie Jerold
Paul Levey
John McGowen
Larry Pannell
aka John Ross-Barnard
Pete Ross
aka John Ross-Barnard


John Ross-Barnard

Jack Teagarden - Happy Days Are Here Again: Jazz Oracle, BDW 8053 78rpm (1930)

Jack Teagarden - Happy Days Are Here Again 78


<> John Stewart
Jay Thompson
Jay Thompson aka Canadian John Thompson helped set-up Invicta & KING Radio, believe it's him heard on pre-recorded test tranmission announcements from RNI (Radio Northsea International) in February 1970





John Thompson pre-recorded test transmission announcement from RNI (Radio Northsea International) in 1970

* Stephen West

* John Ross-Barnard, Brian Cullingford, Mark Hammerton, Sheldon Jay & Stephen West remained with Radio 390

^ Bruce Halland had been with original Radio Invicta

$ Eddie Hinkins sometimes known as Ed Hinkins on-air was a salesman and part of management team, Eddie owned Northgate Garage, Canterbury selling to Tobin Motors at the time of publication Northgate Garage is KIA and Tobins trade from Wincheap, Canterbury

Note Tobin Motors had a sponsored spot called 'Tobin Talk In'

Reveille Magazine Radio 390 Advert

<> John Stewart went to Radio 390 but 'fluffed' a Revallie Magazine 'read' was unceremoniously fired so went to the lesser Radio Essex, then Caroline North as News Reader & finally Britain Radio

Once again other than the rousing Military March adopted as the station theme, programmes had few if any theme tunes

You'll notice that John Ross-Barnard used three other names, with so few announcers back-back programmes weren't unusual thus John created his pseudonyms

K.I.N.G had aspirations to be better than it's predecessor, programmes followed the same MoR style but more organised. KING sufferered reception difficulties in reaching its target London audience, primarily due to an inefficient horizontal aerial system and never achieved sufficiant advertising revenue

Then came Radio 390 ...

Ted Allbeury (Theodore Edward la Bouthillier Allbeury) - Managing Director formerly in Army Intelligence, after the war he went into advertising then Chicken Farming

Initially run as Estuary Radio from Queens House, Folkestone Setting-up Allbeury Coombs & Partners of Bessborough Place, London, SW1 became the operations centre of Radio 390. Ted moved to Radio 355 when it was obvious that Radio 390 wouldn't win the battle over territorial limits

Ted turned to writing spy fiction after the Pirates closed, three times married he had one son and two daughters and died in Tunbridge Wells on 4th December 2005

John Davies - Mechanical Engineer assisted building the wooden box studio's on the top level of Gun Tower 3

Lawrence Bean - Senior Mechanical Engineer, son of Ron Bean owner of an Engineering Workshop at St Dunstans, Canterbury was to follow his fathers trade running an Engineering Business and gentleman farmer in Lyminge

Through contacts by accident Lawrence became Mechanical Engineer, initially on KING Radio ultimatley a Director and Senior of Radio 390

Lawrence brought the WWII Gardner LW Generators back into use, he fitted a more efficient and economical Lister Blackstone Generator

Lawrence along with Radio Engineer John Glendinning came up with the idea of pre-recorded programme in early 1967, this drastically reduced manning levels and running costs

Lawrence Bean

Lawrence Bean hoisted from 'Mullard' F19 onto Red Sands Fort Radio 390 (Kent Messenger 31st December 1965)

Lawrence Bean aged 10 had befriended Bill Seymore, a former WWII Radio and Radar Technician owned a business in Canterbury known as SERED (South Eastern Radio Electronic Distributors) with a fleet of mobile engineers based at 'Salum House', St Georges, Canterbury. Bill, shared his vast knowledge with Lawrence has remained a firm family friend

'Salum House' was redeveloped with the department store Riceman's built on the site, after demolition the plot is occupied by the 'Whitefriars' parade of shops facing the bus station

Bill Seymore was Bob Le-Roi's father-in-law, a competent guitarist he also ran Sovereign Records Records from the same building, mostly recording bands of the day. He built his own valve mixing desks and column speakers, the later were made using lots of old television loudspeakers, his principle being better to have lots of speakers moving a little than one big driver moving a lot!

Bill was Bob Le-Roi's father-in-lawn, one contract Bob relished in included Canterbury Cathedral providing public address and recording of the Diocesan Conferences which entailed putting masses of his home crafted speakers 100 volt line loudspeakers above the Nave, large Vorexion valve amplifiers and huge Phillips open Reel Tape Machines set-up below

When Radio 390 closed down many tapes from the Fort were deposited at SERED, Bob rescued a few containing pre-recordings of the announcers messages played in the final closedown

Vic Davis and his wife Joyce lived at Chestfield, Whitstable, owner/skipper of the 'Mullard' F19 the Fort Tender from 1964 - 1967

Joyce collected staff to and from Whitstable Railway Station/Whitstable Harbour

Maurice Gething - Director owner of Guildhall Cameras 25 Guildhall Street Folkestone and Folkestone Hi-Fi a Radio 390 sourced the studio equipment, including the Leigh & Doughty Mixer board manufactured in Sandgate, Folkestone, Maurice died in late 2017, see Red Sands Relics

John Glendinning - Radio Technician, see Glendinnings - Page 2

Charlie Kent - Cook

John Latrobe - Director farmer, rally driver had interests in Brafield Car Racing Stadium and was owner of Latrobe & Company, he became a Director and discovered the Blackstone Generator, his yard was bought by Smarden Coaches, see Generation Plant

David Lye - Company Secretary a Folkestone businessman and with KING Radio suggested Ted Allbeury, David by default became MD once Ted had left for Radio 355 and stayed until Radio 390 closed

Noel Ranken - Sales Manager

Dougie Seymore - Handy Man rewired all the switch gear in the Generator Room on the Searchlight Tower, see Generation Plant

Maureen Seymore - Dougie's wife often put up those making their way to and from the Fort, she was chauffeur to the Lord Mayor of Canterbury

Brian Tyrrell of Seasalter, Whitstable fisherman and crew on the 'Mullard' F19, see Brian's Page

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