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Special broadcast aboard Lowestoft trawler salutes pirate radio golden age

PUBLISHED: 15:33 21 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:49 21 August 2017

East Point Radio celebrated the pirate radio glory days with a special broadcast aboard the Mincarlo trawler. Picture: Courtesy of East Point Radio

East Point Radio celebrated the pirate radio glory days with a special broadcast aboard the Mincarlo trawler. Picture: Courtesy of East Point Radio

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A coastal radio station enjoyed four days of live broadcasting from a Lowestoft trawler to commemorate 50 years since the government crackdown on pirate radio.

The Mincarlo trawler is the last surviving fishing vessel built in Lowestoft. Picture: Courtesy of East Point RadioThe Mincarlo trawler is the last surviving fishing vessel built in Lowestoft. Picture: Courtesy of East Point Radio

First gaining popularity in the 1960s, pirate radio involved unlicensed stations broadcasting pop music from offshore vessels, before it was banned in 1967.

From August 11 to 14, Lowestoft and Southwold’s East Point Radio hosted its shows from the deck of the Mincarlo trawler, the last surviving fishing vessel built in Lowestoft.

Locals were encouraged to climb aboard and soak up the feast of 60s music as a tribute to the pirate radio glory days.

There were a number of different hosts across the four days of live broascasting. Picture: Courtesy of East Point RadioThere were a number of different hosts across the four days of live broascasting. Picture: Courtesy of East Point Radio

Station co-founder Sylvia Jagger said: “It was much appreciated by the listeners, who remembered the original pirate stations and the fabulous music of the 60s.

“We’d like to thank the Mincarlo’s marvellous volunteer crew for their welcome and hospitality to the presenters, all of whom did an outstanding job.”

Click here to tune in to East Point Radio.

Station co-founder Sylvia Jagger thanked the volunteer crew for their hospitality. Picture: Courtesy of East Point RadioStation co-founder Sylvia Jagger thanked the volunteer crew for their hospitality. Picture: Courtesy of East Point Radio

The Mincarlo trawler, Lowestoft. Picture: Courtesy of East Point RadioThe Mincarlo trawler, Lowestoft. Picture: Courtesy of East Point Radio

There was a feast of music from the 1960s. Picture: Courtesy of East Point RadioThere was a feast of music from the 1960s. Picture: Courtesy of East Point Radio

The Mincarlo trawler. Picture: Courtesy of East Point RadioThe Mincarlo trawler. Picture: Courtesy of East Point Radio

Station co-founder Bill Jagger hosts his show. Picture: Courtesy of East Point RadioStation co-founder Bill Jagger hosts his show. Picture: Courtesy of East Point Radio

East Point Radio celebrated the pirate radio glory days with a special broadcast aboard the Mincarlo trawler. Picture: Courtesy of East Point RadioEast Point Radio celebrated the pirate radio glory days with a special broadcast aboard the Mincarlo trawler. Picture: Courtesy of East Point Radio

East Point Radio celebrated the pirate radio glory days with a special broadcast aboard the Mincarlo trawler. Picture: Courtesy of East Point RadioEast Point Radio celebrated the pirate radio glory days with a special broadcast aboard the Mincarlo trawler. Picture: Courtesy of East Point Radio

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