from Vancouver Reunion Guests and
was really great to be in Vancouver with all the team, quite
a few memorable moments... that's all I'm gonna say, you'll
have to ask Tony Prince about that!! But a big thanks to Steve
Young for putting the thing together from an idea that Mick
Luvzit had. Great to see all the gang again, plus the fact that
Webby nearly fell through the floor when he saw me there! In
case people don't know, Mary and Steve kept my name off all
guest lists to surprise Graham. I really did that! Plus all
the new ship mates that I've made, all of whom had heard of
me through either Ben, or Mick, plus Jon's Hall of Fame, and
Mary and Chris's site. Namely, Bryan Vaughn, John Kerr, Mel
Howard, Lorne King, and Steve Young, of course. These guys I'd
hadn't met before Vancouver.
really great reunion, one for the books! But my special thanks
has to go to Ben Healy, for his hospitality and to Mick Luvzit
for letting me stay at his home in Abbotsford, and last but
not least, to Adam, for his guided tours of Vancouver. Also,
I have to say thanks to Mary for keeping all of us DJ's with
you all in Oz ! Kenny
for the lovely e-mail Mary and so glad you had a great time here
in Vancouver as well as over on the Island with Steve Trish and
Give my best to Chris and take it easy recuperating.
Tony Prince (a message he asked me to pass on
I need a T-shirt printed 'I survived the 2004 pirate radio reunion'!
And only just at that! I thought I did remarkably well.
I had a fabulous time and I know we all did. The main players
who I want to thank were obviously yourself, Adam and Steve. I
know how much you all put into this and it was greatly appreciated
by me. Please pass on my special thanks to Adam who was a Trojan.
Graham and Gordy have changed little and what endeared me to them
in 1966 still does today. They are both kind people, just like
you (thinking about it, just like the majority on Caroline North!).
What became apparent was that whilst life has sapped away our
youth, it has failed to steal our piratical vitality and our addiction
to music and humour.
I also enjoyed spending four days locked inside a music quiz sphere
with Bryan, John, Ben, Lorne, Mel, Gord, Steve, Graham, Kenny
and you. Memories are indeed made of hits as each tune transported
us back to the North Sea. We didn't need the video to do that
but the footage we watched was an added bonus and a quite prolific
method of time travel. We all agree that we were the lucky, chosen
few, a select band of vinyl warriors fighting the cause and winning
the day for our generation.
I do look forward to the visuals, you must send them to Bob Stewart
or alert him to where they are lodged on the Internet.
These are my thoughts as I await the healing process of a fabulous
trip to take effect.
I'm off to LA for the DMC USA DJ CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS and am getting
together with my old pal Rosko. I'll take some pics.
Kindest regards to everyone,
a TV interview, Ben explains that the Comet
was perhaps not the largest of the radio ships
gang lines up for another TV crew
Great to hear from you and thanks for passing on Tony's email.
I think I have now just about recovered from the wonderful reunion!
I really had a fantastic time and it was great to meet some
of those legendary names I didn't know personally beforehand
and to catch up with people like Mel & Ben whom I haven't seen
for 37 years. I most enjoyed meeting you for the first time.
It was great to put faces to names after only having email correspondence
in the past. Great to see the photos and story on your web site
and I look forward to seeing more pics in future times.
I'm sure you have been busy since you got back from Vancouver.
Like you, I had a great time and will look back on the reunion
with great fondness.
a boat-load for your recent e-note.... but really we should say
that it was OUR pleasure and privilege to have YOU there.... you
were a key player in making it the success it was. I'll keep an
eye on your most interesting web site and see what's happening
Warmest wishes to you and yours, Stay Afloat!!
You are a wonderful lady and every one of the Radio Scotland
guys, the Caroline DJs and Lorne King would agree. You should
be very proud of the way you handled all those Pirate males
(with a lot of grace and polish) You did England proud!
to you both,
I was hoping to stay in Vancouver a little longer to spent more
time with you, but as I had been in Ireland for the 3 weeks
previous, I had so much catching up to do at work and had to
return to Edmonton sooner than I really wanted too. It was a
wonderful reunion and the whole crew were just tremendous.
One of my highlights was being in the car in Stanley Park with
you, Lorne King, Kenny Tosh and Steve Young and having a great
time with the positive things in life rather than the negative
things. It was great fun.
It's too bad that Lorne could not spent more time with you and
show you all the stuff he brought with him to Vancouver.
Talking to most of the people at the reunion they thought it
was wonderful that you and Kenny were there. I will without
a doubt look you up when next in England.
Thanks for passing on our regards to Keith Skues, He seems like
a very nice man and of course one I nearly worked with him on
It's too bad I could not have met Chris but hopefully in the
and Ben at the TV interview
(photo courtesy of Kenny Tosh)
new set of Wet totem poles joins the famous collection in Stanley
Chardon Labrie (the lady who edited the first TV news
item about the reunion for Citytv)
Hello there Mary,
Just thought I would drop you a line. I was the editor who put
together the item on your pirates' reunion here in Vancouver
BC Canada. My name is Chardon Labrie and I work at Citytv.
First off, I would like to say that I have always had a soft
spot for all pirates. As the song goes, 'ladies love outlaws'.
So it was a treat for me to edit the item. After 27 years of
editing the news, I do not get excited about too many stories
anymore, but Radio Caroline was a breath of fresh air for me.
Unfortunately, we did not put any clips from you in the item.
Something went haywire with the mike and all the stuff was unusable.
Lord knows I tried. I wanted to get a woman in the story and
you deserved to acknowledged in even this small way, for your
service with the site.
Larry Macdonald also provided the BBC doc which I have watched
now two or three times. It IS ironic that the mother Corp should
end up producing such a great doc on, of all things, Radio Caroline!
But I guess it is very difficult to talk about radio history
in England without mentioning the huge role that Ronan and company
The story of the pirate ship is something that I am very proud
belongs to my generation. It was terrific to learn about the
Canadian contributions made to free radio. It is simply a life-
affirming story and I am very glad I learned all about it.
We had heard of the pirate ships in England. There was one here
off the coast of Vancouver at one point. Fortunately, we did
not have to deal with a monopolistic operation like the BBC,
so our air waves were fairly open. But there was a point when
censorship was starting to creep in and that is when our pirate
ship appeared for a short time.
Anyway Mary, keep up the excellent work. You are the glue, I
believe, in this historic operation. Sometimes the glue does
not get the recognition it deserves. I know this because I am
an editor. Very seldom do we get any kudos. That goes to the
reporter... those glory boys and girls.
Peace and free radio!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading your report and seeing the piccies
on the great American reunion. I was so happy to see so many
of my ex-shipmates are still alive and very much kicking. It
must have been a memorable occasion and I wish I could have
been there. Good luck to everyone -and here's to the next one!!
Thank so much for your report. As usual. I wish I were there.
Can't be everywhere at once, or even at one at a time, as seems
to have been happening with these reunions. Loved the photographs,
especially of those of my old mates.
Hans Knot (who was unable to attend because he suffers
a fear of flying)
Thanks Mary for your long report on your visit to Vancouver. Steve
Young did send me also a report and a pity my fear for flying
is there. Otherwise I would have been there too.
and Kenny sample the life of the Yachting set. (photo courtesy
of Kenny Tosh)
After Ben gets a parking ticket in Stanley Park, Lorne and Kenny
do their best to summon-up some good vibes
otherwise indicated, pictures © Mary Payne and Radio London,