Home Run

Sponsored by: Copperfields of Whitstable

Travel & Traffic sponsored by: Baileys-Nissan

What’s going on sponsored by: Parry Law

 After a hard days toil ”tune in’ to Red Sands Radio as you head for home; travel, traffic,  news updates, local information,  to make your journey home a pleasant one, wind down the window & breeze home in style Duncan Martin
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"; } ?> Red Sands Radio Fort Antenna Wed 07/02/18

The ferocious gales of early 2018 have brought down the second of two antennas built by Red Sands Radio. The fist single dipole mast proved inadequate shearing at the base insulator during erection over two weekends. Whilst only designed for the 2007 broadcast, the popularity of the station encouraged a return the following year

Sourcing a fibre glass lattice mast, a second antenna was erected and has since been fully maintained. Unfortunately, unauthorised boarders made a fire on the top of the G1 Tower, resulting in damage to the lattice base and weakening several insulators. This damage was hastily repaired, and in April 2017 new stainless guys and several new insulators fitted

Exposed to the rigours of the weather and prevailing westerly winds, funnelling down the Thames Estuary, it’s understandable why the Forts have deteriorated to such an extent. To give an indication, I recall in 1965 we lost galvanised steel buckets filled with sea water, and even a small boat overboard!

Red Sands Radio came ashore in 2009 and broadcast from Whitstable Harbour until 2014. But we’d always hoped to make further broadcasts from the Fort. Sadly the high winds of 2018 were the final straw for the antenna which had stood for over ten years. Finally, it’s testament to designer Guy Maunsell who said with proper care the Forts would stand for 200 years. However, built by largely unskilled labour in 1943, and without structural maintenance since 1958 it’s remarkable that the Forts have stood so long

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"; } ?> New Features October 2017 Sun 01/10/17

www.bobleroi.co.uk is back with another mammoth website update

SS Southern Buoy 1969 3a

‘Scrapbook’ has a new Radio City feature with transparencies (slides) taken of Shivering Sands in the late 1960’s

Much lengthy research has produced a fairly comprehensive list of programme and DJ theme tunes from all of the stations that have broadcast from the Red Sands Fort

Whilst on the Oxford Canal earlier this year we took a stroll to the Old Clifton Hall at Clifton-Upon-Dunsmore, home of Reg Calvert’s 1960’s ‘School of Rock & Roll’

Catching up with John Edward aka Johnny Flux at the 50th anniversary of the 60’s Offshore Stations, we’ve finally completed a feature on Johnny’s long and interesting career

Whilst across in the ‘Personal Pages’ by request pictures of the inauguration of Vattenfall’s Kentish Flats Wind Farm. Plus a leisurely look around the Crich Tramways Museum, woodlands walk, memorial grounds and tower

This times ‘One Subject One Link’ has a contribution that talks about the many new small community stations coming on-air and the quality of some presenters

Enjoy your visits to www.bobleroi.co.uk

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"; } ?> Kentish Flats Windfarm Inauguration Sun 01/10/17

Kentish Flats Windfarm Inauguration …

Vattenfall Inauguration

Guests & Vattenfall Staff aboard the MV Balmoral

The Swedish Power Company Vattenfall invited guests to the offic1al inauguration of the Kentish Flats Windfarm that had been extended from 30 to 45 turbines

Sailing from Ramsgate on 1st Junbe 2016 around the North Foreland to the eastern edge of the windfarm and afterwards to Whitstable Harbour

For the full feature visit www.bobleroi.co.uk

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"; } ?> Histomentary Thu 17/11/16


Herne Bay Through Time CD Sleeve

Herne Bay Through Time

We’ve released the ‘Histomentary’ –  ‘Herne Bay Through Time’ 

Commissioned by ‘The Friends of Herne Bay Clock Tower’ funded by National Lottery Grant

The Red Sands Radio produced programme takes in history of the town through the eyes of  long term local residents, and how the Clock Tower has always been at its centre

Being made available for historians, researches, tourists & locals on various platforms

Release information via www.clocktowerfriends.org

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"; } ?> Pirate Alley Mon 11/07/16

Whitstable has always been a Pirate Alley!

 From May 1964 the town played unlikely host to the strange goings on of Screaming Lord Sutch. Parading from offices at ‘The Record Centre’, 20a Oxford Street to the harbour in his top hat & purple cape, he certainly turned a few heads as boarded Fred Downs‘s ‘Harvester II’ to go out to the abandoned WWII Army Forts on Shivering Sands from where Radio Sutch broadcast. Later that year David Sutch passed control to his manager & the station became Radio City

A Walk Round Pirate (Radio) Alley Poster

In June 1964 Radio Invicta had launched from the adjacent Thames Estuary Forts at Red Sands. They too were serviced from Whitstable by Vic Davis’s fishing boat ‘The Mallard’ serviced the Fort throughout its manifestations as Radio KING & Radio 390

When Offshore Pirate Radio was outlawed in 1967 the town ‘helped out’ supply the last remaining 60’s station Radio Caroline, a relationship that endured until the sea act became law in 1990

From 1983 unbeknown to most in the town ‘The Punch Tavern’ in Harbour Street was coordination base of Laser 558

A number of the town’s flats were billets for Lasers American crew, engineers, & DJ’s. Service runs were made to the Laser ship ‘The Communicator’ up until early 1987 when it closed as Laser Hot Hits

Pirate Alley wasn’t lost completely as in 2007 the Red Sands Fort was re-equipped for broadcasts by Red Sands Radio. Coming ashore the station broadcast from studios at the harbour

Come along for a nostalgic walk around ‘Pirate Alley’ at 10.30 AM on Wednesday 27th July 2016

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"; } ?> Red Sands Radio Theme Tunes Wed 06/07/16

We’ve had a number of enquiries about the Red Sands Radio Theme Tunes so here;s the information:

The Red Sands Radio Themes & Fillers

The Red Sands Radio Station Opening Theme Tune used from 2007 – 2014 is by the French Band ‘Air’ entitled ‘La Femme D’Argent’ (The Silver Woman/The Money Girl)

This comes from their album ‘Moon Safari’ recorded in Paris between April – June 1997 & released on the 19th January 1998, in the UK by Virgin Records: 7243 8 44978 2 8

I was given an advanced copy by Fiona at Virgin when running Medway FM where we promoted the track ahead of it becoming popular to a wider audience. It was included daily during the ‘Medway FM Café Live Lunch’

Red Sands Radio Closedown Theme Tune is by ‘Franck Pourcel’ entitled ‘On A Clear Day You Can See Forever’. The track from the Musical of the same name was composed in 1929. ‘Robert Goulet’ also recorded it in 1965 for his ‘On Broadway‘ LP which Offshore Radio Essex used as a Tender call

Red Sands Radio Fort

We played it in tribute to the original Radio 390 theme, which was a KPM library piece by the ‘Telecast Orchestra’ called ‘Sentimental’, sounding very similar & often confused with ‘On A Clear Day’ There’s no evidence, although many think Frank Chacksfield recorded the track

The late French Orchestral leader ‘Franck Pourcel’ recorded the track originally in 1965 with vocals for the ‘Overture’ LP

Re-recorded, it appeared again in France on a 1977 compilation Music Cassette called ‘Unforgettable Melodies’ featuring the orchestras of Franck Pourcel, Ron Goodwin, Geoff Love & Manuel & His Music Of The Mountains

‘Unforgettable Memories’ on CD was released in UK on the EMI Music for Pleasure Label: CD-DL-11- 1120 in 1991 & Readers Digest included it on ‘Melodies Moods & Memories’ an 8 vinyl LP set in 199 GMMM-A-215

Both tracks, as well as the 30+ Red Sands Radio fillers were edited to suit, & remixed with ‘live’ atmospheric recordings of the resident Fort Seagulls, the Redsands North Buoy, & waves lapping around the Forts legs

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"; } ?> Red Sands Radio 2015 Mon 13/07/15

Red Sands Radio 2015 …

RSR Antenna

Red Sands Radio Antenna

With many people disappointed that Red Sands Radio isn’t on-air for what would have been our 9th year, we reiterate the reason(s) we’re not on-air as usual this summer

Whilst we’ve sighted a shortage of competent professional presenters: Press Release #2 2015

In tandem we have a deficiency in funding with both KCC (Kent County Council) & CCC (Canterbury City Council) no longer contributing towards the project

In the background the Local Authority have plans to redevelop our harbour studio building so we’ve had to vacate the premises

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"; } ?> Red Sands Radio 2015 Mon 11/05/15

Red Sands Radio 2015


Red Sands Radio

Thanks to everyone for your views and comments regarding Red Sands Radio. We were encouraged by the many positive remarks and support for your truly local station

A huge thank you also for all the kind offers of help, we have noted everyone’s contact information for future broadcasts

Our original mission statement was that Red Sands Radio would always be ‘live and local’ and therefore the notion of programme sharing, pre-recorded and voice tracking is just not an option

Sadly we do not have the resources  to broadcast this summer, but never say never again!

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"; } ?> Happy Christmas 2014 Sat 20/12/14

Red Sands Radio wish all our sponsors, advertisers and listeners a very Happy Christmas

Red Sands Christmas Card

& a healthy and prosperous new year

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"; } ?> Oh No! Sat 02/08/14

The warning of our character Ken’s demise hasn’t deterred other prospectors …



Let’s hope he doesn’t discover any unexploded bombs!

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"; } ?> Top 10 of things we’d like to see in The Coastal Towns Sat 02/08/14

After the very long list of things we love about The Coastal Towns, what about some things we would like to see?


Ceramic Artwork at Harbour Street end of Albert Street, Whitstable

Here’s a few to start with

1. A Whitstable or Herne Bay “Eye” somewhere along the coast – what fantastic views!

2. A decent Cinema facility

3. A proper children’s play area on Whitstable seafront with rides, pools, sand pits, cafes etc

4. A Museum dedicated to the history of Pirate Radio

5. A sensible solution to the High Street traffic and parking problem in Whitstable

6. A Water and Sea Activity Park

7. Water Taxis between Whitstable & Herne Bay?

8. Complete the cycle route to Seasalter

9. Make more use of the Crab & Winkle as a proper tourist attraction by running a tram along the route with museum at Whitstable Habour complete with The Invicta

10. Make an Amphitheatre on the Downs at Herne Bay

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"; } ?> Confused? Fri 01/08/14

Coastal Town Dwellers a question …


Local scene – Frank at Harbour Street, Whitstable

… do you find that you are confused by the lyrics in songs you hear?

Well, you are not alone, as a recent survey has revealed that about two-fifths of us are!

Apparently the most confused line in a song is from The Killers ‘Human’ and the lyric is “Before you came into my life, I missed you so bad”

David told us he’s confused by the lyrics “I am the egg man, they are the egg men, I am the Walrus in the Beatles, ‘I am The Walrus’

He said he is also confused by the lyrics in ‘The Reflex’ by Duran Duran , which go ‘The Reflex is an only child, he’s waiting in the park’

We’re all confused

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"; } ?> You Didn’t Forget Pet of the Week! Fri 01/08/14

We have more pics of your pets!  Who do you think should be our Pet of the Week this week?


1. This is Wolfie from Redwood Rescue in Swalecliffe


2. Teddy Pom-Pom, distracting owner Liz from her work!

Monty and Reg

3. Basset Hounds ‘Monty and Reg’


4.  Badger, who is 15 and loves the sunshine!  Sent in by owner Liz


5. Here is a rabbit called Fred!

Fizzy owned by Lucy

6. Fizzy, having a snack, owned by Lucy


7. That’s enough monkey business Buster

The top dogs this week are #3 as voted by you are the two lovely Basset Hounds ‘Monty and Reg’

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"; } ?> Ken 2 Finale Fri 01/08/14

You’ve been warned

The ever elusive Ken was seen at a distant beach, our man on the scene caught up with him …


Good Advice

… Ken ever one to flaunt rules has actually found what looks like something of value?

Kens Boots

Ken’s boots?

Poking around with his detector and a metal rod, things take a unexpected and tragic turn

Perhaps though it’s the last prospecting he’ll ever do

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"; } ?> Whelks – Give ’em a go Fri 01/08/14

Duncan tried fresh Whelks for the first time from the beds off our coast yesterday evening, he decided they weren’t for him …


Whelks on the advertising schedule

… he  went on to say he’s not even a fan of our World famous Oyster!


Patrick Ambergen at West Whelks

Luckily Patrick Ambergen from Groningen in the Netherlands visiting Whitstable & one of the army of overseas Red Sands Radio listeners loves them


Patrick Ambergen on the end of the West Quay

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"; } ?> Ken 1 Thu 31/07/14

After a disastrous day on Tuesday, where Ken lost his metal-detector to the sea, the Lifeboat recovered it much to his delight!

We tried to find out a bit more about Ken, a regular treasure-seeker on Whitstable beach

It’s difficult to gauge  his age, he appears to be young loner but other times he seems to have knowledge beyond his years

We  came across Ken by chance, one minute the beach was empty, then we spotted a bright red figure shuffling along with his arm pointing out



Approaching we could hear a low mumbling sound, cursing and bleeps as he swept his arm back and forth

We tried to attract his attention but soon realised he had headphones on, startled turning his head we took in his rather strange appearance

We have seen him a few times since, but he virtually pops up out of nowhere, then’s gone, asking around we were given told Ken was his given name

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"; } ?> We Love It! Wed 30/07/14

We’re still adding your suggestions to our list of reasons we love the Coastal Towns

Here’s some more …

31. The many water based activities around the beach – Sailing Clubs, Windsurfing, Kitesurfing and Water Skiing, Canoes, Jet Skis, Speedboats, with safe areas for swimming, paddling and just splashing about

32. Long Rock – a huge shale bed famous for a huge variety of bird life, at low tide a shipwreck becomes visible

33. A network of alleys running from the beach to the town – all with super names – “Squeezegut Alley”, “Collars Alley”, “The Old Favourite” – supposedly used by smugglers to bring illicit goods off the beach

34. Seafront Arcades at Herne Bay – play Bingo & win a cuddly toy

35. The Street – a long stretch of pebbles that stretches out to sea at low tide, providing a temporary natural promenade – be careful though, when the tide comes in, it has a way of creeping up on you

36. Proper Bingo at The Connaught – and win money!

37. Hidden Gems – Starvation Point – now a permanent memorial to those who have lost their lives at sea but a reminder of the time when out of work seamen congregated there in the hope of being hired for a voyage

38. Whitstable’s many Churches – our favourite – St Alphege


The flowers at Starvation Point

39. Some wonderful Links Golf Clubs at Seasalter and Chestfield

40. Whitstable Pool for those times when you can’t get to the beach, or the weather’s bad

And from Bob’s Breakfast Blog – Your favourite parts of the Coastal Towns:

41. Sharon says Whitstable Harbour of course

42. Trevor likes the stretch between the Old Neptune & West Beach Huts

43. Kev says Cushing’s View has to rate

44. Stan has a soft spot for The Downs at Herne Bay

44. How about Neptune’s Arm “A great walk any time of year” says Stuart

Send us more of your suggestions Now!

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"; } ?> Whitstable Improvement Trust Tue 29/07/14

Perfectly placed at the town end of Harbour Street the shop provides visitors & locals background information on Whitstable’s past, events, and a whole range of items to buy


Whitstable Improvement Trust Shop


Nautical sculpture outside shop


Kay Robinson lace work expert demonstrating


Try your hand at lace work?


Bookmarks for sale in aid of Pilgrims Hospice


The WiT Shop Garden

Whitstable Improvemet Trust at 34 Harbour Street, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1AJ

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"; } ?> Journeys From Hell Tue 29/07/14

We love a good animal story on the Home Run, and today we had news of a koala in Australia who survived a 54 mile ride clinging to the bottom of  a car!  Luckily the koala, named Timberwolf survived his epic journey!

Timberwolf Koala

Timberwolf, the koala

I asked about your journeys from hell

Sophie said she arrived back to the UK from  a holiday in the States to find that the tube was on strike and then her luggage got lost

Dave had a nightmare 2 hours sitting on the M25 going nowhere at the weekend

He had been on the way to Buckinghamshire, but gave up and turned round 

While Paul via email didn’t even get away – he turned up a day late for his flight last summer!  Oops!

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"; } ?> Teatime Treats Run Dry Mon 28/07/14

We brought you news of a crisis with Tunnock’s Teacakes and how you are having trouble finding them in our local shops

That’s probably because sales have gone through the roof, since they featured in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games last week

Tunnocks Teacake Dancers

Dancers dressed as Tunnock’s Teacakes at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

Waitrose said that in the 24 hours following the ceremony, sales of the chocolate-coated marshmallow snack rose by 62%

Amy listening in Whitstable confirmed our worst fears – our local shops are running out too!

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"; } ?> Pet Of The Week #3 Fri 25/07/14

This week’s selection of your pets

Zeus with owner Claire

1. Zeus, a 6 month-old German Shepherd owned by Claire (pictured) and Charlie

 Zeus’s father was British German Shepherd Champion!


2.  Roly, sent in by Jo, is a young bull breed cross who is very bouncy and needs his boundaries defined

Roly needs re-homing and to be an only dog with either older teenagers or adult home

Lola Rescue Dog

3. This is Lola, who is also a rescue dog from Large Breed dog rescue

Could you give a home to a rescue dog?  Find out more and complete an adoption form

It’s not just dogs this week, we have cats too…

Brian with his Tiger

4. Big cats to be precise – here’s Brian with a tiger, hardly a pet!


Whitstable Times Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Liz Crudgington shared the story in ‘Talking News’ on the ‘Live Lunch’  on Wednesday of brave 3 year old Labrador ‘Kobi’ who raised the alarm

Punt for your favourite, vote now by social media or email 1-4

Top dog this week – Zeus

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"; } ?> Shop Watch Live Fri 25/07/14

Shop Watch Live has been out and about around town this week

Today, we had a look at some of your shop windows, which are looking splendid in time for the Oyster festival this weekend

Here is Stanley’s Fishmonger on the High Street

Stanley's Fishmonger Window display 2

They have won Best Dressed Shop Window Competition in the Oyster Festival

Stanley's Fishmonger Window display 1

Picture of Whitstable 70 years ago on display

Stanley's Fishmonger Window display 3

Their display commemorates the 70th anniversary of the D Day Landings this year

Stanley's Fishmonger Window display 4

Proudly displaying their winners certificate

Stanley's Fishmonger Window display 5

Remembering the D Day Landings, 70 years ago

Listen to Shop watch Live on the Home Run, weekdays from 4 PM and find out more about our local shops on our Shop watch page

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"; } ?> More Reasons We Love It Around Here! Thu 24/07/14

The Home Run list of reasons we love the area continues!

18. Local bands, including The Men with Ven, who sang Whitstable, which you can hear regularly in the Red Sands Radio playlist!

19.Great bike rides – you can ride all the way from Whitstable to Margate

20. Brilliant local shops – find out more where to shop on our Shop Watch page!

21. Middle Wall in Whitstable

22. Sunsets

23. The New Inn on Woodlawn Street

24.Friendly locals

25. Reculver Beach

26. Barnes Wallis and the legend of the bouncing-bomb

Whitstable Harbour 2014

27. The Crab and Winkle on the South Quay

28. The Maunsell Forts, from where we used to broadcast and featured in our logo!

29. The Gorrell tank Car park (when it’s open)

30. We’re close to our neighbours in France – just over an hour away by ferry from Dover or on the Euro Tunnel

Send us YOUR suggestions and we’ll add them to the list!


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"; } ?> Canvas Winner Tue 22/07/14

Zoe Ball winner of our first competition receives a brilliant photograph canvas of ‘Whitstable Street’ during the ‘Home Run’ programme


Zoe Ball gets the picture at Tomic & Daly

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"; } ?> Hot, Hot, Hot! Mon 21/07/14

If you think it has been hot around here lately, at least you’re not in Delhi.  The city in India is sweltering in temperatures of more than 40 c – apparently the water out of the cold tap is coming out steaming, it’s so hot

Locals have been going to extreme lengths to keep cool, with some queueing up as early as 4 am for a seven hour wait to get into their local swimming pool to cool down!


We asked how you are keeping cool during the muggy weather

Bruce drives a freezer van and makes frequent stops so he can hop in the back to cool down!

Roger suggested a quick dip in the sea, which we think we might do!

And Paul was sipping a cool beer and listening to Red Sands Radio via our player

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"; } ?> Pet of the Week Fri 18/07/14

Another selection of your pets … 


This week’s winner

1. Jim Boy

 Sitting happily in a window in Bury St Edmunds, He’s the Winner!


2. Hector & Evie owned by Damien


3. Charlie

Owned by Sarah, seen here celebrating a bit early at the thought of winning “Pet of the week


4. Tame Squirrels

Pictured in May 2014 sent in from Colchester


5. Geese

Spied in earlier in the month at Thetford

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"; } ?> Show Boat Fri 18/07/14

Fed up with driving in for up around the bend Greenwich Home Run Duncan’s taken the plunge and bought an old landing craft

The late last night telephone conversation went something like this:

‘Hello Bob, Duncan here, I met this bloke in a pub in Greenwich Village, dressed in what looked like combat gear, anyway he was selling this boat, which he said he needed to shift quickly’

‘I went and had a look and for £2,000 thought it was a bargain, so I went to a hole in the wall and gave him the cash’

‘Can you organise a parking place in the harbour for me?’


‘It’s a mooring Dunc’, Hang on have you actually paid him’


‘So you have the boat then?

‘Well not yet, I went to get it but it’s at some private, looks like official place with guards with guns and everything!’

‘It’s strange because I’m sure I saw the bloke who sold it too me being taken across a compound in handcuffs’

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"; } ?> Early Riser or Night Owl? Thu 17/07/14

After Bob was talking about having a lie-in this morning, us late risers on the Home Run heard that a study has found that early risers are less trustworthy than night owls!

Night Owl

I asked if you were a morning person or a bit of a night owl

Ian said he’s definitely a morning person – up every morning at 5 and in bed by 9 every night

Sally said she can’t get up until at least 10 am, but luckily she works late down her local pub!

Alan works nights, so sleeps in all day

We think that definitely makes him a night person  

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"; } ?> Having A Break Thu 17/07/14

Caught in the act – Bob was found in the Red Sands Radio galley earlier diving into the secret supply of Kit-Kat’s which were kindly supplied earlier in the week, after Duncan kept dropping hints on air when it was World Chocolate Day and he was lacking anything to nibble on!


The last Kit-Kat

Now he has a secret hoard squirrelled away in the galley


Chris West gets nibbling

But look who’s found them when sitting in on the ‘Home Run’  yesterday, the ‘Chocolate Kid’ Chris West on a munch in

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"; } ?> Drone On Thu 17/07/14

Aerial footage of the Red sands Radio studios, Whitstable Harbour and foreshore taken from a Drone flown by Koolwebs are now published in our Video Gallery



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"; } ?> Town & Around Wed 16/07/14

Chris West looking after business for Duncan on the ‘Home Run, some pleasant views around the Harbour & Town …

Whitstable Harbour

Flashback – Whitstable Harbour on 20th January 2014

Duncan’s either scrubbing his namesake ship the ‘Martin’ …


On their side, dingies at Long Beach


Fascia of  cottage in Red Lion Lane

… Down the pub or out playing metal detectors with his new little friend Ken …


Empty Oyster shells & boat winch by the Oyster House & Pearsons Arms

… Duncan with ‘Shop Watch Live’ back tomorrow

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"; } ?> Harbour Street – I Dig It Wed 16/07/14

Tuesday evening a number of HGV trucks arrived in Harbour Street, promptly the road closed from the Cromwell junction with Harbour Street & the Oxford Street mini-roundabout


Road Crew

Amazingly providing a premier travel & traffic information service for the Coastal Towns we were completely unaware of what turned out to be road repairs


Tarmacadam being tipped


Harbour Street to Western Harbour Entrance

By morning the work had been completed, shame our travel providers weren’t told!

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"; } ?> Shop Watch ‘Live’ #1 Wed 16/07/14

With his trusty bike Duncan can be seen charging around the Town on ‘Shop Watch Live’ join it’s another free way to promote your business locally


Duncan with his trusty stead

First contributors: Our Roy Gooderson at RG Electronics, 66 Oxford Street, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1DG 01227 262 319

Debbie at Clarke’s Flowers, 64 Oxford Street, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1DG 01227 274 765

Kim Foster at Copperfields, 93 High Street, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1AY 01227 273 519

Ian Murray at David Clarke, 50-52 Oxford Street, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1DG

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"; } ?> Scrubbing Berth Tue 15/07/14

Outside of Whitstable Harbour West Quay you’ll often see vessels drying out between tides, undergoing maintenance and painting


1. The Martin on Monday 14th July


2. The Martins – Duncan paddles by his namesake!

The vessel formally known as the ‘Hoo Marlin’ was built in 1986, and is a general cargo ship


3. The Martin has a gross tonnage of 794 tonnes


4. Previously the ‘Hoo Marlin’


5. Undergoing maintenance 

The crew work between tides & made good progress yesterday the ‘Martin’ pictured (2-5) on Tuesday evening 15th July 2014 is a former member of the Lapthorn fleet

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"; } ?> Going Down! Tue 15/07/14

The World’s tallest water slide – sending riders down a 50 mph plunge has opened in Kansas

The climb to the top is 264 steps, then it’s a 17 storey near-vertical drop!The slide is called ‘Verruckt’, which is the German word for insanity, which, if you ask me, you’d need a healthy dose of to even consider going on this!

Riders take the plunge during the public opening of the Verruckt water slide at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City

I asked you to tell me if you are a thrill-seeker and enjoy this sort of thing

 Julie said she doesn’t mind rides like this and that they are less scary than her other-half’s driving!

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"; } ?> More Reasons We Love The Coastal Towns Mon 14/07/14

On the Home Run we have been coming up with a list of 100 reasons why we love the area

Here are some more of your suggestions!  Keep them coming in – we want to get up to 100!

8. The Whitstable Castle and Gardens

9. Herne Bay Clocktower

10. Sailing Barge Greta


SB Greta

11. Reculver Towers

12. Tankerton Slopes

13. Duncan Down – the largest open space in Whitstable

14. The Sea

15. Ice Cream at Whitstable Harbour

16. The Lifeboat Station

17. The views

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"; } ?> Mystery Minesweeper Mon 14/07/14

So who is this man seen scouring the beach for hidden treasure?

Ken 2

Ken – Prospecting

Apparently he’s around quite often, his name is Ken, Duncan happened upon him earlier today

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"; } ?> Had A Bad Day! Fri 11/07/14

A valet who was parking a Lamborghini Gallardo at a hotel has crashed it into a wall…and you thought you’d had a bad week!

Instead of getting a tip, the hotel worker now faces having to contribute towards the repair bill of about £200,000 – Ouch!

Crumpled Lamborghini

We bet you didn’t have such a bad day, but asked you to share some of your bad day stories with us

Amy said she accidentally set off a fire alarm at work leading to the whole building being evacuated 

Sam bumped her bosses car in the work car park – oops!

Liam spilt coffee over his clean shirt, before he had even got as far as the office

All bad days, but still not as bad as the car valet!

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"; } ?> Pet Of The Week 2014 11/07 Fri 11/07/14

‘Don’t forget Pet of the Week’…

How could we!  It’s back for 2014!  Here are this week’s entries

Karolina's Cat

1. Karolina’s cat Cookie

Goldee & Pippa_web

2. Goldee and Pippa, twin rescue puppies, belonging to Phil & Anne Blakeley 
We Love the tartan basket!

Freddie owned by Steve in the Royal

3. Freddie, owned by Steve in The Royal Tankerton

Harvey owned by Dave and Jo O'Connor

4. Harvey, a King Charles Spaniel aged 2, owned by Dave and Jo O’Connor

Nominations, vote for your favourite?

Always a close run thing but perhaps a little bit of friendly cheating from his doggy pals, but home a winner ‘Harvey’

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"; } ?> It’s The Thought That Counts Thu 10/07/14

We got news of a pilot who ordered pizzas for all of his passengers when they were delayed in Wyoming, in the US

Passengers burst into applause after the pilot announced the delivery on the loudspeaker!

The captain paid for it out of his own pocket, but was since reimburesed by his boss, the airline's president

Pizza on a Plane

We asked what has been the best thing someone has done for you lately

Liz told us that she recently dropped a large amount of money when she came out from the bank and a good-natured passer-by caught up with her and handed it back!

Alan went away on his hols and came back to a spotless house – his neighbour had been in and cleaned up for him

And Steve said that a colleague at work recently spared him his blushes by pointing out he had left his trousers unzipped!

A big thank you to Mike who emailed and offered to order pizza for everyone at the Red Sands Radio studios this afternoon…unfortunately he lives in Tenessee, so there may be a bit of a delay!  It's the thought that counts!    


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"; } ?> Lost And Found… In Weird Places Wed 09/07/14

Story from Kevin Whitney, who lost his phone back in October while unloading grain into a large silo.Thinking his phone was gone for good he went out and brought a new one. Little did he know his phone was beginning a very long journey!


   It first travelled to another Oklahoma grain facility before making its way down the Arkansas and Mississippi rivers to a depot in Louisiana. From there, the grain was loaded on to ships bound for another depot on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, where the phone was found.

It’s now been returned to its baffled owner!

Have  you ever lost something, thought it was gone for good and then it turned up in the most unlikely place? Big or Small we want to know! 

Fiona lost her wedding ring (and her temper shortly afterwards!)

She found it a week later on the sea-front at Herne Bay!

David lost his driving license, passport and a chequebook, which was later returned through his letterbox!  

Keen trumpet player Emma, lost her instrument on a train.  It turned up a year later under her desk at work


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"; } ?> Only Fools Chase Horses Tue 08/07/14

Two horses went on the loose this morning in Whitstable! Police had to use their car and a selection of wheelie bins to trap them.

The horses went on the run at about five-thirty this morning, before getting cornered in Nacholt Close around an hour later.

Local resident Joyce Kemp said ‘nothing exciting ever happens around here’! She should check out the Red Sands Radio What’s Going On guide more often!

She went on to say ‘When I lived in Sturry I saw a swan in my front garden which was unusual but this tops it’ (!)


Another neighbour was a bit put-out that the horses had munched on his lawn!

Did you get caught up in the farce, sorry, I mean drama this morning? Get in touch!

Police officers are waiting for help to remove the horses, who are being well looked after

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"; } ?> The Next Train Is Calling At – Stating The Obvious! Mon 07/07/14

Breaking travel news on this afternoon’s show, as Southeastern decided to remind passengers to not drink water out of the toilet bowls on their trains if they get thirsty this summer!

Like we needed reminding! The company have stuck stickers on the back of the toilet seats so that passengers don’t mistake the train’s loo for a water fountain! A spokeswoman for Southeastern said ‘it never hurts to state the obvious’

Southeastern toilet

Alan, on our Facebook page, commented he wouldn’t advise drinking out of the loo, as the Toilet Duck blows your head off!  Steve commented that you’d be amazed how many passengers need to be told!

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"; } ?> 100 Reasons we love the Coastal Towns Mon 07/07/14

We’re coming up with a list of why we love the coastal towns


Keep your suggestions coming in!  Here’s what we have so far…

1. Whitstable Harbour

2. Central Bandstand in Herne Bay

3. Herne Bay Memorial Park - originally conceived as a memorial to those that lost their lives in the First World War.

4. The Whitstable Castle and Gardens

5. Herne Bay Clock Tower

6. Reculver Towers

7. Tankerton Slopes

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"; } ?> Oyster Dredging Wed 11/06/14

In the hey day of Oyster Dredging more dozens of Oyster Smacks lay off the Whitstable shoreline

Oyster Dredgers off Whitstable

Coming down Borstal Hill it was a sight to behold, but by the 1960’s the fleet had diminished to around a dozen craft, these too were to disappear

By the 1980’s the view changed as ‘Whitstable Cruiser Sailing Club’ based at Tennis Courts on the sea wall at boasted an armada of over 30 vessels : Shoe Shop owner Culver Woolley, and carpenter Eric Campburn amongst their membership

Today there’s hardly a pleasure yacht to be seen

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"; } ?> Winter view Tankerton Wed 05/02/14

Winter in Whitstable, a bleak view across the Bay:

Tankerton Bay

Tankeron Bay from the Slopes towards Long Rock Hampton & Herne Bay

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"; } ?> Finale 2013 Fri 26/07/13

Here are a selection of photographs of our area …

Night Harbour

Night Harbour

Tranquil Whitstable Harbour after hours …

Sun goes Down

Sun goes Down

… tide out but still an amazing sight …

Sea of Mud

Sea of Mud

… Red sunset at least the shepherds will be pleased …

Bay Flats

Bay Flats

… to the west the Whitstable Bay looking towards the Isle-of-Sheppey …

Tangle of Masts

Tangle of Masts

… Masts at Whitstable yacht Club … 

Beached Boat

Beached Boat

… beached boat at the old Horsebridge stone Ramp …

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"; } ?> Pet of the week – 26/7 Fri 26/07/13

This weeks contenders for ‘Pet of the Week’ …

Happy tabby.

Happy tabby.

1. Photograph of a listener Karol’s tabby cat looking very chilled out

Dennis the Cool Dude

Dennis the Cool Dude

2. Sadie Hennessey has entered her beagle Dennis, proudly sporting his sunnies!



3. Alison Ware has entered her black beauty, Kofi

Stewie & Rachel

Stewie & Rachel

4. Stewie the pug and owner Rachel, outside The Royal in Tankerton

Teddy Pom Pom

Teddy Pom Pom

5. Liz Crudington has entered her flying furball, Teddy the four year old Pomerian

Candy & Mr Truffles

Candy & Mr Truffles

6. Steven & Kirsty from Gravesend have entered their two lovely fluffy bunnies, Candy & Mr Truffles

The winner of ‘Pet of the Week’

Terri & Buffy

Terri & Buffy

7. Terri with her 2 year old Shaffordshire Bull Terrier ‘Buffy’



8. Pat & Gary’s dog ‘Daisy’ an 8 year old Lurcher

Ralph & Diggs

Ralph & Diggs

9. Ralph a Parsons Jack Russell aged 7 with Diggs a Border Terrier, about 6 owned by Heather & George

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"; } ?> Pest of the Week Thu 25/07/13

With reports of rampant rodents setting up home in Tankerton we’ve been running the ‘Pest of the Week’ a tongue in cheek item in the ‘Home Run’ in conjunction with ‘Pet of the Week’

We’ve had a few photographs, so how many ‘Pests of the Week’ did we find?



1. Michael nominates Cockchaffers

2. Cockroaches Duncan told the Editor he had his own bad experience with Cockroaches a few years ago in Egypt

Arriving at a hotel after a long haul waking from a snooze the room was crawling with Cockroaches!  “They were everywhere – on the walls, on the switches and on the beds” he recalls, I high tailed outta there!

Day Fish

Day Fish

3. Jacqui, James wife says he can be a pest sometimes

Rat Engine

Rat Engine

4. Rattling engine no Ratty Engine! as reported by The Daily Mail

5. Snake story Police in Australia were called to a break-in at a shop and were startled to find the culprit was in fact a 19 foot Python with a head the size of a small dog!

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"; } ?> Sounds Around Town #6 Thu 25/07/13

Well a throbbing engine in the ‘Hot Breakfast’ & ‘Home Run’ quite fitting but who’s engine is it

Guesses so far:

David – A Bus idling at the Horsebridge

Ann – It’s one of Bretts Lorries

Royce – With a name like mine hardly a Roller

Andy Stewart – Says ah that be Barnacle Bills boat

Roy – Duncan’s father driving home in a Tank

Cliff engines of the Greta

Answer it’s the  fishing boat ‘Jacqueline’ F63

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"; } ?> Wearing Flip-Flops to work Tue 23/07/13

Would you wear Summer clothing to work to make you feel cooler? What would your Boss say? Or do you have to conform to a dress code?

Flip Flops

Flip Flops

In a small town in Italy – Aci Castello – there’s a ban on wearing Flip Flops or Bikinis anywhere except on the beach. Wonder what happens when you need to go to the shops?

E-mail us your comments to studio@redsandsradio.co.uk, or on Twitter @redsandsradio, or go to our facebook page – redsands.radio

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"; } ?> Snake Bite Tue 23/07/13

We’re not talking about the concoction of Beer & Cider but the genuine thing

A man in Israel was rushed to hospital after he’d been bitten by a snake and suffered minor injuries The man told emergency workers he went to the toilet to relieve himself and suddenly felt a strong burning sensation in his gentleman’s equipment. One of the paramedics told him the snake was very small! The man stayed calm and even had a laugh with workers at his own expense, luckily the snake wasn’t poisonous

Snakes Alive!

Snakes Alive!

It’s ‘snake season’ in the Middle East, among the most dangerous are the black snake or desert cobra, the horned desert viper, the Palestinian viper which is the most common poisonous snake in Israel, the saw-scaled viper, or the false horned viper

Tell us about bites you’ve received?

I remember several bee stings, one on my neck, another on my thumb, unprovoked

Sally in Herne Bay had a bumble bee sting pruning back a border, just didn’t see it!

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"; } ?> Barnacle Bill Story Mon 22/07/13

The mystery began on Saturday 20th July …

Has anyone seen Barnacle Bill?  He’s not been heard from since Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock.  No one has seen him on ‘Herne Bay’s Heritage Trail’ either, it’s a real mystery

Mind you, we heard through the grapevine that he was seen messing around with some old diving gear.  Is this Bill? Perhaps he’s gone diving for treasure?  Doubt he’ll find much, other than a few old munitions and shell cases off our coast!

Barnacle Bill?

Barnacle Bill?

Oh that reminds me … there was a large explosion in Herne Bay last week, apparently a Second World War parachute mine was caught in a fisherman’s net.  The Royal Navy bomb disposal unit blew it up, with plumes of water rising more than 5 metres in the air. Was Barnacle Bill caught up in the blast?!

Herne Bay Bomb Explosion

Herne Bay Bomb Explosion

No, on second thoughts that was last Thursday.  Oh well, guess we’ll hear sooner or later… Hopefully a terrible catastrophe hasn’t befallen our Bill …

Have You Seen Barnacle Bill?

Those old diving suits are dodgy, drownd – Grant

Those Reculver Towers are right near the edge, I hope he didn’t get too close! – Sandy

He’s run off with a Fisher Woman – Brenda

I was last person to see him on my show! – Kevin ‘Cafe’ White

Maybe he got hit by one of those bouncing bomb, mind you it’s been a while since Baaaaaaarns Wallace fired one of them in the area

Perhaps he’s gone shopping in that diving suit. I’m sure I saw a bag like that somewhere? (New Whitstable Chamber of Commerce)

 Barnacle Bill Latest – Bubbles!

Bubbles from Bill?

Bubbles from Bill?

I saw these bubbles off Long Rock, did Bill cause the  problem at ‘The Brook’ see What’s that Pong – Philip

Barnacle Bill Latest – Clothes!

Bills Jacket!

Bills Jacket!

During Wednesday’s Home Run, a startled swimmer found a Sou’wester and fleece that we believe belong to salty sea-dog Barnacle Bill.  They were washed up by Whitstable Harbour, fuelling concerns that the Herne Bay legend could be lost to the sea he so loved

Many of you have now joined the search for Barnacle Bill

Think we might need to contact M9 and get John Drake on the case. Anyone heard any random playing’s of the Blue Danube or seen the silhouette of a submarine! – Dean Arney

Was it you Bill, steering the Astrid around the Soveriegn Islands, I told you that you didnt know your port from starboard…or your a… from your e…lol

Shopped Barnacle

Shopped Barnacle

Snapped in Whitstable, High Street could it be, no as confirmed by the owner his fate remains unknown

Reports that the old chap was at sea over the weekend apparently in a Kayak …

… listen to the closedown 2013 in the Catch up Player for the full story

Thursday 22nd August 2013 a sharp eyed photographer snapped this picture …

Bill Spied?

Bill Spied?

… could it be that Barnacle Bill has returned from the Canary Islands? 

Like Barnacle Bill at https://www.facebook.com/remembermeboys

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"; } ?> David at Budgens Mon 22/07/13

The truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth …

Training with Dave

Training with Dave

Duncan being trained by Dave at Budgens

Dave “Does Duncan he really work for Budgens” – ‘No he failed the training his level of concentration being poor, but then you know that’ ‘

They say he’s a 3 second memory span like the gold fish pictured in last weeks ‘Pet of the Week’

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"; } ?> Pet of the Week 19/7 Fri 19/07/13

Here come this weeks contenders …



… this is Mike’s cat ‘George’ who prowls around Greenwich …



… ‘Jodie’ is a 9 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, owned by Tony of Pets Pantry, Whitstable

Budgie 2

Budgie 2

… a couple of Budgies, still looking for an owner pictured in the Pet Shop Whitstable owned by Tony & Roger

Budgie 1

Budgie 1

… but which one’s the cutest …



Slippery ‘Sam’ who’s 8 months old from Terry at Penfold Reptiles



… ‘Ludo’ 11 year old Jack Russell owned by Steve Norris of the SB Greta



Mr Lizard named ‘Ugly’ from Terry is over a metre long!

Gold Fish

Gold Fish

… some Goldfish pictured in Tony & Rogers Pet Shop, Whitstable

Pet of the Week Winner



… ‘Alfie’.  Entered by Steve, the barge greeter.  Looking a bit miffed off

Voted top dog by you little ‘Alfie’ spends most of his time at sea on his owners vessel the SB Greta

Burt & Missy

Burt & Missy

Brother & sister ‘Burt’ & ‘Missy’.  4 1/2 year old Jack Russell cross, were entered by their owners Liz & Fiona Grant from Chiselhurst

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"; } ?> Moonlighting 3 Fri 19/07/13

I wonder how long it’ll be before Duncan realises we’ve sussed him …



… here he is getting stuck in

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"; } ?> At Your Con-squeeze-ience! Thu 18/07/13

We’re onto Duncan, you know

He doesn’t realise we’ve been out and about gathering more incriminating evidence of his secret double-life working at Whitstable Budgens

Squeeze Gut

Squeeze Gut

This afternoon, spotted ‘boxed-up’ by one of his colleagues in the stock room … or so we thought.  It actually turned out to be down Squeeze-Gut Alley

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"; } ?> Honey they stole the house! Thu 18/07/13

A demolition crew has accidentally knocked down the wrong house in in Fort Worth, Texas, owner David Underwood returned to his three-bedroom house, which he was planning on renovating, only to find it gone

I saw two patrol cops and said ‘Somebody tore down our house!’, they said ‘That was your house? Oops'”

The city’s compliance office later confirmed the error and said “Contractors demolished the wrong property it should have been number 9708 instead of number 9716”

Mr Underwood who works for a company that builds community centres in poor neighbourhoods said “My job gives me perspective on the incident. I see people that need help. It’s an accident so let’s move on”

How would you feel if someone accidentally tore down your home?

Colin Stevens say’s long as it’s not the Forts!

Sian says don’t own my house but would be well miffed!

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"; } ?> Boxed by Budgens Thu 18/07/13

Away from the ‘Home Run’ today so what’s happened to Duncan?

Boxed by Budgens

Boxed by Budgens

… boxed up by Budgens to keep him at his day job!

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"; } ?> Wet Charging Wed 17/07/13

Today, news that soon you’ll be able to charge your mobile phone battery using your own urine!

Boffins in Bristol have been able to charge a mobile phone by putting urine through a cascade of microbial fuel cells

They generated enough energy to send text messages, browse the internet and make a brief phone call!

Sonia on Twitter said she’s been drinking so much water in today’s hot weather, she will have no trouble

Call of Nature

Call of Nature

charging her phone up!

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"; } ?> Roll Up! See Woolley’s fabulous Pedoscope! Wed 17/07/13

Woolley’s of Whitstable have found an original 1950s Pedoscope!

A what-o-scope you ask?

Pedoscopes were x-ray machines installed in shoe shops from the 1920’s until about the 1970’s

Woolleys Pedoscope

Woolleys Pedoscope

This one was put into the shop by the late Culver Woolley, now Brother and Sister Colin Woolley, Frances Williams & Collins partner Karen  have unearthed the one they had in their shop and it is now on display in all its glory!

Woolley's Sale Time

Woolley’s Sale Time

Woolley’s Shoe Shop at Sale Time pictured in the early 1980’s 



A child would place their feet in the Pedoscope opening provided and while remaining in a standing position, look through a viewing porthole at the top of the fluoroscope down at the x-ray view of the feet and shoes

Promotional Poster

Promotional Poster

Two other viewing portholes on either side enabled the parent and a sales assistant to observe the child’s toes being wiggled to show how much room for the toes there was inside the shoe

X-Ray Fitting Poster

X-Ray Fitting Poster

The bones of the feet were clearly visible, as was the outline of the shoe, including the stitching around the edges

Were your young feet ever x-rayed in Woolley’s?

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"; } ?> Budgens Part Timer Wed 17/07/13

Another photograph arrived showing Duncan at work …

Beer n Cider

Beer n Cider

… stocking the shelves at Budgens with beer n cider

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"; } ?> Snail Faced… Tue 16/07/13

A beauty salon in Japan is offering snail facials, where the victim, er sorry, customer, has snails placed all over their face!  The treatment costs £161 and apparently “feels quite nice”!

Matt emailed us and said he wondered whether he should pay for his girlfriend to have it done!

Ellie said she’d be tempted to give it a go if she wasn’t so squeamish!

Ann asked if it would be possible to have it done in Whitstable!  Duncan suggested there may be a treatment involving whelks around our parts!  Perhaps she should talk to Bob on the Hot Breakfast about that…

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"; } ?> Lost Pints Mon 15/07/13

There was breaking travel news in Monday’s Home Run, as details came in of a lorry spilling its load of beer across the M20

Beer Spill

Beer Spill

Roy offered to take some straws and help with the clear-up

Dylan noted that drivers caught in the tailbacks were “hopping mad”!

Kevin “hopped” in his car to help clean up the spillage and Charlie told us that police were “draughting” in help to clear it up!

Duncan kept you all informed of what was going on, by reading stout regular travel updates!

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"; } ?> Master Control Mon 15/07/13

Caught by a cameraman producing a snap shop of Budgens Whitstable, Duncan in the stock control room …

Stock Control

Stock Control

… he’ll have to admit he works at Budgens soon!

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"; } ?> Pet of the Week Winner Fri 12/07/13

Top dog this week …

Duncan, Boris & Nick

Duncan, Boris & Nick

Boris he’s a gentle giant of a dog 

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"; } ?> Pet of the Week 12/7 Fri 12/07/13

The contenders for ‘Pet of the Week’ …



A Huskie named Storm, he’s 11 years old his owner Katy told us …

Alley Cat

Alley Cat

Alley Cat photographed in the famous ‘Squeeze Gut Alley’ …

Knitty the Fish

Knitty the Fish

… Alley Cat likes to he look of Knitty the Fish



And 7 year old ‘Boris’ owned by Adriana & Nick



Pepper a Bouvier des Flanders a Belgium breed down from Bromley for her first time on a beach with owner Jo, Nanny Jan, Richard & Jeanine over from Hong Kong

Angus with Debbie

Angus with Debbie

Here’s Angus with his owner Debbie a great Red Sands Radio fan caught at the Harbour who lives in Whitstable Town Centre

Polly with Tilly & Harry

Polly with Tilly & Harry

Here’s Polly another local girl who’s just completed on a house purchase in Whitstable Town centre, well done Polly

She’s pictured with her vocal dogs Tilly & Harry

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"; } ?> Moonlighting 2 Fri 12/07/13

Just received this photograph of Mr Muscle …

Mr Muscle

Mr Muscle

… Duncan replenishing the cleaning agent shelves

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"; } ?> Shopping Power! Thu 11/07/13

A man from Devon has become a Jet Powered shopper by fitting a Jet Engine  a Supermarket Trolley!  He managed to get up to…44 mph!  

Duncan asked about your own shopping habits

Ian from Blean owned up to being an impatient shopper, saying hold him up at the checkout at your peril!

Kev’ says he hates it when there’s an ‘unexpected item in the bagging area’!  He says it’s not unexpected, he put it there!

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"; } ?> Moonlighting 1 Thu 11/07/13

It’s long been suspected Duncan’s been working somewhere in Whitstable …



… we sent out a photographer and snapped him working in Budgens, no one at the store will admit he’s on the staff but the evidence is fairly conclusive, let’s see how long it takes before he knows we know his secret!

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"; } ?> Superheroics Wed 10/07/13

On the show today, we were talking about super-heroes, well actually, people who wear super-hero costumes!

A charity collector in Sheffield, dressed as Superman, gave chase to a thief this week, so we wanted to find out about your super hero-encounters

Rebecca remembered an embarrassing incident in Canterbury, where her car broke down because she had filled it with diesel instead of unleaded and needed a push by not one, but two passers by dressed as Santa…in the middle of May!

Tom said he is going to a party this weekend dressed as Spiderman!

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"; } ?> Don’t drop the missus! Wed 10/07/13

On Tuesday’s show, Duncan brought you news of the annual Wife Carrying Championships, which have taken place at Sonkajärvi in Finland

As well as the prize for fastest time, there are gongs for best costume and strongest carrier, however, if the wife is dropped, the contestant must pick her up and continue carrying her!  

We weren’t quite sure if you had to carry your own wife to take part, or if you could borrow someone else’s!

Wife Carrying

We asked you if you could come up with some bizarre ideas for a local event for the coastal towns 

Mike suggested an Ice Cream or Whelk eating championships, while Amy said a sponsored Dog walk along the beach would be a good idea

Paula said why not have a husband carrying competition, but she wouldn’t be able to lift her Husband Andy!

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"; } ?> Pete & Dean Tue 09/07/13

You find her moored on the South Quay of Whitstable Harbour …

Ready Above

Ready Above

She’s BM 479 the ‘Lisa K’ …

Hook Up

Hook Up

Worked by Pete (on board) and Dean …

A Few Stone

A Few Stone

on the Quay …



… bringing Whelks ashore …

Keep it in Check

Keep it in Check

Bags of Whelks are heavy …

Haul Away

Haul Away

but today a good haul …

On the Quay

On the Quay

gathered from numerous offshore Whelk pots …

Whelk Pallet

Whelk Pallet

the Whelks are loaded onto pallets …



Dean checks them out before fork lifting them to the sheds for cleaning, cooking and sadly the majority being shipped to Europe

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"; } ?> Overcast Mon 08/07/13

Well the weather has turned a little dull and cooler despite what the weathermen or should we be politically correct and say persons, promised

Lisa K

Lisa K

Lisa K gets the last of the days rays

Sou' West Lady & Lisa K

Sou’ West Lady & Lisa K

The harbour much quieter than earlier in the day

Basin from West Quay

Basin from West Quay

Greta stayed home today with the brisk NE wind out in the Estuary 

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"; } ?> Over Indulged Mon 08/07/13

Over Indulged – A US man has devoured 69 hot dogs, beating his own world record at a July 4th competition last week.  Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut said he felt ‘a little full’ after winning the competition!

Duncan asked if your eyes have ever been bigger than your belly and you have over-indulged?

You said – Michael said he had over done it this weekend, eating not one, but two curries! 

Chris said that after eating too much this weekend, he thought he could explode, what on earth did he consume

On the curry theme someone tells me Bob’s over done the curries this week, quick and easy

How many people have come back from the pub and veered into the Kebab shop, Danny in Herne says I did that!

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"; } ?> Marines visit Whitstable Mon 08/07/13

The Royal Marines based at Chatham on the Medway near the Royal Historic Dockyard quite often visit Whitstable …

it was that Big!

It was that Big!

Not quite sure what the skipper is describing here but it’s Big



Their powerful RiB’s tethered in the harbours Deadman’s Corner

The Royal Marines at Chatham

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"; } ?> Room with a View Thu 04/07/13

Duncan posed the question, what’s the best or worst view you’ve ever had from a hotel room

Nick said he stayed in a Hotel in Siagon didn’t have a view owing to the fact it had no windows

Rachael stayed at Hotel in Birmingham, lovely view of the M6

Pete stayed in a hotel in Cambodia with scaffolding obscuring the view 

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"; } ?> Pizza the Action Mon 01/07/13

Wimbledon, Tennis with Strawberries & Cream but this year perhaps not …

Cheese Tomato Pizza

Cheese Tomato Pizza

Tornament organisers have noticed a staggering demand for Pizza

You said:

Steve honestly has made Cheese with Croutons dipped in Marmite & Pickled Onions, em’ a healthy option then!

Anita says Bob suggested Whelks for breakfast, has anyone ever had a Whelk Pizza?

Andy thinks a chocolate Pizza might be interesting

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"; } ?> Home Run – Sail Away Mon 17/06/13

Sail home the nicest way on the Home Run

Yacht of Tankerton Bay

Yacht of Tankerton Bay

Great music essential travel information, news, weather

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"; } ?> Home Run – Shop Watch, Sundae Milestone Sat 15/06/13

Red Sands Radio daytime programmes mainly include Shop Watch the scheme that publises local shops, trades & services for free …

Sundae Sundae & Milestones

Sundae Sundae & Milestones

Ice Creams or Milestones

Sundae Sundae at 62 Harbour Street, Whitstable http://www.sundaesundae.co.uk/shop.html

Milestone for Nursery interiors & accessories at 61 Harbour Street, Whitstable http://www.milestones-whitstable.co.uk/storepage2043115.aspx 

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"; } ?> Duncan Drives Fri 27/07/12

The days programme talk up in the ‘Hot Breakfast’ makes fun of the cars Duncan apparently drives in the ‘Home Run’

Duncan’s daily runabout’s have been: a Morris Minor, *Jaguar XKE V12, Vauxhall Cresta, Mini 1000, MG TF, *Triumph TR7, *Ford Model T, *Fiat Multipia, Willy’s Jeep, *Cadillac Fleetwood, *Yugo GV, Rover 75, Datsun Sunny, Citroen 2CV, Pink Trabant, Messerschmitt Bubble car, *Renault Dauphine, Fordson Major (tractor)

Duncan's Allegro

Duncan’s Allegro

Late yesterday driving his tractor today we bought an *Austin Allegro, hear the story on the Hot Breakfast after 09.30 and again in the ‘Home Run’ between 5-6pm

Amazing, out of 20 cars he’s driven on the ‘Home Run’, *eight are voted worst cars in the World!

Which one did Duncan like best?

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"; } ?> Hell Sailor Thu 26/07/12

Driving a Fordson Major Tractor in on the Home Run was compounded by Duncan being late for the programme

Hello Sailor

Hello Sailor

All the excuses in the World but we found out he went sailing

Barge to Forts

Barge to Forts

Taking the best option of SB Greta out into the Thames Estuary and round the spiritual home of Red Sands Radio, where it all began 

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"; } ?> Hot Hot Hot! Tue 24/07/12

I just happened to comment on how good the weather outside was during today’s show, and you all went crazy!

Someone let us know she was stuck on a train on the way back to the coastal towns, and the heating was on!  Typical!  Michael got in touch from Nashville, Tennessee in the States and said it made him laugh us saying how hot it is – it’s 35 degrees over there and he’d quite like it to be a bit cooler.  originally from our area, he said he’d quite like to be cooling off down by Whitstable Harbour, while Anna said she was hoping to get back to Whitstable in time to see another glorious sunset!  final word goes to Adam, who says we should enjoy it while it lasts!  wise words…

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"; } ?> Pet of the Week 2 Fri 20/07/12

Must be Friday!  It’s Pet of the week time again here at Red Sands Radio

You’ve been sending in pictures of your pets all week, this is the pick of the bunch …

Sydney Jack Russell

Sydney Jack Russell

This is Sydney, a 3 year old rescue Jack Russell, the little softy says her owner Jenny

‘She Loves cuddles on the sofa and definately enjoys her long walks in the
countryside, our little ray of sunshine’!

Tina sent in a picture of her amazing 4-year-old cat called Barry who thinks he’s a dog and appears to be a vegetarian – he doesn’t eat meat! 

Barry Cat 1

Barry Cat 1

He is named “Barry” after one of the Chuckle Brothers as he has a white tash similar to theirs – the other Chuckle Brother is called “Paul” and that seemed silly for a cat’s name!

Barry Cat 2

Barry Cat 2

Tina says she doesn’t think the real Chuckle Brothers were too impressed though, as she attempted to get an interview with them by telling them about her cat and including a picture…but they never replied!

 To me, to you!

Anna nominates Winston one of her Cats Protection League fosters cats

Winston a Cat

Winston a Cat

Due to his ability in forecasting a heat wave, you can see him chillin’ in front of the freezer in this pic!

Talking pets, Pepe the parrot’s in trouble owner John McAlinden, was delighted when he was given the Yellow-Headed Amazon bird

But Pepe started shrieking “taxi for Lidl”, “car one” & “10-4” he was soon in trouble with Glasgow neighbours who called police to complain about the noise

A Strathclyde police spokeswoman said: “We were contacted by a member of the public who had made a complaint about noise”

Officers attended and it was quickly ascertained that the culprit was indeed a parrot

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"; } ?> Flaming Great Wed 18/07/12

The Olympic Torch has finally reached Kent on day 61 reaching Dover on Wednesday  afternoon 18th July

Tall Ship

Tall Ship

Transported into the Channel Tunnel at Samphire Hoe the Dover lifeboat transported the flame to a Tall Ship ‘Stavros S Niarchos’ 

Returning ashore for evening celebrations on the beach and esplanade

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"; } ?> Gherkin = Penguin Tue 17/07/12

Name change for this love hate London building

Gherkin Penguin

Gherkin Penguin

The Gherkin in London could end up being called the Penguin, as ZSL London Zoo plans to transform the City’s iconic Gherkin building to ‘The Penguin’ could see a giant bird towering over Londoners this summer.

Bosses at ZSL London Zoo commissioned a production team to draw up a dramatic redesign of the famed skyscraper to remind visitors to the capital not to miss their penguins in 2012.

They plan to approach city bigwigs with the bold concept of turning the prominent Swiss Re Building – more commonly known as The Gherkin – into a giant penguin.

I asked what you thought of it.  Anne didn’t quite believe me, saying ‘Yeah, right!’ on our Facebook page!

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"; } ?> Miserable Monday Mon 16/07/12

Duncan asked you to describe this Miserable Monday in as few a words as possible

The suggestions came in thick and fast – you obviously don’t like Mondays!

Anna suggested Wipeout, Sandy said Wet, Windy, Washout, which could actually describe this summer!  Steve G. Adams offered up Boomtown. Rats  

Brenda described today as Glumday and Paul suggested Murky, Miserable Monday, while in the studio it was Magnum Monday for Bob and Duncan as they imagined the sun was shining as they ate a Magnum ice cream each!

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"; } ?> Tied Up Mon 16/07/12

On an evening walk on his home turf Duncan snapped these Thames Ferries, just round the corner from us on the North Kent Coast

Woolwich Ferries

Woolwich Ferries

Pictured tied up East of the Thames Barrier they are one of the last boat links across the river the Woolwich Ferries criss-cross the river day and out 

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"; } ?> Pet of the Week 1 Fri 13/07/12

Ever the animal lover Duncan put out his first call for nominations for Pet of the Week, nominated for inclusion are …



1. Savage is a 7yr old Staffordshire, owner Louise says he would love to be pet of the week!

He loves nothing more than chilling out with friends on the field on Church Street Playing Fields, running after the waves on the beach and as you can see is a keen cyclist! He getting ready for the trials of the Tour de Bubble, and is giving a thumbs up for 40 winks!



2. Cookie belongs to Karolina, 3 months old and had my first bath today. If you think I look defeated you should see my mum and the state of the kitchen 

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"; } ?> Thanks Duncan Fri 13/07/12

Half pint caused chaos today by mentioning Friday 13th July, no sooner said and the mainframe PC had a hick-up

Switching to the second playback machine that froze up, so over to the night sustaining machine



Things didn’t improve until several engineers set about ripping the innards out of the prime machine during the Home Run peak hours

The joys of computers

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"; } ?> Upside Down Wed 11/07/12

The number of people that have had a spill on the infamous bends between Whitstable and Herne Bay are many (I hear that Bob took a mini for a swim in the Brook by the cottages once!

Upside Down 2

Upside Down 2

Here’s one of two recent casualties on the road

Upside Down 1

Upside Down 1

A Peugeot 306 much the worst the wear

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"; } ?> Clean Sweep Wed 11/07/12

Duncan gets behind the broom to make a clean sweep of things …

Clean Sweep

Clean Sweep

His cleaning escapades explained in his show today

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"; } ?> Fishing we will go Mon 09/07/12

Duncan Martin fancies a job on the small local fishing fleet

Wash Pilgrim

Wash Pilgrim

Above the ‘Wash Pilgrim’ registered in Boston, Linclnshire (BN) is that Duncan at the Wheel

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"; } ?> Make it a clean one Mon 25/06/12

Duncan Martin always one to help keep things ship-shape

Duncan Martin Vacuums

Duncan Martin Vacuums

Gets behind the vacuum cleaner to mask the Home Run an extra clean show!

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"; } ?> Victoria Hire Sun 17/06/12

The premier local vehicle hire company Victoria Hire have joined forces with Red Sands Radio

Whitstable Times 7/6/12

Whitstable Times 7/6/12

Victoria Hire

Bob with Edward Bollen MD of Victoria Hire

Sponsoring the stations ‘Home Run’ each weekday

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"; } ?> Flying Razor Clam Fri 29/07/11

Tails over Tankerton 1

Tails over Tankerton 1

Andy Thomas the towns ‘high flyer’ organises the Kite Flying event at Tankerton

Tails over Tankerton 2

Tails over Tankerton 2

Freya the youngest Red Sands Radio listener with her Mum?

Tails over Tankerton 3

Tails over Tankerton 3

The Razor gets to grips with a Kite with Sasha Thomas & Florence Brown

Tails over Tankerton 4

Tails over Tankerton 4

PA man Roy doing the commentary for ‘Tails over Tankerton’

Pyro Oyster

Pyro Oyster

Cartoon depicting pyrotechnic at the Street by Mark B Goode

By the way Dave the Razor gets nicknamed again the ‘Razor Clam’ by Barnacle Bill

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"; } ?> Razor File Thu 28/07/11

On the ‘Home Run’ today



The Razor reveals his listener, seriously thanks to Karolina for the photograph taken at The Harbour Garden Cafe during the EPICentre Food Fair

Bizarre names:

Bands: Neutral Milk Hotel, Modest Mouse

Beer: Fiddler’s Elbow, Dogfish Head Snowblower Ale, Sick Duck, Seriously Bad Elf, Moose Drool

Wine: Elephant on a Tightrope, Mad Housewife, Blasted Church

Food: The most popular bread in Spain is delightfully named ‘Bimbo’!

In Sweden there’s a low fat yoghurt called BRA

Scotland have Belchers Square Sausage

Biscuits in Korea called Cream Colons

But my favourite, without a doubt is a Chocolate bar in Czech Republic called Plopp

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"; } ?> Barnacle Bill Thu 28/07/11

Is Barnacle Bill, of Herne Bay’s Heritage Walk fame, really Bob?

This was suggested by Nick a couple of days ago on Red Sands Radio Facebook page, but nobody really knows?

Banter included a Facebook chat about ‘Portland Bill’ & his chums; named after the Lighthouse on the Isle-of-Portland, Dorset & his ‘Shipping Forecast’ named chums televised on Children’s Television

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"; } ?> Favourite Snack Wed 27/07/11

Banter today on snacking turned into an argument over which is tops: Bacon or Sausage Sandwiches – The jury’s out!

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"; } ?> Telly Addicts! Tue 26/07/11

On the Home Run today, the Razor is asking for your top Whitstable/Herne Bay moments from TV, after the Hairy Bikers appearence last Sunday at the Harbour.  Join in the Home Run chat on Facebook, Twitter or email