Coastal Towns Round Up

What’s going on sponsored by: Parry Law

 Tune-in to find out what’s really happening in the Coastal Towns and the rest of the region, mainly presented by Chris West the Coastal Towns Manager Red Sands Radio Life Ring Logo
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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 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

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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

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"; } ?> Bob’s 60’s Splash Sat 27/08/16

1st on air in 1988 & on various stations since. It’s back ‘Bob’s 60’s Splash’ from 13.00 BST this afternoon on Maritime Radio 101.4 FM


Big Splash


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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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"; } ?> Staff Shortages hit Local Radio Station Fri 01/05/15

Red Sands Radio Staff  Shortages

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Red Sands Radio Flag

Based in the historic harbour at Whitstable, Red Sands Radio originally broadcast from the Offshore Forts and this year is suffering a severe shortfall in staff

“Red Sands Radio Founder MD and Programme Director Bob Le-Roi said; “With a small core of dedicated key members it’s always been difficult to juggle life-work commitments with running Red Sands Radio”

“We strive to achieve a high standard at Red Sands Radio with core daytime programmes hosted by professional broadcasters. However, when they become indisposed or indeed things go wrong we don’t have sufficient quality back-up”

“This coupled with a shortfall at weekends; we haven’t the resources to provide the quality of service the Coastal Towns expect of us. Consequently with regret, it’s unlikely Red Sands Radio will be on-air for its 9th successive year in 2015”

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"; } ?> Coastal Towns Events Sat 11/04/15

 Run by Red Sands Radio and relaunched the Coastal Towns Events Website


Coastal Towns Events

The definitive listing of what’s going on along the coast: The Coastal Towns Events Website came about in trial format after a number of Whitstable and Herne Bay Liaison Group Meetings 

Run experimentally by Red Sands Radio and powered by Koolwebs, the site quickly proved popular, and at the trial peak listed more than 700 events 

With Local Authority approval and a positive reaction from the Community and business, the site has re-launched in a more appealing and user-friendly format

 It’s easy to use and simple to get your event added quickly

 If it’s going on Locally it should be in the Coastal Towns Events Website from Red Sands Radio  

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"; } ?> Coast to Coast Thu 31/07/14

With everything local it’s the Coastal Towns Round Up accompanied by some local scenes


Shackles & Anchor at Horsebridge Ramp

Dredged up by Whitstable Oyster Company


Oyster Barrier!

Clever use of old wooden beer barrels at Royal Native Oyster Stores

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"; } ?> Oysters n More Sat 26/07/14

Whitstable Oyster Festival begins officially with the landing of oysters at Long Beach


Chaucer College Japanese Drummers & Dancers

Whilst Whitstable Harbour has two days of brilliant food & drink at our International Food Fair


Chaucer College Japanese Drummers & Dancers

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"; } ?> Morris Men? Sat 19/07/14

Can we say that or Morris People gathered at St Alphage Church this morning


Morris Dancers

All part of the ongoing seasonal celebrations 

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"; } ?> Storm Clouds Sat 19/07/14

Mike Elwood took this impressive photograph last night

Storm Clouds

Herne Bay Skies

Ahead of the storm that hit the Coastal Towns in the small hours, kept you awake too?

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"; } ?> Aviator Sat 12/07/14

Good morning from Chris West …


F14 Emeline  on scrubbing berth outside West Quay Whitstable harbour at 07.00 Saturday 12th July 2014

In the Coastal Towns Round Up today Chris has exclusive news on a brand new Amy Johnson project

The Famous Aviator who lost her life in a plane crash on 5th January 1941

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"; } ?> We Want To Hear From You! Sat 28/06/14

Everyone has a story, a tale, maybe a book, a song, business, charity or organisation to promote

Live, work or play in the Coastal Towns? Then Red Sands Radio wants to hear from you!

Informal chat’s in the James Day ‘Live Lunch’ are normally broadcast from the deck of the Harbour Garden Café and offer an ideal opportunity to get your message across to the audience that counts; the people and business of Whitstable & Herne Bay

Bandstand Herne Bay

Times gone by – Herne Bay Bandstand in 1933

With just 2-3 spots a day slots go quickly, so get in touch soon and who knows perhaps you’ll be heard on Red Sands Radio

You can hear more ‘The Live Lunch’ weekdays from 10.00 – 14.00

Radio Red Sands launches on 7th July 2014 on 87.9 FM & on-line at

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"; } ?> Runners Gift to Demelza House Mon 23/06/14

Raised from the proceeds of the ever popular Canterbury Harriers Whitstable 10k run, held on the 5th May were presented to Demelza House

Canterbury Harriers Gift

Canterbury Harriers gift to Demelza House – Saturday 21st June 2014

 Peter Yarlett presenting a £1000 cheque to David Holmes Demelza House Community Fundraiser, with Harriers Members Roy Gooderson, 2014 Race Director John Hartley & Brian Smith, Race Sponsor of Baileys Nissan

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"; } ?> Empty Tank Fri 25/04/14

Once an open body of water the Gorrell Tank holds surface rain water, drained from the high ground over Whitstable through the Stream Walk gully to be pumped out into the Harbour’s South Quay

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Gorrell Tank Car Park construction in 1970

Built over in the 1970’s as a Local Authorities Car Park Southern Water maintain the tank, which when inspected by divers is deemed unsafe, closed on 28th April whilst repairs are effected to its 200 reinforced steel concrete support columns  

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"; } ?> Classic Desires Sat 20/07/13

‘The Coastal Towns Round-Up’ asked what Classic Car you most desired

Rolls on Kent Tour

Rolls on Kent Tour

Above Rolls Royce pictured in the Whitstable Harbour Car park

Paul of Herne Bay wanted Triumph TR7

Sandra in Tankerton wants a VW Covertable, with hanging fluffy dice of course

Dave from Herne Bay wants a Morgan

Michael Whitstable wants a Mercedes

Chris himself wants an Aston Martin DB7, well he’s plenty of money so watch this space

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"; } ?> Steam Astern Sat 06/07/13

The Union Pluto startled a few visitors today …

Union Pluto

Union Pluto

sounding her intentions of going astern with three short blasts as she left the East Quay Ballast Berth, commercial fishing boats let he pass pity the same can’t be said of pleasure craft, speed boats and jet skiers blissfully unaware of her movements

The Union Pluto

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"; } ?> Herne Bay Clock Tower Thu 23/05/13

Catch Coastal Towns Manager talking up the towns on his weekly Coastal Towns Round Up

Herne Bay Clock Tower

Herne Bay Clock Tower

Stories from across the Whitstable Herne Bay area

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"; } ?> Evening across the bay Wed 17/04/13

Catch up with Chris West the undisputed local Coastal Towns expert

Hampton Bay

Hampton Bay

Saturdays from 10.00 it’s the Coastal Towns Round Up

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"; } ?> Reculver Thu 28/06/12

Let’s not forget the people in the vibrant community of Reculver

Reculver Towers

Reculver Towers

The historic Roman Fort northern out post of the Wansum & the remains of the later St Mary’s Church Towers used as a naviagtion aid for centuries

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"; } ?> Fish n Chips Mon 25/07/11

Fish n Chips

Fish n Chips

Having a good time at the EPICentre Fair of Food & Drink

What could be nicer Whitstable’s famous fish n chips, a bottle of Whitstable Bay bitter sitting on the harbour south quay

T Shirt promoting song by gypsy punk band ‘Gogol Bordello’ 

Specialty Shop

Specialty Shop

Andy, Doug & Jade on the stall based in Herne Bay the local specialist food shop

Specialty Shop

Specialty Shop

Owned by Andy Specialty Foods are at 91 Mortimer Street, Herne Bay

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"; } ?> Day One Sun 10/07/11

Launch Photograph 1

Launch Photograph 1

Whitstable Times photographer Brian Green in the picture for a change with Jane & Philip Ranger

Launching on Saturday at 7am the formal celebrations took place during ‘The Coastal Towns Roud Up’

Launch Photograph 2

Launch Photograph 2

Roy Gooderson with Deborah Mylcrist filling the glasses

Launch Photograph 3

Launch Photograph 3

Selection of the tasty morsels made by Temple Foods

Launch Photograph 4

Launch Photograph 4

Gathering of sponsors, advertisers & team members

Launch Photograph 5

Launch Photograph 5

Lord Mayor Ian Thomas prepares for interview

Launch Photograph 6

Launch Photograph 6

Chris West soldiers on in the studio presenting the ‘Coastal Towns Round-Up’

Launch Photograph 7

Launch Photograph 7

Group picture posed for Whitstable Times, nice shot of photographer Brian Green’s hand!

Launch Photograph 8

Launch Photograph 8

KKC Councilor Mark Dance foreground gets into the spirit of things

Launch Photograph 9

Launch Photograph 9

Mission Control (Sandy) with Bob & Stephen Parry of Parry Law