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Hospital radio to celebrate 30th birthday

RADIO Victoria at Folkestone is celebrating its 30th birthday next week and to mark the occasion wants to reunite presenters to reminisce about its success.

The Folkestone Hospital Broadcasting Service is planning a special programme at 7pm on Friday, May 3, called Voices from the Past which it is hoped former presenters will help to produce and present.

In 1972, a nurse asked colleagues why the radio service at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Dover could not be provided at the site of the same name in the neighbouring town.

Folkestone carnival organisers donated most of their 1971 charity collection to buy the equipment and after generous donations of old 33s, 45s and 78s, the station went live to the Folkestone wards.

Anyone with early memories of Radio Victoria since it first went on the airwaves should contact the studio on 01303 854455.

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