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    Pirate Radio Museum...

    by arturowan Updated Aug 27, 2014

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    Local entrepeneur, Ray Anderson has opened a museum on the seafront right beside Clacton Pier, dedicated to the history of 'pirate radio'...
    Pirate radio transmitter ships were moared in the local waters, so the exhibits might be considered as local history, relevant to anybody who cares to know the facts about Radio Laser, Radio London, & Radio Caroline (see separate Walton-0n-The-Naze tip...)
    DJ's who later became nationally well-known names, such as the late John Peel, Johnnie Walker, Keith Skues, Dave Lee Travis, & the evergreen Tony Blackburn, all share a history in the pirate radio revolution...
    & revolution it truly was, because, believe it or not, UK did not have a radio station transmitting pop & rock music, until 1967 (!!!)
    Yes, my American friends - if you wanted to hear 'the pick of the pops', before then, the only way was to tune into a Continental broadcaster, whose signals only reached English shores when atmospheric conditions were permissive, which was 'once in a blue moon', or listen to the off-shore pirates...
    The pirates were the only source of Rock'n'Roll radio, until the BBC agreed that the latest corruption to the public morals, was here to stay, so they launched Radio1
    No wonder Paul McCartney wrote; Back In The USSR - "you don't know how lucky you are!" - when the country which produced as many influential bands as you can count, would not play them until the end of 1967
    The story of pirate radio, until then, is a great story, & 1 which suits sitting down to read in a book, but I am not a fan of these format, static displays, which expect you to stand around reading small print & looking at monochrome photo's...
    There are some studio artefacts & DJ decks, but really, this museum will only interest an 'anorak' like me, but still does not offer very much for the entrance fee, because it is trying to cash-in on its close vicinity to the central tourist attraction that is Clacton Pier...
    However, many daytrippers want entertainment more thrilling than displays of days gone by, so the cost of adult admission @ £5 - really is too steep...
    So, as far as I am concerned, the museum will only fill-up, when the rain starts falling...

    Unique Suggestions: Cost of childrens' admission = £2.50
    The Beatles 'yellow submarine' will please children...

    Fun Alternatives: Entry to the pier is free, if you just want to escape a downpour...

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    Clacton Factory 0utlet...

    by arturowan Updated May 3, 2014

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    Clacton Factory 0utlet has been through a number of titles since it first opened a couple of decades ago, which does rather illustrate the fact that it's never proved as popular as was intended, & that re-branding will sell it to a new clientele...
    Alike many such 'out-of-town' shopping precincts, what was originally named Clacton Common Factory Shopping Village, was built in response to the 1990's fad for retail outlets, built in the middle of nowhere...
    This 1 was set up on land originally intended for the Sladbury's Lane Industrial Estate, another local enterprise that never really took off as was hoped, leaving a lot of vacant plots, now turned into a car park & precinct...
    Roadsigns as faraway as Dovercourt, give directions to this site, so I suppose it's being advertised on the Continent, in the hope of attracting shoppers, alighting from the ferries?
    Not a 'shopaholic' myself, I fail to understand the attraction of these sites, although the 1 on the outskirts of Clacton is supposed to be full of bargains, (but then, don't they all say that?)
    The only feature of note about the site is the architecture, which looks as if it has been copied from Legoland - but why?
    To my way of thinking, most mysterious...

    Unique Suggestions: Look at the architecture & ask yourself was it inspired by the Lego wild west town building set?

    Fun Alternatives: If you're in another town centre, then stay there!

    Postman Pat & his black&white cat!
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    by ginte Updated Aug 13, 2004

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    Those who like sandy beaches should enjoy the left part from the main entrance, as on the right part you'll find a beach with stones.

    Stones at the beach
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    • Family Travel

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