On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July, visitors to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway can get their groove on to some of the top hits from the 60s, as Pickering Station will be hosting a special Pirate Radio exhibit as part of its new and improved 60s Fest.

Music from the period, including the Radio London Fab 40 for the week of 23rd July 1967, will be played across the railway throughout the weekend. Boogie to ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’ by Arthur Conley, ‘All You Need Is Love’ by The Beatles and ‘Bye, Bye, Baby’ by The Symbols. Not to mention top tunes by Stevie Wonder, The Monkees, Tom Jones and The Who among others.

The exhibition will give the history of offshore radio and showcase all of the stations, their DJs and their unique styles. There will be a special place in the display to Radio 270 which was on air from mid-1966 to the closure on 14th August 1967. This station operated with a 10 kilowatt transmitter from a coaster in Scarborough Bay and was known in radio circles as the seasick station as the vessel was very small and the weather always choppy or rough.    

Chris Dannatt the organiser of the exhibit and Geoff Pearson, a member of the Radio London team from 1964 to 1966 will be available to answer questions during the weekend.

Geoff said: “We’re very excited to bring our Pirate Radio exhibition to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s 60s Fest for the first time this year. Pirate Radio has a fascinating history and we’re sure families will love listening to the top songs of the decade.”

It’s not just Pickering station that’s getting in the groove as other stations along the line will be decked out in sixties fashion. Head back in time and visit ELVISham, try the beer tent and live music at Goathland and check out the ‘old and new’ mini display at Grosmont.

Fares for the 60’s fest event start from just £26.00 for adults, £22.10 for seniors and £13.00 for children. Or alternatively families can take advantage of a family ticket for just £54.00 which grants access to two adults and two children.

For further information or to pre-book tickets online before your visit please go to nymr.co.uk/Event/60s-fest

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Picture Caption: NYMR volunteer Geoff Pearson at Radio London

Picture Credit: Geoff Pearson

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a non-profitable charitable trust providing memorable experiences for visitors and fulfilment for volunteers and staff through the operation of Britain’s most popular heritage railway between Whitby and Pickering.

  • The NYMR cares for operating and developing the railway we own from Pickering to Grosmont.
  • Operating over Network Rail from Grosmont to Whitby.
  • Provides a high quality, safe and authentic evocation of the steam age for the public.
  • Educational Charitable Trust. Providing education for all ages.
  • The NYMR is a fully accredited museum.