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Dorothy Calvert lowering a Crystal Ball that was made for the Civic Hall in Southampton - 1958.  Dorothy played a fascinating role in the history of British pop music, helping to run dance halls, managing groups and running the pirate station ‘Radio City’ after her husband Reg Calvert, who owned the offshore broadcaster, had been shot dead by a rival ’pirate’.Her husband’s death provoked Harold Wilson’s Labour government to move to outlaw offshore broadcasting.  Although Dorothy played a significant role in the campaign to save the pirates, the battle was lost in 1967 with the introduction of the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act, which effectively silenced the pirate stations for good.

Dorothy Calvert lowering a Crystal Ball that was made for the Civic Hall in Southampton - 1958.  Dorothy played a fascinating role in the history of British pop music, helping to run dance halls, managing groups and running the pirate station ‘Radio City’ after her husband Reg Calvert, who owned the offshore broadcaster, had been shot dead by a rival ’pirate’.

Her husband’s death provoked Harold Wilson’s Labour government to move to outlaw offshore broadcasting.  Although Dorothy played a significant role in the campaign to save the pirates, the battle was lost in 1967 with the introduction of the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act, which effectively silenced the pirate stations for good.

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