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LISTEN: Harrogate Hospital Radio celebrates 40th anniversary

LISTEN: Harrogate Hospital Radio celebrates 40th anniversary

Published at 11:08am 19th October 2017. (Updated at 2:31pm 19th October 2017)

Harrogate Hospital Radio is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a 'birthday bash' on Friday.

The event at Bilton Working Men's Club will feature live music from four local artists, a disco, pie and pea supper and prize draw.

Those headlining the event, which starts at 7.30pm, are Aaron Joseph, Lucy L'Mont, Robbie Miller and James Taplin.

Mark Oldfield, Chairman of Harrogate Hospital Radio, said: "I'm very proud to be the chairman of such a superb organisation, and this party is being held to celebrate Harrogate Hospital Radio's four decades of broadcasting throughout the wards of the district hospital.

"This remarkable milestone could not be possible if it were not for the fantastic support of Harrogate District Hospital NHS Trust, patients, local business, individuals, fundraising organisations, and, of course, our wonderful volunteers.

"We have come a long way since our first broadcast on 22 October 1977, when we only had one turntable, microphone and tape machine, and broadcast for just two hours a night.

"We now have two studios kitted out with state-of-the-art equipment and broadcast 24 hours a day to a worldwide audience.

"Friday is going to be a great night and I'm extremely grateful to all the acts who will be performing for us.

"It's not a private party, so all are welcome. And, of course, we will be using this evening as a way of raising funds and gaining new volunteers."

Mark has been telling Stray FM about the history of Harrogate Hospital Radio:

Tickets for 40th anniversary event cost £10, which includes automatic entry to the prize draw and pie and peas.

They are available from behind the bar at Bilton Working Men's Club or by calling Harrogate Hospital Radio on 01423 553342.

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