Less Bother With A Hover

Radio Clatterbridge turned the clock back 50 years to mark the anniversary of the world's first commercial hovercraft service.

The inaugural trip, between Moreton and Rhyl, was recorded by one of the station's founders in July 1962.

The hovercraft

Monty Lister was one of the few to board the 110-ton Vickers-Armstrong VA-3 craft.

He recorded proceedings to share with patients back at Clatterbridge Hospital.

The so-called Hovercoach was scheduled to run six services six times a week over the summer but bad weather and a series of engine problems meant it ran only for a total of 19 days.

However, it was said to have paved the way for modern day hovercraft.

Afternoon Edition presenter Andy Bonner spoke to Monty on the anniversary of the launch about his memories of the day.

It was a day like today. The sun was there. It was a nice breeze.... It was something brand new. The world's first hovercraft service... Tremendous excitement! - Monty Lister

Listeners were also treated to Monty's original recording.

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