Station’s birthday celebrations cut short following Royal death

Radio Clatterbridge cut short its 70th birthday celebrations following the announcement of the death of HRH Prince Philip.

The passing of the Duke of Edinburgh was announced at lunchtime today by Buckingham Palace, as the station was in the middle of a day of events to mark seven decades on the air.

Radio Clatterbridge suspended its programmes, which included archive audio and songs related to the anniversary, in favour of appropriate music and hourly news updates with reaction to his death.

Programme Controller Paul Johnston said: “It would have been completely inappropriate to continue with our on-air celebrations after news broke of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

“He was part of the fabric of the nation for generations, and it is right and proper that we all play our part in pausing and reflecting on his life.

“We were able to mark our birthday prior to the news being made public, including special editions of the breakfast show and Coffee Club, with archive audio and interviews with long-serving members.”

The station’s milestone was featured on Radio Merseyside, mentioned by Zoe Ball on the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show and reported in local media including the Wirral Globe.