Paul O'Grady pays tribute to us on our birthday

Paul O'Grady has paid tribute to Radio Clatterbridge as we celebrate our 65th birthday.

The Wirral-born entertainer responded to a message into his BBC Radio 2 programme with warm congratulations to our volunteers.

Paul O'Grady (Credit: BBC Radio 2)

One of the biggest names in broadcasting, the 60 year old from Birkenhead told listeners how his sister was a midwife at Clatterbridge.

He even recalled travelling on the number 10 bus to the hospital!

"Radio Clatterbridge congratulations. Happy 65th anniversary and thanks for all the work you've done. Malcolm's going mad because he sees you as competition!" - Paul O'Grady



It was the culmination of a memorable weekend for Radio Clatterbridge.

We celebrated our birthday with a series of special programmes.

Dave Williams (centre) with Paul Johnston, Steve Lord, Dave Adams

The station started when the Port Sunlight Boys' Club first took requests from patients in 1951 using a wind-up gramophone and a box of 78 records.

Dave Williams reprised Mid-Morning Music, our longest-running programme, for the celebrations.

Watch behind-the-scenes interviews about our 65th birthday:


Dave joined the station in 1973 and broadcast on Saturday mornings until 1996.

He was joined by Dave Adams, who joined the team in 1990 and now presents its successor programme.

The pair managed to dig out a number of pieces of archive from the show that haven't been heard in decades.

"We've got a tremendous heritage and there have been some great clips tday that I've certainly never heard before. Some wonderful archive." - Dave Adams, Presenter



Amongst the memories was a piece from 1993 when a then 15 year old Justin Madders signed up to help out collecting requests.

Justin is now the Labour MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston and the Shadow Minister for Health.

"It's refreshing to actually be on a radio station that's older than me. There aren't many of those around!" - Dave Williams, Presenter

Listeners also got the chance to relive chats with some very famous musicians including The Beatles, Cliff Richard and Bill Haley.

They all appeared on the station in the 1960s thanks to one of the world's first celebrity interviewers, Monty Lister.


A founder member of Radio Clatterbridge, Monty revealed to Steve Lord about the stories behind those famous conversations.

He turns 90 later this year.

Share this story:

Follow the conversation:

Our latest news...

  • Presenter Dave Adams makes history

    Dave Adams speaking for the League of FriendsThe latest phase in the history of a Clatterbridge charity has been penned by a Radio Clatterbridge presenter. Dave Adams has spent six months researching and writing the history of Clatterbridge Hospitals League of Friends for its 65th anniversary.
  • Live programmes resume

    The studio is ready after its deep cleanLive broadcasts have resumed at Radio Clatterbridge as listeners get used to living with the "new normal". The charity has remained on air during the coronavirus pandemic to include vital information for staff, patients and visitors at Clatterbridge Health Park in addition to its usual mix of entertainment and news.
  • Clatterbridge expands into Liverpool

    The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre logo on the roof of its new Liverpool hospitalListeners have heard how cancer services will continue at Clatterbridge Health Park despite a new specialist hospital opening in Liverpool. The 11-storey Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in the city centre will deliver highly-specialist care including pioneering immunotherapy and the most advanced forms of radiotherapy to 2.4 million people.

We use cookies to make your visit a better experience. Is that ok? (By accepting this or scrolling this page or continuing to browse, you agree to our privacy policy.) You can find out how to change your cookie settings at this website.