Radio Odstock's 60th birthday celebrations

Parent holding baby in the new recliner

Midnight on May 24th 2013 was a never-to-be forgotten time in the history of Radio Odstock at Salisbury District Hospital, as at that moment the volunteer radio station went “live” to the whole of Salisbury and to the hospital’s environs for five miles. It had been one person’s ambition, for the previous two years, to celebrate the Diamond Anniversary by doing something that had not been attempted before. Joint Chairman Kev Lawrence was the mastermind behind the organisation of what was a Bank Holiday weekend of non-stop presentation of music, chat, invited guests and much more; sixty programmes spread over three days and nights

Saturday 25th May was the main celebration day when “Oddie” almost took over the hospital; outdoor music with many visitors and refreshments, Rosemary Squires MBE cutting the cake especially baked for the occasion and the presentation of long-service certificates to several of Radio Odstock’s volunteers by the Hospital Broadcasting Association.

To carry out such an event involved a considerable amount of organising and financing, and the League of Friends, along with various companies and individuals, very kindly supported the occasion. The weekend was a great success and gave encouragement to all volunteers with other helpers who joined them to ensure the three days were a truly enjoyable celebration.