Highbridge radio station staff mark 90 years since it opened
100 former staff from Highbridge Radio Station (known locally as
Portishead Radio) gathered at the Ritz Social Club on Saturday (28th
July) to mark the 90th year since the station officially opened.
long-range maritime radio service commenced in 1920 from a site
in Devizes, but the transmitters were moved to Portishead in 1928,
with an associated receiving/control centre at Highbridge opening
at the same time.
station provided essential ship-to-shore communication facilities
for 72 years before closing on April 30th, 2000.
celebratory activities have taken place this month, including special
amateur radio stations which incorporated the stations callsigns
(GKA, GKB and GKC), articles in the regional press, culminating
in the staff reunion.
proved to be a successful evening, with a celebratory cake being
commissioned, and an original ex-radio station morse key being auctioned
for charity, raising £520," says organiser Larry Bennett.
was a rare opportunity for ex-staff to meet each other again, some
having left the station over 30 years ago. Staff from all over the
country attended, including one who travelled from Australia to
join the celebrations."
for a memorial at the former radio station site are ongoing, and
with the support of local MP James Heappey it is hoped that something
can be arranged during this year."
information about the station and its history can be found at the