Searching for old shipmates

Swinging the lamp.

I would imagine that to those of your readers who served in the Royal Navy, the above comment brought a wry smile and made them think back a bit, but nearly always with a lamp swinging story, a very close shipmate is drawn into the story, inevitably with an, ‘I wonder where Old Chalkie is now?’.

A local community radio, which also transmits on the web, is about to join in and find old shipmates.

With a programme devoted to tales and escapades linked to a missing shipmate and a piece of music of the time, we aim to get them together.

Angel Radio Isle of Wight transmits on 91.5FM to the Isle of Wight and part of Hampshire and Wight Fibre network, but is also transmitting to the world on

A nostalgic radio station, it will appeal to anybody who enjoyed the music of the 20s through to the 60s and we would like to transmit any ‘lamp swinging’ stories and reunite shipmates no matter where they are in the world.

Email your story complete with name of the ‘oppo’ you are looking for, the ship or shore base and the dates to or write to Mike Crowe, Angel Radio Sailors, 7 Heath Road, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 8PG

And why not send your story to this newspaper for an extra bit of local publicity?

Your old ‘oppo’ might be just walking distance away, one of the stories at the microphone!

Mike Crowe

Isle of Wight