Seaton Carew Radio 1 roadshow had a “fantastic atmosphere” said one very happy fan

The crowds having a great time at the 1986 roadshow.
The crowds having a great time at the 1986 roadshow.

Just over 30 years ago, thousands of people packed into Seaton to be part of a national event.

And one man who saw it all got in touch to re-live the good old days of the Radio 1 Roadshow, which kept on returning to Seaton Carew year after year.

The mummy game at the 1986 roadshow.

The mummy game at the 1986 roadshow.

Thanks go to Alastair Rae, now a public relations manager with Hartlepool Borough Council, who said our Memory Lane coverage “brought back many happy memories from 30 years ago”.

He said: “I worked as events and tourism officer at the time for the council’s leisure and amenities department and was taken by complete surprise when a letter dropped in my in-tray from Radio 1 saying that they wanted to bring the Summer Roadshow to The Green, Seaton Carew.

“In those days the Radio 1 Roadshow was a top attraction visiting many of the country’s main seaside resorts. It was only years later that I found out that it was Mark Page who suggested the idea. Mark is from the area and worked as a DJ for Radio 1 in the early 80s.”

Peter Powell, Janice Long, Smiley Miley and Mark Page were just some of the DJs who graced the town. Alastair added: “We hosted the event for several years and as well as the DJs you refer to, I also remember Mike Reid, but I’m sure there were others.

I worked as Events & Tourism Officer at the time for the council’s Leisure & Amenities Department and was taken by complete surprise when a letter dropped in my in-tray from Radio 1 saying that they wanted to bring the Summer Roadshow to The Green, Seaton Carew

Alastair Rae

“Thousands always turned out for the event.

“Everything was fine and everyone had a great time.”

Alastair used to get to see all of the roadshow from a fantastic vantage point with Philly Dixon – “a football pal of mine” – who had a house overlooking The Green.

Every year, they would “watch the proceedings from his first floor lounge where I got a bird’s eye view of thousands of young people soaking up the fantastic atmosphere.”

Thanks go to Alastair for some wonderful recollections and here’s a few more reminders of the event.

We’ve dug out archive files which reminded us that the shows in those years had lots of highlights.

In 1987, Janice Long led a Billy Joel dance routine on stage and did her own version of a Home and Away competition with couples picked from the audience – one from the town and one from outside.

Were you one of the couples playing? Tell us more and email chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk

A year earlier, disc jockey Adrian John led the crowd’s cheers in 1986 as volunteers from the audience were transformed into Egyptian mummies with rolls of toilet paper wrapped all round them.

In another great game, talented youngsters gave their impersonations of Mavis Riley from Coronation Street, and Woody Woodpecker.

Thanks to everyone who responded to our recent stories on the roadshows.