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VIDEO: Cornwall's most memorable 1980s moments

VIDEO: Cornwall's most memorable 1980s moments

Published by Emma Carton at 11:11am 1st October 2018. (Updated at 9:18am 5th October 2018)

Here is a round-up some of Cornwall's most memorable moments from the decade that brought us Wham! and Walkmans, as we launch new radio station Pirate 80s.

The new radio station will feature tracks from the likes of Culture Club, Queen and Whitney, as well as all the latest local news and information for the Duchy.

Listener research shows us the 80s are the decade we love to listen to most and it certainly carries a lot of memories for Kernow.

Hundreds of fans flocked to the now demolished Cornwall Coliseum, to watch bands like Blondie.

But it was a decade tinged with sadness, for events such as the Penlee lifeboat disaster and the Camelford Water Poisoning.

Here are some of the most memorable moments from Cornwall in the 1980s...

1) Gigs at the Cornwall Coliseum

The Who, Adam and the Ants, Wham, Bon Jovi - they all played Cornwall Coliseum back in the 80s and hundreds flocked to see them.

The legendary venue at Carlyon Bay was demolished in 2015 to make way for new homes, shops and a restaurant.

2) The Penlee lifeboat disaster

On 19th December 1981, the crew of the Penlee lifeboat, the Solomon Browne, rushed to the aid of a stricken freighter in treacherous weather. The lifeboat sank, claiming the lives of all on board.

3) Blue Peter switched on Mousehole's Christmas lights...

The Penlee lifeboat disaster is remembered each year in Mousehole by the dimming of its Christmas lights. A couple of years after the sinking, Blue Peter arrived in the village to switch on the lights.

4) The Camelford water poisoning

Thousands of homes in the Camelford area were affected when 20 tonnes of aluminium sulphate was accidentally tipped into the wrong tank at Lowermoor back in 1988.

30 years later, the incident has sparked calls for a fresh inquiry.

5) The Great Storm of 1987

Who could forget the Great Storm, when Met Office forecaster and BBC weather presenter Michael Fish infamously told audiences there was no hurricane on the way, just hours before the storm broke.

Although the south-west bore the brunt of the wild weather, it downed trees across Cornwall and whipped up huge waves in places like Porthleven, not unlike these that battered the harbour during the Valentine's Day storms of 2014.

6) The launch of Cornwall Air Ambulance

On 1st April 1987, Cornwall Air Ambulance was born. Not only that, but it was the first dedicated helicopter emergency medical service to operate in the UK.

Pirate FM was lucky enough to take a special tour on the charity's 30th birthday!

7) Trains looked a little bit different back then...

Check out these trains crossing the Tamar Bridge back in 1987 - when the sign in Saltash read "the last station in Cornwall".

8) But some things stayed the same - surf's up for the launch of Boardmasters!

This footage by ThreeS Films shows pro-surfer Gul Alder riding the waves at Fistral beach Newquay in 1981, which was the year Boardmasters launched!

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