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Here is the news about power cuts. Radio newsreader Alan Rogers tells listeners about

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Here is the news about power cuts. Radio newsreader Alan Rogers tells listeners about

Here is the news about power cuts. Radio newsreader Alan Rogers tells listeners about the power crisis - with candles lighting his studio. An electricity cut blacked out Radio Londons headquarters as Alan was about to go on the air on Thursday night (10-2-72). But programmes continued, with candles and car batteries providing emergency lighting. The radio station was one of thousands of buildings hit by surprise power cuts - the first since the start of the five-week-old miners strike. The cold snap forced electricity chiefs to make cuts throughout Britain a day earlier than expected. February 1972 P018764

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Blackout Candles Dark Disc Jockey Fuel Crisis Lighting News Radio Three Day Week


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In this print from February 1972, we witness the resilience and resourcefulness of radio newsreader Alan Rogers during a power crisis. As darkness envelops Radio London's headquarters, Alan fearlessly takes to the airwaves with candles illuminating his studio. The unexpected electricity cut occurred just moments before he was scheduled to go live on Thursday night. Undeterred by the blackout, Radio London continued its programming thanks to the ingenuity of its staff who relied on emergency lighting provided by candles and car batteries. This scene captures a moment in history when thousands of buildings across Britain were plunged into darkness due to surprise power cuts - an unfortunate consequence of the ongoing five-week-old miners' strike. The photograph is a poignant reminder of how even in times of adversity, entertainment and information persevere. It symbolizes both the challenges faced during that era's fuel crisis and the unwavering dedication of individuals like Alan Rogers who ensured that news reached listeners despite these obstacles. As we gaze upon this snapshot from Memory Lane Prints, it transports us back to a time when candlelight replaced electric bulbs and radio served as a lifeline for communities seeking connection amidst uncertainty. Let us remember this remarkable period in our history when darkened studios became stages for resilience and innovation – all captured within this single image from February 1972.

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