Radio station tribute to singer killed in the Blitz

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VOLUNTEERS at Havant-based Angel Radio have launched a new station – dedicated to the memory of a crooner killed 70 years ago.

Al Bowlly, one of the best-loved singers with the dance bands of the 1930s and whose hits included Goodnight Sweetheart and Love is the Sweetest Thing, died when a parachute mine exploded on his home in Jermyn Street, London, on April 17, 1941.

The new station – named ‘70 Years Without Al Bowlly’ – is on digital (DAB) radio networks and at angelradio.co.uk.

Angel volunteers are producing the programmes for Arqiva, which runs the digital network Pop Up channel. Angel station manager Tony Smith said: ‘We’ll be looking at the whole dance band era and playing a vast range of dance band music, but Bowlly will take centre stage.’