Events to mark World Service closure

SPECIAL events will be held next week to mark 20 years since the BBC World Service was last transmitted from Borough Hill.

March 29, 1992, was the day the last shortwave for the service was sent from the town.

Although the BBC World service continues to transmit all over the world, this marked the end of 67 years of service from Daventry.

The Northamptonshire Communications Club will be marking the closure with events on Thursday, March 29 and Saturday, March 31, which will involve a display of historical material and the operation of an amateur radio station from the site.

Vice chairman of the club Maurice Boland said: “We will be welcoming visitors to participate in activities which will involve operating a station and making contacts worldwide.

Visitors will have the opportunity to operate the station under supervision and send greetings to other stations.

“Members will be on hand to answer any questions about the amateur radio community as well as explaining the technical aspects to those interested and provide information about the history of the BBC world service on the Borough Hill site.”

Anyone who wants to visit the site or learn more can email the group at