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Council teams up with Future Radio for virtual pirate party

Published on Wednesday, 1st July 2020

This weekend people will be able to enjoy a much-loved disco – from the comfort of their living room – to help mark this year’s virtual Lord Mayor’s Celebration.

The pirate party, hosted by InTouch Systems, has been a highlight of the annual Lord Mayor’s Celebration for 10 years and the city council is delighted that it’s returning for this year’s virtual event.

Unfortunately, the current guidance on social distancing meant this year’s planned event had to be cancelled for the first time, but the city council has brought the experience online and it will be ‘headlined’ by a live pirate party hosted on the city’s community radio station, Future Radio.

Councillor Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council, said: “We are delighted to be working with Future Radio to deliver the pirate party this year.

“It is always one of the most exciting elements of the celebration, and this year will be no different. I’m sure everyone will enjoy this year’s celebration, albeit in challenging circumstances.”

Christopher Remer of Future Radio said: “We’re thrilled to have been chosen to host the Lord Mayor’s pirate party on Saturday night. It’s really important to us to be able to support our city as Norwich’s community radio station in these difficult times.

“Our breakfast presenter, Jamie Debenham, is even being allowed to stay up late as a special treat to get the party going!”

The pirate party will take place from 7pm-9pm on Saturday 4 July. It will be streamed live on Future Radio, at 107.8FM, DAB and via futureradio.co.uk

The show will bring an end to a full day of virtual entertainment coordinated by Norwich City Council. A series of special performances and content will be broadcast from 12pm-6pm on Norwich City Council’s Facebook page.

Some of the programmes planned include kitchen samba, puppet making, circus skills and poetry in collaboration with the National Centre for Writing.