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Eel Pie Island

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15 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 22 January 2012

Written by Mark Burgess.

Today's story - Eel Pie Island by Mark Burgess - is set in the Summer of 1964 and recalls the heady days when Eel Pie Island, in the middle of the Thames near Richmond, was a favoured venue for rhythm & blues and rock bands. The Who, Rod Stewart, David Bowie and the Rolling Stones all played there.

It's a monologue - and a love story - in which a man in his 60's, embracing retirement, remembers his teenage years as a resident of Eel Pie Island and a particular, magical summer, in which everything fell into place.

A series of specially commissioned tales inspired by rivers and boats.

Producer: David Blount
A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.


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