Tributes to Radio Clatterbridge's Vice President

Dave Wilson (Credit: Bilfinger and Radio Clatterbridge)

Tributes have been paid to the vice president of Radio Clatterbridge, who has died aged 50.

Dave Wilson passed away in hospital following a short illness.

A former station manager and presenter, he joined us in November 1981 when he was just 14 years old.

Dave played a key role in running the station in the 1980s and 1990s and became vice president after twice helping to organise moves into new studios.

"In the long history of Radio Clatterbridge, there are several individuals who have played a pivotal role in moving the station forward. Without doubt Dave Wilson is among them.

"Several of our more long-standing members knew him well, and I know he will be greatly missed by them." - Steve Evans, chairman

Dave Wilson with pal Neil Jackson at a roadshow in 1998

Members of the station, including close friend Neil Jackson, have shared their memories of Dave.

"It's strange some of the things you remember but I do recall Dave and his dad visiting the station for the first time on a Tuesday night back in the early 1980s. Both being from Wallasey we hit it off right away. As we then couldn't drive, the long bus ride around Wirral and home it was. We made that journey at least once a week, talking radio, music and to be honest general utter nonsense.

"Much later on we worked together on the Radio Clatterbridge committee and, although I say so myself, I think we made a good working team in keeping the place going, along with the other committee members and volunteers of course.

"On a personal level, Dave was my Best Man in 1988 - a job he performed so wonderfully well - and later still he became Godfather to my daughter.

"He was a dear friend to me, my family and many others, and with it so kind and generous. I will miss him greatly." - Neil Jackson

Dave Wilson (second from right) and wife Ali (left) as part of the marathon broadcast team in 1990

Dave presented a number of programmes over the years including Solitaire and Afternoon Edition and even took part in an 84-hour sponsored broadcast in 1990.

As well as volunteering at Radio Clatterbridge, Dave was a project engineer and manager at Bromborough-based engineering firm Land and Marine (formerly McTay and Mowlem) before rising through the ranks to become the north west Europe business development manager at German construction company Bilfinger.

Our thoughts are with his wife, Ali.

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