Metro hangs up its headphones after 54 years

Dave Harrop
Dave Harrop

LEIGH Infirmary’s historic Metro Sound Radio has stopped broadcasting after a magnificent 54 years serving patients.

The service, which started in 1958, has suffered declining audiences in recent times because of ward closures and online entertainment for patients, and it was felt the time had come to cease broadcasting.

The station was run by volunteers, some of which have been serving for over 20 years and Dave Harrop, station chair and volunteer for 12 years said: “The committee did all it could to maintain the service but the recent closure of the Hanover unit signalled the end of the radio station. I wish to pay tribute to all those volunteers over the years who have given their time so freely.”

Now, Wigan and Leigh Hospice will recieve £5000 from the radio’s fund, and Trafford General’s Radio Wishing Well will receive the station’s equipment.

Metro Sound Radio was started as ‘Radio Leigh’ to provide rugby commentary to Leigh, Atherleigh and Astley hospital sites, and has existed as a registered charity through donations and fundraising. In 1981, the station moved into purpose built studios at Leigh Infirmary, and became Hospital Radio Metro which broadcast to Billinge and Whelley hospitals.

A reunion is being planned, email clairethomas4@sky.com for details