Music protestors hit Romford to urge return of Time FM’s Soul Syndicate

Protesting music lovers were out in force last weekend, railing against the closure of much-loved soul shows at a Havering radio station.

The plug was pulled on the Soul Syndicate sessions after a falling out between management at Time FM 107.5 and Centreforce - an outside company in charge of the shows.

Nearly 3,750 people joined a Facebook campaign page, called Save Our Soul Syndicate (SOSS), urging the return of the sessions, which used to hit the airwaves during weekday evenings and weekend daytime.

A small group of placard-waving fans marched to the Time studios on Saturday, and played their favourite tunes through generator-powered iPods and speakers outside the building in Western Road, Romford.

Hundreds of others handed out leaflets in Romford Market Place and The Liberty Shopping Centre, in Romford, and gathered signatures for a petition of support.

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Organiser Chriss Herwig, 46, from Dagenham, said: “We had our own little party outside ‘Time Towers’. It was fab and we had loads of support.

“Two policemen pulled up and we thought we were going to get told off, but I think they actually enjoyed the music and went away with one of our flyers.

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“We just want to keep the momentum going and get our Soul Syndicate family back!”

Fans as young as nine-years-old and as old as 90 were among the group.

Supporter Adam Philbrick, 44, from Hornchurch, said: “It was really good humoured and we had a lot of interest from the general public.

“We want to keep the pressure on.”

Mark Dover, presenter and spokesman for Time, said there was “no chance” the Soul Syndicate would be reinstated.

He said: “I applaud [the protestors]. It’s great that they’re so passionate about something, but at the end of the day they’re in the minority and things change in radio and media.

“We have had a lot of positive response to the programming changes.”

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