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1996

The latter months of '95 were spent rehearsing, mostly working on the harmonies and eventually developing an act that would be entertaining as well as musically perfect.
John Kevin and Jonathan hit it of straight away, each knowing what was required and setting about it in a professional way.

Their first show was a charity. It was a favour for Kevin’s friend, singer Pat O’Hare and it took place on the 26th of January.

The venue was The Sacred Heart Catholic Club in Upper Mill near Oldham Lancashire. The fee, a fry-up cooked by the Priest, which was most appreciated.  Their second show - another favour, this time for Jonathan's friend Bill Tarmey (Jack Duckworth in ”Coronation Street”) who he had known since they were both film extras.  The show took place at Christ the King Catholic Club in Newton Heath, Manchester on the 8th of March, the fee this time -nothing, not even a fry-up!March 13th The Parr Hall, Warrington with John's old pal Frank Carson (it’s the way I tell them!). Money at last, thank you Frank!
It was he who had asked for them to do that show and who was also instrumental in arranging their first summer tour.

Frank Carson was to be the first of many of John’s Showbiz friends to help and encourage“The Bachelors with John Stokes”, as they would be known.
Jonathan told me he was surprised by the amount of good will they received from everyone especially members of the Grand Order of Water Rats.

The tour was a great success, visiting places like Cromer, Aberdare, Porthcawl, Llandudno and Jersey plus concerts in various cities, the most memorable being Norwich where the reviews were highly complimentary.

The boys finished their first terrific year at The Norbreck Castle Hotel Blackpool looking
forward to 1997

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