We are now into February and looking back to my favourite January memory. It has to be The Rochdale Mayor’s Charity Extravaganza organized by former mayor our good friend Peter Rush which took place at The Heywood Civic Centre.
The show got off to a good start with a young singer who had the unusual name of BABYOLA. He had a really nice voice which John, Dave and I all agreed was reminiscent of the great SAM COOKE. He was followed by CARNABY STREET, Clive, Mick and John paying tribute to the sixties like only they can.
Closing the first half we had our good friend JIMMY CRICKET. What can I say about this guy that hasn’t been said before? The audience loved him, and what’s not to love. I personally have known him for nearly fifty years and his enthusiasm for entertaining people has not diminished one iota, and it shows.
I was glad we were following the interval and not Jimmy, Ha!
We really enjoyed our part in the show, especially the reaction from the audience which was first class as was the backing from CARNABY STREET.
The whole show was linked together by our great pal DUSTY YOUNG, who stood in as compere at the very last minute. Dusty has a style of his own which enables him to work with other comedians such as Jimmy, without clashing. Unfortunately he had to rush off as he had another show to do, in July, hence he does not appear on the photographs.
It was nice to meet the current Mayor, the Lady Mayor and the sponsors; they were on the front row with Peter and sang louder than anyone.
We know a lot of our fans travel a long way and we thank them especially Irene and her party who came all the way from Wolverhampton. Their friend Jackie couldn’t make it as she had just had a serious operation so we have sent her a card and wish her a speedy recovery.
Hope to see some of you at The Lowther Pavilion in Lytham on February the 24th in what promises to be a great show.
As I have pointed out before we only advertise on our site venues when the promoter sends us a poster and specifically asks us to. Most of our venues like WARNERS and THE VARIOUS CRUISE LINES etc. have their own advertising outlets.
It’s a long time since we have worked Stoke on Trent so we are looking forward to going back there on April 15th. For details see poster.
The Blackpool Branch of EQUITY tell us there are still a few tickets available for The Lowther Pavilion, Lytham on the 24th of February, It’s what we call in the business A PROPER SHOW.
We have just had an email from our old friend POP LARKIN from Salford Community Radio, Pop has interviewed us many times and promoted our shows and played our records. The station is run by volunteers and due to council cut backs it is destined to close in September unless a sponsor can be found. If there is anyone out there who might be able to help in any way simply log on to http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/salfordcityradio
|Thank you Des Day and all the acts from the Blackpool Branch of Equity for putting on a great show and all in aid of THE LOWTHER PAVILION DEVELOPMENT FUND. Great audience, great staff, great theatre. And yes Irene our number one fan and her three friends travelled all the way from West Bromwich in dreadful weather along with our fans from Manchester. THANK YOU.||We would just like to say how nice it was to be back in Blackpool again (Well Lytham actually) If you look back through the years on our web site you will see that we have done six summer seasons at The North Pier Theatre. The most memorable I suppose would be 2002 when we did 22 weeks. Thank you promoter DUGGIE CHAPMAN who in our opinion epitomises Blackpool.|