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Hough End 2018Here we go again, the start of another year, 2018 can you believe its 18 years since the millennium! Is it me or is time going faster when I need it to go slower?

People often ask “What’s it like being in the Bachelors?” Well in many ways it’s like being in any other job. By that I mean as we get older we either retire or work less. In our case as much as we still enjoy performing, the travelling, the late nights or getting home in the early hours have become less attractive - apart from that family time, as you can imagine, has become more precious.

All I am really saying is we will still be performing, just not as much.

If you live in the Manchester area you might like to know we will be appearing at Saint Patrick's in Rochdale with our old pal DUSTY YOUNG on Saturday the 10th of March. Also at last we have sorted out a date for our return to The Manchester Police Club. This is a great venue and joining us on the bill will be VENN TRACEY and CARNABY STREET. The show is promoted by our pal Nathan Birk and takes place on the 11th of May.

For those of you in the Nottingham area I had a call from Jell Kemp from The David Whitfield Society. He has sorted out a date for us to return to The Bonington Theatre in Arnold which will be the 5th of October at 7.30pm. More details to follow.

Apart from that we will still be cruising, popping up at Warner’s and various theatres all of which do their own advertising.

cd-picThis is our latest album and most of what we want to say is written on the cover. However, we would just like to add a thank you to all the great musicians who played on these tracks, especially Lol Harris who not only played keyboards but produced a lot of these recordings at Lollipop Studios Manchester. Sadly, some, like Kevin are no longer with us, but their talent always will be. Lastly I would like to thank my talented granddaughter Megan Clarke for designing the cover.

If anyone would like to purchase a copy just contact our secretary Margaret McCormick. The price is £10 including postage. or write to 1 Repton Avenue, New Moston, Manchester, M403PN

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Are you planning your summer holidays? Why not make it Blackpool and come and see us when we make our yearly visit to Cleveleys Working Men’s.
The date will be the 20th of July and we are already looking forward to working with Mark, Roy and our good friend compere DES DAY. More details to follow.

Bonnington flier

“Hi Jonathan , thank you so much for the brilliant concert at St. Patrick’s on March 10th .

This was a fund raising concert to raise money to support children and families on pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer . We raised £916 on the night .

We have had excellent feedback and would have no hesitation in booking the Bachelors again.”

March 10 concert
“John Stokes Bachelors” with Kathleen and Alan, organizers of the event.

Vince Hill is a singer whose voice I have admired for quite a while and it was nice when John, Kevin and I got to work with him at The Grand theatre, Wolverhampton and The Opera House in Manchester a few years back.

So, when Jimmy Cricket told me he was appearing as a guest in what was to be Vince’s farewell show at The Cast Theatre Doncaster and would I like to come along, I was delighted. Little did I know that the show was produced by our good friend Mark Andrews who you will remember booked us on a theatre tour recently.  Mark was compering the show with a very bad cold so he asked me if I would like to sing a few songs and I was more than happy to oblige. A lot of talented people took part in the show and some just came along to support Vince on his last show, making it a great day with a touch of sadness.

On behalf of John and Dave I dedicated “I Believe” to Vince Hill, Kevin Neil (as it was his 8th anniversary) and the great Ken Dodd. I would also like to add that when Mark sang “Happiness“ needless to say it brought the house down.

Vince Hill and friends

Frank Williams