Thursday, March 29, 2007

Thornton Rugby Club, circa 1965

This is the bluebeats taken after the show at the Thornton Rugby club, circa 1965.
Left to right...
Stewart Layton....drums,
Phil (me)... lead guitar,
Graham Snellgrove...bass guitar,
Harry Dunn... lead vocals and rhythm guitar. It was obviously a good night for we all look very tired. Check out the fancy powder blue suits with dark blue velvet collars.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Red Falcon, trawler

I was in my library and found a photograph of the Red Falcon trawler taken by Peter Horsley of Fleetwood. It was the subject of a song on my Fishermen of Fleetwood album. The photo is copyrighted so I can't post it here, but click on the following site for more info.

I remember vividly the loss of the trawler because one of my neighbours in Broadwaters was a member of the crew. I was compelled to write this song and tell the story because of my family's connection with the sea. My father was from Lowestoft, another great fishing town, and when I was growing up we had many of his fishermen friends visit. We would play card games such as "rummy" and "cribbage" and I was always fascinated by the stories that were told of life at sea.

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Fleetwood Pier 1950's

I came across this photograph the other day. Here I am with my sister on the promenade near the entrance to Fleetwood Pier. This was taken several years before the catastrophic fire. I don't remember the year, but look at how the lady standing near the door is dressed. The Pier had hundreds of wooden slot machines and after the fire, kids would go under the pier to search for coins. There were plenty of the big pennies to be found.

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Thursday, March 15, 2007 The all new website

I have finally enabled the new website. The address is the same I think it is a great improvement. Check it out ... I want to thank you John for all your help and encouragement. Without you this would have been a long and tedious process. The best part of it all is that I can now update whenever I wish, so look out for updates and news.

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