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Article by Ellen Campbell

Were you a member of one of these groups in the 60’s?

Rhythm’n’Blues Inc., Tony Carlton & The Mersey Boys, The Bootles, The Diplomats, Jasmine T, Inner Sleeve, The Toledos, The Mersey Four, The Jokers, Timebox, The Alibis, The Argomauts, The Diablos, The Drifting Sands, The Fireflys, The Interns, The Principals, The Rebel Rousers, The Teenbeats, Take Five, The Zeniths, Stella & The Rondels, Pete James Band, The UpSet, Cream Cheese Steam Band, The Berry Pickers, The Music Students, The Fireflys, The Tabs, The Ravells, Pete Kelly’s Solution, Fender Ray and the Gems, Pete and the Pawnees, Kingsize Taylor & The Dominoes, The Black Diamonds, The Casuals, Mike Dee & The Detours, The Rave Ons, The Smokestacks

A Grand Reunion of members of Southport beat groups in the Sixties is being organised by Alex Paton, who, as drummer with The Mersey Boys, played in venues all over the North West and toured extensively in Germany in the early Sixties.

The event is being held at Birkdale Conservative Club in Liverpool Road from 7.30pm on Wednesday May 29th. Admission is just £1

Compere for the evening is Ron Ellis and Sunny Lumar will be playing the music of the era.

Southport boasted many young musicians in those early days of rock’n’roll, several of whom went on to fame and fortune and Alex hopes that as many as possible will come along on the night

.      Star Guest on the night is celebrated Merseybeat author, Manfred Kuhlmann, who has travelled over from Germany and will be signing copies of his new book, Beat Waves ‘Cross The Mersey’.   Photo: Alex Paton aged 18.

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