The fine Art Deco building which houses the Municipal Golf Club Café played host to the second annual meeting of ‘Southport’s Gentlemen of Rock’n’Roll’, organised by Alexander Paton.

D.J. Martin Hawkins impressed the guests by capturing the images of the artistes on a large TV screen as he played records from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s..

In the absence of Lord Ronnie Fearn, the Guest of Honour was Ron Ellis, who ran an entertainment agency and managed several local groups in the Sixties. Ron recalled the events of those Merseybeat years to the appreciation of the veteran rock’n’rollers in the packed audience. From the late 1950’s onwards, Southport produced numerous groups, many of whom went on to greater success in the music business, together or individually.

Mr. Paton said he was delighted with the turn out.   ‘Many people phoned me the next day to say how much they had enjoyed the evening, which was very rewarding, and I would like to thank Mr & Mrs Neil Whalley for providing an excellent bar service. It has been a major task to get all our guests together for the evening but it’s great to see so many old friendships rekindled with members coming from all over the world. I’m  looking forward to next year when I hope  to make the event a public dance featuring several of Southport’s stars of yesteryear.

Photo above: Event Organiser and Music Historian– Alexander Paton

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Photo above: Ron Ellis

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Photo above: Barry Womersley (‘Gypsy’, ‘Hot California Nights’, etc.)

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Photo above: Julie – Southport Shine magazine.

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Photo above: Alan Menzies (The Bootles) signing in.

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Photo above: DJ Marty Hawkins (To book ring 01704 567623)

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Photo above: Dave Woods (Master Barber and guitar virtuoso)

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Photo above: Gentlemen of rock’n’roll

By Ron Ellis

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