The ‘Southport’s Gentlemen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ association was formed two years ago and has already attracted over 100 musicians from the town who played in the Merseybeat era of the 50’s and 60’s,  several of whom are now residing in Canada. Australia, America and all over the U.K.

Said organiser, Alex Paton, ‘Communication was a problem in the past but the creation of our new web page will greatly assist in keeping everybody up to date with news of forthcoming events. ‘We have already held two successful reunion evenings which have resulted in enquiries from other ex-band members and music fans from all over the area. This has made me realise what a great interest there is in this era of music which is not being catered for in Southport.’

With this in mind, Alex has booked the prestigious Fleetwood Hesketh Sports and Social club, Fylde Road on Friday 10th October for a ‘Last Chance Dance’ featuring a full evening’s entertainment starring two local groups from the Sixties who have a large army of fans in the area.

The Bootles are one of the country’s top Beatle tribute bands and have played all over the continent with their ‘Beatles Story’ show.

Drummer, Alan Menzies, and lead guitarist, George Eccles, were original members of Southport’s Rhythm and Blues Incorporated who had a Top 40 hit in 1964 with ‘Louie Louie’.

Gordon Halsall, founder member of The Sandgrounders, recently celebrated 50 Years in the business, and, with Keith Livingstone from The Zeniths on drums, will be presenting an exciting new repertoire.

DJ for the evening is sixties legend, Martin Hawkins, who will be playing hits from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

The doors open at 7.30 and the show starts from 8pm to Midnight.

Tickets are just £10 and are available at the club after 5.30pm or online at

No Booking Fee. All major cards accepted.  Tickets at door on night if available.

By Ron Ellis

Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email