WEST NORFOLK: Nostalgic charity CD aims to take you back - SEE VIDEO
A charity CD featuring music of West Norfolk bands from the heyday of venues like Hunstanton’s Kit Kat has gone on sale.
Let’s Go Back includes recordings of The Strollers, Spring Fever and many more, who provided the musical back-drop of the 60s and 70s across the borough.
Musicians Terry Rose and John Self produced the CD and have teamed up with a consortium of their contemporaries to sell it for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Drummer and vocalist Mr Rose, 67, of Glebe Road, Dersingham, who appears on the CD with Jo’s Boys, The Mountain Dew and Fabric, said: “My partner and I always used to go to the Golden Years at UEA over at Norwich and there were bands from Yarmouth, Cromer and Holt but they never had anything to represent West Norfolk. I thought this was a good chance to put West Norfolk music on the historical map.
“This has been a labour of love. I think it will bring back some good memories.
“I can remember the days when there were buses from Lynn to the village halls in the country and there were groups like The Strollers, The Offbeats and The Sabres and the place was always packed and people still say to me ‘do you remember Sunday nights at the Kit Kat?’”
An annual reunion of musicians from bands who used to play venues such as Whiskey-a-Go-Go, Jack Berrie’s chip shop, Purdy’s Coffee Bar and the old Corn Exchange attracts upwards of 70 people each year, many of whom are featured on the CD.
Roy Williamson, 69, of Fountaine Grove, South Wootton, who is still gigging now as a rhythm guitarist and features on the CD with Two Plus Four said: “We all had a fabulous time in those years when the girls used to dance around their handbags while the boys held the bar up.
“We’re all getting older now and we have lost musicians so we just want to make some money for Macmillan.”
The CD carries a warning that sound quality is not up to today’s standards in all cases, especially as some of the material comes from recordings of live performances rather than studio sessions, but Geoff Stinton, of Beech Road, Lynn, who features with Geoff Stinton Musicmen, said the standard of the bands is still audible.
He said: “The CD is unique. Nobody has ever done anything like it before and the quality of some of the musicianship on there is very good.”
The CD, of 27 tracks, is £6.99 from outlets including Pastimes, The Record Shop and Trues Yard, Lynn and Lewkes, Downham.
It can also be bought from Mr Stinton, at 14 Beech Road, Lynn or ordered for delivery from him on 01553 761017.
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