LETTER: Can you help with book about bands and venues?

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I was wondering if the Skegness Standard might help me in carrying out some research.

You see, I have an idea for writing a nostalgic book that concerns dance bands and/or groups and venues from the mid 1950s through to the early 1970s.

I’m looking for musicians and vocalists that performed during those far away years, who have anecdotes, stories, tales and, of course, photographs.

I would also like to include long-forgotten venues from those decades, including the palais de dance, the ballroom, working men’s clubs and institutes, even the former coal miners’ welfare’s, the public houses and holiday camps.

Where any of your readers a musician during those years? Did they go on to achieve success and stardom, or maybe not?

Did they play alongside or support bands, groups or singers that did succeed? Did they meet their wife or husband at such dance nights?

Did the band van break down on a regular basis? How far did they travel to play on the night? What was your/their best gig? What kind of music did they play?

The stories and possibilities are limitless, with surely an endless supply of humorous, emotional, farcical or even tragic accounts from these times when musicians, singers and local lads and lasses were out on the town letting their hair down.

If anyone can help, then please contact me at rogerwest1949@live.com

Roger West

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