BANDS - FROM HARTLEPOOL & TEESSIDE IN THE 60'S

Local entertainers Eric White, formerly of the 60's group The Blue Caps, and Dave Ren are to give their services free of charge on Friday, December 1st at the Fairfield Social Club on the Elmtree Estate in Stockton in a grand fundraising night for Macmillan Nurses. Titled "Stars That Fell On Stockton" it's a nostalgia night for recycled teenagers with music from the stars that graced the stage at The Globe Theatre, The Fiesta and Tito's Night Club in Stockton. There's bingo, a raffle and more. Tickets are £3.00 and available from the club or direct from Eric White by calling 07456 994979 or 07749 226556.

I have decided, after a lot of thought and consideration, to sell my two Fender Telecaster guitars. The one on the left is an American Highway 1, bought on September 15th, 2004 and no longer made. The other is a Mexican Nashville and bought on May 25th, 2005. They are both in mint condition. I am informed, on good authority, that the Highway 1 is worth about £750 and the Nashville £650. I have gig bags, hard cases, stands, all the Fender tags to go with them as well as the official receipts. Anyone interested in making a suitable offer please get in touch through my contact form or to my personal email address if you have it.



How it all started: For almost fourteen years I lived on the Costa Blanca in Spain. Following a visit I made to my hometown of Hartlepool in June 2004, it was suggested to me to start a web page featuring some of the old bands, or groups, that graced the pubs and clubs of the area back in the 1960's. The idea started after Billy Crallan, George Hart and Ed Saul all joined forces to play some of the old songs to help celebrate Ron Blair's 60th birthday. Billy Crallan, Ron and I played together in The Trakkers and George, of course, was the original lead guitarist of The Hartbeats.

The photograph above shows George, Billy, me and Ron at Hartlepool Cricket Club. So, what started as an idea has now expanded into many pages - and is dedicated to the great bands of that era and the friendship we all enjoyed. Photograph © Marion Crallan.

George Hart, Stan Laundon, Billy Crallan and Ron Blair re-living the sixties at Hartlepool Cricket Club and celebrating Ron's 60th birthday in June, 2004.

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