The Hartbeats and The Rock-Avons - along with memories of the Queen’s Rink Ballroom - are featured in a new book titled “Old Hartlepool & West Hartlepool" by Paul Chrystal and just released by Stenlake Publishing. The book focuses mainly on shipyards, factories, two world wars, the local fishing industry and other historical facts about the towns but lovers of music from the 60’s, I am sure, will enjoy seeing 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.

Stan Laundon, Ron Blair, Ed Saul, Billy Crallan and George Hart with a nice selection of Fender guitars as they all re-live the sixties at Hartlepool Cricket Club in June, 2004.

The bass playing monkey on this page is by Dave Sutton - free 3D animated gifs for web sites

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