Can we bring to your attention the Fabulosa Music Festival which is taking place at The Crathorne Arms on Bank Holiday Monday, May 6th, 2019 between 3.00pm and 10.00pm. I won't list all the artists taking part as you can see the star-studded bill on the poster above. Tickets are limited at £15 are available by calling 01642 961 402 or 01740 631104. All proceeds are in aid of The Trinity Holistic Centre at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.

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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....The bass playing monkey above is by Dave Sutton - free 3D animated gifs for web sites