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 re-living the sixties at Hartlepool Cricket Club in June 2004.

For sale - my American Fender Telecaster Highway 1 guitar. It was bought on September 15th, 2004 and they are no longer made. I have the gig bag, hard case, stand, strap, all the Fender tags to go with it as well as the official receipt. It is in mint condition and offers please around £750. You can reach me through my usual email address if you have it or through the form on the contact page.

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