WITH reference to Ray Hill’s letter regarding artists who appeared at Rawmarsh Baths during the 1960s, I am from Rawmarsh and I can confirm that the following bands and singers all appeared at the Saturday night dances: Wee Willie Harris, Freddie & the Dreamers, Screaming Lord Such, The Barron Knights, The Hollies, The Searchers, The Fortunes, Brian Poole & the Tremeloes, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich, The Honeycombs, Pinkertons Assorted Colours, The Applejacks, Lulu & the Luvvers, Tom Jones & the Squires, Hedgehoppers Anonymous, The Newbeats, Shane Fenton, Dickie Pride, Colin Hicks (Tommy Steele’s brother), Eden Kane, Wilson Picket, Edwin Starr, Crispian St Peters, Arthur Brown, Simon Dupree and Johnny Kidd & the Pirates
The main act was usually supported by well known local bands such as Johnny Silver & the Thunderbirds, Pete Fender and the Strollers etc and the shows were put on by Les Slater who I believe charged five shillings admission, with no alcohol available, only tea, coffee or soft drinks, so The Star, Horse & Jockey and Earl Grey did lots of business before and during the shows.
Les had the knack of booking acts who were just breaking and most of them had number one records when they appeared and we were very lucky to be able to see all the top stars and do most of our courting at this local music mecca.
Tony Hawke, Cleethorpes
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