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Tamworth Bands History : 1971

April to June

02/04/71
The Offence
Fazeley Victory Working Mens Club

03/04/71
Lancaster
(Jack Lancaster ex-Blodwyn Pig)

Polesworth Memorial Hall
Millbank Promotions

03/04/71
The Piebald Spider
Coton and Hopwas British Legion Club

04/04/71
Sage Sounds Disco
Wood End Youth Centre

05/04/71
Disco ‘71
Personic Sound
Fazeley Parish Hall

06/04/71
Disco Night
Hurley Working Mens Club

Tamworth Herald – 09/04/71
Hot Pants Parade at: Kingsbury Working Mens Club, Glascote Working Mens Club, Coton and Hopwas British Legion Club, Hurley Working Mens Club and Polesworth Working Mens Club.

10/04/71
Warlock and Amulet
Plus Scorpion Disco

Assembly Rooms
Admission: 33p

10/04/71
Disco ‘71
Tommy Farr
Fazeley Parish Hall

10/04/71
The Mixture
Grendon Working Mens Club

11/04/71
The Guarantee
Grendon Working Mens Club

11/04/71
The Hy-Kells
Tamworth Progressive Club

12/04/71
Medicine Head
Polesworth Memorial Hall
Millbank Promotions

12/04/71
The Madison
Grendon Working Mens Club

Tamworth Herald – 16/04/71
Palace – Bambi

16/04/71
Ivory Sun
Wood End Youth Centre

17/04/71
Disco ‘71
Jimmy Mac
Mile Oak Community Centre

17/04/71
Magic Michael and Bubastis
Polesworth Memorial Hall
Millbank Promotions

17/04/71
The Hiltons
Glascote Working Mens Club

23/04/71
Body and Soul
Plus DJ
Wood End Youth Centre

24/04/71
Disco ‘71
Way of Life (pop group)
Plus DJ Tony Caine

Mile Oak Community Centre

24/04/71
Gracious
Polesworth Memorial Hall
Millbank Promotions

24/04/71
The Ivory Sun
Hurley Working Mens Club

25/04/71
The Guarantee
Hurley Working Mens Club

27/04/71
Disco night
Hurley Working Mens Club

28/04/71
Disco
Mr. Dig plus Strobes and Films

Assembly Rooms
K&W Promotions

Tamworth Herald – 30/04/71
“Pop” concerts in Castle pleasure grounds?
Occasional “pop” concerts may be staged in Tamworth’s Castle pleasure grounds – providing there is no expense to the Borough Council.

Councillor Dr. Philip Barford put the suggestion forward at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Borough Council when a schedule of dates for this year’s Sunday band concerts was presented.

He criticised the decision to cut a £100 additional allocation towards the cost of the concerts from the estimates but added “Not everyone is attracted to a band concert and I wonder whether it would be possible to introduce a “pop” group for the entertainment of the younger people.

He said he was not particularly fond of “pop” music but thought the occasional “pop” group would appeal to the younger generation.

It was possible some groups would be glad to appear at no charge, but just for the advertising value, he said.

Alderman Tom Kennedy said it was unfortunate that all the bookings had been made for the season because there was a lack of the “pop” music type of entertainment. “They tell me that Mozart has hit the charts – after all these years”, he added.

Town Clerk, Mr. Brian Leeke said Councillor Dr. Barford’s suggestions would be noted and if it was possible to do anything along these lines the Leisure Activities Committee would consider it – providing there was no charge to the council for this year at least.

Councillor Philip Dix said that such an insignificant item could easily have been dealt with in committee rather than in council. “There is more to running a town like Tamworth than talking about “pop” concerts in the pleasure grounds”, he added.

Dance will help campersTamworth Herald – 30/04/71
Dance will help campers
Funds for helping Guides and Scouts from Hopwas go camping this summer were raised at a dance in the Chequers Hotel, Hopwas on Saturday evening. About 70 people attended the dance, which was organised by the 1st Hopwas Scout and Guide Committee. Music for the evening was provided by the popular Ross Alan Band.

Tamworth Herald – 30/04/71
TAMWORTH MAN IN GROUP RE-UNION
Our picture shows (from left to right) Tony Lewis, formerly with Ronnie and the Renegades, Sid Treadmill, who now plays with Cinnamon Quill, Bev Bevan, now drummer with the Move, Ronnie Smith, formerly leader of Ronnie and the Renegades and Tamworth’s Phil Ackrill, who played with Denny Laine and the Diplomats.There was a reunion with a difference at the Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, on Monday when a Tamworth man teamed up once again with former colleagues – some now internationally known – in a special “Midland Beat Revival Night”

For Phil Ackrill of Hillcrest Close it was a night which brought back memories of the years when he was a professional rhythm guitarist with Denny Laine and the Diplomats, one of the well-known Midland bands of the early ‘60s.

Phil, who is now an accountant, gave up being a professional musician in 1965 when the band broke up because he felt he had had enough of travelling on the road.

The Diplomat’s drummer Bev Bevan, later joined the “Move” who topped the charts both in this country and abroad. Denny Laine, who left in 1964, piloted the “Moody Blues” to a No. 1 hit with “Go Now” and is currently appearing with ex-Cream star Ginger Baker’s Airforce. Also in the original Diplomats was Steve Orton now better know as disc-jockey Steve Rio.

Also appearing at the Belfry were the remnants of Carl Wayne and the Vikings, The Ugly’s, Ronnie’s Renegades, Danny King and the Royals, Mike Sheridan and the Nightriders, The Fugitives, Gerry Levene and the Avengers, The Grasshoppers and the Monopoly. All names which the teenagers of the early 60’s will remember well.

Phil Ackrill, however, found himself teaming up with Bev Bevan, the other Diplomat present, to form the new, rejuvenated Ronnie and the Renegades. Their performance was well received by the large audience who had come to indulge in a night of nostalgia.

Also at the Belfry was Tamworth’s own Roy Everett, who was well-known in the heyday of beat with his band, Roy Everett and the Climbers.

Our picture shows (from left to right) Tony Lewis, formerly with Ronnie and the Renegades, Sid Treadmill, who now plays with Cinnamon Quill, Bev Bevan, now drummer with the Move, Ronnie Smith, formerly leader of Ronnie and the Renegades and Tamworth’s Phil Ackrill, who played with Denny Laine and the Diplomats.

Tamworth Herald - 30/04/71
Palace – Woodstock

01/05/71
Disco ‘71
Ray Day Road Show
Mile Oak Community Centre

01/05/71
Spontaneous Combustion
Polesworth Memorial Hall
Millbank Promotions

01/05/71
The Offence
Coton and Hopwas British Legion Club

01/05/71
Molly and the Moonriders
Glascote Working Mens Club

01/05/71
The Madison
Grendon Working Mens Club

05/05/71
The Dallas Boys
Hams Hall Sports and Social Club

07/05/71
Bob Miller and the Millermen plus the Bob Mason Dance Orchestra
Midland Red Sports and Social Club
Drayton Manor

07/05/71
DJ – Ray
Fazeley Victory Working Mens Club

08/05/71
Requiem
Polesworth Memorial Hall
Millbank Promotions

08/05/71
The Hy-Kells
Wilnecote Working Mens Club

08/05/71
Annual Rally Barn Beat
Able Fletcher
Plus Gary Clark Disco

Syerscote Manor Farm, Whittington

08/05/71
Disco ‘71
Body ‘n’ Soul (Radio One Club Stars)
DJ Earl St. John

Mile Oak Community Centre

09/05/71
The Hy-Kells
Grendon Working Mens Club

09/05/71
The Chapter Six
Hurley Working Mens Club

10/05/71
Disco
DJ – Geoff Owen
Fazeley Victory Working Mens Club

11/05/71
Disco Night
Hurley Working Mens Club

14/05/71
Beat Dance with the Long Johns
Atherstone FC Supporters Club

15/05/71
Disco
Personic Sound
Mile Oak Community Centre

15/05/71
The Spot Club
DJ – Jason Roberts

15/05/71
The Halthern Band
Atherstone Memorial Hall

15/05/71
Formerly Fat Harry
Polesworth Memorial Hall
Millbank Promotions

15/05/71
The Piebald Spider
Glascote Working Mens Club

15/05/71
Kathy and the Crusaders
Hurley Working Mens Club

15/05/71
The Hy-Kells
Polesworth Working Mens Club

21/05/71
Raymon Froggatt plus Jessup
DJ – Al Kay

Assembly Rooms
Admission: 60p

Tamworth Herald – 21/05/71
TOWN HAS “DISCO” RESTAURANT
TOWN HAS “DISCO” RESTAURANTGrowing Tamworth now has its own seven-nights-a-week discotheque restaurant.

The completion of an ambitious £8,000 scheme which has transformed old buildings adjoining the Castle Hotel was marked this week by the opening of “Susanna’s Disco-Dine”

The new “in-place” has been created from what was a garage, hayloft and cottage.

Guest groups, D.J.’s and record hostesses will be providing the entertainment and the menu offers American style king-size hamburgers as well as old favourites such as T-bone steak and chicken.

TOWN HAS “DISCO” RESTAURANTThe disco-dine, which as a well-stocked bar, on the ground floor is open every evening from 8 p.m. to 11.30, midnight or 2 a.m. depending on the night.

Upstairs there are two luxurious lounges – the Hayloft bar and Torchlight bar – which retain the original oak beams of the original buildings. They will be open on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights in conjunction with the disco-dine, and on additional evenings if there is the demand.

Susanna’s has been named after the 22-year old daughter of proprietor Mr. Norman Cartlidge and Mrs. Cartlidge.

Mr. Cartlidge told a “Herald” reporter; “I have been thinking about a scheme like this for a long time, because there seemed to be nowhere of this nature for miles around.. We had the old buildings right next door to the hotel so there was nothing reallyu stopping us from going ahead.”

He said the age-group they were aiming at was “the 20-plus range as opposed to the 20-minus.”

The £1 annual membership will provide free admission on certain nights and price reductions on others. Non-members will be charged from 30p to 70p.

21/05/71
DJ Ron Peel
Fazeley Victory Working Mens Club

22/05/71
Disco ‘71
Clyde
Mile Oak Community Centre

22/05/71
Supertramp
Polesworth Memorial Hall
Millbank Promotions

22/05/71
DJ Flying Circus Disco
Dosthill Club

22/05/71
Tamworth and District Rugby Union FC
Members’ Tramps Disco
Wigginton Lodge

24/05/71
DJ Mike Lynch
Fazeley Victory Working Mens Club

Tamworth Herald – 04/06/71
Palace – Carry on Camping

05/06/71
Mick Abrahams
Polesworth Memorial Hall
Millbank Promotions

05/06/71
The Long Johns
Hurley Working Mens Club

05/06/71
Piebald Spider
Coton and Hopwas British Legion Club

05/06/71
Trinity Ward Carnival Night Dance and Disco
Choice plus DJ
Wilnecote Community Centre

Tamworth Herald– 05/06/71
New venue: The Warren
Assembly Rooms – Old Time Music Hall and Variety Show

11/06/71 - Disco Derby - Warwickshire S.J.A. Cadets, Sage Sounds Disco, John Slade Disco, Wood End Youth Centre11/06/71
Disco Derby
Warwickshire S.J.A. Cadets
Sage Sounds Disco, John Slade Disco
Wood End Youth Centre

Tamworth Herald – 11/06/71
TWO-HOUR RADIO SHOW FROM ASSEMBLY ROOMS
A two-hour BBC Radio 1 Club show will be broadcast from Tamworth Assembly Rooms on Thursday, June 24.

The show from midday to 2.00pm has been arranged following approaches to the BBC by Mr. C. Bagwell, the Borough Council’s community buildings officer responsible for the Assembly Rooms.

It will feature a Birmingham based four-piece group “Fred’s Box” and will eb compered by DJ Noel Edmonds.

“This is one of the biggest things to happen on the Tamworth entertainment scene,” Mr. Bagwell said yesterday.

Admission to the hall will be free and more than 1,200 young people are expected to see the show.

Mr. Bagwell said “Producer Michael Ford has told me the Assembly Rooms is one of the best halls to be made available to the Radio One Club.”

Tamworth Herald – 11/06/71
Palace – Performance (Mick Jagger)

12/06/71
Disco ‘71
Body and Soul
DJ May Grant

Fazeley Parish Hall

12/06/71
DJ Keith Roberts
Dosthill Club

13/06/71
The Vendors
Hurley Working Mens Club

13/06/71
DJ Max Grant
Dosthill Club

16/06/71
Disco ‘71
Al Kay
Mile Oak Community Centre

24/06/71
Disco ‘71
Great Rock and Roll Revival
The House Shakers
Plus Way of Life
DJ Clyde

Assembly Rooms

Tamworth Herald – 25/06/71
Disco New Swan, Atherstone
One year old today

Tamworth Herald – 25/06/71
Radio One Club “teenagers pack the Assembly RoomsRadio One Club “teenagers pack the Assembly Rooms
Hundreds of eager youngsters from as far as Birmingham and Stafford crowded into Tamworth’s Assembly Rooms to listen to BBC Radio One Club. D.J. Noel Edmunds [sic.] joked and chatted through two hours of pop music, beginning at 12 o’clock, and was forced to resort to shouting at times to make himself heard above the enthusiastic teenagers. Tamworth’s Assembly Rooms has never known anything like it!

25/06/71
Disco
Jason Roberts
Fazeley Victory Working Mens Club

26/06/71
Disco ‘71
Disco Derby
Tonie Craie and Gary Clark

Assembly Rooms

26/06/71
Tamworth Carnival
Radio Birmingham, Ross & Henry Disco Request Show
10.00am-12.00pm
Castle Grounds
Admission: 20p

28/06/71
DJ Dave Keen
Fazeley Victory Working Mens Club


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