Tommy Brown's dance places were over local Co-ops, where we went 7 nghts a week in the good ol 60s!The Black Velvets gigged at Levenshulme & Stretford very often - they were brilliant band - very friendly lads & great musicians.
Colin was on keyboards & did great version of "If I were a carpenter". They carried on to become Licquorice Fix - one of the best local bands of the time!
Pat Hall nee Howarth
Ian Thompson, the original bassist, is now living in France and does occassionally play with a local band, but spends most of his time on his motor yacht.
I have clear memories of the Commer van used by the (then) Impalas and later the Black Velvets. Ian Thompson lived at the house on the corner of Davyhulme Road and Delamere Avenue in Stretford. Ian Thompson drove the van. I recall the 'Wolf-whistle' siren attached which Ian would greet you with when driving down Chester Road.
The Impalas were a well-established Stretford group when, in 1962, the Vincents started out. I recall well the night we played at the Sevenways Youth Club with The Impalas and being mesmerised at their version of Mona Lisa - the Conway Twitty arrangement -with some amazing lead guitar playing by Harry Donnelly.
I remember this band well, they played at the Limit on Wood St, Middleton many times. Also used to play regular at the Cons Club Heywood. They had a great following, me being one of their followers in 1964/65. Very happy memories of Harry Donely who I dated for a while.
As a teenager I helped raise money for the Mentally Handicapped Society and that Ian Thompson kindly accepted to play for us in the church hall on sevenways Stretford. Delamere Special School was built just over the road to Ian Thompson's house. Thank you ever so much for doing this I am sure lots of teenagers remember these two gigs with fond memories.
Joan Flanagan (nee Smith)