The drums were all discoloured and I cut up an old fur coat of my grandmothers and covered them. Must admit that I must have done a good job as I was made offers for them, every where I went. At that time I had to double up on Guitar for certain numbers and bought a brand new Antoria (Les Paul Copy) whilst my mate Dave Parry treated himself to a left handed Fender from Barretts. The Mikes were Sure and were the first ones we'd seen with big Yellow foam balls on the end, very trendy. Everything , of course, went throught he same amp except the base. Did everyone make the same mistakes as we did or were we complete idiots.
After about nine months or so the lads, for some unknown reason, drifted apart and two of us decided we would have to carry on and try to make some money if only to pay off the instalments on the new instruments we had bought from Mameloks and A1.
We advertised for other members and auditioned quite a number of people until we settled on a female vocalist, Pamela Ellidge, to become a trio. She had a wonderful sweet voice , very much like Karen Carpenter. I swapped my drums for a guitar and we became ‘Peppermint Ice'
I also was atChadderton Grammar Scool 1960 to1965 and remember a guitarist Peter Copeland and groups of that era: Blackcat Bones, The Blackjaks, TNT & the Dynamites and many more.