|Bob Theobald (Laine)
| Jimmy Hollingworth
||Rhythm and vocals
||Bass, replaced Duncan
Three of the original members, Bob Theobald, Jim Hollingworth and Alan Forbes were originally members of the Vortex Five.
"This band was well established before I joined them, and a good band they were.
Jimmy was a very good guitarist & Duncan a great bass player with a style of his own. Alan was at that time way ahead of any drummer around and always did a great drum solo.
Litte bit of irony here, Alan replaced Mike Foord in "The Harbour Lights" some years later when Mike left to pursue his career.
Bob was a good singer and a nice guy but we did'nt see eye to eye, he used to always tell me I was nicking his harmony's - probably true.
The last gig I did with them was at the Royal Oak Alderly Edge. That was the night I fell out with the manager Nick Ireland.
The gig was a disaster. There had been no advertising that the band was appearing there so no-one turned up. The band shares no blame what so ever for what happend that night but the upshot was I left.
Two weeks later I was back at the same gig with a friend of mine - just the two of us. I thought it only fair to the landlady, Ruth Eccersall that we try and put things right. It was well advertised and it went down a bomb. That was the start of the "HARBOUR LIGHTS"
It was great to see some old pictures of my first really good group and the story from Brian Higham.
I remember meeting Duncan Clubb on his final gig with the group at Cheadle Womens' Institute - yes, they did have us knitting and making jam on the night!
I feel that Brian got the name Alan Gregory wrong, however, as I came in straight after Duncan left to go on to his studies and the sweet face in the photo surely looks like mine! (*its been changed Alan, apologies)
My second gig with the group was at the Cavern in Liverpool and I had to pick up some parts for my bass from Paul Young's house in Wythenshawe where we both lived. Paul had them chrome plated at his works: he later went pro and achieved great things with Sad Cafe.
Unless I'm very much mistaken Jim Hollingworth used to work for the C.W.S. in Balloon Street in the early sixties as I myself did.
A gang of us used to attend St. Johns College opposite Granada Studios on a day release scheme from work.
Jim sometimes brought his guitar with him and used to do a bit of pickin' at break time. I would accompany him on percussion by tapping out a rhythm on the desk top.
Although I never saw him perform on stage I believe the band were pretty good. I even wrote a couple of songs for him but I don't know if he used them in his set. I doubt it.
It was great reading Bobby Laine's recent post and the new pic of Alan Forbes (click here to read). I am glad that Bobby is still performing in Lakeland.
'The Confederates' had a problem with two Alans in the group. Mr. Forbes had a likeness to a Mr. Connery and so was nicknamed 'Sean' for a laugh and, as we were driving through Alderley Edge past the de Trafford Arms I was baptised 'de Trafford' and we thought that 'Nigel' was posher than 'Alan'.
'The Bobbins' were formed when Jim and Alan Forbes joined the 'Bo-Weevils'. The group members in the photo are (left to right) Pete Pattenden (drums), Bob, two of my friends from Wythenshawe Brian Wrightson (lead guitar, ex-'James Bond & The Premiums), Pete Dudley (rhythm guitar, ex-'The J.B.4) and myself on bass guitar.
We had a short but active career before packing it in due to a family problem: later the 'Bo-Weevils' also folded; Bob and Jim forming the 'Devon Brothers', who were brilliant, I joined 'The Dynachords and Alan Forbes reunited with Brian Higham to join the 'Harbour Lites'.
I saw Alan on a number of times at a cricket club in Burnage for which I played in the late 80's: another member was a young Max Beesley, the actor. Alan managed a football team and attended league meetings there. He had no interest in music then nor wished to discuss his time playing in the groups way back in the 60's.
Wow, what an unexpected surprise to be reminded of those great times and also sadness to read on a linked site of the passing of my long lost friend and fellow drummer Alan Forbes. Not only did Alan and I share a passion for drums but he was also best man at my wedding in 1978. If anybody can put me in touch with his widow Nicola I would be very grateful.
As for me, I am still playing drums but as a hobby, playing Roland at present unlike the Rogers in the old photographs. I now live overseas for much of the time and still remember with affection the good times with the "Harbour Lights", "The Bobbins" and the 'Mike Shaw Six"at Bredbury Hall Believe it or not I can even remember my first band the "Ale House Eight", we laid claim to be the jazz band of Stockport Grammer and were led by a trumpeter called Peter Spink. Great times, thank you so much for keeping the "music" alive.
I used to travel round with the lads. Met Alan at school. Tim was at the same school and he adapted to guitar from learning violin. Saw him some years later when he was running a car repair workshop in Stockport. Last time I saw Jim we were in the CID office at Didsbury Police Station. He was the CID clerk and I was on temporary attachment. He used to gig at the Hough End Police Club, at weekends.
I got to know the group as Alan (Forbes) and I worked in a credit betting office holidays and Saturdays, being too young to work in betting shops at the time. After work we went to the gigs together. My memory of the Frankie Vaughan contest was that the Four Pennies had to withdraw as they brought out Juliet before the final and were considered to be "professional" but the contest was for non pro acts. (The worst was the guy doing Old Shep).
Back to school days, I was in the same class as Rod Mayall who went on to play keyboards for Ivans Meads. Great days, great memories. Another coincidence, Duncan (Bass guitar) had a younger brother, Stuart. Stuart, Rod Mayall and I sat on the back row in the same form at school.