Hello this is Bob Theobald (Bobby Laine)
What a pleasant surprise to find this web page, it brought back many happy memories. Where did all those years go?
So sorry to hear that Alan Forbes passed away he was a real nice guy.
I was lucky enough to meet up with Jim about 6 years ago and we had a very enjoyable nostalgic evening. I think he told me of this site but I have just got round to finding it.
I have attached some photos that I am sure you will enjoy.
Do you remember that Nigel Jackson went under the name of “Count Nigel de Trafford”
I always felt that Brian Higham who had a good voice and stage presence was a threat and could take my place, sorry Brian, he was a good member of the group.
Duncan Club went off to run the family coal business.
Don’t know what happened to Tim.
Nick Ireland used to be our Manager, (great bloke) I wonder what happened to him?
We all used to go to the Azad restaurant in Levenshulme for a curry after a booking. There would often be The Hollies, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders and many more in there.
Last year I went to the Cavern in Liverpool. They have a wall there with the names of all the groups that played there and our name is on one.
After the Confederates we formed a group called “The Bobbins” but cant remember what happened to them. I have attached some photos you may find interesting.
I am now retired and living in the Lake District, but still doing a bit. I have teamed up with five great guys to make a group (The Elderly Brothers). We can still pack a hall singing some of the songs we sang all those years ago. I have attached a photo. I am the one in black.You will notice there is a distinct lack of the (quiff).
My best wishes to you all
We got through to the final of the Franky Vaughn Talent contest in 1963 at the North Pier in Blackpool “The Four Pennies” came first and got a recording contract and recorded “Juliet”. We came second and the “Black Abbots” came third.
Dave Meyer contradicts this memory
"I was a guitarist with Liverpool band Denny Seyton and the Sabres and the final of the Frankie Vaughn talent contest at the North Pier, Blackpool 1963 was won by us with the Four Pennies[ then called the Lionel Morton 4] coming second.
We signed up with Paul Cave and got a recording contract with Phillips, later changing to Mercury records. I still have the trophy at home."
1962 Practice in Long Lane Chapel
1962 Practice in Long Lane Chapel
The Bobbins” We bought our suits from Abe Sacks in Stockport.
Alan Jackson adds " '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".
1962 Cheadle Hulme British Legion The singer was Melvin. (Note the stage)
Jim and I formed a very successful duo after the Confederates split up and went under the name of the Devon Brothers. We were never short of work!
1963 Not taking bookings for less than £10 (Really flying now)
I have teamed up with five great guys to make a group - The Elderly Brothers.
We can still pack a hall singing some of the songs we sang all those years ago. I am the one in black.
You will notice there is a distinct lack of the (quiff).