The Boydells Vocal Group
(previously The Dice Boys Skiffle Group and The Belmonts)

Eric Thomas Vocals
Stew Darby Vocals
George Mather Vocals
Terry McGeoch Vocals

Eric Thomas continues the story from The Dice Boys Skiffle Group

Tony and Alan had both left the group, and George introduce us to a workmate of his called Terry McGeoch who fancied himself as a singer.

We auditioned him in the toilets(always the best acoustics) of some pub in Mersey Square Stockport, and two hours later we had our lead singer and the Belmonts were born. Later we changed our name because of a slight conflict with the American Group Dion & The Belmonts, and became The Boydells.

Stew, George, Terry and Eric toured the cabaret clubs of the north, and worked for a while with the Harry Gunn agency that also had the Karl Denver Trio on their books.

We did everything from stag nights at the Domino Club with an unknown Jimmy Tarbuck, and headlined at the same club with Ben E King.

We had regular work around the club circuit with the likes of Joe Brown, The Mindbenders, Sid & Eddie, and all the other regular club favourites.


 LtoR Eric Thomas, Stew Darby,
George Mather, Terry McGeoch

Frascatis Bar in Manchester

Promo shot

We borrowed 40 pounds off a compere at the College club to buy a second hand van, and ventured further afield into Yorkshire & Newcastle.

Eric, Stew, George & Terry
Tudor Bar Middleton Towers



The group finally disbanded in 1964 for marital and other reasons, but George, Terry and Stewart reformed in 1966 and went on to become winners of Opportunity Knocks as The Graysons.

I live down under in Sydney, Terry still lives in Droylsden, and Stewart lives in Denton. George passed away in February, 1995.

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Comments (3)

Topic: The Boydells
Eric Thomas says...
It is with deep sorrow I have to announce another of Manchester's true legends, and my lifelong friend Stew Darby has passed away. The bravest man I ever had the pleasure of knowing, Stewart lost his battle with Cancer on Boxing Day 2015. We ... Read More
31st December 2015 11:40pm
Debbie says...
Dear Eric, Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your close friend Stew who was also a friend of my late father's, George Mather. I was 3 years old when I waved to my dad on Opportunity Knocks on TV but unfortunately 6 years old ... Read More
5th May 2016 11:33pm
David says...
I see terry occasionally in my local a lovely man
6th May 2016 12:44am

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