The Dice Boys Skiffle Group

Eric Thomas Guitar and vocals
Stew Darby Banjolele
Alan Goddard Guitar
George Mather Tea chest bass
Ian Laver Washboard
Tony Gaskin Washboard (replaced Ian)

Like many bands of the 60s I served my apprenticeship in the Skiffle era, and our group with the appropriately painted T-chest was called the Dice Boys.

Members were Stewart Darby (banjolele), Alan (Slugger) Goddard (guitar), George Mather (t-chest), Ian Laverty (replaced by Tony Gaskin) (washboard), Eric Thomas(guitar & Vocals).

Only being in our early teens when we started we were taken around the local clubs by Stewarts parents where the hat was passed around.

Middleton Towers Holiday Camp
LtoR   Eric Thomas, Stewart Darby, Alan Goddard

Later we progressed to bigger venues, and holiday camps (see picture Middleton Towers Morecambe).

Stewart's Dad, Joe Darby, an entertainer himself wanted us to take another direction, and the instruments were packed away so we could concentrate on our vocal harmonies.

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.

Eric Thomas

On stage at Middleton Towers
LtoR  George Mather, Stew Darby, Eric Thomas, Alan Goddard, Tony Gaskin

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Topic: The Dice Boys
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 11:43pm

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