The Fly-b-nites

Line-Up (as pictured)
Robin Inston rhythm
Brian Fletcher lead
John Inston bass
Martin Fidler drums

The group were a first class 'surfing' group. Close harmonies second to none. In line with 'Factotums', another Manchester group of the times.

Four piece harmony group - Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Assosiation and others. Brilliant musicians and vocalists.
A H Agency

I was looking at our page on M/c Beat and it seems a lot smaller than it was several years ago, when I updated the groupmember names, some of which were wrong. Anyhow, onwards and downwards to the update.

In '63 Rob Inston left the group to get married; we all thought he was mad, but that's love, I suppose.
His place was fillrd by Trevor (Tinner) Lear. Trevor came from the Avengers, a popular Rochdale group. In those days he had a fine falsetto voice, which we iiked to think made us sound just likr the Four Seasons.

In 1965, our drummer Martin Fidler left us. We continued, with two new members - drummer Martin Brewster, who lives in Rochdale, where I originally hail from and Alan Lord, guitar, now resident in South Africa. At the same time, we turned exclusively to being a harmony band. This continued until 1968, when the work situation was such that quite often we would arrive at our "real" jobs an hour late, straight from the previous night's job and so, by mutual agreement, we disbanded.

I continued "musicless" for around six months until I was invited to join the Reg James Explosion, playing bass guitar, which I didn't particularly enjoy and so, again after six months, I left and joined "Candy Choir," a harmony group from Kent.

I got the grand total of one afternoon's rehearsal and that same evening found myself, terrified, on stage with them at the - then - Devonshire Sporting Club. We worked with Barry Ryan (of Eloise fame, if anyone remembers him), as his backing group.

Eventually, in 1975, I quit because I was sick of all the incessant travelling. I moved to Blackpool, where I live until this day, although I do miss Rochdale... a lot!!  I backed cabaret until I retired. I've taken the liberty(if ok) of posting links to a couple of my own solo projects done on my home studio.

Brian Fletcher


Hitch Hike (Decca)

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Topic: Fly-B-Nites
mick ward says...
Smile we used to wath these at st marks in glodwick Oldham, a brilliant band with fantastic harmonies, tinner lear joined them in 63 and later joined us peppertree in 68, what a great falsetto tinner had, fab memories.
5th June 2015 10:25pm
David Kay says...
Hi...I would love to contact my old mate Rob Inston, anyone have any ideas? I now live in Scotland
4th August 2015 2:30am
Joyce Baines-Holgate says...
Did he marry Jackie? If so I know him.
23rd August 2015 3:18am
Joyce Baines-Holgate says...
I know Robin: I saw him last Monday. I would prefer not to give details in a public forum, so pl message me if you would like to get in touch with him; im sure he would appreciate it.
28th August 2015 7:49pm
David Kay says...
Hi Joyce...apologies for delay in replying, had probs with email.It's good to hear that Rob is ok,it's been a very long time since I last saw him.If Rob wants to get in touch then ask him to contact me through this forum.If he does not, then ... Read More
29th August 2015 9:52pm
Joyce Baines Holgate says...
Do you know where I can get hold of a copy of Hitch Hike?
22nd February 2016 4:40am
Brian Fletcher says...
Hi Joyce Brian here - from the Flybies. I'm the one balancing the big letter 'N' on my head in the photo. I'm sorry, but you can't get hold of 'Hitch Hike.' To the best of my memory, we did a demo of it many years ago at ... Read More
3rd June 2016 1:06am
Brian Fletcher says...
Is that the David Rothwell Kaye I went to Rochdale Grammar with?
26th February 2016 3:24am
Tony Gardner says...
You, Martin and Alan are on You Tube with me, made about 15 years ago.
23rd October 2015 7:02pm
Brian Fletcher says...
I noticed that some people have been asking about Rob Inston. It is with a heavy heart and in a state of shock that I have to tell you that I just learned that he passed away last Friday, 19th Feb 2016. Our sincerest condolences to his brother John ... Read More
27th February 2016 5:33am
Jackie says...
Thanks for your good wishes
You should know that Rob died peacefully at home surrounded by his guitars
5th March 2016 11:08pm
Ray Sanderson says...
Hiya boys. I have been reading your recent comments and note them with regret and pleasure. Regret that my very good friend Robin is now no longer with us - a great guy and we are no richer for his passing and that the rest of you motley crew are ... Read More
6th March 2016 2:13am
Brian Fletcher says...
Hi, Brian here. Please contact me at Love to catch up with you.
18th March 2016 1:43am
Ray Sanderson says...
Hi Bri, Will do. Ray.
26th March 2016 1:12am
Brian Fletcher says...
Great, Ray..... waiting
Cheers for replying
27th March 2016 1:32am
Natalie Johnson says...
Thanks for posting this. My dad is Martin (holding up the L and the B). He still plays drums but we made him by new electric ones so that the neighbours (and grandchildren) don't complain! It's great to Google your dad and find something ... Read More
24th March 2017 6:39am
Natalie Johnson says...
"buy" Shocked
24th March 2017 6:40am
Brian Fletcher says...
Hello Natalie. I take it you are married as you don't have your dad's surname. I'm Brian, with the big letter 'N' on my boko.I make your dad out to be getting on towards 70 by now, as I recently passed that milestone... eee how ... Read More
25th March 2017 3:05am
Ray Sanderson says...
Hello Nat. Delighted to hear from one of Martin's bunch and equally delighted to know he is still with us and making a noise. Please give him my regards and my best wishes for a very long life. I am frequently in touch with Brian, Rob's wife ... Read More
26th March 2017 2:23am
Brian Fletcher says...
Hello Natalie. I'm assuming you are married as you do not have your dad's surname on your post. I'm Brian from the Flybies and I'd like to say, it's nice to "meet" you.I'm the one supporting the big letter ... Read More
25th March 2017 3:15am
Tony Gardner (Los Alcazares Spain) says...
Alan Lord. I'm sorry to hear today about the sad loss of Alan, one time guitarist with this band. He was a great bloke, a good friend and a brilliant player, and tutor of the guitar. If anyone remembers him and wants to see him play, please go ... Read More
16th January 2018 8:01pm
Brian Fletcher (Blackpool) says...
It is with a sense of shock and a great sadness that I report the passing of one of the members of the Waterboard - previously known as the Fly-B-Nites. Alan was a fantastic guitarist/vocalist.He died yesterday morning at approx 1.30 a.m., at which ... Read More
16th January 2018 10:59pm
Brian Fletcher (Blackpool) says...
Ah, how nice to be remembered so well
1st February 2018 2:01am

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