The Renegades
info courtesy Peter Havery/Dave Hill

Line-Up included
Peter Havery
rhythm guitar
Paul Choularton
lead guitar
Terry Betts
bass guitar (replaced Rod)
Dave Hill
Mile Harding guitar (replaced Paul)
Wayne Gordon  
Viv Stocks  
Jimmy Reekie  
Rod Stocks bass


"The group was formed in Crumpsall about 1961 and did its first gig at St Matthews Church Hall, Crumpsall.

Later went to Germany and played the American army bases with Wayne Gordon as vocalist. On their return, the group split as other bands were coming to the fore.

Bass player Terry Betts joined The Chaperones with Lorraine Grey.

I went to Lee Paul and the Boys.

Other singers came and went in those early heady days including Viv Stocks (a little Brenda Lee), .Jimmy Reekie. a wee scot.

The first paid gig (5.00 punds) was at the now demolished Balmoral Hotel on Rochdale Road, Collyhurst. I remember it for the fact that we stowed our gear in the luggage space on the 26 bus and the long seats at the back. Happy crazy days. "

Dave Hill

As I remember, Rod Stocks (Viv`s brother) was the original bass player before I joined. Rest of line-up was Paul Choularton (who went on to become a "head" on the Irish showband scene, Pete Havery, Dave Hill, Viv Stocks, and Jimmy Reekie.

Stuart Agnew was manager, later replaced by Bill Ashley, and Mike Parker used to be roadie. Paul was replaced on guitar by Mike (Rochdale Cowboy) Harding.

I left to join The Beatmakers, who changed their name to Bo Weevils after backing Bo Didley at the Oasis Club.

I then joined Lorraine Gray, along with Dave Tomlinson (St. Louis Union), drummer Trevor Morais who later left to join The Peddlars (replaced by Ronnie Pearson) and Keith Gresty.

I later joined up with Paul Choularton again, playing with The Internationals, went on the cabaret scene with The Three Days, before joining with Paul again to start The Carnival with Bill Woods from The Silvers. I am now retired and living in Durham city.

Terry Betts

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terry betts says...
Rikki, you haven`t replied to my e-mail in which I gave you my mobile number I hope this doesn`t mean you are unable to.I would love to get in touch again, so if you are ok, e-mail me and let`s get in touch again. Terry.
27th March 2016 6:04am
Little Rikki says...
in 1962 I moved from Liverpool with my job.I auditioned for the Renegades 1963 after 3 hours each night 4 nights and many songs I lost my voice,Jungfrau was my first gig,the band played mainly in Yorkshire but we where resident at the Oasis on every ... Read More
28th November 2014 10:46pm
Terry Betts says...
Rikki used to turn up at the gigs in his bread van.It was a real novelty to have a Liverpool lad in a Manchester band,and he was always the true pro. A real pleasure to work with him.

Anyone go a contact number for him?
7th May 2015 7:44am
Arty Davies says...
hi Rikki, I am arty davies of Artysmerseypedia on do line ups of bands from the 60s Merseysound. as you are a Liverpool guy I would like to be able to include you. could you contact me.cheers Arty
6th October 2015 8:34am
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