Played all over the Lancashire area including Bury Palais and Princess Ballroom; The Boneyard (Bolton); Beachcomber (Leigh and Bolton), Beat City and Oasis (Manchester); Catacombs (Oldham) plus the usual pubs like The Canary Inn, Little Lever and The Grapes Bury, Severn Stars at Heywood.
Four-piece band with Dads as roadies and all initially started going around in an Austin A40 and a Mini Van until we saved enough for our Thames Trader Van suitably covered in lipstick signatures! All this and average age 16!
Can remember rushing home from school to do the gig with the Cymerons at the Oasis as we had to be in Manchester for 6.30pm.
Pete Watkiss Pete Chetham Ian Latimer John Crowther Dave Parr
I was the next drummer with The Strangeways, taking over from Frank Garrett. We loved playing at Bury Palais and had a good following there.
I also was a drummer for this band for a long time. Also worked with David Parr At Dixons Ford.
Dave Parr taught me my first guitar chords. We both went to the Derby School in Bury. He also brought his Selmer amp over to my house so I could convince my Dad I needed one. Dave has no idea what he started. Played full time in Sydney for about seven years and now still gigging and based in Florida.
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