The Vigilantes
Warrington rock group 1960 – 1965   

For more info, please visit their website

Line-up included
Ian Preece lead quitar
Pete Garner lead quitar
Ray Johnson  rhythm    
Jeff Rigby bass
Don Smith drums
Johnny Bellringer drums
Bill Monks drums
Johnny Moss vocals
Colin Massey vocals



The Vigilantes were a popular Warrington group formed in late1960.

The original line up was Ian, Ray, Jeff, Don, and they were later joined by vocalist Johnny Moss who was later followed by Colin Massey.
Ian left in October 1962 to join The Brokers, another well known Warrington group.

Ian was replaced by Pete Garner who, when the Vigilantes, folded went on to join the Magic Lanterns.

In November 1963 Colin left the group, and they then continued to perform doing their own vocals and harmonies.
Don Smith left in 1964, and was replaced by Johnny Bellringer ex-drummer with The Brokers. Johnny was then replaced late in 1964 by Bill Monks.

The Vigilantes played in many Northwest clubs and dance halls in both Manchester and Liverpool, and supported many headline groups of that time.


Jeff, Ray, Don, Ian with Johnny Moss 


Just some of the clubs they played;

The Astoria in Hyde
The KIngs Hall Cheadle
The Stamford Hall Altincham
Baths Hall Warrington
Co-op Hall Warrington
Parr Hall Warrington
Memorial Hall Northwich
Mr Smiths Winsford
Town Hall Middlewich
The Cavern Club Liverpool
The Iron Door Club Liverpool
Litherland Town Liverpool

Please check their website for more info and pictures.

The Vigilantes brick at the Cavern Wall of Fame

The Co-op Hall Warrington

Final Format with no Specific Singer

Jeff,    Colin,     Don,      Ray,        Pete


The Vigilantes (from Warrington) who last performed in 1965 have now re-united and Performed their first gig for over 45 years on the 27th October at Blackbrook Rugby Club in St Helens.

The group (comprising of all original members) did a one hour spot to a great reception.  Videos of their gig can be viewed on .  We are now up and running, and more gigs are in the pipline.

Jeff Rigby


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