Vince Reno and The Sabres
St Helens



Allan Wilson

Ken Hobin rhythm
Morris "Acker Tickle" as Vince Reno vocals, keyboard, lead
Ian Moncur bass
Pete Bond lead


Played Princess Theatre Club, Domino Club and many other clubs/pubs in the Manchester area during the early to mid '60s.

Founding members were Allan Wilson, Ken Hobin, Pete Bond.

Later changed their name to The Hammers, and then had some chart success as the Magic Lanterns. Band members at that time were Allan Wilson, Jimmy Bilsbury, Ian Moncur, Pete Shoesmith and later, Bev Beveridge. The line-up changed over the next few years.

Great site - thanks for doing a great job.

Ken Hobin [Canada]

On Thursday 18th October at the Standish Unity Club there will be a 50th reunion concert by Vince Reno & The Sabres. On Sunday the 14th October a warm up gig was performed in Mo's Bar Leigh were I was given the following information by the drummer Allan Wilson:-

VINCE RENO & THE SABRES formed c.1962 aka Magic Lanterns

Group Members
Morris "Acker Tickle" as Vince Reno vocals, keyboard, lead
Allan Wilson drums (Golborne)
Pete Bond lead guitar(St.Helens)
Ken Hobin rhythm Guitar (St. Helens)
Ian Moncur bass guitar (Lowton)

Venues 1960s Leigh Casino, Cavern, Plaza, Bodega, Wigan Empress

John Hesford


The Sabres / Vince Reno and the Sabres 

Line-up #1 
Richard Ashton lead vocals
Kenny Lilley lead vocals 
Pete Bond lead guitar, vocals 
Ken Hobin rhythm guitar 
Derek Jolly bass
Allan John Wilson drums 

Line-up #2 
Vince Reno (Maurice Tickle) lead vocals 
Pete Bond (Gerry Blackman) lead guitar, vocals 
Ken Hobin rhythm guitar 
Ian James Moncur bass (Burns Sonic) 
Allan Wilson drums

The Sabres formed in 1961 in St Helen's, Lancashire with a line-up of Richard Ashton on lead vocals, Kenny Lilley on lead vocals (b. Kenneth Lilley), Pete Bond on lead guitar, vocals (b. Gerry Blackman), Ken Hobin on rhythm guitar (b. Kenneth Hobin), Derek Jolly on bass (b. d. RIP) and Allan Wilson on drums (b. Allan John Wilson, 1945, St Helens, Lancashire, UK). 

In late 1961 saw a line-up change with Ashton and Lilley leaving and being replaced by lead vocalist Vince Reno (b. Maurice Tickle, 1945). One night Reno did a singing spot, he stood in, he got up at The Lupro in Ashton, Lancashire and sang one song. He enjoyed it so much that the band asked him to join. Then Reno recommened his friend Ian Moncur (b. Ian James Moncur, 1945, 72 Stone Cross Lane, Lowton, near Leigh, Lancashire, UK) to be the new bassist as Jolly was not very good. He was not happy and wanted to leave. Reno had been in Moncur's first band.  

The band also changed their name to Vince Reno and the Sabres as they wanted to avoid confusion with a band from Liverpool called Denny Seyton and the Sabres.   

The Sabres played locally around Leigh, Burtonwood American Airbase, Manchester and Liverpool. They would play the local ballrooms, like The Casino in Leigh, Lancashire, The Monaco, Hindley, Lancashire, The Co-op Ballroom in Leigh, The Co-op Ballroom in St Helens and The Co-op Ballroom in Warrington, Lancashire. They also played at the famous Cavern Club at 8 - 10 Mathew Street, Liverpool 1, with Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated and The Hollies. 

Moncur had started work in 1960 and later bought a small bass, a Burns Sonic.   

John H. Warburg


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Topic: The Sabres - St Helens
John H. Warburg says...
Updated info today
4th August 2014 9:08pm
John H. Warburg says...
Updated info today
4th August 2014 9:10pm
richard Ashton says...
Nice to be mentioned with the Sabres
Still singing but only to myself
Sang with the band at son Ricks 40th and went down ok
Best wishes to all
10th February 2015 12:45am
Ken Hobin says...
Good to hear you are still singing Richard.Keep Rockin',
17th February 2015 9:07am

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