some photos when rummaging around the garage today. They are not the
best but may be of interest.
They were taken during the tour of Iran for the British Cultural Festival
in 1977 with Plymouth group and other band members.
The photo that shows our accommodation block was built for the Asian
Olympic games. Some might remember the dwarf who was our block cleaner
and quite happy to put his hands down the toilets to clean them but
not wash his hands after, later we would see him in dining the hall
dishing out rice with these very hands (I think he did have yellow
marigolds on for this operation! but not sure if he ever washed at all.)
The tour was quite an eye opener, what with some members of the band
being involved where gunshots were fired I believe, wondering whether
our plane could make it over the mountain range we were heading for
while the toilets were being topped up and overflowing from bandsmen
who had a rather upset stomachs due the food, to our bus driver taking
us on a wrong route and losing the convoy, when we eventually found
the convoy our bus driver was carted away never to be seen again. It
was only a short time after the band returned to the UK that the Ayatollah
Khomeini took over from the Shah of Iran. Oh happy days!