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Smith, Richard Baker and Ginger Feather were on "Centaur"
Jeff Boorer was at Eastney and the Yot with me.
George Simpson was my room-mate on the USA Staff Band tour in 1965 with
Adrian Brett also on that tour.
Wally Waters (horn!) was made Lance Corporal and drafted in to my CG
Squad as my 2nd horn.
Roger Smith and Phil Hughes joined up with me, with Phil being ONE DAY
older than me. He was also in my CG Squad.
Roger Smith, Mike Tellick and Gordon Saville were all in the same CG
Gordon Saville was at Eastney with me with both of us playing at the
1966 WORLD CUP FINAL.
With the exception of Mike Hutton, Wally Waters, horn, Ginge Feather
and Pete Rose ... we were all boys together!!
first glance the All Stars Band is a group of grey-haired (if lucky!!)
elderly men playing their instruments. I looked deeper and saw friends
and comrades from my youth, all of them having some sort of influence
on my life and making me realise how lucky and glad I am to have been
part of a tightly-knit and talented group of musicians.
The step from the floor of the hall to the first tier of the stage is
high and one could see quite a few ageing, arthritic knees and hips
struggling to get up and down (eg: Phil Hughes is having a knee replacement
later on this year!!). Roger already has a plastic knee amongst the
multitude of things that ail him (let's face it, the guy's ALMOST bionic!!!!!)
and he was having real difficulty getting down this step at the end
of the concert. His struggles were seen by Nick Grace who came to his
rescue and supported his 17 stone down to ground level!! What a nice
man; Roger says it's the first time he's ever been cuddled by a PDM!!!!!!
Best wishes to you all.