Thursday, 9 September 2010
The Saints skiffle group
Thanks to John Northey for these images. John plays now in a band with Roger Brokenshire. Here he is in the late fifties playing with the Saints. The Saints, which included the Treloar brothers Leon and Max, have the distinction of being the band who won the skiffle competition in 1958 in Truro City Hall. Other members on stage are Finton Lawley and Ginger Pascoe. They are all about 16 in this picture which was taken around the same time. John still has the original guitar. He explained that whilst you couldn't buy electric guitars in Cornwall in the late 50's you could get a pick-up and fit it to an acoustic guitar, which is exactly what all the skiffle groups did.
He also has two nice images of the stage at the Flamingo Ballroom. In the first he is playing with a band called The Rebels, with his mother playing the piano, Jack Pascoe on the far left and Joy Simpson's son playing drums. He said that the stage went back a long way and in the picture they are infront of the curtain. In the second image, sporting a spectacular quiff, he is on stage with his cousin, who it has to be said looks not unlike a Cornish Marilyn Monroe. Lastly an image of the Flamingo being demolished in 1980. There are very few pictures of The Flamingo Ballroom and if anyone reading this blog has any others please contact me!