Merseybeat revival in Morecambe

The Paul Hayes Collection.
The Paul Hayes Collection.
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A flavour of the 1960s comes swinging into the Platform this weekend (August 16 and 17) as bands from The Cavern era of Liverpool arrive for a two-day show.

Rock Back the Clock - The Wild Weekend features The Mojos, an original rock band from the fantastic venue on Matthew Street, Liverpool, where The Beatles first cut their teeth.

The Mojos had hits in 1964 with ‘Everything’s Alright’ and ‘Why Not Tonight’.

From 1964-66 their bass player was Lewis Collins, who went on to star hit 70s cop show The Professionals with John Thaw.

Today’s line-up is Nicky Crouch, Tommy Hughes, Brian Johnson and Eric London.

The Undertakers are also on the bill, one of the most popular of the ‘Merseybeat’ groups.

Originally called The Five Shillings and later The Vegas Five, they changed their name when a printing error in a local newspaper called them The Undertakers, taking the word by accident from an adjacent column.

They had a hit with ‘Just A Little Bit’ and other songs included ‘Do the Mashed Potatoes’ and ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’.

Today’s line-up is Geoff Nugent, Brian Jones, Billy Good, Jimmy O’Brian and Colin Gort.

Also appearing will be The Red Rosettes, regarded as one of the top barbershop choruses in the UK, Elvis tribute act Joe Marcel and The Sweet Inspirations, recently reformed 60s Merseybeaters Ian and the Rebels, and new group The Smokey Joe Band.

And giving the event a local edge, organisers The Paul Hayes Collection (TV personality Paul Hayes, Golly Goulding, Garry Pugh and Rod Cairns) will bring their popular brand of vintage rock ‘n’ roll to proceedings.

Rock Back the Clock runs from 2pm to 5pm, and from 7pm to midnight both days. Tickets cost £14 for a day and include a hot pot supper. You can buy from 01524 850757 or visit Morecambe Visitor Information Centre at The Platform.