Thirty years of hits for charity

THIRTY years of hits will be served up on Saturday night when two bands put on a show with music ranging from skiffle to rock.The Hasbeens and Bits 'n' Pieces are teaming up for the event at Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion, hoping to raise a substantial sum for the East Anglian Children's Hospice.

THIRTY years of hits will be served up on Saturday night when two bands put on a show with music ranging from skiffle to rock.

The Hasbeens and Bits 'n' Pieces are teaming up for the event at Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion, hoping to raise a substantial sum for the East Anglian Children's Hospice.

Music on the night will range from the skiffle of the 1950s, when groups used guitars, washboards and tea chest bass, to the guitar-driven pop and rock of the swinging sixties and glam rock seventies.

Roy Gray, of The Hasbeens, said tickets were selling well for the show.

He said: “We sold 200 in the first few days, which means £1,000 for the charity, and we have sold several more since.

“I am sure a lot of people will make their mind up on the day and come through the door on the night.

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“It's going to be a great night and a lot of fun and it will just be nice to help the children's hospices.”

The Hasbeens formed ten years ago and have raised about £10,000 for charity.

The group - which has an average age of around 70 - has featured several musicians over the years, including Tony Cropper, vocals and guitar; Roy Gray, tea chest bass; Jan Cropper, vocals and percussion; Brian Farrow, guitar and banjo; Jim Rhind, banjo; and Mike Parker, washboard and percussion.

This year alone they will have played 60 concerts, performing the skiffle music they first played to teenagers in the 1950s and which still remains highly popular today.

For Bits 'n' Pieces it will be their biggest gig in their history, and they are really looking forward to it.

Guitarist John Spurgeon said: “One or two of the band are a little bit nervous but it's going to be fine, a really nice night. We are really looking forward to it and it would be great to pack the place put and raise a really good some for the kids.”

Mr Spurgeon's brother Derrick plays drums, brother-in-law Mick Chennell lead rhythm guitar, and cousin Ollie Holloway guitar lead and vocals.

The show at the Spa on Saturday starts at 7pm. Tickets are £5 from the theatre box office or on the door.

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