BANDS

 

It is with deep regret that we have to announce the sad death of yet another of our fellow musicians and entertainers, Cliff Ledger, who passed away on Friday, July 3rd in a hospital on the Costa Del Sol in Spain.

Cliff Ledger was part of the popular showband scene in Ireland for many years and was with The Walter Lewis Showband in the 1950's before forming his own band - Cliff Ledger & The Country Boys - who came across to England during the early 70's to become one of the most sought after acts in north east clubland. Cliff Ledger and his family were based in Redcar.

Cliff Ledger with his Country Boys - with Merle (Mervyn) Dempsey on lead guitar and Shay Brogan on bass - made several records during his career and was awarded a gold disc for his recording of "Kentucky In The Morning" for Outlet Records. There's more about Cliff Ledger on a specially created Tribute page.

Cliff's wife, Dolores, said that he had suffered a series of minor strokes and passed away peacefully in his sleep. He was 80 in November, 2014. RIP Cliff.

The Searchers are all set to play at Norton Cricket Club on Saturday, July 11th. Tickets are £30 pounds and are available from the club by calling (01642) 554031 or you can send an email to cic74@nortonsportscharity.co.uk. Payment by cheque, cash or debit card.

How it all started: For almost fourteen years I lived on the Costa Blanca in Spain. Following a visit I made to my hometown of Hartlepool in June 2004, it was suggested to me to start a web page featuring some of the old bands, or groups, that graced the pubs and clubs of the area back in the 1960's. The idea started after Billy Crallan, George Hart and Ed Saul all joined forces to play some of the old songs to help celebrate Ron Blair's 60th birthday. Billy Crallan, Ron and I played together in The Trakkers and George, of course, was the original lead guitarist of The Hartbeats.

The photograph above shows George, Billy, me and Ron at Hartlepool Cricket Club. So, what started as an idea has now expanded into many pages - and is dedicated to the great bands of that era and the friendship we all enjoyed. Photograph © Marion Crallan.

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