Another oldie, from the mid 70's, which was sent to us by Tom Ludley and from the collection of Ian Cowell. As you can see the quality is rather poor because, we are reliably informed, it is a photograph of a photograph and so on. The name of the band is Connection and shows members, left to right, Wally Latheron, John McWilliams, Frankie Smith, Ian Cowell and Andy Hunter. The original publicity card showed two Middlesbrough telephone numbers which I have removed just incase they are private nunbers these days! Nev Reed, who supplied me with a couple of missing names when we first posted the photograph, also informs me that Andy Hunter also played in Night Train in the 70’s and 80’s and then became the bass player in the rock/blues band “Sinister Footwear” from 1993 to 1998 when the band folded.

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.

More fun at Hartlepool Cricket Club with George Hart, Stan Laundon, Billy Crallan and Ron Blair playing some 60's music and remembering those good ol' days!

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