This photograph of the Middlesbrough band the Denmen was taken by Bernard Fearnley about 1966. It came to me in a round about way. A gentleman called Don, in Coulby Newham, sent it to John Foster of BBC Tees following a radio show about memories of the sixties. In turn, John, knowing about this website, sent it on to me! It shows, left to right in the back row, guitarist and vocalist Alan Ludley (who sadly died in a car crash on Teesside in the mid 1960's) drummer Merv Jones, bassist Peter "Tubby" Ayton and George Trigg. In the front row is keyboard player Peter Jackson with Paul Rhucroft on baritone sax.
The Denmen when they first formed featured band members Alan Ludley, Peter "Tubby" Ayton, Bill Randall, Dave Ritchie on drums and Mike Gutteridge on guitar.
Another early photograph of The Denmen taken at the same time as the one above. Thanks to Tom Ludley for providing this photograph from his collection. We appreciate the quality is not as good as others on this page but we thought it should be shown anyway.
Practice time again with Bill Randall, Peter "Tubby" Ayton, Alan Ludley and Mike Gutteridge.
Missing from this photograph - although the neck and head of his guitar can be seen - is Mike Gutteridge.
Paul Rhucroft, Alan Ludley, George Trigg, Merv Jones, Peter Jackson with Peter Ayton seated.
Another photograph of The Denmen which was kindly sent to us by Adrian Ludley, the son of guitarist and vocalist, Alan Ludley. The line-up is the same as mentioned above.
Alan, George and Tubby.
Studio portrait of Alan Ludley.
Alan with shorter hair!
Tubby, Alan and George go walkabout.
The Denmen publicity card.
Happy times - Stan Laundon with Paul Rhucroft on the Costa Blanca in Spain during the early 1990s.
In memory of Alan Ludley and Paul Rhucroft - always remembered and never forgotten.
My thanks to Peter Ayton, John Bowlt, Mike Gutteridge, Adrian Ludley and Jenny Rhucroft for supplying photographs and background information for this page.
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