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'Fab time guaranteed for all' at this year's Romstock Festival

Tristan Harris 8th Jun, 2018 Updated: 8th Jun, 2018

THE SEVENTH annual Romsley music festival ‘Romstock’ will take place tomorrow.

And this year there is a real coup for the event as The Quarrymen, the skiffle band which evolved into The Beatles, will be making a very rare appearance.

Romstock founder, band co-ordinator and massive Beatles fan Mark Moran had the idea to get the band in from his daughter who lives in Liverpool and mentioned they recorded in a terraced house a few yards from her home.

The Quarrymen, including John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney, laid down ‘That’ll Be the Day’ and “In Spite of All the Danger’ in an upstairs room there in August 1958 and it has become one of the most rarest and valuable records of all time.

After making a few enquiries Mark found contact details for original band member Rod Davies who now lives in Hampshire.

He got in touch and Rod enlisted other members of the band to join him.

The current line-up includes three of the Quarrymen on that rare recording, Len Garry, Colin Hanton and John Duff- Lowe. The other present member is Chas Newby who played with the Beatles in Hamburg in 1961 with Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and drummer Pete Best.

As well as performing, the band will also be holding a meet and greet at the festival which was first held in 2012 for HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and has grown year-on-year ever since.

Top tribute ‘Prone to Madness’ who open the festival at midday and there will be nine other bands, including Red Tails, Strictly Abba, Colin Halls Gypsy Blood, Paul Shakespeare’s ‘Elvis’, Ska superstars Rudi and the Revolvers and punk/ new wave covers band Vaseline featuring Giovanni ‘Spoz’ Esposito.

Early bird tickets are £15 (£20 on the day) and £3 for children. Under fives go free.

Tickets are available from the Co-op in Romsley or from the Romstock website.

The festival runs from midday until 9pm on the Romsley Playing Fields, St Kenelm’s Road.

Visit http://romsleyparishcouncil.gov.uk/romstock/ for more information and to buy tickets.

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