Advertiser Life Six decades on, it’s time for the finale
ABELOVED Southport band who once supported the Beatles will play their final gig this year.
The Sandgrounders are to mark their 60th birthday with a special concert at The Atkinson, Lord Street, before hanging up their instruments for good on December 31.
Gordon Halsall, the last remaining original band member, has organised the anniversary show to celebrate the landmark.
The band have gained a loyal fan base over the past six decades, after first starting their journey by doing gigs at youth clubs and birthday parties as two of the members were too young to play in licensed premises.
But the group have enjoyed an undeniably exciting life on the road, supporting such stars of The Hollies, The Beatles and The Searchers in the 1960s.
Gordon, who is a former Meols Cop High School pupil, had retired after the band celebrated half a century together, but admitted it was only four weeks before he was coaxed back on the road by the other members.
While he is the only original band member still involved, he has used the anniversary concert as a chance to invite back former members, and will be joined by a line-up which comprises Paul Mullen, Eric Wainwright, Keith Livingstone and Ramzi Merchergui.
Gordon said: “Whilst all the artistes are looking forward to the event it is with much sadness that I announce that the Sandgrounders band will be retiring for good on December 31 of this year.
“I think 60 years is far more than I could have wished for and consider myself to be so very lucky to have achieved this.
“This has been down mainly to the support and loyalty of the fans of the band over the years. There has also been support from some members of the band over the trying times every band has, but thankfully we have survived to tell the tale.”
The concert comes 10 years after the band last performed at the venue, then known as Southport Art Centre, and tickets are now available for £15/£13 from The Atkinson or by calling 01704 533333.