Hello again. 

For those of you who hadn’t read my previous newsletter at the end of March, this issue
will, I’m afraid, come as a bit of a shock.  After a lot of recent speculation (particularly on Facebook) The Searchers have announced that they will be retiring at the end of March next year.

I am sure that, very sad as we all really are, we appreciate that after 56 years of continuous touring (albeit with a few personnel changes) they so deserve time to enjoy their personal lives at a slower pace, and we are all grateful to have had such superb entertainment and friendship for so long.

But cheer up - we still have nearly another 12 months of shows to enjoy.  There will be a Farewell Tour of solo all-evening concerts from early January to the end of March 2019, the officially confirmed schedule for which has just gone on line today, although it is early days and some changes could still be made. We know that some shows have already been put on sale, but others might not be for some while.  It is entirely up to the individual theatres to decide when to put their tickets on sale.

Do please be patient and don’t hassle box office staff for information that they won’t have yet.  This particularly applies to the final show at The Stables, Wavendon, who will not be putting tickets on sale until after The Searchers have played there on 7 June; they have asked that fans do not ring them until then, so please respect that request.

We have also put on line today the April/May issue of Frank Allen’s own newsletter.  His articles are always very interesting, and this one is especially so, as it is almost entirely about the reasoning behind the decision to retire, and is a fascinating insight into the background to what all the fans have been dreading to hear for some years. We are so lucky to have had the benefits of such a long and magnificent career.  As usual there are some more Qs and As at the end.

In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying the current run of “solo” all evening concerts, which run through the rest of the spring and the summer.  Sadly for me there are none in Kent for this period, but  I will be at Crawley at the beginning of June and Worthing at the end of  August, so do say hello if you see me at either of those..

The dates for the rest of 2018 include the Sixties Gold package tour, which will run from 2 October to 2 December. It will feature The Searchers, P J Proby, The Merseybeats, The Fortunes, Steve Ellis (of Love Affair) and Vanity Fare.  I think all those dates are now on sale.

Frank’s very detailed 2009 hardback book
The Searchers And Me is still in print.  It is ONLY available direct from Aureus Publishing - from the above link, read all about it and follow the instructions to place an order. Click here for a message from Frank, which includes a whole chapter from the book which we hope will encourage you to buy it.  If you bring your copy along to a show, Frank will be pleased to autograph it for you.

And if you’ve never read Frank’s first book “Travelling Man - On The Road With The Searchers” (originally published in hardback in 1999 and now out of print) - it is now available as an electronic version to download for Kindles etc from various Amazon sites worldwide.

Finally, could I again remind those of you who now go direct to the most popular webpages, without going via the Home page, that there are some comprehensive articles about the Searchers’ career accessible from links down the left hand side of that page: These include three very comprehensive “history” pages and very detailed coverage - with plenty of pictures - of their guitars and other stage equipment.  There are technical reasons why these additional links are only available from the home page, but unless you sometimes access the site via there, you’re missing at least half of all the website has to offer.

Wendy Burton,
Website Editor/Co-ordinator

Website Editor/Co-ordinator

6 May