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Hi again everyone. 

I hope you had a good Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

After a fairly quiet December the Searchers have just started their three month long Farewell Tour,  which runs until 31 March.  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.

See here for details of the itinerary, which has just been updated to show that many of the venues have already sold out, and a lot more only have a few seats left. So if you haven’t already done so, don’t  delay booking your tickets or you will be very disappointed at missing out on seeing the “boys” for the very last time.

We have just updated Frank Allen’s own newsletter.  Amongst other things he talks about are the recent Sixties Gold tour, some social gatherings he has attended, and a TV appearance they made just after Christmas. 

He also mentions a new double CD which has just been released commercially on the BMG label.  It is called “The Searchers - The Farewell Album – The Greatest Hits And More”.  It is a compilation of hits, album tracks and B-sides from the 60s, plus a few more recent recordings.  It has been on advance sale at the Searchers shows for the last few weeks, but it is now available on line from the likes of Amazon etc.

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.

Could I again remind those of you who 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: www.the-searchers.co.uk. 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@the-searchers.co.uk

6th Jan