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A very Happy New Year to you all.

My new year – and that of the Searchers themselves and many regular fans – got off to a very good start last night with the annual solo show at The Beck Theatre in Hayes, West London.  It was especially enjoyable as John McNally was back in the fold, after his three months of recovery from a stroke, and he got a much deserved full-house standing ovation..  Everyone is so relieved, and also so grateful to Steve Thompson of the Pacemakers for standing in for John, but it was so good to have John back and looking well.

We have just added to the dates list. The schedule, as it stands at the moment, for July, August and September.  It could be that some are on sale already, but the later ones might not be just yet.

If you haven’t already done so, do read Frank Allen’s most recent (December) issue of his own newsletter.  He talked about John, about the later weeks of the autumn Sixties Gold tour which became rather a “wait and see who turns up on the night” affair, and on a just-released American CD set of all the 1979/80 Sire recordings.  This isn’t on general release in the UK, but it can be obtained via Amazon and from the website of the US record label (Omnivore).

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 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: 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,

Website Editor/Co-ordinator

wendy.burton@the-searchers.co.uk

7 Jan