Hello again.

The Searchers and their crew are back from their summer holidays, a much longer break than usual this year, six weeks in all, much needed and deserved I think you’ll agree -  continually driving up and down the motorways in the current long heat wave is not much fun.

Hopefully you will all have read in my previous newsletters that the band announced back in March that they will be retiring at the end of March next year (2019).  Frank wrote about this in some length in the April/May issue of his Searchers News; if you missed that click
here to catch up again.

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 another eight 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 is  on line,  I think most theatres have tickets on sale now. – it is entirely up to the individual venues to decide when to put their tickets on sale. I’m afraid if you haven’t got your tickets for the final show at the Stables, Wavendon, on 31 March next year, it’s too late. It sold out completely within a couple of days of going on sale a month ago.  There are plenty of tickets available for the other shows, but don’t leave too much longer to book if you want good seats.

If you haven’t already done so, do check out the recent (July) issue of Frank Allen’s own newsletter. In which he talks a little more about their retirement, about what he was doing during his time off, and about the autumn Sixties Gold tour which he is looking forward to.  Always interesting and I hope you will enjoy reading it. As usual there are some more Qs and As at the end.

In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy the August and September run of  “solo” all evening concerts, leading up to 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.  .See here for details of all the shows.

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

5th Aug