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Hello again everyone. 

Some very good news!   John McNally is now fit enough to return to work – he tried himself out at two shows last weekend (albeit being driven by his son) and everything should be back to normal for the New Year.  Everyone is so relieved, and also so grateful to Steve Thompson of the Pacemakers for standing in for John for the last nearly three months.
 
Frank talks about all of this in much more detail in the new  (December) issue of his own newsletter

He also reports back on the later weeks of the 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 record label (Omnivore).

All the dates confirmed so far up to the end of next June are on the dates list.  I think most of them are on sale now, but some of the later ones might not be just yet.

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.

Finally, as always, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, from us all:

John McNally, Frank Allen, Spencer James and Scott Ottaway - The Searchers
Phil Hayes and John Semark, their hardworking sound and light engineers
Alan Field, the Searchers’ business and booking agent
Tim Viney, who runs the Searchers Appreciation Society
Gary Jackson, our webmaster, without whom none of this would get on line
 and me, Wendy Burton, website editor/co-ordinator

15 Dec