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Hello again,

We have just put the May issue of Frank Allen’s own newsletter on line.  In it, he has written in more detail than I did in my previous update about John McNally’s recent illness, which unfortunately forced the Searchers to cancel five shows in mid/late April.  I am pleased to say that John seems to have made a good recovery now, and everything is hopefully back on track.  It was so very unusual for the Searchers to have to cancel shows, in fact it was only the second time in the 29 years since I’ve been seeing them that they have had to do so, but on this occasion John’s health really had to come first.

Thank you all for sending your best wishes, which John really appreciated  All but one of the  cancelled dates were quickly rescheduled – see the dates list – and all ticket holders were given the  opportunity to keep their same booking for the new date, or have a refund..

All the Searchers shows for the rest of the year, as they stand at the moment, are on the dates list including another run of the Sixties Gold tour in the autumn, also featuring Gerry & the Pacemakers (Gerry’s farewell tour apparently), Brian Poole & the Tremeloes (Chip Hawkes and Dave Munden), Vanity Fare and Steve Ellis (of Love Affair).

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, if you would like to be on my mailing list to be advised whenever this and other pages are updated, or when there is any important news to relay, please email me (see below) including mentioning please which country you are in if your email address doesn’t show it, as I keep separate mailing lists for each continent.

15 May

Wendy Burton
    Website Editor/Co-ordinator

e-mail: wendy.burton@the-searchers.co.uk