Hello again everyone. 

I am sorry to be starting this issue with some worrying news.  Sadly John McNally has been taken ill, and has been told he must rest for at least four weeks.  This meant that the shows this weekend at Haverhill, Selsey and Rotherham had to be cancelled and unfortunately John will not be able to appear for the first few weeks of the Sixties Gold Tour. Steve Thompson, lead guitarist  from The Pacemakers has kindly agreed to stand in for as long as is necessary on the tour.  It goes without saying that we are all thinking of John and wish him a good recovery.

We’ve recently put on line the new (September) issue of Frank Allen’s own newsletter.  In it, amongst other things, he talks about where he and the rest of the team went on their summer holidays (our  very best wishes to Scott and Sam Ottaway who got married during that time), the Sixties Gold autumn tour, and the interviews he and John McNally recently did for an upcoming “Mersey Sound” DVD. He also congratulates Gary Jackson (our webmaster) and me on the 20th anniversary of us starting the website.  As always, Frank answers some more of your questions at the end of the newsletter.

All the Searchers shows for the rest of the year are on the dates list including another run of the Sixties Gold tour which starts on 30 September and runs through until 3 December.  It also features 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).  Tickets are selling fast, so if you haven’t already booked, do so soon if you want to get a decent seat.

We have recently added to the list all the dates confirmed so far for the first six months of 2018.  Please note, however, that not all of the later ones are on sale yet.  So just put them in your diaries for now, and try to be patient until they are.  Although I expect more dates will be added in due course, it is good to know that the boys have realised that the oh-so-hectic schedule of the last few years was not good for their health, and they are hopefully perhaps slowing down just a little.  We’d rather see them less frequently than not at all, of course.

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: 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. 

22 Sept

Wendy Burton
    Website Editor/Co-ordinator