Our group is for the young at heart who have fond memories of the sixties and early seventies, especially in relation to music and fashion. We go to periodic outings and concerts and anyone interested in being put on the mailing list for such events should contact Trish by clicking on the bird icon to send a message.
Some of the events during our first year are listed below and this should give U3A members a taster of what is yet to come. Many of these events have been complemented with my own photos.
Outings and Shows
On 1st October 2017 we went to Mill Hill and visited the grave of Billy Fury. Some of you may remember that he had a string of hit songs in the early to mid sixties before the Beatles took over the decade by storm. We then attended a nearby memorial get-together where we had dancing, raffles, tea and cakes. It was altogether a very enjoyable day out.
Soon after this we attended The Solid Gold Rock'n'Roll show at the Ipswich Regent which starred Marty Wilde, Eden Kane, Mark Wynter and Mike Berry together in concert….all of whom were teen idols in their hey-day in the sixties. I had licence to take professional photographs at the show and afterwards our members met some of the artists and had a group picture taken.
Unfortunately in early March 2018 "The Sensational Sixties Experience" show also at the Regent had to be cancelled at the last minute by the promoter due to the "Beast from the East" adverse weather conditions. The Theatre refunded us for the tickets.
Then on 16th March a small group of us went to see Martin Turner playing at the Quay Theatre in Sudbury. Martin was the original founding member of the group Wishbone Ash who had huge success with their "Argus" album in the early seventies. I managed to get a few nice photos of Martin and then I had a chat with him after the show.
On 23rd March we were back at the Ipswich Regent to see a great Motown spectacular.
On Friday 13th April a few of us went to see the Bootleg Beatles at the Ipswich Regent. I had seen them once before several years earlier playing in Colchester Park and I knew that they were very good. They were in fact pretty amazing and I would highly recommend them. We had great seats in the back row of the stalls with no one sitting directly in front of us so the view was great. I specifically wanted to sit further back so as not to see their facial features too closely so you could think it was actually the Beatles themselves. Their physical mannerisms and the voices were incredibly realistic, as was their appearance as well as the music. They took us through every stage of the Beatles development in their show and it was a great night out.
Then less than a week later on 19th April we saw the Manfreds playing in Lavenham church. Paul Jones who was their singer (Manfred Mann) was still going strong and looked very good for his age. Another enjoyable evening.
On 1st June some of us went to St Peter's church in Sudbury to see Danielz of T Rextasy playing acoustic for a charity benefit in aid of the SESAW Animal and Rescue Centre which is located in Leavenheath.
T Rextasy are the only officially endorsed T Rex tribute band. However Danielz is so talented and versatile in his own right that we also booked up to see his full stage act at the Maddermarket theatre in Norwich in October. It was well worth the trip. Below is a photo I took from the gallery.
On 13th September we went to the Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre in London, which was absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately taking photos was strictly forbidden as I had not requested a pass.
On Friday 9th November we saw Australian Pink Floyd at the Ipswich Regent which I found very disappointing. They failed to reproduce the unique sound which only the original band could do, and it was MUCH too loud and I found the special effects to be gimmicky. It was so loud in fact that one of my disabled members had to hold on to her seat to stop herself falling off from the vibrations of the excessive volume.
Photo below was taken from the back of the upstairs circle.
On 15th March 2019 we went to Southend-on-Sea to see the Solid Silver Sixties show at the Cliffs Pavilion. It starred Peter Noone who had been Herman of the Hermits. It was a lovely theatre and we sat third row from the front. Peter was very professional and looked great for his age, with a wonderful thick mop of hair... all of it still how own!
Below is a picture I took of him on stage.
Thursday 18th April 2019 was a very eventful day for our group. Several of us first went to the Hard Rock cafe in Piccadilly where we went into their vault museum to see some of the exhibited Rock Treasures. Then we went to the V&A in Kensington to see the Mary Quant Exhibition. I also popped across the road to the Natural History Museum to see the Wildlife photographer of the year exhibition.
Then seven of us arrived at the Cadogan Hall in Sloane Square to see the 'All You Need Is Love' show with the National Philharmonic Orchestra backing an excellent Beatles tribute act.