Schoolboy rockers reform for charity

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LADS who formed a band during their schooldays are getting back together for another charity gig.

Flashback, which formed when its members were students at English Martyrs School, in Hartlepool, in the 1970s, will play another reunion gig this Saturday from 7pm.

It is in aid of Parkinson’s UK and Hartlepool Day Services.

The event follows a similar comeback gig band members held in January in aid of Hartlepool and District Hospice, which raised £492.

The gig will take place at The Corporation Club, in Whitby Street, and is expected to be a sell-out.

One of the bands supporting, The Presence, will also be having a reunion gig as members Michael Gant, Philly Reay, Dave Morgan, Simon Pooley and Mick Harlow, also formed at school and were reunited earlier this year when they played during an event to mark Mick and Philly’s 50th birthday.

Other past members of The Presence have included Mick Donnelly and Greg Bone, who is now guitarist for former Boyzone star Ronan Keating.

Flashback consisted of singer Les Calvert, Mick Larkin on drums, guitarists Tony Stamp and Neil Trufitt, lead guitarists Mick Lilley and Dave Bell and Rob Ryan on bass.

The January gig was the first time the lads had officially performed together in 31 years and around 180 fans turned up.

The group originally formed when most of the boys were in the same class at school in the late 1970s. They performed at many clubs and venues across the North East before going their separate ways.

Dave and Rob were later in a band called Avenue and performed in The Pauline Gillan Band alongside the sister of Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan.

Mick Larkin and Mick Lilley were also in a band called Rebekka.

Mick Larkin, the 50-year-old son of 86-year-old well-known town crooner Johnny Larkin, said: “To perform again in January was a breath of fresh air.”

The dad-of-five from the Naisberry Park area, who runs an entertainment agency putting on shows in social clubs, added: “This time round we have had a brilliant response for tickets and it looks like a sell-out.”

Further support will come from Crook-based Rock of Ages.

Tickets are £4 and available from the Fishermans Arms pub, in Southgate, or by calling 07813 295565 or (01429) 421149.