The Jam drummer Rick Buckler talks about his life and times in Hartlepool

Rick Buckler from The Jam
Rick Buckler from The Jam

An iconic drummer’s visit to Hartlepool went down with a bang.

Rick Buckler, from world reknowned Mod band The Jam, visited the town as part of a promotional tour for his new autobiography called That’s Entertainment.

Rick Buckler at the event in Hartlepool.

Rick Buckler at the event in Hartlepool.

He offered to stage the question and answer session after meeting long-time fan Kev McGuire, one of the organisers of Hartlepool’s March of the Mods scooter charity fundraisers last year.

Kev, who is part of band the Style Selektors, said the event, held at the Sports Domes, in Seaton Carew, was fantastic and left many fans of the band in awe.

He said: “Rick came to The Sports Domes in Hartlepool to talk candidly about his life and times in and out The Jam.

“There were lots of funny stories and some great recollections.

Rick Buckler from The Jam with one lucky fan.

Rick Buckler from The Jam with one lucky fan.

“He was full of praise for Paul Weller and Bruce Foxton and said the door is always open to perform together on stage.”

He added: “Rick had no airs or graces. He set his own stall up and he stood for hours chatting and signing singles, posters and copies of his book.

“He stayed for two hours after the show finished to chat, and when DJ Mick Corr put The Jam track Ghosts on, Rick said to me that he hadn’t heard this song in years and how good the music and lyrics are.

“I could see in his eyes in that special moment that The Jam meant, and still means, everything to him, and he told me he knows how much The Jam means to fans old and new as well.”

This lucky fan got to meet her idol Rick Buckler at the question and answer session with the star in Hartlepool.

This lucky fan got to meet her idol Rick Buckler at the question and answer session with the star in Hartlepool.

The Jam had 18 chart singles, four number ones, and seven hit albums.

The Jam's Rick Buckler enjoying a well-earned drink with one of his many fans.

The Jam's Rick Buckler enjoying a well-earned drink with one of his many fans.

Rick Buckler from The Jam is coming to Hartlepool

Rick Buckler from The Jam is coming to Hartlepool