Trio are still raving on 50 years later

NOW: Left to right, members of The Ravons :Derek Wallis, Alan Webb and Dave 'Griff' Griffiths
NOW: Left to right, members of The Ravons :Derek Wallis, Alan Webb and Dave 'Griff' Griffiths

AN ex-pat was reunited with band members he has not seen for 50 years during an emotional party.

Former Hartlepool man Alan Webb, 74, was back in town from his home in Perth, Australia, and was given a surprise reunion with Derek Wallis and Dave ‘Griff Griffiths’, who were fellow members of Hartlepool band The Ravons, which formed in the early 1960s.

The Ravons performing at The Touchdown pub in the 1960s

The Ravons performing at The Touchdown pub in the 1960s

The popular band had played in venues including The Touchdown and The Catcote in the 1960s, before disbanding after three years.

Lead singer Alan, originally from the Headland, left town through his career in the RAF and has lived in Australia for 42 years.

He has been back in town, with wife Barbara for 10 weeks and says the reunion “made my trip to Hartlepool”.

The night, held at Seaton Carew Golf Club on Friday, was also attended by members of Alan’s family, as well as other faces from the local 1960s music scene and old schoolfriends.

The night was arranged by Alan’s niece Jaki Savage, whose parents Peter Savage and Marian Webb, of another 1960s town group, Marian and The Comets, were also present.

She had contacted town man and former BBC radio presenter Stan Laundon, who runs a nostalgia website, to try and help her get in touch with the other members.

Clive Gallagher, who was also in the band, was unable to make it, and Dave Thomas now lives in London.

Dave brought his own band and got Alan up to sing a few numbers, including Buddy Holly’s Rave On.

Derek, 75, now living in Seaton Carew, said the night was “marvellous”.