"I recently attended an exhibition at the Haworth Art Gallery In Accrington with and old rocker friend from the 1960's called Phil Knight. One of the groups we played together in was called the Phabulous Phantoms and we were based in Rossendale.
We played all over Lancashire at clubs and dance halls and often supported major groups such as The Hollies at venues like Nelson Imperial. After leaving the group I had a change of direction and played piano for a ballet school - very catholic tastes in music. A career in Engineering and management followed but still played guitar and piano for a hobby. Now I also play tenor sax in Wychcraft Big Band in Cheshire where I live. So still rockin and rollin.
Barry Hyde from Rossendale is organising a 1960's weekend in September next year to celebrate the arts in and around Rossendale and Phil Knight - Rythm Guitarist, myself Alan Birchall - lead guitarist and Alan St. John - bass guitarist from the Phabulous Phantoms - have decided to reform after 50 years to play at this event - should be fun."
Barry Hyde: October 2012
"I played lead guitar withe The Phabulous Phantoms in the years 1963 till 1965 after which the group went professional. I was a design draughtsman apprentice at the time and decided not to go pro.
The group broke up shortly afterwards due to bad management and two of us got together -Alan St. John and myself with the drummer from The Dynamites group which had disbanded. to play as a tight threesome under the name of The Dynamites modelled on the great Liverpool band The Big Three.
After this I spent a few months as lead guitarist with the Blackburn Group The Brethren.
The Phabulous Phantoms were quite successful in the early sixties playing all the usual gigs around Burnley, Nelson, Manchester, Liverpool, Blackburn and as supporting group for some of the big names at Nelson Imperial such as The Hollies, The Four Pennies and Big Dee Erwin.
I am still playing guitar - mainly at church on gospel - but still enjoy doing 1960’s rock and instrumentals. My gigging is now limited to playing tenor sax in Wyhcraft Big Band in Cheshire with occasional spots on the banjo. Other members of The Phabulous Phantoms still active in playing gigs around Darwen and Blackburn as are Alan S.t John on bass and guitar, and Phil Knight, rhythm guitar.
We have got together in recent years for fun to play the old stuff. Other members of the group at the time were Kenny Borwick vocals, Mike Smith drums and Christine Smith vocals.
I have a pic of the group taken from the Lancashire Telegraph when we won a group talent competition staged at Blackburn Mecca ballroom. I still have an old scratchy demo EP we made in about 1964. I recall we had about 1500 made and sold all of them from the managers record shop in Haslingden where the group was based."
Alan Birchall: July 2014