I have to point out that I don't consider myself to be a musician at all - although I'm an avid music lover. I had to borrow a set of drums whenever we played but they were great times -perhaps we were the first ever Punk band?
We did play at School dances, St Georges Church Hall, the band stand in the Wigan Park and our peak was a wedding at The Alexandra Pub, Whelley Wigan when the bass player from The Hollies was a guest.
I think we were called The Pursuers at that time having been The Whelley Beats and Graham Hill & The Inclines previous to that.
We just enjoyed ourselves as many others did in the sixties. I can remember us sitting listening to my Ferguson tape recorder deciphering words to songs such as 'The Price of Love" by the Everly Bros. It would be 1965 and being gobsmacked by the technology. The Shakers had an echo chamber - which was basically two tape heads side by side, one of them recorded the sound and the other played back milli-seconds later giving the echo effect..
Below is a copy of an application form for a 'Beat Contest' on Ready Steady Go called Ready Steady Win which we sent for. The date on it is 28th Sept 1964.
Sadly The Pursuers were too young to enter as you will see below..
As I said great times never to be repeated and as the great Van Morrison says, 'It's all been done - there is nothing new.'"
Paul Fairhurst: February 2014