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morgana
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1 of 98  Mon 2nd Jan 2012 12:42pm  
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I use to go every week as a teenager down to the Alvis factory on the Hollyhead Road, who use to allow live pop groups to practice in the factory on a Thursday night, as I use to follow a group but can't recall its name in the late 60s,I m sure it was a Thursday, can any body else recall any factories or places that use to allow pop groups to practice playing.
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TonyS
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2 of 98  Mon 2nd Jan 2012 2:13pm  
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On 2nd Jan 2012 12:42pm, morgana said: ... factories or places that use to allow pop groups to practice playing.
... they allowed this in the actual factory?
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morgana
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3 of 98  Mon 2nd Jan 2012 2:21pm  
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It was in a part of the factory a large metal building yes, no health and safety then Tony Big grin Lol Lol
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TonyS
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4 of 98  Mon 2nd Jan 2012 2:31pm  
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It wasn't so much a H&S issue, more that they would allow groups access, or even have room for something like this to take place.
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K
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5 of 98  Mon 2nd Jan 2012 2:40pm  
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Alvis used to have a rifle range under the factory somewhere. I never went there, but others in the Midland Arquebusiers did! But it can't have been as dangerous as having a full bore range in Rotherham's old factory.... Lol Lol And at least pop groups couldn't do any harm outside the factory, could they? Wink I don't know if they ever did it - after my time - but GEC Copsewood could have had pop groups in their ballroom,loads of space.
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morgana
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6 of 98  Mon 2nd Jan 2012 9:40pm  
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There was loads of room, it could of been a packing place, about allowing it, thats the difference between now and then bosses gave more lee way also we knew nothing was perfect and we did have a lot more freedom not like now. Sad Smile Lol Lol Keith no they could nt not like with guns and a full bore but the drummer was as loud as a gun going off Wink hehe haha. Thank you for the GEC ballroom one. Smile
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diggerdave
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7 of 98  Fri 6th Jan 2012 7:47pm  
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You might be able to find the name of the group from http://broadgategnome.co.uk/
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morgana
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8 of 98  Fri 6th Jan 2012 8:52pm  
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Thank you DiggerDave I did nt reconise the one I was looking for in the a to z on this link but did find my cousins band The Cardinals Keir Godwin Bass who use to live in Earlsdon Avenue and Arden Street prior to that, he now lives in just outside Nuneaton if you knew the band he was named after Keir Hardy my grand dads dear friend. Smile
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dutchman
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9 of 98  Fri 6th Jan 2012 9:45pm  
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This is arguably Coventry's first successful pop group: http://www.youtube.com/v/Y8Ias3gYZv4
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TonyS
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10 of 98  Fri 6th Jan 2012 10:59pm  
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Wow dutchman, thats brilliant, haven't seen that video before, I had almost forgotten them! Thumbs up
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Greeny
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11 of 98  Fri 6th Jan 2012 11:06pm  
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On 6th Jan 2012 7:47pm, diggerdave said: You might be able to find the name of the group from http://broadgategnome.co.uk/
Thanks for the heads up Diggerdave - This is my website. Always keen to hear from anyone who was in a local band, was a fan of any local bands, promoted nights or anyone with stories, photos, memorobilia about local bands, record shops, music venues or any memories of the Cov & Warwicks music scene 1964 - 74. It's been dormant for a few years, but I plan to revive it this year (new year's resolution !) and add loads of new info I've turned up over the last 5 years - please feel free to contact us, Cheers ! Thumbs up
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morgana
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12 of 98  Fri 6th Jan 2012 11:32pm  
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Another a to z pop groups of Coventry LINK
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Greeny
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13 of 98  Sat 7th Jan 2012 12:03am  
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Ah yes - Trev Teasdel's excellent site ..includes a reference to my old band 28IF and a photo of Ghengis Smith in his old band 1984 Thumbs up
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mayjan
Green Lane,Coventry
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14 of 98  Sat 7th Jan 2012 12:14am  
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Thanks for the link to HOBO Morgana, found my late Husbands group, THE COUNTDOWNS on there. Gary Mayo the drummer was my Husband,very happy memories ! Thumbs up Smile Happy
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diggerdave
birmingham
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15 of 98  Sat 7th Jan 2012 7:16pm  
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It as finding your Broadgate gnome site that inspired me to dig out a load of old stuff and put together a couple of cds of stuff from old mates and hassle some others to do the same. Theres also a podcast somewhere originally inspired by a track from Neil O'Oconnor I have a few copies left. For a while there was quite a thing going on Vox with peoples memories from around the world. I think Trev tried to save some of it. An of course earlier there was Tim James wonderful site. I did start to put pen to paper properly and coverthe 60s ... I used to hang around with Paul Connew and got to see a lot of th e bands ,both visitting and local. I have also been meaning to try and track down Roy Butterfield we werein aband together in 62. I fear he fell on hard times. Added..I found the URL http://mc1.madcasternetworks.com/caster/685/audio.php
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