Band celebrates 50 years

From left to right:  guitarist and singer Tony Martin, bass guitarist Mick Buttle, drummer Dave Meir and keyboard player Bob Hall.
From left to right: guitarist and singer Tony Martin, bass guitarist Mick Buttle, drummer Dave Meir and keyboard player Bob Hall.

A local band from the 1960s has reformed to play a one-off gig for charity to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

The Calderbeats played their first gig at Warley St John’s Church Youth Club on January 3, 1964 and will be back together again on that date next month at the Heath Rugby Club.

The band made more than 250 appearances over a two-year period and last played together on New Year’s Eve 1965.

Their earnings came to £1,711-17s-6d, which works out at £6.70 per night, the equivalent to around £150 today.

But they’ll be dusting off their guitars to play classic 60s tunes by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Searchers.

The line-up includes drummer Dave Meir, guitarist and singer Tony Martin, bass guitarist Mick Buttle and guitarist and keyboard player Bob Hall, while they will be joined on stage by local musicians Richard Turner and David Lowry.

Drummer Dave Meir said: “We’ve all stayed in touch and go to the pub together and we’ve been rehearsing regularly to make sure we’re on form.

“We are keen for some of the proceeds to go to Overgate Hospice, who cared for our friend Bruce Hemingway.

“He was a huge support to us during rehearsals and was hoping to perform with us but he sadly died of cancer a few weeks ago.”

The gig at Heath RUFC, West Vale, takes place at 7.30pm on January 3. Entrance is free but there will be a collection and raffle.

Proceeds will go to Overgate Hospice, Elland, and Calderdale Hospital Radio.