Meanwhile in Workington I called in on Brian Holmes at his Northern Sounds shop. Brian had been the first drummer with the Defenders before joining the Electrons. He supplied a picture and information about them and pointed out to me that George Reid, the drummer of Marshall Scott & The Deputies had a newsagents shop round the corner.
I bought a small cassette recorder and went to see George who provided a load of information and speaking to him led me onto a sequence of drummers as they all knew each other. I interviewed George Houghton of Lenny & The Silhouettes and Robin Melville of Billy Steele & The Strollers. George Houghton also put me on to Bob MacFarlane of The Invaders.
A huge asset to the site was John's artistic talents. He comes from a family of watercolour artists and became adept at colouring black and white photographs. Examples of his work are the pictures of The Ramrods, VIPs, Marshall Scott, Meteors, Firebirds, Defenders and Microns, most of which are shown here.
In general John covered the Wigton to Carlisle area bands while I carried on with the West Cumbrian bands.
I had also got back in touch with John Forster, who I had known in the sixties, who was writing a book about the his adventures in the Meteors. The book is downloadable from his website and is hilarious.