The Wrinklies - Mad as March Fundraiser
Saturday 16 March 8pm (doors/bar 7pm)
Tickets £9 / £7 concessions
Box Office 01227 281174
The seven-piece band dubbed the “old rockers time forgot” are returning to Whitstable’s Horsebridge Centre on Saturday March 16 for the second time after a sell-out show last year
“I am sure the management has only invited us back so we can apologise for our last visit!” - Lead singer Colin Dawson
Colin, 69, from Westbere is no stranger to the world of rock ‘n’ roll. He grew up in Acton, west London and was lead singer in a band called The Detours with guitarist Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and Pete Townshend, who went on to fame and fortune as The Who. “It was around 1961. We had some great times. We were a cover band and backed groups like Johnny Kid and the Pirates and Shane Fenton, who later became Alvin Stardust. The scene was crazy back then. We played four nights a week but we all also had day jobs... Roger was a sheet metal worker, Pete was a student and John worked in a tax office. I decided to pursue my career as a bacon salesman!”
Colin later ended up as boss of Thorpe Park and Margate’s Dreamland before being awarded an OBE for services to the leisure industry. He still uses one of Daltrey’s cast-off microphones on stage with the Wrinklies.
The Wrinklies also feature long-haired rock fiend highways engineer Phil Packer from Sittingbourne, retired builder “Da Doo Ron” Ron Green from Faversham, University of Kent business lecturers Mark Gilman and Tuan Yu, Canterbury music teacher Nick Davies and journalist John Nurden from the sun-kissed Isle of Sheppey. Watch out, too, for latest addition Steve Dewett on harmonica.
“Their show was an education. Well, it certainly taught me a lesson…” Whitstable Times