Band reunites after 50 years

Band re-union after 50 years: Back (from left) - Keith Green, Gerald Pearl; front - Trevor Twaite and Charlie Decamps. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG191012-282TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
Band re-union after 50 years: Back (from left) - Keith Green, Gerald Pearl; front - Trevor Twaite and Charlie Decamps. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG191012-282TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Members of a successful band who rode the wave of new electric rock ‘n’ roll music when it came to Spalding in the 1960s remembered old times when they all got together for the first time in 50 years.

The four remaining members of Danny King and the Dark Shadows took a trip down memory lane, recalling the highs and lows of their rock ‘n roll days, which started in 1961 with their debut at Spalding Youth Club, where music-lovers paid just one shilling to party the night away – until 10pm.

That night, 70 people turned up to watch them play, but within a few weeks they were drawing crowds of up to 400 and soon spread their wings to play gigs at venues across Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Over the next few years, musical differences saw a couple of the original line-up leave, but they were replaced and Danny King and the Dark Shadows went from strength to strength until 1964 when John “Charlie” DeCamps left to get married.

He and two of the others, Keith Green and Gerald Pearl, remained in Spalding and were in regular contact, but lead singer Trevor Twaite moved away and lost touch.

Mr DeCamps said: “I got on Facebook about a year ago and put his name in and he came up. Since then we have been in constant contact but we wanted to get all four of us together as it had been so long since we had all been in the same room.

“It was really good to get together and remember old times. We talked about the stuff we used to get up to and had a good laugh about those days. We had plenty to talk about.

“Our only regret was that our other band member Clive Bird, who died about ten years ago, was unable to be with us.”

The band members now plan to make their reunion get together an annual affair.