Do you remember me Nigel & Chris who played guitar in the school group?
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Great to hear from you Ian, I thought it may be you. I also drive a Epiphone, mine being a Special II Model, like an early Les Paul, but not doing anything with it! Finished my semi-pro years a long long time ago when I got involved with I.T. Yes Chris (Mr Badaxe) seemed to be still pounding the strings and making a few bucks on the way... I decided to retire in Thailand as my beautiful wife is Thai and we've been married nearly 19 years!!! That's very good for me as 3 previous marriages failed. I played around in bands until my early 30's when I realized I wasn't going any further with it. I seemed to do well in I.T. and manage to reach a senior management position. Moved on in the late 80's when I had my owned restaurant/bar in the Lace Market. That didn't last long. Spent 5 years living in Phuket, Thailand from 2003. Currently trying hard to learn to play an alto sax... That's about it I guess. What about yourself? Hey, do you remember the surname of a girl named Stella in the year below me that I used to hang around with? Trying hard to touch base with her. Anyway, take care Ian, look forward to hearing more from you? Cheers. Nigel
Hi again Nigel,
Nice to hear from you again. Sounds like you've had a good life so far although I'm sure your failed marriages took their toll. I got married in 1973 when I was 23, that didn't work out either and flattened me for a while mainly because of the two kids. It was a very hard time but I remarried in 1989 and Kim and I have two kids and are still very happy together in our retirement.
I've always messed around with guitars, amps and other gear but always at home. I loved playing in a band as a teenager but never got back to it.
I left Roland Green in spring 1968 to join Boots in their QA labs. It turned out to be the making of me and I finished up at Uni in 1972 getting a good qualification in chemistry. Most of my career that followed was in the pharma and food industries where after a spell in Holland I became MD of one of Spillers companies in my early 40s. Thereafter I went into consultancy and interim management before calling it a day.
I still love The Beatles. I remember when Sgt Pepper came out in the summer of 1967 you and Chris came into school wearing badges which you'd picked up at the record shop. I was very envious.
I would love to know what happened to Mick Coombes. He was a great bloke and not a bad guitarist either.
We live in Daventry and Bournemouth these days. Our son Ben is 26 and still at home, but our daughter Hannah 30 has a good job in media in Nottingham where she lives with her partner. We also have two dogs to keep us fit and 4 guitars to keep me sane. My pride and joy is my Rickenbacker 360/12C63 which I play through a Vox AC15. It should sound like George Harrison but it doesn't, though that's down to me rather than the gear.
Cheers for now
Forgot to say I remember Stella Berridge very well. IIRC she had auburn hair and was very vivacious. Haven't come across her since I left RG in 1968.
I did bump into Janet Brown in the early 70s. She used to live on Cremorne St and was quite pretty and petite.