Grantham rock legend Vince thanks fans for their 60 years of loyal support

The Vagabonds Skiffle Group 2015  - Roy Clark,  Mick Fretwell,  Vince Eager and Brian "Licorice" Locking. Photo: Dean Farrel
The Vagabonds Skiffle Group 2015 - Roy Clark, Mick Fretwell, Vince Eager and Brian "Licorice" Locking. Photo: Dean Farrel

One of Grantham’s great rock ‘n’ rollers, Vince Eager, has thanked fans for their support over the past 60 years following a successful anniversary show at the Guildhall in his home town.

In 1955 four Grantham teenagers formed the town’s first group, The Vagabonds Skiffle Group, and recently at the Grantham Guildhall Arts Centre they celebrated their 60th anniversary with two shows.

The Vagabonds Skiffle Group 1955 - Roy Clark,  Mick Fretwell,  Vince Eager,  Brian "Licorice" Locking.

The Vagabonds Skiffle Group 1955 - Roy Clark, Mick Fretwell, Vince Eager, Brian "Licorice" Locking.

Vince (real name Roy Taylor), Brian “Licorice” Locking, Roy Clark and Mick Fretwell turned back the clock to relive their musical memories of yesteryear supported by Grantham favourites Trevor Leeson, Terry Carey and Lee Robins. Vince’s pal Chas Hodges, of Chas and Dave fame, appeared as a surprise guest on both shows.

Along with Vince band’s The Memphis Tones, the show was jam-packed with nostalgia and the audience could not get enough.

After the show Vince said: “I’m a Grantham lad and take great pride in producing and appearing in shows at The Guildhall Arts Centre. ‘Licorice’ Locking, Roy, Mick, Trevor, Terry and Lee and I can’t thank the good people of Grantham enough for the support they gave us in our formative years and the years that followed.

“This really was a very special show and we hope the Grantham theatre-going public enjoyed it as much as we did.”