School pals of 30 years ago to play Great Ponton charity gig

Rollin Dice:  From Left to right is Paul O'Hara, Chris Nix, Bazza Preece, Craig Chambers & Russell Wright.

Rollin Dice: From Left to right is Paul O'Hara, Chris Nix, Bazza Preece, Craig Chambers & Russell Wright.

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Five musicians who got together to form a band more than 30 years after all going to the same village primary school, are playing a charity date at the end of the month.

Rollin-Dice played their first jam sessions at Great Ponton village hall when they started out two years ago and have rehearsed there most weeks ever since.

The gig in the village centre on Saturday, October 25, will raise funds for the village football club and is the band’s way of saying thanks for the use of the hall.

Guitarist Craig Chambers said: “We are all in our late thirties and early forties now and play a wide range of music, including numbers by The Eagles, Lynard Skynard, The Jam, Rod Stewart and the Rolling Stones, to name a few.

“We bring our own style to the music because we don’t have a drummer, although lead singer Paul Ohara provides some percussion.

“We all play acoustic instruments, although we do play through amplifiers.”

Craig plays six and twelve-string guitar and sings, Russell Wright plays guitar and sings, Chris Nix plays guitar and also sings lead and Bazza Preece plays bass.

All five have been friends since they went to Ropsley Primary School, and Craig, who works as a manager for haulier Eddie Stobart, and Chris, a carpenter, still live in the village.

Craig said: “We all played when we were a lot younger and used to practise together, but nothing really came of it.

“Then a couple of years ago, when we were playing individually, we were asked to play together at the Green Man pub in Ropsley and we received such good comments we decided to give it a go. Guitarist Rich Booker, who lives in the village and has been a friend for years, helped us along the way and encouraged us to keep going.

“Now we play pubs, weddings and events for friends, with dates every month or so.

“We all have families and work commitments, so we don’t want the music to ever become a chore.

“We said from the start it has to be fun, and all the time it is, we will keep going.”

Tickets for the Great Ponton Village Centre date are available locally in advance or on the door on the night.

The entertainment starts at 8pm.

For more details about the band, call Russ on 07803590530, Baz on 07876066181 or email rollindice@hotmail.co.uk