Peter had left Joe Brown two days earlier and had travelled to Lichfield to stay with friends. Peter’s mother had received a call from Lonnie, who was trying to contact him. She gave Lonnie a contact number and Lonnie eventually spoke to Peter asking if he would like to join his group as Peter Huggett was ill and had left. There was an urgency as Lonnie was about to begin a Christmas show at the Globe in Stockton with the Kestrels and Norman Collier and the Clark Brothers. There was no point in Peter returning home so he arranged for his mother to pack him a case and Lonnie said he would collect it. Peter lived in Wanstead not far from Lonnie’s home in Woodford.
Peter caught a train to Coventry and Lonnie met him at the station in his Alpha Romeo car, this was their first meeting. They drove to Stockton to prepare for the show. They had one rehearsal in a room beneath the stage and Peter had to play a Double Bass where he had been playing bass guitar with Joe Brown. The rehearsal went well and as they finished Lonnie said to Peter by “by the way after the first number I’ll throw my guitar to you and you have to catch it while I pick up the banjo for Have a Drink on Me”. Peter caught the guitar every time. He thinks it was the original 00028 with the tortoise shell pick guard.
The line up was Lonnie, Denny Wright, Pete Appleby and Peter Oakman.
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