(13 February 1965)
Trinity Baptist, Radcliffe (Church St), 1965
This picture to the left shows the
crossBeaTs in front of the speaker or leader of this
Radcliffe meeting (at the podium) .
The group are, from left to
John Boyes, Tony Matthias, Eric Knowles, Eddie Boyes, Jimmy
Jimmy Nunnan (of the Witnesses)
was playing bass for a period while the then bass guitarist of the group (John
Millington) took a break
In July 2017, I received the picture to the
left from Graham French, then living in Radcliffe, who had been doing some
research on churches in the local area.
His e-mails (somewhat
edited - and joined up) are included below.
|Around 1983 the church moved from this building in Church St to its
new home in Westminster Avenue (and the old church was demolished)
Outside Trinity (Church St) - up to about 1983
Outside Trinity (Westminster Ave) from about 1983
20 July 2017
It was good to come across your web site recently. I
well remember the Crossbeats in my younger days in St Helens, particularly a
couple of your visits to St Helens, (I was a member of the Baptist Church Youth
Group in St Helens, and whilst I dont remember you actually coming to our
church, we tagged along to some of the venues where you played in the town, and
on one occasion at Skelmersdale) and also the Merseyside Christian Endeavour
Isle of Man trips (see Bookings Page).
I also remember meeting Richard Kayes children on an NYLC
Holiday in Robins Hood Bay in Yorkshire, in about 1961 or 62. They were there
with a group from their church (Peoples Chapel, Everton Valley) with their
Youth Leader I seem to recall his name being Noel Adams?
attaching a photo I came across recently taken at Trinity Baptist Church,
Radcliffe (Manchester) I now live there. I think probably this is of the
Crossbeats playing there although the definition is not too good and I
cant identify any of the guys too well but you may be able to confirm
this (checking your Bookings page
this would probably have been 13th. Feb 1965
see you also played at the WigWam Youth Club in Heywood (Heywood Baptist
Church) which was run by Rev. Mike Huck (see Bookings Page) he is a good friend of
mine, and another name I recognise from your archive content is the Rev Max
Wigley (see Bookings Page). I knew Max
before he was ordained, when he was one of the officers who helped
run the NYLC holidays at Robin Hoods Bay that I referred to in my earlier
Email. Max became a curate at one of the churches on the Wirral (St Mary's
Upton), and later I believe he moved over to the Bradford area
Its a Small World isnt it
P.S. I forgot to add that the phrase
Crazy genned-up mixeration will be burned on my memory for
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