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by Dy Swindlehurst

Date of Article:  9th March 2017

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During the 1960s, in Kirkby on Merseyside, there was a school making all the musical headlines. Ruffwood was a purpose-built and progressive comprehensive for 2000+ pupils that had its own folk group called the Swindlefolk run by music teacher Dy Swindlehurst. Although they were only together for just three short years, the group very quickly got a name for themselves across Merseyside leading to appearances on TV with The Spinners and The Settlers and at local venues such as Gregson's Well in Liverpool.

Swindlefolk  went on to perform in venues all over the country and in Berlin (then part of West Germany).  They made three LP records with one being released on the famous Decca label - This was no ordinary school choir.

The Nice Rooms Webzine recently caught up with Dy and she kindly shared her memories from 50 years ago of the music and the people and the times.

Born in Manchester, I went to C F Mott College in Prescot (Nr Liverpool) to do my teacher training. I got my first job as a music teacher in 1966 at Ruffwood School in Kirkby. Back then the curriculum was basic. For music this was simply 4 words on one sheet of paper! They were History, Listening, Theory and Singing. The resources were half a dozen badly scratched records, a terrible record player and chalk!! 

Dy Swindlehurst


Swindlefolk Group Members

I was the only teacher involved musically (vocals and guitar) with Swindlefolk but Dave Greenaway (pictured) who taught maths, helped with all the admin stuff. 

He cooked and drove -

  - and drove us mad and did lots of other stuff!  :)

Everyone else in the group were Ruffwood School pupils:

Paul Balmer was with the group from the start but left in the summer 1968 to go to College.

Liverpool was alive with music. There were bands everywhere. On the glorious 12th of July, most streets in Liverpool 8 had their own band on the street corner - everything from a piano, wheeled out of a parlour, to accordions and banjos.

I slept at school. Apart from lunchtimes, when a helpful older boy 'Twee' and a French teacher, taught me to play a few chords on the guitar. The 'folk revival' was in full swing by 1964, kicked into action by Ewan McColl and Bob Dylan.

..incensed by the madness of the Vietnam War, I helped form a protest band called 'the Swindlefolk', who played fund raisers for refugee relief at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and St. George's Hall. I played 12 string guitar and Jimbe. We made an album for Decca and played gigs all over the U.K. and in West Berlin. We were famously banned from a gig in East Berlin as 'a corrupting subversive Western influence' - what a triumph!

Paul Balmer

from: Merseybeat: Drums, Guitars and Storytelling

Griff Jones joined before the first concert.   

A few weeks in with the group I was accosted by a parent - John Jones - who told me his son should be in the group. Griff joined us. He was in the 2nd year (now known as Year 8). He was tiny and had a HUGE hagstrom guitar! Paul says Griff joined and within 2 weeks had outstripped him (Paul) and me on guitar. Griff remains one of the most musically talented people I have ever known and can turn his hand to most string instruments. Whilst still at school he once borrowed a double bass and within 2 weeks could play it properly and in tune! Unlike fretted instruments (guitars & banjos etc) the bass (and all the violin family) are unfretted and the player needs to have a very accurate ear. Griff had and still has an amazing talent. He learnt and could play all the Bert Jansch and John Renbourne tracks (and more) and play them better than Bert and John!

Derek Boak 

Derek joined the Swindlefolk after finding his way to the music room and jamming on guitar with Griff. He was, and still is, an excellent guitarist, singer and front man. Griff and Derek hit it off from the start and their guitar skills complemented each other. It was also good to have another solo voice! After the Swindlefolk, Derek has appeared in many productions - he was an outstanding Fagin in Oliver and has played the lead in other stage productions. 
Derek and I sang in Cyder Pie and other groups as well as in a duo from the time he joined the Swindlefolk until 1988 when I decided I wanted to go back to my classical roots. He is still singing in clubs and with various bands now and regularly plays in a band with Griff from the Swindlefolk.  His influence on the Swindlefolk as a guitarist and a person cannot be understated. 

Barry MacKay  joined the Swindlefolk  during the 1969/70 school year.

The following were all Year 3 girls (Year 9 in today's world)

Bess Long  sang solo middle part
Chris Daley  sang solo top part - the stratospheric notes!
Joyce Edisbury 
Barbara White
Carol Dixon 
Les Duffy
Ann Johnston  left the group in the  summer 1968 to concentrate on her studies,  
Janice (Surname Unknown) left after our 1st concert
Sandy Power sang solo lower part
June Carney and
Pam McWilliam (Also known as "Backy" but I don't know why!
Early Swindlefolk Publicity Photo - Probably 1968

Back Row: Dy, Barbara, Ann, Pam, Janice, Bess and Griff.

Middle Row: Les, Carol, Chris, June and Paul

Front Row: Joyce and Sandy

How It All Began

I remember that I was based in Nightingale / Fleming Block at Roughwood  where all Nightingalers ate lunch. Some of the 6th form boys used to use my music room to play guitar, listen to music etc. I was always in there - I never took a lunch hour preferring to work through - and during that time I started to sing with some of the lads.   As a result of this I took an assembly in the main hall  for all of the Upper School and sang a Bob Dylan song 'Masters of War' with Geoff Dykes who was one of the 6th Form boys; It's a very powerful piece of writing.  

As an aside - Geoff Dykes and I regularly performed the Dylan song in what was then the place to be in Liverpool: Sampson and Barlow's which was just round the corner from the Empire on London Road. Every Saturday, Pete McGovern (He wrote: 'In My Liverpool Home' ) ran a folk club there called The Wash House. It was in the cellar. There were no chairs - you collected your wooden beer crate at the top of the stairs and sat on that up-ended all night. Performers simply stood up where they were and sang from there. I know we made a huge impact with that very first song which was also the first time I had sung in a folk club. A young American couple turned up one night at The Wash House - they were touring the UK - It was Simon and Garfunkel! 

Geoff Dykes left school in 1967, went on to do teacher training and later became Deputy Head at West Derby Comprehensive.

By the end of my 1st term, (approaching Christmas 1966) my music room was being used as a gathering place / common room / practice room / packed lunch cafe by various guitarists and singers from Year 9 upwards. 

I was still in my first year teaching ('66/67) when plans were afoot to produce A Man Dies  - a modern retelling of the Cruifixion. This is when I first met  Paul Balmer (he played drums in a rock group and also guitar at the time) His dad helped find some  equipment for the production and we had an intense two weeks of rehearsals in a scout hut -I think - at Quarry Green. 

Sandy Power (later to become a member of Swindlefolk) sang lead vocal in A Man Dies. I arranged and sang harmonies. Geoff Dykes we think played rhythm guitar and probably sang, and Terry Lowe (pupil) played lead guitar. Ann Plastow (teacher) also sang and recited some words whilst Dave Greenaway narrated.

A Man Dies was put on at the school in July 1967 and  was a HUGE success. It was lauded by everyone.

It's a difficult work for children to perform as it deals with the crucifixion and is basically The Passion Play but told in modern terms. The music, played by a full rock group, was put together by myself and Paul Balmer, later the Swindlefolk's first guitarist. At the time I was tutoring him for his "A" level music GCE. 

"A Man Dies"

In November of the same year I was involved in the school production of "The Pirates of Penzance"   I met and did the vocal tutoring of the girls in the cast; some of whom later joined Swindlefolk.  By then of course I knew a number of the pupils interested and involved in music and the lunchtime informal meetings in my music room had started for real. It all really ran concurrently. 

Having been involved in the productions of a A Man Dies and The Pirates of Penzance  during my first year of teaching, I already knew Paul Balmer and of course Bess, Sandy and others from singing with them on stage in The Pirates of Penzance. During my 2nd year of teaching I was asked by a small group of girls to help stage a concert to raise funds for medical supplies to send to Vietnam. The girls were all members of the French/German Choir which had been run by Mr Pearson who had left Ruffwood. They knew I played guitar and could sing. We started off with a few French folk songs which I put accompaniment to and added vocal harmonies.  This was the group that became the Swindlefolk.

People from the group would suggest a song and I would work out the chord sequence. Once the chords were sorted - something I could, and still can do quickly and easily - Bess, Chris, Joyce and I would sing the tune and then I would work out the harmonies in my head and teach it to the others. It was rare that we just copied other people's arrangements. 

My main memories of that first night are somewhat vague! I know we sat on hay bales which had been "lent" by the local dairy farm who also supplied Kirkby with milk. I know where the farm is as we had to go and collect the bales but cannot recall the name of the farmer/dairyman. 

The First Concert (1968)

It was a big audience - a sellout I think but I cannot be certain about that. I recall that we had trainee teachers in the audience - they were from C F Mott College in Prescot where I had trained - and they were effusive in their praise at the end of the night. Someone - possibly Dave Greenaway gave me the "takings' from the door which I think was about £73.00. It doesn't sound a  lot but given inflation, in today's world it would be £926.00! 

I had a big boat-shaped tooled leather handbag. I took everything out and put the takings into it - all coinage no notes-  and took it home for the night. The following day I took it back to school and was "told off" for not having put the takings into the over-night safe! The Deputy Head John Robinson - I think - told me off but in a kindly way - How was I, a new teacher, to know that there was a night safe on the premises? 

Janice left the group following this concert.

After the first concert everything snowballed very quickly. The first thing that happened was we took the whole show over to C F Mott College and repeated it. By then were were already working on extending our repertoire and were planning 2 or 3 trips out to perform just as the Swindlefolk.  How we eventually got to using the name Swindlefolk is really lost in the mists of time. Basically someone / all of us were referred to by others as "Swindle's folk" ie. those people who spent their lunchtime in my music room! 

Swindlefolk On Tour

We went to Surrey to visit Dave Greenway's Church to perform. Now that was a memorable trip! The trip was, I think, our very first foray out. Dave Greenaway was from Banstead and the concerts we gave were at his family church. The reason for my thinking it was the first trip out will become clear! 

We went in the school minibus - a long-wheelbase Ford Transit. It was normally used to transport pupils to Ormside which was a disused railway station - blame Mr Beeching - that the school leased and converted to an outdoor pursuits centre. Dave Greenaway was driving, I was the only other member of staff but hadn't yet done the obligatory minibus driving test. There were 11 girls and 2 boys.

We left Kirkby after school on a Friday and inevitably, we broke down! Now at this point I have to say we had "left" Kirkby proper but hadn't yet got onto the East Lancs Road and were still within walking distance of everyone's home. The minibus was fitted with a "governor" (think that's the right word) which meant you couldn't go over a certain speed. I think it was about 60 miles per hour. Having broken down only a couple of miles after setting off, Dave wanted to turn round and head back. 

One of the girls (don't know who, but I BLAME HER for what happened next) said "If you take us back now our parents will never allow us to go on a school trip again!" Well that settled it. The minibus would not go any faster than about 26 miles per hour but was driveable. We did have to stop at some God-forsaken bus depot near Cannock Chase for a couple of hours during the night just to give Dave a rest. He was very prone (still is!) to falling asleep so we drove with windows open and kept him singing and talking. It took us 29 hours to get to Banstead!!! After that the rest of the trip faded into the mists of time other than the roasting we got from the local boys football team - noted in the newspaper cutting below.

Newspaper cutting from Ruffwood School's visit to Walton on The Thames, Surrey 

We visited Leeds as an invite from a teacher - Tony Hannam  and also visited Whitely Bay and Sunderland.

On another outing we took many of the Swindlefolk to Ormside in Cumbria for a weekend. We drove the minibus up onto the moors above Appleby and got the kids out. Once they were out we locked the doors and drove off yelling at them to "make your own way back" and we went to the pub! Totally out of order but then in those days 'elf and safety wasn't even heard of! The kids loved it too! 

Paul Balmer left Ruffwood School in 1968 to play drums with The Silhouettes but he continued to play guitar for the Swindlefolk on a part time basis and in July of the same year Ann Johnston left the group to concentrate on her studies.

During our time together the Swindlefolk under took two week-long tours. In February 1970 we went to Berlin. I had been to Berlin before to sing with my College Chamber Choir and was keen to return. We sailed from Harwich and were advised by crew to get into our bunks as it was going to be a rough crossing. We all slept through it and no-one was sick! From the Hook of Holland we took the Moscow train which goes through Berlin. It's nearly 500 miles to Berlin so we were thankful we weren't going to Moscow some 1,500 miles away!!  In those days East Germany was controlled by the USSR but you have to go through East Germany to get to Berlin. 

We were told to pull all the blinds down in all the carriages. You could just peer through the gap at the edge as we went through stations where there were armed guards with Doberman dogs. Quite scary! Our so-called "hostel" was more like an up-market hotel. Although we were in bunk beds it was very luxurious. We loved the city. 

We did radio and TV appearances, concerts including one at the British Army Headquarters which turned out to be a night to remember! After the concert there was a drinks reception in the Officers Mess. We were all offered drinks served on trays and of course the girls mostly went for the drink with a cocktail cherry in it. Laced with brandy, this was a cocktail and lethal. At the end of the night a number of people we distinctly the worse for wear! 

The group - minus me as I'd mislaid my passport - went on a trip through Checkpoint Charlie to East Berlin where they had a snowball fight in the Memorial Park. We also viewed the Berlin Wall and Museum. Quite chilling. We also spent a couple of days in the countryside in West Germany where we were all staying with separate families. I stayed on a pig farm which was so immaculate you could eat your dinner off the floor! The journey home was a tad fraught as we missed our connection and ended up travelling on various local small trains, only just managing to make the ferry. 

Back in England were travelling in two vehicles - a mini bus and my mini van which had the luggage in it. On getting back to Kirkby in the wee small hours I had to travel round to each house delivering the luggage. To do that I had to go round the same roundabout in the middle of town. On my 3rd time round I was stopped by the Police. Not only did they question me but they searched the van including the pockets in the door! Luckily they believed my story and let me go. 

In July 1970 we spent a week under canvas at the Sidmouth International Folk Festival. We sang in a couple of concerts but did lots of guest appearances as floor singers (singers from the audience)

I recall one night in particular: after we had sung, a young man aged 13 got up to play the fiddle but in truth he was a violinist and was brilliant. He was later to become a world famous violinist - Nigel Kennedy! We also met an archeologist who later became famous as the wild-haired Professor Mick Aston on the TV programme Time Team.  

The last night of the Festival was fabulous with people carrying lighted flaming torches which were all "dunked" in the sea to signal the end of the festival.

Swindlefolk Albums

1. Swindled! - This album was released privately (on Deroy) to satisfy demand. It was then released later on Decca (Ace Of Clubs)
2. A Rovin' was released privately (on Deroy) to continue on from Swindled!
3. Dusk to Dawn was released privately to make sure we had recorded as much as we could before we split up.

From the very outset, after each performance we did, we were constantly asked if there was a recording people could buy. We toyed with the idea of taping rehearsals and performances but it quickly became apparent we needed someone with some expertise and good quality recording equipment. The decision was made to record privately. That meant we had to "buy" time in a studio. 

The three recording sessions were always a tough time. We had a list of what tracks we were planning on recording and had to be fully rehearsed before we went into the studio. This was long before the kind of equipment you get now in recording studios so each track was recorded in one take. No 8-track machines in those days! Nowadays mistakes can be easily corrected by dropping a note in or by autotune but in those days you had to repeat the whole song! We would perform the song then I would go and listen to it and say "OK" or not as the case may be! 

Listening back now I can hear mistakes that I missed on the day which isn't surprising given that I only heard each track once through. There are some tracks I simply cannot listen to but I'm not saying which ones!   If you listen to the three LPs one after another you realize that the choice of material became more sophisticated, the performances much slicker and the arrangements much more complex. 

Every performance Swindlefolk gave stated off with the "Uist Tramping Song" which appears on the first album "Swindled!"



Vinyl LP

  Deroy Sound Service


Produced by Dy Swindlehurst

Paul Balmer and Griff Jones (Guitars) June Carney (joint lead vocals), Christine Daley (joint lead vocals), Carol Dixon (joint lead vocals), Lesley Duffy (joint lead vocals), Joyce Edisbury (joint lead vocals), Anne Johnstone (joint lead vocals), Bessie Long (joint lead vocals), Pamela McWilliam (joint lead vocals), Sandra Power (joint lead vocals), Barbara White (joint lead vocals)

Swindlefolk's "Swindled" was pressed in early 1968. 

The catalogue number for Side 1 is  DER111 and for  Side 2: DER112 

DEROY 0000-0499

Deroy items catalogued in this range


111/112  SWINDLEFOLK "Swindled" LP..


'Swindled' was later released commercially by Decca Records (Ace Of Clubs Label) in 1970  

(catalog no. ACL 1273; Vinyl LP). 

Side 1: 

Uist Tramping Song

I'll Tell Me Ma!


May Morning

Hava Nagila

Copper Kettle

Seth Davey


Side 2:

Family Of Man

I Still Miss Someone

Marco Polo

Across The Hills

South Australia *

Way Haul Away

Leaving of Liverpool

Buy A Gun

* South Australia did not appear on the original "Swindled" album

"A Rovin'" 


Vinyl LP

Released on Deroy Sound Service 

Produced by Dy Swindlehurst 

Dy Swindlehurst (joint lead vocals, guitar, cello), Joyce Edisbury (joint lead vocals, percussion), Sandra Power (joint lead vocals, percussion), Bessie Long (joint lead vocals), Carol Dixon (joint lead vocals), June Carney (joint lead vocals), Anne Johnstone (joint lead vocals), Pam McWilliam (joint lead vocals), Barbara White (joint lead vocals)

Swindlefolk's "A-Rovin" was pressed very near the end of 1968, possibly the last of the year. Its catalogue number is ADM521

DEROY 0500-0799

Deroy items catalogued in this range

..514  unknown  7" EP       

​517  unknown- 10"

 521  SWINDLEFOLK "A-Rovin" LP.. 

Side 1:

Blue Nose

Come All Ye Fair And Tender Maidens

It Ain't Me Babe

Here's To Cheshire

Bruton Town

Jane Jane

Will Ye Go Lassie

Au Clare De La Lune


This World Goes Round And Round

Side 2:

Wild Rover

Sally Free And Easy


William Brown

The Sun Is Burning

All My Trials

The Very Last Day

The Cruel War

The Movin' On Song

As noted above, "Swindled" and "A Rovin'" were both released on Deroy Sound Service

 ..It has been stated by some that Derrick and Roy Marsh, two brothers from Aughton in Ormskirk, began the Deroy Sound Service studios as early as 1948, and others believe it to be a mid-60s' date.  However the earliest evidence appears to be from April 1957. 

..In 1967 it is believed that Deroy began to press ‘vinyl’ records to allow for larger production runs, acetates could and would still be produced, but ‘vinyl’ was the way to go.  To keep track of the studios output, every recording was given a unique catalogue number, using Derricks initials “ADM”  The catalogue system initial began by providing a different number for each side, much like that of larger labels. The first disc being ADM1 for side 1 and ADM2 for side 2. 

Jason Mills

"Dusk To Dawn" 


 Hand drawn cover design by Derek Boak. 
Produced by Dy Swindlehurst. 

Derek Boak, Griff Jones, Barry MacKay, Dy Swindlehurst. Vocals: June Carney, Chris Daley, Carol Dixon, Les Duffy, Joyce Edisbury, Bessie Long, Pam McWilliam, Sandra Power, Dy Swindlehurst and Derek Boak. Drums; Paul Balmer.

 The word "Dawn" in the title "Dusk To Dawn" refers to the new beginnings everyone in the group was facing on leaving Ruffwood.

Side 1:

Air Falalalow

Enniskillen Dragoons


Affair on Eighth Avenue

The Sparrow

Theirs Is a Little House



Side 2:

You Can Tell the World

Eriskay Love Lilt

Jimmy Newman

Parcel of Rogues

Rocky Road

Sweet Potato

I've Been on the Road


Two tracks from "Dusk To Dawn": "Asoulin'" and "Rocky Road" 

(Please Note Adobe Flash Player must be enabled to listen to these tracks.)

Asoulin' from "Dusk To Dawn" is a traditional song known as a soul-cake song. It's a song sung by children visiting their neighbours to beg for cake and in return they would bless the house they were visiting.  It was a tradition on All Souls Day which is on the 2nd November. We borrowed the idea from Peter Paul and Mary. Sting also did a version. 

Swindlefolk (Dusk to Dawn)

Rocky Road is also a Peter Paul and Mary idea. This is also from "Dusk to Dawn" and is an American song. 

Rocky Road
Swindlefolk (Dusk to Dawn)

You will notice that on the back cover of the scanned picture of "Dusk to Dawn" (above) there is some handwriting. It's my handwriting. The LP was the master disk. In the summer of 1971, as the girls were all preparing to leave Ruffwood and we were in rehearsals for the final concert, I met an ex-Ruffwood teacher, Geoff Stone, in a petrol station. Geoff was Deputy Head at Halewood Grange. 

As we were filling up our cars with petrol he shouted across "Do you want a job?" I replied "Yes!" and a few days later was interviewed for and got a new post as Head of Year still teaching music at Halewood Grange. 

For my interview I took with me copies of the LPs including  "Dusk to Dawn" with me. 

I put the LPs on the roof of my mini as I opened the door and forget about them! I drove off and, of course, never saw the disks again nor did I have copies. About 4 or 5 years ago someone from Australia and a friend of Dave Greenaway, contacted me via Facebook. I had recounted the story of the lost LPs and she offered to send me her copy of "Dusk to Dawn" which she had taken to Australia when she emigrated. When the disk arrived it turned out to be the lost master from the top of my car - complete with my handwriting and a return address!!

Although "Knights and Villeins"  was not a Swindlefok LP it deserves a mention as most of the performance on it were by members of the Swindlefolk

"Knights and Villeins"

by Ruffwood Arts


Liverpool Sound - 1529

Side 1:

Calling On Song

Nickel Song

I live not where I love

Crazy Man Michael

Lord of all I behold

Who knows where the time goes

Side 2:

Summer in the city

The first time

Fairy-tale lullaby

Don't go away

Let no man steal your Thyme 

I have a unicorn


The End Of An Era 

Text from the Programme of the Final Swindlefolk Concert at Ruffwood School  (1971)

Click on each image for a larger resolution.

At the end of the final concert at Ruffwood there was a presentation about which I knew nothing. I think Dave Greenaway arranged it. He got Nick Hunter, who was the BBC TV producer on both the programmes we did (with The Spinners and The Settlers), to make a presentation to me. I think I got flowers but I cannot recall that clearly. I know I was tearful as were most of the girls. As we left the stage a group of parents tried to block our way to stop us which was sweet. After that we had a party at Dave house when we all exchanged gifts. 

Swindlefolk: Before the final concert at Ruffwood School (1971)

Back row: Dy, Carol, Pam, Chris, Joyce, Les, Sandy, June.
Front row: Barry, Barbara, Griff, Bess, Derek

To be truthful I don't think it hit home until the following day when it was back to school and on with the teaching as if nothing had happened. I do recall that particular day when lunchtime came, as per usual a few people arrived in my music room but there was nothing to do, nothing to rehearse and no concert to prepare for. Now that was odd, sad and I felt sort of almost bereaved if that's not too strong a word. 

I taught (with great success) in four schools after leaving Ruffwood but nowhere captured the same spirit as my time spent there. The 1960s were a special time. There were so many young and talented staff; Liverpool was alive with music and culture in general and there was such talent in the pupils. It was a wonderful coincidence that puts us all there in that place at that time. We had a truly fabulous few years, life-long friendships were forged (for which I am more than grateful) and I look back with great fondness on those special times and special people - the Swindlefolk. 

Swindlefolk: Before the final concert at Ruffwood School (1971)

Back row standing: Les, Bess, Chris & Carol
Kneeling: June, Dave, Joyce and Pam
Front row sitting: Dy, Derek, Sandy, Barry and Griff


After The Final Ruffwood School Concert

 Concert at At St George's Hall Liverpool (1972)

Back row: Chris, Joyce, June, Dy, Les, Carol, Barbara, Pam & Sandy
Front row: Griff, Barry, Paul & Derek


In 1988 I stopped doing the folk scene and joined The Crosby Capriol Choir who at the time were conducted by my music lecturer from College, John Emery. Still not musically happy, in 1993 I auditioned for a place in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and have been re-auditioning and singing with them ever since. The RLPC is the single most rewarding part of my own personal musical life. As much as I LOVED everything I have done, for my own musical satisfaction, nothing beats classical music within a big choir and with a world-class orchestra playing the accompaniment. I have kept a scrapbook and diary about my time with "The Phil" for the last 24 years and I really wish I had done that for the Swindlefolk but I was young and naive then and didn’t realise at the time the impact it would have not just on me, but on all concerned.

The friendships forged during the time of the Swindlefolk remain an important part of my life, our lives. We are all in touch with one another, not on a daily basis but at least every Christmas. We have lost touch with Carol and Barry so if anyone knows how we can contact them please get in touch! I see Bess and her husband at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall as they are keen concert goers. Derek and I are still good friends, living near one another in Southport. We have had a couple of casual "reunions" and  in summer 2016 Dave Greenaway came over from Australia. Bess, Joyce and I met up with Dave for lunch in Liverpool along with Gary Martin, another ex-Ruffwoodian. 

We will be friends for the whole of our lives. 


Standing (L-R) Bess and Joyce

Sitting (L-R) Dave,  Dy and Gary Martin


Update March 2018: The Nice Rooms was sad to hear about the recent passing of Dave Greenaway.

"The outpouring of grief has been huge. 

Dave was a real champion for young people throughout his life and his "CAN DO" attitude has inspired many people" 

Dy Swindlehurst 27th March 2018

On behalf of The Nice Rooms Webzine, my sincere thanks to Dy Swindlehurst.



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