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Al Astaire

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 5:11 pm    Post subject: Wilf Rigby confession time Reply with quote

Hello all.

New here and a bit young(ish) to remember the bands but I do however know the names. My father was a keen amateur musician and I do recollect the names Eric Pep and Wilf Rigby were often mentioned in our household. I notice that Eric has sadly passed away relatively recently ( a year after my father) which whilst googling is how I stumbled on this site. I see Eric's band played for many years at Burtonwood which was a venue my father often mentioned he'd played at alongside bands of the likes of Johny Dankworth so I guess that my father was in Eric's band. A bit off guesswork again but my father also played for quite a period with the Wilf Rigby band and this probably followed his stint with Eric. this must have been when I was very young and i would hazard a guess around 1964. I remember my father in his black bow tie frequently going out to play in bands in an evening but not before playing a quick rendition of 'Pop goes the Weasel'. The anecdote relating to Wilf that my father never let me forget was a time Wilf and his family visited our home. I was around six years i would think, Wilf's son must have been of a similar age. Confession time - I'm embarrassed to admit that despite assurances to Wilf and his wife that I never strayed from the garden and it was alright for me and his son to be allowed out into the garden to play. Of course as soon I was out of the parents sight I was out the garden gate onto Frodsham hill only to return a short while later without Wilf's son. I think my father managed to retain his job with the band and Wilf's son was eventually found.

Sorry to Wilf's son wherever you are!
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