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 There were many groups around in those far off days, if I listed them all it would take quite a few pages. But It must also be remembered that because of us local lads keeping the dance halls and clubs throbbing most nights the venue owners and agents were able to bring in 'guest'  groups from nearby Liverpool and Manchester, groups that were beginning to make a name for themselves with a new raw R&B type sound and we got to see them first before the rest of  the world went crazy over them, The Beatles, The Hollies, The Fourmost, The Undertakers, The Big Three, Lulu,

Joe Brown, the list is endless.

 

 Ironically,  along with The Vigilantes, we shared the stage with the Beatles the very first time they played outside of Liverpool, at the Bell Hall in  Warrington on Friday 19th July  1962. We were the first to witness a musical revolution that would change the world.

 

Pete Rigby relates his early experience of The Beatles

Click on the video link.

 

Pete also managed to capture us on cine in the early

days at the Co-op Hall,

 

Another good mate of mine is Mike Osbourne (Ozzy) of the Flamingos who eventually joined ‘The Magic Lanterns’ and had quite a lot of success in the states, plus ‘Top of the Pops’ over here. If we were in need of a good guitarist due to holidays etc we could always rely on him.

 

Way back in 2009 the only memory I had of my days with the Rens was two tatty b/w photos and no idea if any of the other lads were still around, since then, due to computers and modern technology etc we are re-united and making music again plus meeting up with a lot of old mates and the eventual making of this web site.

Courtesy of the BBC ‘Light Programme’ in the early sixties before VHF had been invented.

The Groups

The renegades. They had a great drummer, but there again I am biased.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tudor Four. Spent many happy hours playing with this group before joining The Rens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had many local rival groups in those days, sharing the stage with them on most nights.

 

The Cavaliers

The Vigilantes

The Boys

The Flamingos

 

And many more  

Pete's story.wmv
Rens Movie.wmv