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Barnstaple Keyboard and Light Music Club celebrate 50 years

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: September 12, 2013

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BACK then it was all about Beatlemania, an infamous winter and the miniskirt. Harold Macmillan was prime minister, and across the pond JFK was having trouble with the Russians and Cubans.

The year was 1963 and, to some, the fact that 50 whole years has passed may seem extraordinary. None more so perhaps than Colin Bowman of the Barnstaple Keyboard and Light Music Club, for this year sees half a century of the club, which has showcased some of the country's finest organists at regular concerts from Roundswell Community Centre.

Over the years the club has hosted many nationally and even internationally-acclaimed acts. Quite recently it has featured "Welsh Wizard" Byron Jones.

"We have a proud history," said publicity officer Colin, "but in order to continue to bring the best in keyboard talent to Barnstaple we need new, especially younger, members. We don't just host top acts but put on trips to other places to see the finest at work. It really is a fun club to be in."

The anniversary will be marked by a special concert given by present president Paul Roberts, who will be playing two one-hour sets. A birthday cake, food and refreshments will accompany this milestone party.

The concerts are held every fourth Tuesday of the month. The next show, the anniversary special, will be held at Roundswell Community Centre on September 24, 7.45pm. Entry: £2 (members), £5 (visitors). For more information contact Colin on 01271 376965.

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