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When I was first knocking around the Rare Soul Scene, there was a guy from Cambridge called Norman Rogers. He was one of the 'faces'.

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Just seen this review, which was posted in our 'media' forum back in December last year. The 'media forum' wasn't really the best place as that forum is more to do with audio rather than the writ

My grandfather was Big Bob Knight who owned the Nags Head in Wollaston. He did multiple do's at the George some weeks if you remember. Other clubs Big Bob did included: Wicksteed park (actually starte

Dim, its pouring here, in Barton Mills, so l thought I would indulge just for a mo, and picked up Normans book, sitting on my table. Of course too young for most other than Bletsoe, but it was surreal

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Dim, its pouring here, in Barton Mills, so l thought I would indulge just for a mo, and picked up Normans book, sitting on my table. Of course too young for most other than Bletsoe, but it was surreal seeing one of the pics taking in my childhood parents nicotine, sitting room, just as ive always said, not a fantasy lol twas there I first heard going to a happening Tommy Neal, and then the Elgins lp UK of course lol so hard to find then. Love ya write ups, like Winston RIP, you have the gift pf putting a great message over, right where are my full stops like, love and peace and thanks for all you do, for the scene xxx

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Just seen this review, which was posted in our 'media' forum back in December last year.

The 'media forum' wasn't really the best place as that forum is more to do with audio rather than the written word,  so given that I have just upped it to one of our news articles...

 

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Can anyone advise me where best to pick up a copy of this book please. 

Cheers,  Kev.

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20 hours ago, Smileys said:

Dim, its pouring here, in Barton Mills, so l thought I would indulge just for a mo, and picked up Normans book, sitting on my table. Of course too young for most other than Bletsoe, but it was surreal seeing one of the pics taking in my childhood parents nicotine, sitting room, just as ive always said, not a fantasy lol twas there I first heard going to a happening Tommy Neal, and then the Elgins lp UK of course lol so hard to find then. Love ya write ups, like Winston RIP, you have the gift pf putting a great message over, right where are my full stops like, love and peace and thanks for all you do, for the scene xxx

Derek.. Cheers mate, 

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2 hours ago, Kevinkent said:

Can anyone advise me where best to pick up a copy of this book please. 

Cheers,  Kev.

Kev... I'll get back to you with info later today. Sorry I can't be a bit faster. 

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8 minutes ago, Dim said:

Kev... I'll get back to you with info later today. Sorry I can't be a bit faster. 

No problem. Memories of The George at Wilby etc, etc, need revitalising but there's no rush. 

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7 hours ago, Kevinkent said:

No problem. Memories of The George at Wilby etc, etc, need revitalising but there's no rush. 

My grandfather was Big Bob Knight who owned the Nags Head in Wollaston. He did multiple do's at the George some weeks if you remember. Other clubs Big Bob did included: Wicksteed park (actually started wicksteed by getting their music license for them), Blisworth Motel, The Railway Club and the Corn Exchange. There were other venues but i cant remember them.

My dad actually now owns the site in Bletsoe which he bought in the late 80's while he was running the rave scene in that area. 

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4 hours ago, Finley said:

My grandfather was Big Bob Knight who owned the Nags Head in Wollaston. He did multiple do's at the George some weeks if you remember. Other clubs Big Bob did included: Wicksteed park (actually started wicksteed by getting their music license for them), Blisworth Motel, The Railway Club and the Corn Exchange. There were other venues but i cant remember them.

My dad actually now owns the site in Bletsoe which he bought in the late 80's while he was running the rave scene in that area. 

Hi Finley, and welcome to Soul Source. 

Big Bob was a great local character and I was saddened to hear of his passing some years back. I don't recall him having any involvement with Wilby though, nor was I aware of do's at Wicksteed Park (sometimes slept there if I was unsuccessfully thumbin' it back from Corby). That said, I left Northants in '71 when I joined the army, so maybe we're talking different times.  Living at Moulton I was the right side of Northampton to visit the Nags occasionally with school mates and it was my intro to music venues. Then we moved to Roade and Friday night at the Blisworth Hotel became a regular outing. I wouldn't class either as Rare Soul venues but they were fun. When I left home at 16 I was thirsting for more. That's when I discovered Wilby, Earls Barton and the land of niters. That's why I have to read this book.

- Kev

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Hi Kevin got my copy from Norman ,,e- mail add,, browningc2g@gmail.com good luck Stephen 

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2 hours ago, Monny1916 said:

Hi Kevin got my copy from Norman ,,e- mail add,, browningc2g@gmail.com good luck Stephen 

Already sorted mate, thanks to Dim. I appreciate you responding...thanks.

- Kev

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Welcome Finlay, I think Norman may well bring out part 2 so make sure you keep in contact, and im sure folks like Kevinkent, lots have been in touch, Something unique about Bletsoe lol always got lost :} and at our reunion 4 years ago I set of from Nottingham after a dj spot, supposed to be 1 hour plus 15 minutes.....took me 3 plus 30 minutes lol def something amiss my sat nav kept going mad lol maybe the ol souls no longer with us, having a bit of fun xxx Got there 4am wish, and this is where I got to know Winston Heath RIP , a very wise man indeed, Winston was amazed about the older all night scene, he did a great write up, which is on here. Although a short time we really became great mate, the Div and Winston a great combo lol xxx

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On 26/02/2020 at 23:20, Kevinkent said:

Hi Finley, and welcome to Soul Source. 

Big Bob was a great local character and I was saddened to hear of his passing some years back. I don't recall him having any involvement with Wilby though, nor was I aware of do's at Wicksteed Park (sometimes slept there if I was unsuccessfully thumbin' it back from Corby). That said, I left Northants in '71 when I joined the army, so maybe we're talking different times.  Living at Moulton I was the right side of Northampton to visit the Nags occasionally with school mates and it was my intro to music venues. Then we moved to Roade and Friday night at the Blisworth Hotel became a regular outing. I wouldn't class either as Rare Soul venues but they were fun. When I left home at 16 I was thirsting for more. That's when I discovered Wilby, Earls Barton and the land of niters. That's why I have to read this book.

- Kev

Sometimes did multiple nights at wilby in mid 70's to my knowledge. Wicksteed was a bit different then, he actually got them their music license back in 68'. He played lots of mod stuff and Motown but mostly what people asked for because it was popular! I've got his records now, about 5000 of them, lots of rare stuff in there.

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