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  • Birthday 02/12/1954

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    derek smiley
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    barton mills suffolk
  • Top Soul Sound
    Goin to a happening Tommy Neal first soul sound I heard when my brother got back form twisted wheel with all his mates

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  1. Ahhhhhh mates! so missing you all. I was gonna wear me badges love yas xxx
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    Def ovo from me, yer get germs from illegal plastic, the genres have been well advertised since last year, right in front of our noses lols so don't understand the question of groups, modern room etc, as btbktf67 says he will be playing a mix, so many great soul clubs and their djs participating,.... the flyer is what is happening...plus a bit of seasoning from seasoned DJs.so embrace! its gonna be fun, ..TEAM work will make this fantastic, we aint getting younger, and at the rate we are going this may be the last mass group weekender for some time, (really hope its not) so lets make the most of it, not bolitics that destroy, love peace and Gods good health everyone xxx
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Amazing day! Jock and John You 2 totally rock absolute pros, always a masterclass, and with Ginger and Pete, well pow! have a fantastic Christmas and New Year . Pete 1 Big massive thanks, Ive put a bigger massive thanks and pics on here, below:} somewhere, Im still glowing from the wonderful way you folks spoilt me, on my 65th and to play on the TW decs again, well! Bless you all!!!!!!
    So cant thank my wonderful friends at the Twisted Wheel enough. Sunday 8th December 2019, will stay with me forever. Happy birthday fellow celebraters. Shaun and company. Pete Jackie Roberts thanks you for the special Twisted Wheel tee shirt and for allowing me to play some tunes in both rooms. And lol Lending me a box of toons. As ever loved it! Ginger Taylor what can I say your presentation to me, your edification and oh my goodness putting on Hoagy Lands signed on Stateside demo, can it get any better, you serve the soul scene beyond the call of duty, always the Ambassador, even when you have your own challenges. I value your integrity, loyalty, friendship and mentorship and will never be able to thank you enough. Your 2 sets as ever world class, not just the music but many holy grails. Of course as collectors we can get a bit perfectionist lol so if you just want to dance thats just as wonderful, but know you are getting the best! Pete, John and Jock blow me away everytime, total professionals, with the right toons, love watching them in action, their collections are mighty, So many friends from all over the country, Cambridge, Corby, Todmorden, Salford, Crewe, Stafford, Liverpool, Manchester, Tamworth, Derby, Sheffield, Leicester, Fred "BEE" from Wigan, just to name a few, even Italy! you folks are Twisted Wheel. The man with a big heart DJ, Promoter, body builder, male stripper, bouncer, Jimmy Temple, was there with his mates, massive thanks for your present Jimmy, bless you my friend x Made my day seeing Nige Brown and Carms, gosh they is classy people! The mighty DJ/Promoter legend Pep was dancing away, and how did I miss mighty mentor and legend, John Stackhouse! Just wonderful to have wonderful friends from Cambridge Kevin and Marsha Wood and a double bonus with Norman and Babs, Norman of course signing his wonderful book. Andy Scoffin and mates you folks rock, Andy could DJ anywhere but his mcing for Crewe A takes him all over. Loads of cards presents friendship and love. Friendship, love and the music is Twisted Wheel, its the people, analyse it all you want, but the fruit is there for all to see, a cellar with 350 plus people, playing its music to packed floors. 2 rooms, one with the classics, the other ultra rare, new, some classics, everything folks want. Sue Smiley, my wife,I test her to the limits, have done for over 40 years, you have the patience and flexibility of a saint, God Bless you xxx Pete Roberts, like all great dreamers, a total winner, amazing charisma, fantastic DJ and Promoter. These Sunday and other TW events are world class, no doubt, thanks Pete a 65th I shall never forget, you make me feel so good, special, the only time you ever look down at people is when you help them up, may we all go on for at least another 30 years, I know the Wheel will, its name, its people, its vibe, music is impossible to disappear, looh forward to me 70th happy Christmas and a fantastic 2020 is a done deal when it comes to the Wheel. love ya all Smiley Gwasshopper and a few other names lol xxx .
  6. Such a special event miss Winston like many he became a wonderful friend mentor and could read me like a book lol well done mates xxx
  7. What an amazing electric night, Kings Hall one of 3 places that has brought the shivers and tears to my eyes. Soul and all that follows it can be very emotional, especially as we grow older. I was excited after djing at Nottingam FED club, one of thoses great clubs that are spread across the country. Dedicated promoters, doing it for the love, seasoned DJs, with some young uns been mentored. One young lass Willow did a great set, knowledge amazing top dancer and yes asked me for some toons I had never even heard off, we are never to old to learn. Onward to Kings hall I was not missing Richard Searlings last all nighter spot, as it was the first for me as well lol A week on still buzzing such a special night and Ginger Taylors edification of Richard and the crowds appreciation said it all. Im starting a Richard Searling BEM must stay campaign, just showed our love and appreciation for the great man. The event also showed how strong the scene is, how wonderful Kings Hall is, Fab soul folk working together, no nonsense or egos, just out for a great soulful, and Nottingham the vital grass roots and Kings Hall delivered big time, love n peace Derek Smiley Gwasshopper to my Gurus lol xxx
  8. always a fab night, xxx
  9. O eck, well actually cant wait. Ive been to the club before and had a great time. Great lounge area top dance floor, and a discerning soul crowd, now 1hour and a quarter should be 27/28 records, if I keep me gob shut and dont play dem grammar school 5 minute ones, thanks Mick and Kenny, total RESPECT to you all xxx
  10. Smileys

    Birch Coppice (A5) All-Niter

    Cant wait Jimmy n Mark, I normally get there at the start but due to other already booked family djing commitments wont be there until around midnight. Full apologies, mate. Will be playing one or two for Winston and Simon RIP....my friendship was short with Winston, even Shorter with Simon, and im gutted, condolences to you folks who go back so far. Both funerals were a celebration, remarkably the Armed forces scooter Vicar at Simons, was a great friend of me dads, and the family through their navy and sea cadet association, and he came from Wales, especially to do dads service, its a small world. So sat the show goes on, their spirit and aura will live on, through the allnighter great people xxx
  11. Smileys

    Birch Coppice (A5) All-Niter

    I did a mod spot here on a saturday afternoon, said at the time it would make a fab allnighter, its one of dem gritty iconic clubs full of history ....mod set? well ok got distracted lol we had fun, Fab line up Gwasshopper in awe xxxxxx
  12. looking forward to a fab night, it wasnt that long ago i came as a punter, well 5 years odd lol fab night, thank you xxx
  13. I’m certain it was well-intentioned, if a little too fast, so Im sorry for my slight harsh response earlier. Dont want any bad blood, you dont deserve that. we are all at different levels of grief, and do/say things, thats surrounds this emotion. I was just shocked to see a memorial do announced before we had said our goodbyes at the funeral. thats all mate, Hope ya do goes well, Love ya Smiley xxx
  14. His close friends are in Corfu and besides it should, be done through his family and close friends anyway. This all sounds political. Not sure comrade is what his family would want to see, Winston was a private principled man, when out and listened to all types. of opinions, with interest. Winston was a soulman through and through. This is not bolitics from me, its all about doing the right thing, does his family know all profits are going to F C United? is this a charity event, Surely all profits going to refugees, or a charity like Windrush would be more fitting, Winston always wanted a fairer socity, and I believe he would be embarrased by this, RESPECTS to you all xxx

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