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Marty Wilde and friends come to Southport Theatre for a night of rock’n’roll memories

WHEN Cliff Richard and fellow 50s teen sensations Marty Wilde and Dickie Pride were dubbed the “three cool cats”, it later prompted Sir Cliff to admit: “There was actually only one cool cat – and that was Marty.”

One of Britain’s first rock’n’rollers, the father of 1980s pop singer Kim is now 73, but has absolutely no intention of spending his days watching Countdown with a mug of Horlicks when there’s tunes to be played and crowds to be pleased.

Southport has the honour of closing his latest tour on Friday, November 30, and the man himself promises a show that will delight fans of the era.

He says: “I’ve been singing these songs for over 50 years and I still wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. Together, we have grown up with these songs.

“They, and the times that we have lived though, have been proven to be the greatest that any young teenager could have wished for.

“Working together with my great friends and legends, this is going to be an absolute knockout as anyone who manages to see the show is undoubtedly going to find out.

“For us three, rock’n’roll is a way of life and we can’t wait to bring it all together again.

“This is going to be one hell of a party.”

And when Marty refers to “us three”, he’s talking about the pals who’ll be backing him up during the show.

Eden Kane is best known for his 1961 number one hit, Well I Ask You. It followed his unusual debut which involved a jingle for Cadbury’s called Hot Chocolate Crazy. He’ll be there on the night along with Mike Berry.

For many an 80s child, Mike’s face is one you would associate more with Grace Brothers department store.

As Bert Spooner, he appeared in the final four years of the popular sitcom, Are You Being Served (replacing Trevor Bannister’s character) as well as portraying Mr Peters, the father of the two young pals of Wurzel Gummidge in the ITV adaptation of Barbara Euphan Todd’s novels.

Twenty years earlier, Mike was also a hitmaker, scoring a 1961 hit with Tribute to Buddy Holly and his biggest hit, Don’t You Think It’s Time, which reached number six in 1963.

In 1980, he had a surprise hit with The Sunshine of Your Smile, a song originally written in 1913, which stayed in the Top 10 for 12 weeks and earned him a gold disc.

The three of them are in concert from 7.30pm. You are advised to bring your dancing shoes. Tickets are £24.50. To book, call 0844 871 3021 or visit the theatre box office.

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