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Title: A question for our Swansea /Neath based brethren ...
Post by: Ade Angove on October 18, 2012, 02:59:04 AM
Most of you will be familiar with the name Verney Lee ... former owner of the Ritz ballroom Skewen and proprietor of JV Entertainments Agency ...mentioned several times in '... Should've stayed in bed'.

I was just Facebook chatting with one of Verney's bookers at the agency back in the 1960s/70s (Marie, who now lives in the US) and she asked if Verney was still alive ... I have no idea, but wondered if any here know ... he would of course be in his late 80s now if he is still kicking ... any news either way welcome ...
Title: Re: A question for our Swansea /Neath based brethren ...
Post by: Mike Morgan on October 18, 2012, 06:40:56 PM
I have no idea, but will ask around.
Title: Re: A question for our Swansea /Neath based brethren ...
Post by: Ade Angove on October 18, 2012, 06:52:14 PM
I have no idea, but will ask around.

Thanks Mike ... much appreciated
Title: Re: A question for our Swansea /Neath based brethren ...
Post by: Mike Morgan on October 21, 2012, 11:38:16 PM
So far, no luck.  Will keep on asking.
Title: Re: A question for our Swansea /Neath based brethren ...
Post by: Mike Morgan on October 22, 2012, 10:45:00 PM
My mate has been asking with no joy, but there's one more option that he thinks may be able to help.
Title: Re: A question for our Swansea /Neath based brethren ...
Post by: Ade Angove on October 22, 2012, 11:16:54 PM
Isn't it amazing ... or really rather sad ... that someone as prominent in a community (such as the thriving musical community of the 60s and 70s) can just vanish out of the collective consciousness when they retire? Verney could be alive or dead ... still in Swansea or toasting himself to a crisp on a private beach in Cyprus ... the modern equivalent of Schrödinger's cat
Title: Re: A question for our Swansea /Neath based brethren ...
Post by: Rob W on October 23, 2012, 12:26:06 AM
And, Mr Angove, aka Ade the Drainpipe,  don't underestimate the power of us Salfordians. Even I'm on the case, I've got my S.Wales contact(s) on the hunt. Like Mike the 'Ammer, no luck, but someone knows someone else to ask. The mind boggles, but you never know. 
Title: Re: A question for our Swansea /Neath based brethren ...
Post by: Rob W on October 25, 2012, 03:15:35 AM
Sorry, Ade. Result is a blank.
Title: Re: A question for our Swansea /Neath based brethren ...
Post by: Andrew P on October 30, 2012, 07:13:55 PM
Isn't it amazing ... or really rather sad ... that someone as prominent in a community (such as the thriving musical community of the 60s and 70s) can just vanish out of the collective consciousness when they retire? Verney could be alive or dead ... still in Swansea or toasting himself to a crisp on a private beach in Cyprus ... the modern equivalent of Schrödinger's cat
People often do that, Ade. My brother in law was on a plumbing course around 20 years ago and one of the guys on it with him was the former lead guitarist with The Fireflies, mentioned in Deke's books and credited as the top Swansea band of the early 1960s. Also the first live band I ever saw. Damned if I can remember the guy's name though. Certainly never seen any mention of him.
Title: Re: A question for our Swansea /Neath based brethren ...
Post by: Peter Steventon on November 08, 2012, 03:54:10 PM
Been in touch with my mates in Neath and they say hes A dealer in Rare Coins and living down the Mumbles
Pete
Title: Re: A question for our Swansea /Neath based brethren ...
Post by: Ade Angove on November 08, 2012, 09:51:06 PM
Wow ... thanks for the detective work Pete ... I will pass the news on to Marie and Stephanie
Title: Re: A question for our Swansea /Neath based brethren ...
Post by: Mike Morgan on November 08, 2012, 11:53:42 PM
Comes to something when Pete, who lives in Germany I think, can find out more than us locals :D

Good shout.
Title: Re: A question for our Swansea /Neath based brethren ...
Post by: Dave Bardsley on November 09, 2012, 11:38:55 AM
What's that about five degrees of separation?  This one looks to be only four.  Small world, getting smaller...