Probably a familiar picture of Frank Kelly & the Crestas from around 50 years ago and on the right, brother and sister Gill and Tony Hutchins. In the 1960s Gill married another of Pompey’s early rock & roll stars Mick Glover and they live in Alton but MIck still plays locally, last week at the Conservative Club in Albert Road.
Yesterday evening, with Old Portsmouth plunged into darkness and Gunwharf closed, the church of St George’s just across the road benefitted from divine intervention and – on full power – presented a concert evening by the two guitar orchestras of Cambridge and Hampshire. A prominent member of the latter group was Gill Hutchins/Glover and their 13-piece orchestra performed a number of pieces some classical or traditional but including the Beatles, Shadows. It was splendid stuff and you can check out the Hampshire Orchestra on http://www.hago.org.uk.
Sadly Tony Hutchins passed away last year – yesterday was the first anniversary and a very fitting tribute from his sister, watched too by his nephew David, Mick & Gill’s son. He has played professionally with recent incarnations of groups like Slade and Sweet and Mick tells me he’s a very fine guitarist/bass guitarist.