Today there was a congregation of Pompey musicians of a certain vintage to say our last goodbyes to guitarist Don Golding – here’s Don, mid-1960s, seated right at the front with the Rampant – I’d like to tell you that all his band-mates were there today, but sadly Mick Cooper far right was not. We learned from bass guitarist Nigel Baker that Mick was taken in to QA yesterday, had his appendix removed and is now recovering. Get well soon Mick.
Other ‘musos’ in attendance included members of Don’s other local bands, such as the Renegades, Dynamos, Four-Tunes, and Boyfriends – by name Marc Tuddenham, Colin Wood ‘Danny Raven’, Peter Richardson, Paul Moorhead, Alf Pink, the Hughes brothers, and the Cadillacs drummer Bryan Hatchard, who is perhaps the first of us to reach 80 and looks very well on it. If I forgot/missed anyone, my apologies.