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Review: Age no barrier as 1960s chart toppers hit the stage in Darlington

The Tremolos with the Chesney and Jodie Hawkes ( centre)  sons of the original group’s lead singer Chip Picture: PHILIP SEDGWICK
The Tremolos with the Chesney and Jodie Hawkes ( centre) sons of the original group’s lead singer Chip Picture: PHILIP SEDGWICK

CHART toppers were out in force at Darlington’s Hippodrome Theatre showing that the 1960s is still considered the best decade for music.

In “Sixties Gold” a classic line up of acts entertained a sell-out audience despite many of the performers being well beyond the normal retirement age.

Starting off the evening, Spencer James of the Searchers sang a medley of well-known hits from the group that had several number one records. He also announced that the remaining members of the group were to tour next year; including a visit to Darlington.

Next up Gerry’s Pacemakers took to the stage belting out their own hits despite being without their lead singer Gerry Marsden, who died last year. They were then joined by Gary Puckett, now 80 years old, who performed his own hits previously with Union Gap – “Young Girl” and “Lady Willpower”.

Gary Puckett 80 years old and still touring Picture: PHILIP SEDGWICK
Gary Puckett 80 years old and still touring Picture: PHILIP SEDGWICK

Gary Puckett 80 years old and still touring Picture: PHILIP SEDGWICK

He still displayed the energy and enthusiasm of a much younger man.

After a short intermission Herman’s Hermits gave a tour de force of their own extensive number of chart toppers. The line-up included drummer Barry Whitwam, who has been pounding the skins since 1964 and is still touring.

The penultimate act, Marmalade, from Scotland, wowed the audience with a succession of songs from their own repertoire, including their most famous, a Lennon and McCartney hit, “Ob-la-di ob-la-da”.

A fitting finale, The Tremeloes were fronted by the former lead singer Chip Hawkes’ son Chesney; a chart topper in his own right (I am the one and only) the group included his brother Jodie on drums.

Chesney Hawkes filling in for his dad Chip Picture: PHILIP SEDGWICK
Chesney Hawkes filling in for his dad Chip Picture: PHILIP SEDGWICK

Chesney Hawkes filling in for his dad Chip Picture: PHILIP SEDGWICK

They more than did justice to the hits that the audience of a certain age had come along to see.

An entertaining evening proving that age is no barrier to doing what you do best.