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When the Jazzmen were formed in 1960 under the name "Fylde Coast Stompers", their first home was an upstairs room at the 'Royal Oak' , Poulton-Le-Fylde, which they shared with the Royal Order of Buffaloes, with coal fires in winter and beer at 2s 3d a pint! The Line Up comprised Ron Stephens (Trumpet), Dave Lee (Clarinet / Alto Sax), Alan Riley (Valve Trombone / Baritone Sax), Eric [Willy] Barrow (Banjo /Guitar), Duncan Reid (Bass) and Norman Wakefield (Drums). Forty years on and the only change in personnel is Doug Whaley, the fine trumpet player from Stockport, on the front line.
They have done several Radio Broadcasts, the most auspicious was with their great friend Nat Gonella to celebrate his 70th birthday, now sadly missed. The exciting sound of the "Fylde Coast Jazzmen" is preserved on their record, "Running Wild" and a tape, "The Fylde Coast Jazzmen - The First 25years".