Roger Huckstep e-mailed these great photograph and details of the 1960’s Rye pop band “The Ryetoffs” he wrote:-
“Following the recent article in Rye’s Own publication, please find attached attached photos of above group circa 1964.
For the record the group members were :-
Drums….Tony Lambert (now living in Bexhill?)
Vocals….Michael Eldridge (Bedfordshire somewhere)
Rythm….Peter Buchan (oscillating between Dorset and South Africa) Bass……Mel McGann (Chelmsford)
Lead…….Roger Huxstep (Melbourne, Australia)
Whither Kevin Williams?”
Kevin Williams is alive and kicking and living in Rye, he did sing with the band a few times when the group did a season at the Rye Harbour Caravan Park (big time stuff!).
Mel McGann and Roger Huckstep went on to play in a band called the “Popular Front” in Brighton for a further 3 years before settling down to be “normal” people.
Roger now lives Melbourne, Australia and describes the coastline there echoes that of East Sussex reflecting the origins of early immigrants. There are towns down the coast named Rye, Winchelsea, Hastings, Brighton, and Seaford!
“Rye’s Own ” March 2004
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