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Rockin’ the Cavern after 50 years

Ormskirk Merseybeat band reforms after five decades apart

Ian and the Rebels, left, Keith Hubbard on lead guitar and vocals, Charlie Gallagher on drums, vocalist, Ian Gregson , Roy Smith , on rhythm guitar and vocals and Derek Brough on bass guitar

After more than 50 years a merseybeat band from Ormskirk are hoping to rock the Cavern Club once again.

Ian and the Rebels played alongside the Four Pennies, Little Millie Small and The Merseybeats in 1963-4 until they went their separate ways.

But a chance encounter led to the reformation of the rock and rollers.

Lead singer Ian Gregson said: “We are playing better than we ever did before, it is wonderful to be back together.

“We have played several charity events now and we will be appearing at Bickerstock and the Adlington Festival.

“But to be asked to go back and play the Cavern Club after 51 years is just wonderful.

“We are in the process of trying to get our name on the wall to confirm that we were one of the last bands to play there before it was redone.”

All local lads, Ian was joined by Keith Hubbard on lead guitar, Roy Smith on rhythm guitar, Derek Brough on bass guitar and Chris Kenny on drums, who has had to pull out of the band under doctors orders and has been replaced by Charlie Gallagher.

Ian added: “I met my wife Norma while I was playing in the band all those years ago and now she enjoys coming along to see us with my daughter Julia, 42.”

On Sunday, July 6, Ian and the Rebels will join seven other bands for the charity gig at the Cavern Club organised by the Lankycats. For more information visit http://www.cavernclub.org/