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Instow and its part in the life of John Sweet

1962

1962 was the year of the Summits Rock Group. I met John, Chris and Bob at a youth club. My interest was the electronics and they had a group going with Gill as the singer. Did I want to join? To play what? Bass. But I cant play and don't own a bass. Never mind buy a bass and we will teach you. That is how it all started. Why the name Summits? Well Johnny  saw the name on a packet of guitar strings. Our first paid appearance was at a local youth club called the rock club. A bit of a rough joint and the dance ended up in a fight. Well at least we got one pound each.

Dressed for the Hunt Ball

All dressed up to attend a ball

 

Back Row lest to right, Chris Verney, Bob More, Gill Jones.

Front left John and right John Knill

 

From the North Devon Journal Herald

 

 

Photograph taken on the stage of the Queens Hall, Barnstaple, North Devon



 
  Fame at last

The NDJH again after we were in a competition at Exeter which turned out to be no more than a way for the organisers to put on a show, charged for entrance and the groups played for nothing.

 
     
Click below to see the Summits as you have never seen them before

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XCVBvwoqqo

The faces from 1962, the bodies from 2013

     
     
     

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