The beat goes on

PUBLISHED: 13:17 22 September 2006 | UPDATED: 22:15 28 May 2010

Our photograph shows members of The Ketas (on the right), being congratulated by Tony Dowling, resident comedian at The Station Hotel. Behind Tony is Johnny De Little and on the left of the picture is the Manhattan Three

Our photograph shows members of The Ketas (on the right), being congratulated by Tony Dowling, resident comedian at The Station Hotel. Behind Tony is Johnny De Little and on the left of the picture is the Manhattan Three

IT was a first for the town, an open-air beat contest staged on the GER sports ground in March. The year was 1966 and groups were marked on three aspects – personality, musical ability and presentation, with a possible 100 marks for each. When all marks h

IT was a first for the town, an open-air beat contest staged on the GER sports ground in March.

The year was 1966 and groups were marked on three aspects - personality, musical ability and presentation, with a possible 100 marks for each.

When all marks had been totted up there was very little difference between the three top groups. A group from Newmarket, The Ketas, were the winners. Running a close second were The Nightshift from Peterborough, and third were The Corsairs from Ely.

As winners, The Ketas had the chance of a recording test from EMI, bookings at The Station Hotel, March, Marcam Cellar Club and the Gaiety, Ramsey.

Wilson Pickett's In the Midnight Hour was a very popular number and was performed by six of the nine groups. There was a noticeable absence of Beatles songs, the only one performed being Yellow Submarine.


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