Step back in time to the bands who played in Wisbech in the 60s with a book by a local music fan

Kevin Rodgers has written a book about the bands that used to play at the Corn Exchange in Wisbech i

Kevin Rodgers has written a book about the bands that used to play at the Corn Exchange in Wisbech in the 1960s - Credit: Archant

A rock n roll fan has taken a trip back in time to publish a book about the bands that played at the Wisbech Corn Exchange in the 1960s.

Music fan Kevin Rodgers has researched the full list of everybody who appeared at the venue from 1959 to 1965 for his self-published book.

Big names that appeared include the iconic Rolling Stones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Adam Faith and Gene Vincent.

The former district governor of the Lions Club International, said: Hopefully it will bring back happy memories for all those who went dancing in Wisbech at that time, possibly where they met their future spouses, and where they grew up.

“It is now fifty-one years since the dances finished but many think they can remember it like yesterday.


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“The book took several months of research then more time cutting it back.

“In the 60s I was a rock n roll freak and I still do talks now for any clubs or groups that want to listen to me speak about music from that era.”

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His first LP was bought when he was 16, the Modern Sounds of Country Music by Ray Charles, and although he was too young to go to many of the dances he did manage to get to a few with his sisters before the band nights stopped in 1965 and the venue turned into a bingo hall.

Mr Rodgers said: “All the top groups of the time came to the Corn Exchange, apart form the Beatles, it was a real catch for the local area and a shame it shut.”

An engineer with Metalbox for most of his career he also sold music for 20 years but is now retired and concentrates his time on being a Lion.

He has since sold much of his 5,000 strong record collection and now listens to his music on the computer but has more than 8,000 tunes he can tap into.

• Dancing at the Corn Exchange can be bought from Etcetera in Wisbech for £4.50.

• His next book will be about Marcam Mall in March which was more of a mod music venue whereas the Exchange was more rock n roll.

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