Newsletter; 31st December 2011
It’s been a while since my last newsletter so I’ll bring you up to date.
Since the beginning of 2011 the Group has been around the world twice. The first trip around the world was to New Zealand via Australia with Gerry Marsden in April, where we played ten theatres on both the North and South Islands. We started the tour in Invercargill at the Civic Theatre, which is the most southerly theatre in the world. It was a great night with a full house which made it all worthwhile as we had been travelling from Manchester, England for two days. The next day we were on a ‘red eye’ flight to Christchurch where we had been booked to play at the James Hay Theatre, but unfortunately it had been severely damaged by the earthquake in February, so the venue had been changed to a theatre five miles out of town near the airport. The theatre only held seven hundred people so we did two shows as nine hundred people had bought tickets for the show at The James Hay Theatre. In the end we sold out both shows with a total of fourteen hundred people in attendance. We were the first International entertainers to play a concert after the February earthquake and the audience really appreciated us for coming to Christchurch. The next morning we left Christchurch for a 1030 flight to Blenheim. It turned out to be really fortunate that we caught the early flight as there was another earthquake at the airport at 11.30am which measured 3.4 on the Richter scale and as a result the airport was closed down for several for hours for safety inspections. We had a great tour with Gerry and finished in Auckland at the Bruce Mason Centre to a full house of thirteen hundred people. The next day we flew back to Manchester where we had one day off then started working on our UK venues as well as a trip to Sweden and Denmark.
On August the 29th we were once again on a plane, this time to Australia to do our usual tour of Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia. We were there four weeks in total, which was again very successful indeed.
On our return to Manchester we had a longer break of two days this time and then started touring again on the Sensational Sixties Experience with the Tremeloes, Union Gap and the Dreamers. The tour went all over the UK and was well received everywhere and a sell out at almost all the theatres we played. At this time I would like to thank Alan and Billy, our promoters, who have worked so hard to make the Sensational Sixties Experience Tours so successful. I would also like to thank the many thousands of people who have seen our shows this year and who have met us and chatted with us afterwards.
Next year will be even more busy with more tours of New Zealand & Australia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, The 2012 Sensational Sixties Experience Tour and our own theatre tour, ‘Herman’s Hermits in Concert’.
So until the next News Letter, take care and have a great 2012.
From, Geoff, Kevan, Simon and myself – Barry