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Search no more: A top festive night is in store at hall

Worcester Editorial 14th Dec, 2017   0

AN EVENING filled with the classic sounds of The Searchers is on offer at Worcester’s Huntingdon Hall in what could be the last musical extravaganza from a county promoter.

John Banner will welcome the popular Mersey band for his annual Christmas show which takes place on Saturday from 7.30pm until 10pm.

Since breaking through in 1963, The Searchers are second only to The Beatles as Liverpool’s finest 60s group and played their part in establishing the UK as world leader in the music industry.

Music lovers will be treated to a solo show with no support as John McNally, Frank Allen, Spencer James and Scott Ottaway take to the stage to perform such classics as Sweets for My Sweet, Needles and Pins and Don’t Throw Your Love Away.




Combined with anecdotes, reminscences, various album tracks and B-sides plus some seasonal Christmas favourites, this really is a show you cannot afford to miss.

With total record sales well in excess of 50m, the Searchers still retain their appeal to all ages.


The evening is sure to be one to remember and could be the last event staged by the hard-working city promoter.

His concerts at Huntingdon Hall are annual fixtures on Worcester’s music calendar and have seen a huge amount of cash raised for a variety of good causes since 2004.

The RNLI, St Richard’s Hospice, St Clement’s Church, Acorns Children’s Hospice and Help for Heroes are just some of the good causes who have benefited from the celebration of England’s patron saint over the years

This year’s St George’s Day event was supposed to be his final show but, typically, John has once again pulled out all the stops for a final festive feast for city music lovers.

In an interview with the Observer in April, John admitted he did not want to bring the curtain down on four decades of music and memories.

“Do I want to stop? No not really. I don’t feel like I want to stop but there is no real reason why I can’t after a 12 month sabbatical say ‘oh let’s have another go!,” he said.

“I could do a Tina Turner and Frank Sinatra and retire umpteen times!”

But with ill-health and a decline in interest locally for music of the 60s and 70s, the impresario has decided the time is right to take his leave from the local music scene.

Tickets for the show are £19.75 and are still available from the Huntingdon Hall Box Office on 01905 611427.

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