The Searchers, Seaton Carew, England 1964

The Searchers, Seaton Carew, England 1964
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© Ian Wright, 1964

Big Beat Night
The Seafront at Seaton Carew, England
June 11, 1964

I went out to photograph them on a freezing cold July night in 1964, when they were the only act of an outdoor show, Big Beat Night, held on the seaside promenade at Seaton Carew, near Hartlepool, County Durham. Behind a makeshift stage erected on the beach with the North Sea as a backdrop, were hundreds of differently coloured ordinary house doors stuck in the sand as a windbreak that did absolutely nothing to stop the lazy North Sea wind. I say, "Lazy wind,” because it didn’t bother to go around you, it went right through you!

Six of the local constabulary and a police dog stood in the front row of about 150 spectators all huddled together, listening to the band. During the interval, I photographed the band members, John McNally, Chris Curtis, Mike Pender and Tony Jackson as they took a break in their touring caravan. While I set up the shot, the boys were signing autograph books and remarking with good humour, “If we’d know it was going to be this bloody cold on the Durham Riviera, we’d have worn overcoats, hats and gloves.” Then Chris Curtis quipped, “You lot can’t play guitars with gloves but I could play the drums with gloves.”

Printed by the photographer from his original 5x4 negative.

The Searchers, Seaton Carew, England 1964 by Ian Wright

Color: Black and White    Type: Silver Gelatin    Edition: Limited Edition    Signed: Signed

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