I have added a photograph of the original, founder members of the Blue Lotus Jazzband. It is thought to have been taken in 1963 at Belle Vue.
John Hallam (clarinet), Alan (Talf) Ashton (trumpet), Micky Cooke (trombone), Peter Ashton (drums), Duncan Hollows (double bass), Michael (Charlie) Connor (tenor banjo) and stand in pianist Mrs Watson who replaced Christopher Shaw.
These 6 original male members appeared on Opportunity Knocks, The Royal Albert Hall and The 100 Club, Oxford Street, London, supporting band to Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen.
They also played numerous venues in and around Manchester and also appeared at The Cavern in Liverpool.
Sadly Peter Ashton died in 2010 and Micky Cooke in 2014.
Artefact added : 16th October 2014