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Jack Kirkland and his broadcasting band. Melody Maker District Champions Class A 1953. Jack seated by the banner. On his right Ernie Cartlidge ( Piano ) and then Bill Yates holding sticks. The tenor player on the end is Bill Rodgers. Other players unfortunately not known except possibly Bert Singleton on bass. The venue not known. Found the certificate date Friday March 6th 1953. Venue was the Locarno Ballroom Leeds.
Artefact added : 5th January 2016
by petewilc
Abigail Says –
Wonderful photo. Thanks Pete!
COMMENT ADDED 5th January 2016
debbiejo Says –
After my dad passing away on the 14 December 2017, I started hunting for some memorabilia on the internet and came across this photograph. Thank you for posting it, however - you are wrong. The tenor sax player on the far right of the photo is not Alf Lee, it is my dad - Bill Rodgers. He also played clarinet and provided vocals.
Deborah Callow - a very proud daughter.
COMMENT ADDED 1st January 2018
petewilc Says –
Thanks Debbie... I will take the photo and ask my mother ( widow of Ernie Cartlidge ) if she can remember any more about that photo. Pete
COMMENT ADDED 1st January 2018
Cazzie1963 Says –
Hi Pete

My dad OWEN YOUNG played in Jack Kirkland's band the saxophone and the clarinet all over Manchester and Stockport for many years, he isn't on this photo as not sure when he joined them. He used to also pay for Raymond Woodhead and his orchestra too. He was born in Hyde and we lived in Chorlton and then Northenden. He was born 1927-1994. He was a self taught musician and remember him practising playing Moon light serenade and strangers on the shore. I sadly didn't ever go and see him play but any information you have would be appreciated. I also have a photo of Jack Kirkland and his wife in 1977 at my parents silver wedding somewhere.

Would love to connect with any band members that may remember him who may still be alive!

My email is
COMMENT ADDED 28th March 2018
Ian Royle Says –
Don Wilson,Ian Royle,Geoff Wilson (trumpets). Billy Mack (later Eddie Ambrose) trombone,Bert Singleton,Owen Young (later Eddie Lawn)alto saxes,George Taylor (tenor sax),Pete Bosson (drums) Alf Jenkins(piano) ?Brocklehirst (bass), Kathy Lynne (vocs). Best I can do-this is the 1962 band.
COMMENT ADDED 12th February 2019
Ian Royle Says –
Any more info; I was with the band for eight years.
COMMENT ADDED 12th February 2019
Sir Arthur Says –
I met my wife at Manchester University in 1960, and we went many times to the Saturday night hop at the University Union. Jack Kirkland’s band often provided the music, and to a callow 18year old were very good. My opinion still holds.
PS There was a singer ‘the delicious de-lovely Delilah’
How we remember ‘It’s now or never, it’s upside down, it’s back to front dear, please turn it round’!

Mike Harris Elec Eng student. 1960-1963
COMMENT ADDED 23rd May 2021
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