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Rochdale Poets and Performers was a loose alliance of Musicians, Poets and Artists who had been using the upstairs room at the Roebuck until we set fire to the carpet with a blazing door ( that's another story ) . For the bicentenary of the death of local dialect poet and satirical artist ' Tim Bobbin ' ( John Collier ) the library and art gallery were programming some rather worthy festival events, so we decided to organise a fringe evening, which they gamely supported.

The poster is one of my typical drawing and photocopy efforts of the period.
Artefact added : 21st April 2008
by Alastair
bouncy Says –
As soon as I saw this I knew it was sent in by Alastair. It's quite pleasant around Rochdale,it's noway as scary as this photo.
COMMENT ADDED 10th May 2009
Alastair Says –
I dunno all those old women flooding out of Bingo onto the town hall square of an evening could put the wind up anybody...
COMMENT ADDED 10th May 2009
Alastair Says –
If you care to look Tim Bobbin's grave is up the steps in the churchyard of St. Chads, Rochdale.
COMMENT ADDED 10th May 2009
bouncy Says –
I might just have a look,if I'm brave enough,and I'll take some garlic and a crucifix with me just in case.
COMMENT ADDED 11th May 2009
bouncy Says –
I went to look at Tim Bobbin's grave,in briiliant sunshine.He's lying in a tomb with his wife,and other's and it was the only tomb in the graveyard surrounded by railing's,so either someone's tried to pinch him or he must still be very highly regarded in Rochdale. The Jim Morrison of his time.You could of warned me about the 132 steps leading up to the graveyard though!
COMMENT ADDED 13th May 2009
Alastair Says –
I expect that you were 'effervescing' by the time you reached the top! Especially if you'd had a pint in the Flying Horse.
I've just dug out some other Rochdale music scene stuff in the loft, so I'll have to get round to posting it.
Funny Rochdale always had a thing for poets, there's the monument in Broadfield Park to Edwin Waugh, and there always used to be the poetry and music festival at Champness Hall. All a bit worthy perhaps, but we carried it on ( perhaps more in the spirit of Tim Bobbin ) with the Poets and Performers, and there were a few 'Punk Poets' around in the early 80's - Andy.T and Maggsy to name two.
COMMENT ADDED 17th May 2009
prankster Says –
the pranksters rocked unruley on this night...i have tapes, n'ting...a prankster
COMMENT ADDED 27th July 2009
Dedspekta Says –
And i have this very poster in my scapbook from 1986!, i remember doing the caberet drumming for your comedy ten minute act Alastair on the night.. also remember we did a gig there around May 1986 and you and Roger and Leah were all dancing at the front!!
COMMENT ADDED 7th October 2010
prankster Says –
yeah well dont forget who were top of the bill daddi-o
COMMENT ADDED 7th October 2010
Dedspekta Says –
How could i prankster?, we were just warming up for Madison Sq Gardens i recall... :-)
COMMENT ADDED 8th October 2010
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