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Ticket for The Damned - supported by Bury's notorious Varicose Veins with their tribute to the newly-wed Charles and Diana, allegedly banned!
Who knows how they blagged it.
Don't remember many other VV gigs, to be honest.

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Artefact added : 23rd October 2008
by shadow
PaulCh Says –
Was at this Gig - second on the bill was the Anti-Nowhere League showcasing their rousing version of Streets of London.
COMMENT ADDED 7th November 2008
paulus123 Says –
I was at this too!! Ian Pearson of Varicose Veins was our mate.
I can remember the singer Aninal wearing some kind of box thing over his groin because of all the bottles thrown at them?
Good times...
COMMENT ADDED 2nd April 2009
Treble99 Says –
I was at this gig too, i remember the VV guitarist, i think his name was Toothpaste trying to climb the speaker stack and falling, i had a copy of the Charles & Diana tape given to me by Ian Pearson, it came with a homemade fake porn pic of C & D and a free teabag and sugar sachets, it had 4 tracks on it, the one about C & D and one about shooting Ernest Bishop, i cant remember the 2 others, i sadly lent this to a mate and never got it back
COMMENT ADDED 8th June 2009
mitch Says –
From memory the 4 tracks are;

1) Lady Diana 2) I shot Earnest Bishop 3) My Grandma's Got VD and 4) Maggie Thatcher's Got Piles

Those are the right tracks but am happy to stand corrected if the running order is wrong. I also got it on tape; Bought from a band member at the Mayflower I think. Not played it in ages but the lyrics are hard to forget!
COMMENT ADDED 8th June 2009
varicoseveins Says –
Hi Mitch.
Its Ian here (Jesus) ive still got the tape .My brother bought a cd of it at The Blackpool punk festival.What great days.Got some greatpics from the Damned gig.Sorry to here that Bert bladder (Dale) our drummer died a few years ago.
Long live Punk Acne and Peas
COMMENT ADDED 21st July 2010
ShorPunk Says –
Hello all, I was at this gig too. Hello Ian i used to travel from Oldham to buy bootlefgs off you in Bury...i once got the Pistols belsen was a gas single off you. What a gig that was. I remember Animal of ANL was pissed up on Whisky, Dave vanian and Rat Scabies invited me and my mate Willie to go on tour with them but we fucked them off in order to go and smash windows at the University with you lads. Ive got the Leila EP on CD.. I made it myself for Steve at X-Records in Bolton...Gonna sell copies of it on EBay and get some of my money back for them bootlegs you ripped me off for. Up The Punks !!!!
COMMENT ADDED 9th August 2012
varicoseveins Says –
Hi can you send your email you still collect.can you remeber two other collectors from Oldham Keith and Chris.Chris moved to London in the early 80s.i collect punk memabilia and still listen to all the old punk stuff.keep in toch
COMMENT ADDED 11th August 2012
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