Norwich 60s band to return to the city for charity gig almost 50 years after Evening News campaign gave them their name

This picture of Norwich band Eyes of Blond was taken on the flat roof at the front of the Melody Roo

This picture of Norwich band Eyes of Blond was taken on the flat roof at the front of the Melody Rooms - now The Talk...Left to Right - Paul Watts, Phil Dimitri, Neil Applegate, Phil Wade. - Credit: Archant

A beat group who were at the heart of the swinging 60s in Norwich will be making a return to the city tonight.

Eyes of Blond will appear at the Talk, formerly the Melody Rooms, tonight for the charity gig, almost 50 years after they appeared in the Evening News.

At the time the Norfolk boys went by Circuit 5, but a competition in the paper offered a £10 prize to the reader who could dream up the best new name.

They built a reputation as a popular rhythm and blues band, going professional in 1969 and recording in the back room at the Cellar House on Newmarket Road and the World's End in Mulbarton.

Their line-up changed over the years, with Phil Dimitri, Michael Sullivan, Neil Applegate, Paul Watts, David Farrow and Harry Rix among the members.


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Their last gig was performed in Attleborough, organised by former boxer and Wymondham legend Les King.

Tonight's show will start at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 in advance or £7.50 on the door.

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All money raised will go to the Big C cancer charity and East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

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• Do you have memories of the band? Let us know by emailing lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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