One of most popular Norfolk bands of the 60s will play for first time in 50 years

Looking Good Precious Few photographed near Marble Arch in London in 1968. Left to right: Chris Bel

Looking Good Precious Few photographed near Marble Arch in London in 1968. Left to right: Chris Bell (laying down), Pete Reynolds, (standing), Brian Crook at the back and Roger Pymer sitting at the front. - Credit: Archant

One of the most popular bands in Norfolk during the swinging 60s will be playing again for the first time in almost 50 years at the last-ever Golden Years concert in Norwich in April.

'We thought it was about time we got together again,' said Peter Reynolds, lead vocalist with the brilliant Precious Few, who will be joined by originals Chris Bell and Roger Pymer and newcomer, the legendary Norfolk guitarist Micky Betts.

And it is fitting their comeback will be at The Talk, the great survivor of the Norwich night club scene, where Precious Few were regulars in the 1960s and attracted crowds of up to 2,000 fans.

Since the first Golden Years rock'n'party 20 years ago so many of the Norfolk bands have re-formed but Precious Few, who made the British version of the record Young Girl, were the ones who got away... until now.

'We really are looking forward to it and it is wonderful to be able to go back to The Talk after all these years,' said Pete. They were one of the biggest local bands to appear at the club. Pete, Chris, Roger and Brian Crook were a class act who so nearly hit the big time nationally.

Since the Evening News and Radio Norfolk launched the concerts in 1996 more than £125,000 has been given away for charities and good causes in the city and county and the last gig will raise money for this year's civic charity Sistema in Norwich which transforms the lives of children and young people through music.

A number of schools have now joined Sistema which gives pupils the chance to learn to play a musical instrument and be part of an orchestra. It really does change young lives.

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'When we heard about the charity, we agreed that we had to have one last concert,' said the organiser, former Zodiac, Terry Wickham. 'But this really is One Last Gasp.'

The bands lined up to take part in the last-ever Golden Years are:

•Cloud Nine.

•Mervyn & The Starbeats.

•Mister Buss (playing together for the very last time).

•TJ & Accent.

•Rollercoaster featuring Rod Clarke, who played with the Moody Blues and the Rockin' Berries, and Andy Field, a member of another legendary Norwich band, The Continentals.

•Precious Few.

The whole idea for the concerts took off when I wrote a story about Derek Moore looking for members of his band The Toffs who played in Norwich in the 1960s.

It resulted in a string of stories, and broadcasts on Radio Norfolk about the bands of the day and what happened to them.

Harvey Platt (of the Continentals and Zaks Restaurants fame) summed up those heady days as golden years. And the name stuck.

None of this would have happened without Terry Wickham, the man who badgered and persuaded the original Norfolk rockers to roll away and in doing us brought back the good times for thousands of music lovers.

'We had 'retired' but this charity Sistema does such good work teaching young people how to play music we thought we must have 'one last gasp'' added Terry.

•Tickets for this great night on Saturday April 16 cost £12.50 and have gone on sale this week.

They are at the Prospect House offices of the Evening News and Eastern Daily Press on Rouen Road, Norwich. They are also at The Talk on Oak Street (Norwich 660220), PMT Music Shop on Great Botolph Street, Norwich, or you can call Terry Wickham on Norwich 864460.

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