October saw The Zoots debut public show in Yorkshire at the YMCA Theatre with the Sounds of the 60s show. The Zoots had played at a wedding reception at the Settringham Estate the night before so we stayed over night and travelled the 30 minute journey to Scarborough at 10am. We were really looking forward to performing at the YMCA Theatre in Scarborough very close to where The Beatles had played on the 11th December 1963 and some 54 years later THE ZOOTS were playing there too!
The YMCA venue was very impressive with a nice size stage including two elevated sections on the side. The stage manager Liam and his assistant Jack helped us all bring our equipment in and set up the stage for our Sounds of the 60s show.
We had worked really hard to promote the show and advertised all over the town in the newspapers, hotels and using radio adverts. We were interviewed on Radio Scarborough by Mark Sinclair who was generous enough to talk about the show on air. We had gained alot of interest on Facebook and were very glad to be performing for Jaqueline Long’s birthday too.
Ben used the elevated sections of the stage and played his guitar behind his head! Ben also did this at our our last big show to Lady Sasima in Bray.
The Zoots have taken their 60s tribute show all over the world. This was our debut show in Yorkshire.
The YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) was founded in London, England, on June 6, 1844, in response to unhealthy social conditions arising in the big cities at the end of the Industrial Revolution (roughly 1750 to 1850).
As it was one our our first matinee performances we weren’t sure what to expect but the crowd were really responsive and lots of people were dancing the aisles. We started the second show with our Red Tunics.
We had the lovely Margaret come up on stage with us for ‘Gimme some loving’ by Spencer Davis group. She won a guitar which she gave to her grand daughter. It was great fun to have such a fantastic guest up with the band. the YMCA theatre was rocking!
As the show reached its climax lots of the audience were on their feet dancing away! To think that it was only 330pm was different but the audience were enjoying the show as if it was a Friday night. Special thanks to my Mum and Dad and Lizzie fro coming all the way from Maidenhead to come and support us. We really enjoyed the fish and chips they bought us at the end of the show!
Many thanks to Graham, Liam and Jack and all the staff from the YMCA in Scarborough.
Thank you to the The Zoots team for working hard.
Jamie, Harriet, Ben, Simon, Tommy and Ed.
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