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The Invergordon Archive

The Jetblacks
The Invergordon Archive
The Jetblacks

A comment from John Fraser at picture #808 mentioned the Jetblacks. Here they are pictured in early 1963, I think, at the Youth Club in the old Drill Hall.
Left to right: George Strachan, Roddy Bell, Robert Munro, George Anderson, Fraser Dryden.
Picture added on 12 June 2006
Hi Rod. Remember it well. You guys practised in the Hall on Saturday afternoons and then off to Tain at night to play for Albert Benicci. We always took Morris Scott with us. I always managed to get in free by calling myself the Road Manager. Where are you based now ?
Added by John Mitchell on 13 June 2006
Roddy, maybe should have called yourselves The Invergordon Five(?) and made a run at those Liverpool types....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 13 June 2006
Happy days with fond memories of Tain dances and Scotty and his harem of all the best-lookers. Practices moved to Mrs Anderson's front room in Albany House when the Drill Hall closed. I've been living in Helston, West Cornwall for the past thirty two years.
Added by Rod Bell on 14 June 2006
I was delighted to see this photo of the Jetblacks. I used to sit on the wall opposite Albany House and listen to them practice when I was about eight or nine years old. I was too young to go to the Tain dances, etc at the time but just loved the music. In fact, I remember on one occasion there was a concert in the Joss Street Hall. It featured all sorts of local artistes (whose 'turns' we sat through just so we could see the Jetblacks) and the Jetblacks rounded off the evening. I was there with a friend (who shall remain nameless). We were only supposed to stay for the concert and then go home but the Jetblacks were playing at the dance after the concert so my friend and I mingled with the crowd whilst all the chairs were put to the side of the hall, general tidying up was being carried out, etc. Anyway, the dance got under way and we were having a great time dancing away among all the teens and twenties when my friend's mother came storming into the hall to drag us home! I never forgave her for that as it was right in the middle of Johnny Kidd & The Pirate's 'Shakin' All Over'.
Added by Annella Flynn (nee Ross) on 22 August 2006
Ah yes, this is so familiar! My son found the photo on the web (he's a better guitarist than his Dad). Where have all the band members finished up? I've been in Cambuslang, Glasgow since 1985, last gig was my mother-in-law's 80th birthday party. Will try to find some old photos for the site.
Added by Fraser Dryden on 29 October 2006
I remember our primary classes got taken to the Joss Street Hall to see the Jet blacks play. I thought Charlie Wood’s brother was in them - didn’t realise Fraser was. Remember Fraser with John Clark.
Added by Liz Adam (Askew) on 08 April 2007
I remember you Liz - I think you stayed in the house down the hill from Tigh Beag (John Clark's house). Was it the one that looks like a castle?
Added by Fraser Dryden on 12 April 2007
Hi Fraser, I hadn't seen your comment before. Yes I remember you too. We stayed on Saltburn Road in the flat-roofed house with the castle effect below John (Curly) Clark’s house and next door to Catriona Sutherland with Malcolm Cochrane on the other side (now Graham Mckenzies’). We used to play up in the woods beside John's on the rope swing and on top of the reservoir and try to follow the older ones around. Now live in Newtongrange but try to get back a couple of times a year.
Anonymous comment added on 29 March 2008
Hi Liz - so I was right about the castle! The woods are long gone of course. Do you remember when some trees were being felled and the said John (Curly) 'rescued' and subsequently reared a young rook (called Paddy)? I still keep in touch with John, who recently moved to Ayr. I'm still in Cambuslang, but get up to Invergordon 2 or 3 times a year. Unfortunately I never seem to have much time there.
Added by Fraser Dryden on 02 April 2008
Hi Fraser, several months late as usual in replying. Yes I remember the rook, a lot of milk bottle tops were opened around that time with them being silvery and they glittered! I last saw you about 10 years ago when I worked in a local bank in Invergordon. I recognised you but did not like to introduce myself. Still with the same bank in Edinburgh but now in a department. How is John? My mum Edna used to keep in touch with Barbara until she died but she still occasionally hears from Lilian and Jet, John's aunts. Do you remember the rope swing and the old grey tractor that John Mackay Kildary left there? We used to stand on it and swing out on the rope. I think it was Tony Munro (crow) that climbed the tree to put it up. He lived at the end of your block of houses. I remember one night someone thought it would be good to light a fire and swing over it. I was just trying to persuade my little brother Graeme to swing through the flames to see what would happen to him when my mum turned up to take us home! Great days with a freedom our kids and grandkids will never know. My visits to Inverg are fleeting too but maybe our paths will cross there one day. Regards to Curly.
Added by Liz Askew on 15 July 2008
Liz - you should have said something on that occasion 10 years ago! You must do so if it happens again (and by the way I'm in Edinburgh tomorrow!). Yes, I remember the tractor, and I suppose it WOULD be Tony Munro who climbed the tree - wonder what happened to him? You're right, it's not like that for today's kids. Can you remember we used to build bonfires from the whin bushes up there, and there would be attempts by other parties to wreck them before November 5. We always managed to have good bonfires, though! Ah, happy days.
Added by Fraser Dryden on 05 August 2008
Hi Fraser, yes I remember the bonfires and scrounging tatties to throw in to eat - totally blackened and a bit raw - how we made huts out of broom bushes and no one had asthma or hay fever then. My uncle showed me a loose spar in the railings and I used to go through to the tanks with the dog and run like mad if the watchie saw me. The top of the old reservoir was a favourite hang out too and of course the swimming pool too. It was a place to hide in the winter and well worth the 7/6d for the season ticket in the summer and honestly the summers were hot and dry and it’s not just my memory is it? If I see you again will make myself known.
Added by Liz Adam (Askew) on 06 August 2008
Fraser Dryden, this is a long shot but, can you take a look at picture #286 and see if that might be you at the bollard? am trying to date the picture.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 15 February 2019
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