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Old 6th Jan 2020, 15:52
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Hearing 'Good News Week' on the radio the other day turned back the years. I remember liking it a lot as a youth. The fact that it was made by RAF pilots added a certain something. I believe they were V-force jockeys. Wiki gives their names as Mick Tinsley, John Stewart, Alan Laud, Ray Honeybull & Leslie Dash. Can anyone explain:
- how they managed to get their boss' permission to moonlight as 'beat' (sic) musicians
- whether they carried on playing at all during or after their service careers?
I presume they were in great demand at DiNs!
I hope they are still rocking!
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I remember it well as the ”background “ music to 1965. However I thought at the time they were groundcrew from Cottesmore or possibly Witterng. I never heard their names mentioned in connection with any squadron or anyone mention that they had flown with them.

I may well be wrong in my assumption and should be very interested if anyone actually knows otherwise, rather than just heard that they were aircrew.

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Old 6th Jan 2020, 18:11
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Quite a bit of info here:

https://garagehangover.com/hedgehoppers-anonymous/

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Coo, I remember that. 1965 and my final year at Kineton High School. Pa was stationed at Gaydon.
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Thank you very much IG, it was music of the time and you really had to be there to understand it.

a very much older YS
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I had a brief encounter with the band at Benson I think, in those days, many big acts would play the bases, remember Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Who, and others. A long time ago but it led me into a world of music, which I still enjoy today.

Did you notice the personal comment from Mike Tinsley: His site is here Welcome - Mike Tinsley

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Well slim my flares! Fascinating ... thanks for the post!

Oh, those happy days of the 60s!
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I knew John Stewart who was groundcrew at Little Rissington for a short time in 1965 prior to his discharge. Details a bit vague on why he went from a V bomber base (can’t remember which one) to a training base, but we used to joke that once he got the OK to discharge he couldn’t be trusted at the sharp end!
Pity things didn’t work out better because they had lots of big time offers which they couldn’t take up as serving members of the RAF, and some found it virtually impossible to buy themselves out. So they ended up splitting up and remembered as “One Hit Wonders”!
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I can remember that, as a very young and junior officer, it was "bad form" to listen to it. But of course we did!
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Didn't Jonathan King have something to do with them?
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Originally Posted by DeeCee View Post
Didn't Jonathan King have something to do with them?
Yes .l. see link in post #3
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Thanks IG - very interesting website.
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Oh, those happy days of the 60s!
Being based at 1 Gp, it was my dubious honour to visit every V-Bomber base in 1 GP and 3 GP during this time.

Even with the cold war, everything was pink mist and golden, and the scent of the air on the airfield was intoxicating. (and I don't mean from the night before.)

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I was a tyke living in Kilwinning, Ayrshire at the time. We had the single and I seem to recall my older Brother telling me they were an Army pop group and something to do with Helicopters!?

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At the time it was popular I was stationed near Cambridge and our favorite haunt was the "Prince of Wales"(a cellar bar).Once it was known we were RAF we took some stick from students regarding the V bombers and their purpose!!One of our group a "Smiley Carey"was a very good orator and would get on the small entrance balcony and harangue the students with why we had a V force!He was very good and would always get applause while we went round and got donations with various bar charity tins.Sometimes we got a free pint !!
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I was a J/T at Wittering when they were in the charts. Two of them, can't remember who, worked in ESG. It was a bit strange going to ESG and exchanging a Green Satin tri-set with a guy who had been on Top Of The Pops the night before.
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