Searchers promise to roll back years at Corn Exchange

The Searchers are coming to Stamford
The Searchers are coming to Stamford

A band which have sold more than 40 million records and been performing for more than 50 years are preforming in Stamford tomorrow.

The Searchers are stopping off at the Stamford Corn Exchange on their world tour, having just recently returned from gigs in New Zealand.

The band out of Liverpool which came into prominence in the 1960s with their distinctive jangling sound of the twelve string guitar and the rich harmonies and vocals are celebrating their 51st year of playing together.

Their set includes all their top hits including chart topping songs Sweets For My Sweet, Sugar and Spice and Needles and Pins.

The band personnel altered over the years but founding member John McNally on six string guitar, 12 string guitar and vocals, and Frank Allen, bass man since the middle of 1964, have stayed the same.

The Searchers current line up is completed by Spencer James on guitar synthesiser and lead vocals, who was recruited in 1985, and Scott Ottaway on drums who joined them in 2010.

Frank said: “Our show it a nostalgia-fest - a celebration of The Searchers.

“It is a chance to spend the evening in the company of friends. Many of the people who come to watch us come back again and again and travel all over to see us.

“We create a great feeling of loyalty amongst our fans.”

The band, which released The Very Best of The Searchers in 2008, have experienced it all during their career, cracking America and playing to 85,000 people at Wembley Stadium.

Frank said the band are proud of their record performing for 51 years. He said: “From 1962 to now is a very long time and for a band to remain in existence, let alone remain a potent force and influence.”

“Unlike a lot of bands we have no problem being a nostalgia act, our show is mainly based around our 14 hits from the 1960s.”

The Searchers perform at 7.30pm tomorrow. Tickets are £19, available from The Stamford Corn Exchange theatre box office on 01780 766455.