A GUITARIST is celebrating 20 years of gigging with his classic rock band.
Mark Gibbin, 50, who lives in Bourne, plays the guitar and is also a backing vocalist for Porky Pig which plays gigs at many pubs in the area.
He is delighted they have been going for two decades and said: “It has just flown by. We initially got together for a bit of fun and some beer money, but we soon found that we were very much in demand.
“We are so grateful to the people who have been coming to see us and who turned it into what it is today.”
Original members Mark Gibbin, guitarist Gary Wade and drummer Paul Vjestica were joined by bassist Steve Gravil and singer Lee Carpenter in 2009, following the exit of a former musician before Christmas in 2008.
All members, apart from Mark, are from the Peterborough area.
Civil servant Mark said all members are proud of the band.
He said: “We still have the same enthusiasm and energy for the band, and we still have the same ethos as well.
“We try and do our best for the people who come to see us and for the landlords and landladies who book us.”
The group aims to appeal to a wide audience and will play a varied set of covers from bands such as Deep Purple, The Sex Pistols, The Kings of Leon, Dream Theater, 30 Seconds to Mars, Queen and Black Sabbath.
Since forming in May 1991, Porky Pig have played more than 1,250 live gigs - with its first show just three months after getting together.
And now they are preparing for their 20th anniversary gig which will take place at The Waggon and Horses pub in Langtoft on Monday, August 29, at about 2pm.
Mark said they have enjoyed playing many venues in the Bourne area and that they are looking forward to their upcoming gig.
He said: “We love playing at the Waggon and Horses.
“It is such a well run pub and very friendly.
“We have also played Bourne Festival several times, as well as pubs in Bourne including The Marquis of Granby, The Royal Oak and The Firkin Ale.”
During their time together they have had band practice sessions at The Marquis of Granby pub, in Abbey Road, Bourne, which is now closed.
Now they are practising in Peterborough but Mark said: “Trying to find rehearsal rooms is not that easy.”
However, the future is bright for the band as its members continue to learn and practice new songs for their set lists.
Mark said: “We did a demo in the studio last year too. This was our first ever Porky Pig studio recording.
“We just want to keep getting out there and playing, which is what we love to do.”
Visit the band’s website at www.porkypig.org.uk