John Maskell… I wondered if anyone had thought of encompassing the Ramsgate West Cliff Hall/Ballroom articles on your site. Football and local band issues aside, it was an amazing place to play and of a similar significance to the Pier at Hastings. I was vocalist for a group called Johnny & The Bobcats and we played there on quite a few occasions coming down from London where we were based. We were booked for venues to raise money for the local football team. We were on a line up with Deke Arlon & The Offbeats and we all know what happened to Deke. Apart from managing he was a class act on stage. We also appeared with Duffy Power on another occasion and by ourselves as well. The one thing that used to scare me witless was when the weather was bad the waves would hit the wall of the Ballroom which backed on to the sea and the water would seep through the mortar and run down the walls. Needless to say I made a point of not touching the microphone at any time after.
Julie Williams… Yes my mum did. She was a dancer. Her name was Joyce Ward now Joyce Williams