Many of you are still interested in obtaining a copy of the RJC book that was published some years ago now to coincide with our exhibition at Kirkleatham Old Hall museum, Redcar, but which sold out around a year or so ago. I constantly get enquiries through this site about it, but it is proving very difficult to obtain on the secondhand market; the last one I found in a second hand book dealer’s a few months back was priced at £20 and vanished pretty quickly…..
With this in mind, I approached Bryan Goodall with a view to funding a reprint, to which he readily agreed, having an interest both in the music, the photographs and the acts, as he was for some time a committee member of the club. However, we have also managed to get many of the original committee members involved, not the least of whom is Brian Smith, who was club treasurer for much of the club’s life, from 1962 to its demise in 1973. He has retained a vast amount of archive material, and is also in contact with other ex-committee members, so we now have a huge range of ephemera to draw on, from all of the newspaper adverts, many of the programmes, advertising posters, car window posters etc., etc. He is also writing an in-depth history of the club. Add to this Roger Barker’s band contracts plus other material, and there is too much!
Because of the large range of material we now have access to, it is looking as if there may actually be two new books – one in the vein of the original book, image-led with many more photographs of mine and Dennis Weller’s and much of the above Brian Smith archive and will be a hard back edition with a basic club history, and a second published after this one, revealing the full history of the club. We are aiming for publication of the first book this coming October, so keep watching here for news of progress, and to order advance copies if you wish.