Last dance for Ken and the Rebels

They were once famous throughout Northumberland, but now a skiffle group formed almost 60 years ago are calling it a day.

Ken and the Rebels will perform their final gig at Rothbury Jubilee Hall this weekend.

The group, formed in Rothbury in 1958, used to play all over the region, travelling around in a 1920s Rolls-Royce hearse.

They even played at Newcastle City Hall twice. The band – originally made up of Ken Wilkinson, John Henderson, Terry Tait, Ian Murray and Bob Coulson – started off playing Buddy Holly-influenced material on a washboard and a tea chest bass for instruments.

Proceeds from Saturday’s farewell show will go to the Rothbury Highland Pipe Band. The gig will take place from 9pm to 11.45pm, and tickets will be £5 on the door.