1960s hit group next stop is Barking on their five decade tour

PUBLISHED: 12:48 20 May 2015 | UPDATED: 12:48 20 May 2015

The Searchers on stage at Theatre Royal Wakefield.

The Searchers on stage at Theatre Royal Wakefield.

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Sing along to the iconic sixties classics which propelled The Searchers to fame as they return to perform at The Broadway.

The fourpiece, who emerged as part of the Merseybeat scene along with The Beatles, The Hollies, The Fourmost, The Swinging Blue Jeans, and Gerry and the Pacemakers, will play at the Barking theatre for the third time.

And despite spending much of the past 50 years out on tour, the group say they have have no plans to stop – and are enjoying being on the road just as much as ever.

Bass player Frank Allen said: “Our career has just kept getting better and better and the last 25 years has been the best place we have been since the 60s.

“The reason we are still doing this is that we still get the same enjoyment as when we first started out, where all we wanted to do was get up on stage and play music.”

The Searchers were the second group from Liverpool to land a hit in America, with their song Needles and Pins. Their other era-defining hits include their versions of the Drifters 1961 hit Sweets for My Sweet and Jackie DeShannon’s When You Walk In The Room.

The band have performed for both the Queen and Princess Margaret, and headlined above such Motown luminaries as Marvin Gaye and The Supremes – but Frank says that his most treasured moment was playing at Cliff Richard’s 30th birthday in Wembley Arena.

“It was quite a phenomenal experience to play in front of 80,000 people,” Frank added.

The Searchers will be at The Broadway on June 7 from 7.30pm. To book, call 020 8507 5607.

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