Home-grown talent steals the limelight at Guitars On The Beach

Fraser Earle, one of the young performers who stole the limelight Guitars On The beach
IN past years icons from the world if rock music have graced the stage at the unique Guitars On The Beach, now established as one of Lyme’s most popular seaside attractions.
On Saturday, however, it was the town’s talented young performers who stole the limelight as hundreds gathered on the Cobb Beach for ten hours of rock n’roll.

A spokesman said: “We deliberately did not go chasing after a star name to front GOTB this year because we wanted to give prominence to showcasing the local young bands instead. And we’re so glad that we did because they, the young ones, were utterly superb.

“The sun may not have shone, but new kids on the block did and they did the town and themselves proud. Phoebe Holmes, Harvey Causley, T Minus 10, The Velveteen Vigilantes, the Little Streets and Dream Phaser, all of them performed brilliantly and they massively impressed the crowd. T Minus 10 are only 12, for goodness sake, yet they played with the verve and confidence of old hands.

“As for young guitarists like Tyler Street and Dream Phaser’s Fraser Earle, they could easily progress to become big rock stars; they have the style, the brilliant talent and the infectious swagger of a teenage Keith Richards and I very much hope that they scrap any plans to go to university and get into the music business instead, because rock and roll needs the boost of the likes of their young blood.

“As ever we were in the hands of the weather gods and the bleak morning put a dampener on the size of the crowd but those who did come down to the beach enjoyed themselves immensely, by the time The IOUs closed the show with a blistering performance the whole beach was a big, bouncing dance hall.

“Councillor Jeff Scowen was fantastic as our MC; although he was on his feet geeing-up the crowd for 12 hours, he was tireless in his enthusiasm and we owe him big thanks. Thanks too to everybody who performed so excellently and thanks to all of those who supported and sponsored us, especially Lyme’s very generous town council. We hope the day put a couple of extra quid in the tills of local traders, as that is partly the aim of GOTB.

“But overall we hope that people had fun, that’s the point of GOTB and next year we will make it even better. But this year was the kids’ year and you know what, they proved that they are very much more than alright.”

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Veteran journalist and newspaper manager Philip Evans has worked in the publishing industry for more than half a century. He started out as a reporter for Pulman’s Weekly News as a young man and went on to work for an international publishing company in the UK, South Africa and Australia before returning to Lyme Regis where he is still reporting on local events as he has done for more than 53 years.

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