FEW entertainers have made as many appearances in Buxton down the years as singer Dave Berry.
First performing in the town with his band The Cruisers more than half-a-century ago, Dave was at the Opera House last Spring with The Solid Silver 60s Show and he will be back on the same stage next Autumn with another collection of fellow 60s artists.
Dave - best remembered by most people for his big hit ‘The Crying Game’ - is also to visit The Pavilion Gardens for two days this December. This time around, he will be displaying his love not for music, but for antiques, as he takes part in the ever-popular Antiques Fair, on December 14th and 15th.
He will be bringing a special gift with him to Buxton to present to management at the venue; an authentic poster from one of the first shows he performed at The Pavilion Ballroom, way back in February, 1964. Dave and The Cruisers were one of the top British acts around at the time, having recently charted in the Hit Parade for the first time with ‘Memphis Tennessee’.
Recalled Dave, who lives in Dronfield: “I have some happy memories of my many appearances in Buxton; it has always been a favourite place of mine to perform. This poster brings back some of those special memories from the early days and I wonder if any readers of ‘Pure Buxton’ remember being at this particular show in 1964.”
Dave also recalls running into trouble with the authorities on one appearance at the Pavilion Gardens after taking plants from a display around the edge of the stage and giving them to members of the audience.
“They deducted the cost of the plants from my fee!” he recalled.
This December’s Antiques Fair will also see Dave signing copies of his lavishly-illustrated autobiography, ‘All There Is To Know - Stories From My Rock & Roll Scrapbook’, which has proved popular with fans far and wide.
DAVE WITH TONY CRANE (Mersey Beats) AT THE MUSIC FESTIVAL @ THE PUENTE REAL HOTEL-TORREMOLINOS,
SPAIN. PHOTO BY KEN AND ROSIE KNELL.