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The Magic Attic

Local History - Local Heritage - from Local Folk

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Tony Leech founded the Red Rockers in 1955 at the Swan Inn in Oversetts Road, Newhall. The group became the first rockers to appear at the Rink, which had hitherto featured only dance bands on Friday and Saturday nights.

The group played at the Rink for some years and sometimes supported big names such as Joe Loss, Edmundo Ross, Jack Parnell, John Dankworth and The Hollies.

In 1966 the Red Rockers broke up Tony gave up his musical career to concentrate on his job. Those too young to remember those exciting days of rock & roll and skiffle might recall Tony as the dignified manager of Curry’s in Swadlincote.



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The Magic Attic is a large local history archive located in South Derbyshire at the Sharpe's Heritage Centre, West Street, Swadlincote.

The archive contains newspapers, photographs, maps, artefacts and family history information for South Derbyshire and surrounding areas.

Visitors and enquiries from outside the region and from abroad are also given every assistance and are equally welcome. We work in close association with the libraries of Swadlincote and Burton on Trent and with most of the local history groups.

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General Boulanger, the ex-War Minister of France, has challenged M. Jules Ferry to fight a duel because of certain sarcastic allusions made in a speech at Epinal.

The Burton chronicle
AUGUST 4th 1887

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