Norman rolls back the years

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THE LAST time Norman Green made music he was part of a local skiffle band which played at dances across the region during the 1950’s.

But the 71-year-old has rolled back the years to record a CD of country and western songs to raise money for The Prostate Cancer Charity and St Leonard’s Hospice, York.

Norman, who grew up in Market Weighton, but now lives in Stockton-On-The-Forest, was diagnosed with prostate cancer seven years ago and lost his wife Margaret to cancer nine years ago when she was aged 58.

He decided to start singing again after he met an old friend at The Wellington Oak, on Canal Head, Pocklington, who also played in the skiffle band, called “The Offbeats.”

Norman said: “He tried to get me singing. “I didn’t want to make a fool of myself.

“I thought I wouldn’t mind singing again. So I got my guitar out.

“I had a look through the Yellow Pages and found a recording studio.” He went to a studio at Walmgate in York where he recorded a few songs.

“The lads were quite impressed at the studio and I kept going back to record songs,” he said.

He later bumped into another friend who suggested he record a CD to raise money for cancer and Norman was delighted to do it.

The Offbeats, who were together for three years, formed in 1956 when Norman was 16. The other band members - Geoff Kelly, Gordon Robson, Vernon Chapman and Dan Norwood- were all friends from Market Weighton. They played at gigs all across East Yorkshire, from Pocklington to Goole.

Norman looks back on his time with the band with fond memories.

He said: “We had some really good times.

“We practised hard and were very busy playing somewhere every night.

“They were really tremendous years. We had all the girls running around after us. We had a very good following”

Norman has plans to return to the studio in York to record a Christmas album. “I’m undecided what I am going to do with it,” he said.

Norman’s CD for The Prostate Cancer Charity and St Leonard’s Hospice, is called Quiet Country and is available for £12 from Langlands Garden Centre in Shiptonthorpe. Alternatively, email or call Norman on (01904) 400085 to buy a copy.