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Back to the 60s Runnymede & Windsor Christmas Party at Runnymede Hotel & Spa
3 days, 20th – 22nd November, 2022 from £249 per person
The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett gained worldwide recognition when their first combined release Young Girl hit No.1 in the UK and No.2 in the USA in 1968. After several more hits, in 1971 the band parted company with Gary Puckett. In 1974 Young Girl was re-released in the UK and the new Union Gap was put together to promote the record which was yet again a smash hit. Eventually the band went their separate ways until in 1996 they relaunched the New Union Gap with Tom Harding on bass guitar and lead vocals. They were an instant success on the 60s circuit playing all the major festivals, theatres and holiday centres throughout the UK. The boys have worked extensively to put together a repertoire of classic songs from the 60s to 90s, which they perform either in the original form or in their own unique style – many of which appear on their albums This Time Around, Classics and By Request. The band – now known as Union Gap UK – have also perfected their distinctive concert sound, which make them stand out from the crowd.
Carrying on the tradition of the guys who started it all in 1963 – Freddie and The Dreamers – The Dreamers remain one of the best known named bands on the 60s music circuit. Changes to personnel over the past 50 years were inevitable but one member, Alan Mosca, remains in the band today. Alan was alongside Freddie as part of the British Invasion Tour of America, sharing the stage with Gerry and The Pacemakers, The Searchers and others. Alan is joined by The Temple Brothers, Steve and Colin, who have toured extensively with their Everly Brothers tribute show and Midnight Dynamos rock and roll band. Newest member Nicky Walker also a seasoned professional who toured the UK and Abroad as a session musician and his own unique Buddy Holly tribute show. With their unique harmonies and musicianship they add an extra dimension to the Dreamers, who along with the hits of Freddie and The Dreamers perform the
most popular songs of the fifties rock and roll days and the great songs of the sixties
Stephen James and his stunning Frankie Valli tribute show spans three decades of music, the show features all of the hits of Frankie Valli both as a solo performer and as part of The Four Seasons. Stephen is super talented and really is the nearest thing to Frankie Valli as you are ever likely to hear, re-creating that trademark falsetto and accent with absolute perfection, along with slick moves, he simply oozes charisma. Stephen appeared on BBC1’s “Star For A Night” with Jane McDonald, the same show that made Joss Stone famous.
Formed in Liverpool in 1961 as The Bluegenes, the band soon changed their name to The Swinging Blue Jeans. They followed virtually the same path to success as many of their Merseybeat contemporaries during the early 1960s. After playing a succession of local dance halls and club engagements, they travelled to Germany and appeared at the legendary Star Club, Hamburg. The band became resident at The Cavern Club and had their own ‘Tuesday Guest Night’. One of the first bands they invited as their guests were The Beatles. The Swinging Blue Jeans were originally founded by Ray Ennis and Les Braid. In 1962, they were signed to a recording contract by HMV Records and their debut single It’s Too Late Now in 1963 just crept into the British charts at Number 30. Their next single Hippy Hippy Shake crashed into the Hit Parade and just fell short of the Number 1 slot. Their follow-up release, Good Golly Miss Molly followed suit and their next single You’re No Good reached Number 3 in Britain. They famously engaged in a punch up with the Rolling Stones at the BBC studios during recording of the first show of Top of the Pops as a result of an argument over a ball point pen for signing autographs. One of Britain’s good-time bands, The Swinging Blue Jeans had their last big hit in 1966 with ‘Don’t Make me Over’.
Runnymede Hotel & Spa
The 4-star Runnymede Hotel & Spa is situated right on the banks of The River Thames and just a short drive from the heart of Royal Windsor with all its attractions including The Castle, Long Walk, Great Park and of course Shopping. The hotel has a lounge bar, a indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a spa, sauna, gym and free car parking.
All rooms are en-suite and include mini-fridge, hairdryer, safe, TV and complimentary wifi. Check-in is from 4pm.
Breakfasts and dinners are buffet style in the restaurant.