Rocking 30th anniversary for The Peas

Local band “The Peas” celebrated their 30th with a fantastic night in Maybole Town Hall a few weeks ago, and raised £2,000 for the Ayrshire Hospice.

Last week band members Davie Anderson, Jimmy Murdoch and Gavin Loch were joined by promoter Des Johnstone to present a cheque to Kathryn Howell.

She commented, “This is an amazing amount and very welcome support for the Ayrshire Hospice. We would like to thank The Peas and everyone who contributed in any way to raising £2,000.”

The 30th anniversary dance was a great night out and Davie, Gavin and Jimmy paid tribute to Andy Chung and his band; DJ Paul Downie; Jackie Loch and Gillian Sillars; and the many people who donated prizes.

These included Meridian, Ayr; Ayr India; Slaters Menswear, Ayr; The Stage Door, Ayr; Ayr United; Thorntons; Davie McKay, Butchers, Maybole; Ultimate Baking, Minishant; The Greenside, Maybole; Scruples, Maybole; and everyone else who donated – too many to mention!

They also thanked those who attended and contributed so much to the enjoyment of the evening as well as buying raffle tickets in aid of such a good cause.

The Peas first played in public at Maybole Gala in 1985, the year of Live Aid, when they were known as Rocky Bean and the Black Eyed Peas.

Rocky Bean was Alan ‘Rocky’ Watson who died in a motor bike accident in May 2005.

He was a talented singer/guitarist with a particular love for rock ‘n’ roll music which led to his nickname.

Rocky Bean and the Black Eyed Peas began as a fun band who specialised in rockabilly music. The band became so successful that they played gigs all over Britain and Ireland, including rock ‘n’ roll festivals. Incidentally, they had the name The Black Eyed Peas long before Will.i.am and his colleagues.

On the night of the 30th anniversary, Jimmy Murdoch paid tribute to Rocky noting that this year was the 10th anniversary of his death.

The band played “Twist and Shout” as part of that tribute as it was the very first song they had played on their debut at the Gala in 1985.