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Uh???Yes indeed and thanks!…you’ve saved me from a sense of insanity even if it’s more than a decade since your post. It was winter 72/73 and it was when they were still The Wailers and yours is the first reference to it I’ve found… and most of all it corroborates a whole story I’ve been dining out on ever since.
Excellent!I hope this makes it worth the wait…one of my pals was matey with the guy who booked the bands. After the gig he told us that the band didn’t want to travel that night and could we help with accommodation…They were serious Rastafarians and were troubled by the snow we had had and saw it as a really bad omen…the lead singer had gone on with the manager in his car, so between the 2 flats we had as student accommodation at Brooke Court we gave shelter to the Wailers who at that time were totally unknown and we of course had no idea how they would become one of the biggest bands ever!
…and the flat had lost some of its floorboards because they had been torn up and burnt on the open fire!…and another thing…that I’m sure Stafford has lost is the huge, unheated, uncarpeted, flat in one of those large Victorian? houses on the Eccleshall Rd. On returning to it after a holiday I found a homeless guy sleeping on my bed!…
Wasn't a potato dangling on a length of string and banging against a kitchen window more effective than to "shout Oi! Oi!" for a kitchen window in a flat below, not the one immediately below, to be opened far enough for the gallon of water ?…and then KERSPLOOSH!! a bowl of washing up water would get the bleedin’ lot of them!
Love the fortress analogy!… but really was it called The Keep because it was the one that was Kept?!…I do remember how the last thirty feet to the door had to be covered at speed, after checking for 'boiling oil' from above.
I've often wondered if that's why they changed Binyon to The Keep?