Five boys who came together to play at a village fete before the Second World War never thought they would one day be playing at Newmarket’s grand Carlton Hotel.
But that is exactly how it turned out for Steve Stephenson and the Rhythmics, who enjoyed a stint as band in residence at the former High Street hotel in the late 1940s.
Trevor Blaber, of Withers Place, Fordham, was one of the original line up, along with Steve Stephenson on drums, Les Goodchild on violin, Billy Mason on accordian and Gordon Carter on saxophone.
After two years’ service with the Royal Air Force during the war, Trevor rejoined his band members, who had been offered band in residence at the Carlton.
During this time the group won the Eastern Counties Dance Band competition three years in a row, from 1947 to 1949.
Trevor, 89, said: “We got the opportunity to play at the Carlton. It was an exciting time.”
Steve Stephenson went on to play professionally, while Trevor worked full time as an electrician and played in his own band, the Trevor Blaber Set, for 23 years.