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Don't forget that the Ilford Palais also had a resident band that played cover versions. When they came on the dance floor would empty as we headed for the bar. The song Blueberry Hill comes to mind. Never liked the music the band played. Our mob went there on a Sunday night. Back in 1966 we used to go there on a Saturday afternoon with other 13/14 year olds. Good music without the band.
My mob were totally aware of Prince Buster and his music. We looked up to older brothers and cousins and they influenced us. I remember as a young boy being with my mum and dad on Canvey Island one bank holiday when a small gang from East London were roaming around singing Al Capone. Me and my brother were well impressed and that day I decided I wanted to be in a gang.One of our mates family moved from near Brixton to East London and he brought all his records with him. We...
The Ben Sherman shirts we wore tended to be plain or stripped but the Brutus shirts were tartan or check. For the sussed boys who wore American import short-sleeved shirts the check was a popular choice.
 Spot on for many originals. And don't forget that John Simons opened up his shop in Covent Garden in the 80's which was a life saver for many of us Ivy boys living and working in London.
Sussed indeed, but maybe showing a bit too much red sock?
 Sean, as a matter of interest , what shoes are you wearing in the photo?
 Diddycoys?
I think yellow was the no. 1 colour for us followed by black or red.My younger brother had all three. 
I don't remember Slazenger polos in our area but in about 1970 as suedeheads we did wear their V necked jumpers. My first pair of real football boots were Slazenger before I graduated to Puma brand.
I wore Fred Perrys all through the 60's. I have holiday photos of my dad, his mate, me aged about 11 and my brother aged nine all wearing FPs in about 1964. If you bought a Tennis shirt that is what you got. There wasn't a wide range of brands available. Original skinheads did wear them in our area. John Smedleys with the larger collar were worn by my older Mod cousins.
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