Searchers have Sweets for Langholm

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THE Searchers are set to find their way to Langholm for a Buccleuch Centre gig on Wednesday, May 18 (7.30pm).

The beat group emerged in the 1960s and were the second band from Liverpool, after the Beatles, to enjoy a chart hit in the US.

Total record sales in their five decades of performing – which have seen a number of line-up changes – are reported to be well in excess of 40 million.

The quartet are in the midst of a special concert tour of the UK.

Front-man Frank Allen said: “The evening concert tour has been a joy. The majority of the venues so far have either been sold out or as near as damn it.”

The band will also take in Germany, Denmark and Finland this summer, before performing alongside Gerry and the Pacemakers on a 60s Gold tour.

Next year the Searchers celebrate 50 years on the road.

Frank said: “We could have chosen a different point for that celebration, after all 1963 was the year of the first chart entry which was also the first number one for the Searchers with Sweets For My Sweet.

“But some time ago we made a decision that we would take 1962, the year the band stopped being Johnny Sandon and the Searchers and turned professional.

“Of course 1964 was perhaps the most significant. It was the year that saw Needles And Pins eclipse even the previous success and shoot the band to greater heights.

“That was also the year that I became a Searcher and enjoyed my first bite at the cherry with When You Walk In The Room.”

Tickets for their Langholm gig are priced at £18 - phone 013873 81196 for more details.