Ian Dury is toast of barbecue

Ian Dury and his band, Kilburn and the High Roads, playing at a summer barbecue party at Charleston Farmhouse near Lewes
Ian Dury and his band, Kilburn and the High Roads, playing at a summer barbecue party at Charleston Farmhouse near Lewes

Avid Rouser reader John Greenland sent in this photograph of Ian Dury and his band, Kilburn and the High Roads, playing at a summer barbecue party at Charleston Farmhouse near Lewes, once home of the Bloomsbury set.

The image was taken by Lewes resident Julian Bell who remembers it as being the summer of 1973.

Said John: ‘We needed a band. A friend of mine, the late Charlie Gillett, was Drury’s manager at the time. The band cost us just £50.’

The rest is rock history.

The band went on to become famous as The Blockheads.

Added John: ‘After the band had packed up and left us, a young guy and his girl-friend in a Ford Capri pulled up.

‘The guy said he had been told there was a good band playing. Had he missed them?

“He was told they had just left.

‘The couple drove off and then a friend told me I had just turned away Eric Clapton and and his date!’

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