Rocking OAPs live the dream

TWO pensioners are keeping a promise they made to each other 44 years ago.

John Robinson and Keith Eade were 21-year-olds working in Dar-es-Salaam for Voluntary Service Overseas when they pledged to form a rock and blues band.

That dream conceived in 1967 was finally fulfilled when both took early retirement and were able to put their youthful plan into action.

The big problem was that Keith hadn’t played the drums for 40 years – and John had never played guitar.

Now aged 65, three years after the long-awaited launch of The Leaky Buckets, they hope to be an inspiration to others that you are never too old to “live your dream”.

Life had got in the way when they returned to England. Both got married, had families and busy jobs and gradually they lost touch with each other.

Then Keith, of Peacehaven, retired from his job as a rural science teacher, the pair met up again and The Leaky Buckets idea was reborn.

John, of Iford, retired from running the family farming business in 2008 in order to try to find time to learn the guitar. You can find out what progress he has made when the band appears for two nights only at Iford Village Hall on March 30 and 31.

The pair are joined by Max Mezzowave, Steve Myall, Trevor Hill and guest vocalist May Robinson.

Entry is free, but must be booked in advance. Call John on 07785 278892 or email

There will be a cash bar. A collection at the end of the evening will cover expenses, with profits donated to St Peter and St James Hospice, Chailey.