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Born in London, but been living in Leicestershire since 1988.

I have been a Showaddywaddy fan since I first saw them on New Faces in 1973, and have finally started being able to get to their concerts since December 2012, although can only get to those in the Midlands area.

I have been a crafter since I was a child, and do many varied crafts.  At present I am working on a Scrapbook documenting Showaddywaddy from their start to the present - 2013 being their 40th year.

Sunday, 23 December 2012


Well - I know it's a long time since I posted anything of interest, but I thought I would let you know that at present I am doing a scrapbook - yes an entire Scrapbook relating to the 70's pop group Showaddywaddy, it might be more than one - not sure at present.

I finally achieved my life long - well since I was 15 - ambition of seeing Showaddywaddy live in Concert.  I first saw them on tv when they appeared on New Faces in 1973, and have been a fan of their music ever since.  My Son will testify to this, as he was subjected to their music in my car as a baby/child

I actually now live in what is known to many as WaddyLand - the County of Leicestershire, where they started and were based back in 1970's.  They still are, much to my joy as you can imagine.  Not that I have ever seen any of them on the streets of Leicestershire during my time living here since 1988.  But I live in hope of course.

I've also now been to my very first live concert - Showaddywaddy of course - on 14 December 2012 in Wolverhampton, and I now have 3 more booked for 2013 which will be their 40th Anniversary year.  How many groups can say they have been going that long - not many!

Their line-up has changed a lot since their initial performance on tv, but 2 stalwarts still remain - Rod Deas - guitar and vocals and Romeo Challenger - drums and that deep deep voice that drove loads of us teenagers wild!!!  Go on girls you know he did.  They are joined by Andy Pelos - who has taken over Lead Vocals and guitar, from the wonderful Dave Bartram (now the full time manager and writer) who retired in December 2011 - and who didn't want or think they would marry him one day lol.  Paul Dixon on guitar, Rob Hewins - vocals, drums, guitar and percussion, and Dean Loach on Keyboard, guitar and vocals.  These 6 fine gentlemen will take Showaddywaddy into their 40th year, and having met them after the concert last week, they are true gentlemen and so happy to meet their fans and so appreciative of their fans.  I had the time of my life, and I really do mean that.  I can't wait for the next concert in 2013.

I will add a couple of pictures at the end of this post of me with 2 of the band members, and hope to add more after the concerts next year, with all the members of the band.

I knew that making my very first Scrapbook, on such an important thing to me as Showaddywaddy, would have to be almost perfect, if not totally perfect, so the right album, the right backing papers had to be my main starting point.

I managed to located and buy a DCWV Rockstar Scrapbook Album Collection on the infamous site of Ebay, along with ribbons, chipboard shapes, backing paper pads etc.  But knew that just one would never be enough, so managed to locate another on the same site.  I also managed to find out that Creative Expressions produced a Rock Star pad, which has a variety of different backing papers including shaped papers/card, along with chipboard items in the pad.

I will be making pages for the 7" vinyl singles that I purchased many years ago, along with some that I am able to get hold of now - via that famous auction website.  I was rather pleased to recently obtain a 7" vinyl of Dave Bartram's Black Ice, which is believed to be hard to get hold of, so I hope that one day I might just get to finally meet him so that I can get it signed - nothing would make me happier.

I will also be making pages for the Albums - CD versions, I was never rich enough to be able to buy the vinyl's when they came out, but it's more about the music and my love of the music, and I hope to express this in different ways through out the album - even making my own backing paper that ties in with the thoughts and theme of the title.  Of course I will include the cassette tape that played in my first car for years and years, even on my drive to Leicestershire on the day I moved here from London in 1988.

So on to the pictures - these were taken for me by friends - and as I have said more will come along as the album progresses. 

Julia & Andy Pelos - 14 December 2012 - Wolverhampton

Julia & Andy Pelos - 14 December 2012 - Wolverhampton

Julia & Romeo Challenger - 14 December 2012 - Wolverhampton

Julia with Andy Pelos and Romeo Challenger's head, and friends from Facebook Showaddywaddy group - 14 December 2012 - Wolverhampton

Hopefully I will have some finished pages to show you soon, but as they are 12" x 12" in size I will need to scan and merge them before I can post, so do bear with me.  If you want to know more feel free to ask, I'm happy to answer any questions I can or find out the information for you.

1 comment:

  1. Glad u had a great time and fulfilled your ambition xxx