John was a great friend. Here he is in relaxed mood in the 70s. We would often go out to the New Forest or to the sea and John was accepted by our group of younger people. He called us the Witty Nippers and regaled us with his stories of jazz, folk, history, foreign holidays (which were often a disaster) and cinema which he loved. We miss him greatly.
Paul Marsh and Brian Hooper organised an evening of memories and entertainment at the Concorde club. We renewed old acquaintances and listened to some very good music from:
Pete Coe who accompanied himself on bouzouki, melodeon, and banjo and still sang like a gentleman;
Tim Laycock who used the doppler effect with panache to play one of John's favourite songs, The Bells of St Mary's;
Martyn Wyndham-Read who sang sublime songs in his quiet laid back style;
And last, but by no means rehearsed, Gutta Percha's Elastic Band who delighted us with classics such as I'm 'Enery the Eighth I Am (in French of course) and the rightly famous Woolston Ferry with its coming for to carry me home intro.
A truly memorable evening for a truly memorable person - John Edgar Mann.
There are many more pictures from the evening here
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