The sixties are still swinging five decades on

Herman's Hermits
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SATURDAY night saw the return of the swinging sixties – to the Tyne Theatre at least.

Four original bands (with not entirely original members) from the era entertained an appreciative audience of advancing years – with many dressing the part (the lady with a black and white Twiggy-esque mini dress and shocking pink head band – you know who you are)

Having been born around three decades too late I wasn’t familiar with all of the (around) 25 songs, but there was still a good chunk I could sing along to.

The evening was divided into two halves with two bands performing in each. Personally I enjoyed the second part the most as I knew more of the songs.

The Dreamers – minus late front man Freddie Garrity – performed songs including You Were Made For Me and I Love You Baby, concluding with a hugely entertaining steel bin drum double act.

When they left the stage to make way for the Union Gap, the The Dreamers’ Alan Mosca stayed on as a very entertaining compere for the rest of the show.

The Union Gap did their hits, including Lady Willpower, Young Girl and This Girl is Now A Woman.

Then after a short interval, it was time for Herman’s Hermits and the show really picked up for me and my friends.

Featuring the band’s only remaining original member Barry Whitwarn on drums, they played a set which included Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter, Silhouettes, There’s A Kind Of Hush and I’m Into Something Good. They also told a funny story about meeting Elvis.

Finally, it was the turn of headliners The Tremeloes, featuring original drummer Dave Munden and a young lead singer with a huge mullet.

Performing Twist and Shout and Do you love me – which went down extremely well with people dancing in the isles – they finished with an impressive rendition of Silence is Golden, before all of the bands came back on stage for the finale.

In all a very entertaining night, which was without a doubt enjoyed by the audience.

Petra Silfverskiold