STARTING OUT:  Johnny Farnham having fun with the crowd at the club in 1968.
STARTING OUT: Johnny Farnham having fun with the crowd at the club in 1968. Les Allen on Gostalgia - flickr.

Good times roll back with rock talk

DO you remember the stars that used to take to the local club stage back in the 1960s and '70s?

They were the big names both locally and internationally, including Winnifred Atwell, John English, J'OK, Johnny Farnham, Marcia Hines, Strop and Hoges, the Bee Gees, Sandy Scott, Little Pattie, Col Joye ... and of course Kamahl.

As part of History Week, Central Coast Council's local studies librarian Geoffrey Potter is set to take you back to those days with a nostalgic trip through the lens of Gosford photographer Les Allen in a talk called Rock 'Til You Drop.

 

REMEMBER WHEN: Sandy Scott, photographed by Les Allen, in action at Central Coast Leagues Club in the 1960s.
REMEMBER WHEN: Sandy Scott, photographed by Les Allen, in action at Central Coast Leagues Club in the 1960s. Les Allen on Gostalgia - flickr.

Les, originally from Queensland, became involved in the then fledgling Central Coast Leagues Club when he moved here and from 1963 devoted much of his time to documenting its growth, from sporting events to concerts, including almost every visiting artist and support act - many of whom are now long forgotten.

A few years before his death in July 2011, Les donated his entire collection to Gosford City Library and Geoffrey believes these photographs provide a rare glimpse into those times.

The talks are on September 5 to 7 at Tuggerah, Kincumber and Woy Woy Libraries from 10.30am. To find out more, contact the libraries or search the event on eventbrite.com.au.

To see more of Les's photos, simply Google Gostalgia.


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