In February 2006, I received the following e-mail
from Tony Eyers (Poole, Dorset) with some information about the crossBeaTs music (LP, songbook etc), and also about a
gospel group called 'The Outreach'. I think that this band
is different from 'The Outreachers', which we
encountered in 1969. The letter has been edited slightly.
6 February 2006
40 years ago I
formed a group called 'The Outreach' at my Local church in Poole Dorset.
At that time there weren't any real rock gospel songs to play until I
heard this album at a friends house. I said, "Who's this?" "That?
The 'Crossbeats'", he said. "That's a great sound!" "Yes
they're a band from Liverpool."
As I listened to the songs, I
thought, "These song have a real religious testimony to them." At the
time I was a non-believer, although I had gone to church to please my mum &
dad. I purchased a copy of the Album (LP), and a copy of the Songbook
from a local religious record & bookshop.
The more times I played a song, the more times it hit home to me
where my life was going. It was the words to 'Do You Remember' that
changed the way I looked at things. This is when I knelt down and
committed my Life to God and become a Christian. I moved out of the Poole
area, as I had to relocate due to my job.
In the year 2003, I was working in the Midlands on contract when I
received a tap on the shoulder. "Hi Tony, remember me? I'm Dave
Green, 'Do you Remember' that LP I played you in the 60's, and 'Do you
Remember' the band we formed at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Dorset?"
I said, "Yes." Then I asked him what he was up to these days.
He said he was still a drummer, and we must get together some time.
He then told me that not only was I working at 'his company', but that
all the member of staff were Christians. He asked if I would like to work
for him full-time.
Last year, in 2005, his company 'upped sticks' and moved back down South after
it received a 10 year contract. We tracked down the other two members of
the band, and we are now 'Back where we belong' playing again together at the
Church where we grew up - spreading the word of the Lord. All we need now
is a new Crossbeats Songbook (?) as my copy is 40 years old!
God be with you
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