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Great night at Golden Years music festival

PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 March 2010 | UPDATED: 09:00 02 July 2010

The Golden Years concert at UEA.

The Golden Years concert at UEA.

Derek James

Hundreds of people danced the years away at the opening night of what could be the last Evening News/Radio Norfolk Golden Years music festival at the UEA.

Hundreds of people danced the years away at the opening night of what could be the last Evening News/Radio Norfolk Golden Years music festival at the UEA on Saturday.

Seven Norfolk bands played rock 'n' roll and soul music for more than four hours at what the organiser, former Zodiac Terry Wickham, described as another great night.

Since the first “one-off” revival gig following Evening News stories about Norfolk bands from the 1950s and 1960s many of the groups have reformed, raising more than £100,000 for charities and good causes across the city and county.

Seven more groups will be playing at what could be the final gig next Saturday with Norfolk's king of soul, Lucas, putting together a special band to close the show.

Lucas recently unveiled a plaque to remember the Orford Cellar in Norwich where he played alongside his friends Jimi Hendrix and Geno Washington.

Another act which played the cellar more than 70 times, Garry Freeman and The Contours, will also be playing again.

For a Derek James double-page picture special on the first concert and a look ahead to the next one with a full line-up and ticket details make sure you get the Evening News tomorrow.

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