(Manny Cockle's 'Downbeats'. Crantock St Drill Hall, Newquay.1961)
Pete Bawden had previously played with the Staggerlees and was an extremely tasteful guitarist, his solos being beautifully constructed.
Manny Cockle was a big hit with the ladies and also possessed an unbelievably rich voice. The band covered a wide range of styles, from beat to ballads which suited Manny’s style of singing well. Manny had previously played in a number of skiffle and rock and roll groups, including The Six Squares and the Deadbeats, being one of the first Cornish groups to start aplifying their equipment and using electric guitars.
After the break up of the Drifters Dave Bunday would replace Chris Cotterell (whose stage name was Chris Francis).
Dave Bunday., Blue Lagoon, Newquay
After playing gigs for around a year in Cornwall this new line-up would make the journey to London to seek fame and fortune, along with the many other bands from across the UK. Sadly when they arrived they soon found the streets were not paved with gold and after a few weeks of being unable to secure a single gig Dave returned to Cornwall, leaving the rest of the band behind. They did eventually get some gigs with a stand-in drummer, but nothing materialised from the doomed trip and they returned after several months.
When they came back Dave was asked to re-join the band and they played their reunion gig at the Tall Trees in Newquay.
The Cockle family were a very well known and respected family in the local area and it came as a great shock to all when Peter Cockle was tragically drowned soon after their reunion, and this would spell the end of the band.
Pete Bawden would later set up Room at the Top in Truro, with David Penprase and later PJ’s.