One of the most popular bands from the Liskeard area, The Roadrunners had a big following in South East Cornwall area.
The band was original formed by brothers Geoff and Pete Flukes. Peter Dyne was the originally in the band on Ryhthm, before being replaced soon after by Peter Maslen.
As the name suggests they played a lot of R&B material, covering recent hits from the likes of The Rolling Stones, Animals, Dave Clark Five, Beatles as well as classics from Chuck Berry and Carl Perkins. They also covered quite a few blues numbers. They started out playing in suits and ties but gradually got a bit wilder as time progressed!
Peter Flukes was the main musical driving force behind the band and was a very talented musician. He would occassional switch over to keyboards on some songs. He also wrote a few original songs, which few local bands were doing at the time.
The would play mostly around the South East Cornwall area, particulay Liskeard and Dobwalls (where they ran their own dances). They would venture down to Bodmin and occasionally Camborne, where on one occasion they supported Billy J Kramer at The Flamingo. Would also play Tavistock Town Hall and Plymouth.
Tavistock Town Hall (thanks to Graham Hicks)
Towards the end Terry fell out with Pete Flukes and left the band, with Peter Maslen joining him. The band continued for a short time afterwards with a number of other members including Dave Calling but called it a day not long afterwards.
Peter Flukes would on to form Paper Tiger in the late 60s and would also regularly perform as a solo artist. He recently gained an OBE for his social work in the Plymouth area.
Peter Maslen still sings and has recently been performing with choirs and Java 5, a barber shop quartet seen entertaining the crowds in Plymouth city centre.
Terry went on to drum with dance bands on P&O cruise ships, although after a period of extended leave he refused to cut his long hair and lost his job. Sadly he died of a brain tumor around 10 years ago.