ROTW – The Jam – The Eton Rifles

“Get out your mat and pray to the West”

This one’s for Dave ……….. Saunders that is, not Cameron. Dave gave me a pillion ride on his motorbike up to St Austell to see The Jam on their “Beat Surrender” tour back in 1982, (28th of November I think it was). Dave in his black motorcycle leathers, me in my sta-press, bowling shoes and fishtail parka.  It was about -4 with the windchill factor on the way up. My knees froze at a 45 degree angle and I had to limbo into the venue. Worth the pain of the thaw though, what a gig! I’ve still got one of Rick Butler’s drum sticks he threw into the crowd (it struck in the eye and I’m thinking of launching a retrospective lawsuit. My eye’s been lazy ever since). Afterwards we got chased by skins who were after my drumstick and then had to outrun a bunch of mods on Vespas who ‘fought we was Rockers!’……”Don’t want to go down in the Cornish Riviera Lido at midnight …….”

So here we are, 32 years after the song’s release: Royal Wedding, David Cameron, to AV or not AV? That is the question. Discuss


About MikeGreenslade

Mike is General Manager of ShelterBox Australia, a ShelterBox Response Team member and photographer, based in the Northern Rivers of NSW.
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