Wednesday, 30 June 2010


Colin HigginsonIan BirrellJune Barton started singing at a time when the big star vocalists included Lita Roza and Alma Cogan. June’s own repertoire included standards such as ‘Ma, He’s Making Eyes At Me’ and ‘All Of Me’, and she took easily to songs of the 1960s such as ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World)’.

Shown above are some of June’s favourite singers: Peggy Lee and Karen Carpenter, followed by Rhyl’s very own Roma Taylor who is pictured in the early ‘60s at The Sun Inn, Wellington Road, Rhyl, with (left to right) Arthur Leon, Colin Higginson and Harry Lightfoot.
Picture from the collection of Colin Higginson.

Another local singer rated highly by June is Judi Hewitt (Teena of Teena and the Knightbirds). In the final photo, Judi is shown towards the end of ‘60s with members of resident showband at The Haven Hotel, West Parade (l-r) Brian ‘Mousey’ Lewis, Neville Wilding and Ian Birrell.
Picture from the collection of Judi and Bob Hewitt.