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PM could hear trio of Tory musicians

A TRIO of Tory councillors will be playing the blues at their party conference this weekend.


The Debonaires of John Charles, David Edwards and Nigel Peters will be performing at the regional ball of the important annual event. Their gig with a difference is set to attract the likes of important politicians such as prime minister Theresa May and members of her cabinet.


Those who go along will be treated to their blend of close harmony singing in the swing band and blues styles. John said: “We have been booked to appear at the London and South East area ball at Birmingham Symphony Hall this Sunday. There are several of these events taking place at the conference but this is the biggest.


“There will be 500 people there. It’s a big audience but we have played bigger gigs. There were about 2,500 people at Fun on the Prom in Felpham last year.”


Felpham resident John, 71, is a Conservative member for Barnham on Arun District Council. Mr Edwards is a district council member for Felpham East as well as being Felpham Parish Council’s chairman. Mr Peters is West Sussex County Council’s councillor for Arundel and Wick.


The Debonaires have been together for just over two years. But they have extensive musical experience separately. John plays the trombone, trumpet, keyboard and occasional guitar, with a background in dance and brass bands since he was 13. David is a saxophonist and guitarist and started with Worthing’s Rock Choir. Most of the singing comes from Nigel, who has appeared in amateur operatics.


“We have played at several Conservative functions and that’s probably how the party got to know us,” said John. “We’ve appeared around Kent and Hampshire among other places.”

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