A Note From Chris Shannon
On Saturday 29 October we’ll be celebrating the end of an era in true style when our Oceans Bar plays host to Chris Shannon’s Leaving Party.
Taking place from 7pm, this one-night-only event will pay homage to Beverley Holidays’ legend Chris who leaves us at the end of this season.
Come and join the Jeavons Family and Beverley Holidays team to celebrate the end of an era and see the popular Jubilee returning to the stage.
This one last hurrah will star the man of the moment Chris himself and a host of friends, with special party packages available from only £149*!
Come celebrate with Chris here at Beverley Holidays and give us a call on 01803 661961 or visit www.beverley-holidays.co.uk
To celebrate news of this must-not-miss party, here’s a few words from Chris who can’t wait to see you all in October.
“My music career started a long time ago. Before venturing into music, I worked in the aircraft industry, as did Tony. In his teens, Tony was a very busy drummer and made a name for himself, and I followed suit but started late, beginning when I was about 17 but was dedicated.
I played with a very modern outfit which, for 47 years ago, was a progressive jazz fusion band with a brilliant Tenor sax player Phil Holt. I studied with a renowned drumming teacher, Kenny Duff, in 1974 and went to the RAF School of Music for an audition in which proved a success and gave me 6 years of the best times ever.
When I came out of the Air Force in 1980 I went back to Blackpool and did a show which I had to audition for in Edinburgh. It was at the Tower Circus and I thought it was going to be awful, but little did I know it was a brilliant 14-piece band with superb charts. After that, I met a sax player called Ray Wilkes and we formed a great modern jazz outfit with a young alto player called Ken Stubbs a superb quintet, Ken, who now lives in Melbourne where he teaches music and free form jazz at the university.
I moved to Devon to join a seven-piece band called Sid Gately and then from there I joined Derek at Beesons Holiday Park in Torquay, which later was bought by Ladbrokes. I’d seen Derek play and thought he was brilliant and was told the drummer that played alongside him had left. Derek was in Switzerland and not due back until the Monday but when he returned I found out where he lived knocked on his door and said ‘are you looking for a drummer’? He told me he offered the job to someone before he went to Switzerland but he had turned it down and the rest, as they say, is history.
We’ve had some great performers over the years at Beverley Holidays. Derek, Donna and I performed day and night, just the three of us for 10 years. Megga Mix joined us, who just happened to be the most successful DJ ever and who also had a great bass voice to boot for some brilliant acapella.
Donna’s voice and dancing skills were all the rage at Beverley Holidays and she choreographed the famous River Dance and many more. She sadly left to work on cruise ships, and all the skills she had learnt at Beverley Holidays saw her promoted to cruise director and she’s now running all the entertainment at one of the top venues in the country – she’s done well.
So that’s me, Derek, Donna and Mike covered – who’s next? When Charlene joined she came with an idea to do Wizard of Oz with costumes, scenery, music and acting – and what a show it became! Paul from the Oasis Leisure Centre, who was a great performer, did Oliver and together they now have a successful theatre company called James & Murphy
Next, and you know what’s coming, was a 16-year-old young lad from Kent called Ashley Williams – he’s a great success story. When he arrived we auditioned him and Derek said ‘I can see myself in him’. He couldn’t read music at the time but what a player and he proved a great asset to us and Beverley Holidays. Just some of the credits he now has to his name include Rock of Ages , Jersey Boys, We Will Rock You and a new musical about the Kinks – he’s done so well.
So that’s me, Derek, Donna, Mike, Charlene and Ashley and now here he comes T.T.Tony. What more can I say. The tributes still come rolling in on the strangest of friendships that happened between Ashley and Tony – what a laugh! People loved him I was only talking to Ashley about him last night and we were in tears about Tony – so funny and sadly missed.
And then there’s the superb Derry. We worked together as a band, bringing Mama Mia to the stage and so many more shows. And there was also Roger Parkes. What more can I say – he brought us the electric show The Piano Man – what a player!
I’ve had a great career with wonderful artists and what a pleasure it’s been. My thanks also goes to Will and Graham – remember the show Stan’s Café, The Rock Show, Dead Good Show – big thanks guys. I’d also like to thank Nikki from the office who did a great job for us using her degree in performing arts to our benefit. Plus Simon, Matt and Jack did a great job producing some fantastic shows, and Eloise who joined around the same time as Ashley, with her smooth natural voice – she was our Karen Carpenter and is today performing as a solo act and as a duo.
And finally Stillano – do you remember the Vicar Beverley Show? It was Tony’s last show and what a fitting end. What a performer Stilly is, he just commanded the stage with his good looks and guitar. My special thanks also to Tank Sherman who produced a great DVD for Tony’s tribute. I’ve had the pleasure of working with superb performers my whole career and I have really enjoyed my time at Beverley. Many of the artists I’ve talked about are going to be there on 29 October so don’t miss it – it will be great and what an end.”
We’d love to hear your very own fond memories of Chris at Beverley Holidays by tagging us in your holiday snaps with the man of the moment on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page with #Beverley Holidays
*T&Cs apply. Party tickets are £10 per person and must be bought in advance from reception. Caravans from £149 for 3 night stays from Friday 28 October to Monday 31 October 2016. Please note, on Friday night entertainment will be as normal, on Saturday it is Chris’s Leaving Party and there is no entertainment on Sunday. Accommodation and event will be on Beverley Bay due to Rock ‘n’ Roll event taking place at Beverley Park during this time. Party tickets are included in accommodation. Tickets must be booked in advance and will not be available on the door.