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2007 

Con & Dec   'The Bachelors'

are

 Better than Ever!!

JANUARY

   

Chaos on the roads.... A good start to 2007......One trip to Maidstone and Two Smashes, one on the M1 and the other on the M2. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance was called to the crash on the M1.....Our Crew was lucky to get there in time for the Concert !!

Con Dec & Victoria had a strange visitor on stage at The Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone. Amber a guide Dog whose owner was enjoying the show came to share the limelight with Con & Dec The Bachelors

Dec in Rome with Giovanni Di Stefano

Dec & Giovanni 

Alan Reeves, Giovanni, Carmel, Dec, Bobby Solo, Sandy.

Dec with Limo & Giovanni Recording

February

Con receives his well deserved 'Four Stars' from Guitarist and Past King Rat Bert Weedon.  Con has been a Water Rat for 40 years .... He gets one star for each 10 years


Con shows off the new 'Wall of Rats' depicting all living Water Rats. Each Water Rat has an individual photo on the wall.

 

Con with 'Walter Rat'.

Water Rats Terry Marshall, Bryn Williams, Bobby Roberts, Con, Tony Barton, Brian Burden and Joe Pasquale with the 'Wall of Rats' behind them.

Con with Mayor of Calderdale - Councillor Colin Stout and his wife Ann attending the Calderdale -Mayo Link Function at Berties of Elland

 

Con with fellow Water Rat  Roy Walker who was performing in the Cabaret with a Leprechaun. Proceeds were given to Calderdale's special care baby unit and Overgate Hospice, Elland, for which the society has already raised thousands of pounds.

Roy Walker in training for 'Come Dancing!'

 

 

March

Dec & Con sing Happy Birthday to Av Haddon on her 60th Birthday.

 

Con & Dec Surprised Av Haddon by appearing at a private Birthday Party thrown by her sisters.

Con & Dec enjoyed the party as much as Av did with her friends from Asda

Con with 'Baby Rat' actor Billy Murray who said “ I’m an actor…I always get asked to speak…but now I feel overwhelmed…I need a drink…Thank you to my proposer, Michael…my friend Derek Martin…I am just overwhelmed…thank you all”. What a great night it was at The Water Rats.

April

1st April, Con broadcasting with Carl Gresham on BCB Radio, Bradford.

Dec and Con were joined by two fans singing 'Never Walk Alone' at the end of their show at Lydons Restaurant in Wimbledon.

 

Con and Dec captivate a packed audience.

 

Con and Dec with  Mac their fantastic sound engineer, Vicci who sings with them and adds keyboards, and Chris, their percussionist - What a team!!

At Demiros Restaurant in Cardiff with Dress Designer David Emanuel, famous for designing Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding dress and having wonderful clients like Madonna, Martine McCutcheon and Elizabeth Taylor .

The American Drifters met up with Con & Dec at the charity show in aid of Cancer Research.

 

Con & Dec, The Fortunes and The Swinging Blue Jeans -- Wow what a Lineup

 

A special Birthday Party for 'The Gresh' (second from right) in Bradford.

With special friends Con, John Allen Pennington, Jimmy Cricket and David Piper (General Manager of the Palace Theatre, Newark).

Posing for the 40th Anniversary of Batley Variety Club. Con & Dec laid the Foundation Stone and opened the club 16 weeks later.

Con, Vicci, Robin Colville of 'The Grumbleweeds', Dec and Tony Barton,  pose outside Batley for the press. 

Con & Dec play to a packed house on the 40th Anniversary Show at Batley Variety Club 

 

Con with the major shareholders of Batley Variety Club

Graham Grumbleweed, Vince Hill, Con & Myrna Malinski who was booker for Yorkshire TV

Con with Alan Clegg, the original manager of Batley

New York

Dec and Con with Laura Albanese at Hauppauge High School, New York. Laura and her husband Bob of LAR Enterprises INC. organised the spectacular show at Hauppauge

Con & Dec take a breather from the rehearsals to stroll around the grounds.

 

 

After a spot of shopping at Wal-Mart Con strolls back to his hotel on the highway to New York

 

Con and Dec shared a coach to Hauppauge with 'The Four Lads' who were also appearing on the show

Dec, Justin, Mac and Victoria ask directions from a New York Cop!

 

Dec and Con taking a breather at Madison Square Garden.

 

June

A new addition to the 'Bachelors Family'. 

Dec's New Granddaughter Layla who was born to Louisa

 

New 'I Believe' released in America

Three Legends, Alf Pearson, Con and Ronnie Ronald.

The Water Rats sing Happy Birthday to Alf Pearson on his 97th Birthday. Alf sang his last song, which he wrote himself!

Phillip, Con's Son, makes his debut at Batley Variety Club, Yorkshire. A chip off the 'Old Block'.

July

Con & Dec enjoy a walk on the beach at Peel Castle.

Another huge success in the Isle of Man with a Standing Ovation of course!

Vicci Dec and Con at the Centenary Centre on the Isle of Man.

"If they play Harmonicas it's the Original Guys who made all the records!"

Playing the 'Pasa Doble'

Still Enjoying It

 

Dec, Bert Weedon, Jess Conrad and Con with Dr. Jim Marshall OBE(seated) a Happy Birthday

Dr. Jims Cake

Dec, Neill Gauntlett, Brian Poole, and Con celebrate Dr. Jim's Birthday.

Dec and Steve Dawson who works in Marshalls Technical Department, share some information. This is the way to learn your business!

Michael Black, Rick Wakeman, Terry Marshall, Dec, Con and Iron Maiden Drummer Nico McBrain

Con with Kenny Baker who played R2-D2 in Star Wars. Kenny was also a guest at Dr. Jim's Party

Dec receives his 4 Stars for 40 years service to The grand Order of Water Rats from Preceptor David Berglas.

Water Rat Terry Marshall, Dec and Con welcome  Iron Maiden Drummer Nico McBrain into The Water Rats

August

                                                                                                           

Dec and Con surprised the residents at Beacon Park Retirement Village in Lichfield by popping in to entertain them.

Dec's Daughter Victoria and Con's Son Phillip joined in the fun

Mark Ritchie of the Stage Magazine presents Con with the Award.

 

Another Gong

 

Venue Magazine surprised Con & Dec by voting them the best 'Big Name' act currently playing in the UK

Con is congratulated by Compere Tufty Gordon and Noel Gee of Venue Magazine

 

 

September

Con & Dec met up with old friend Bobby Davro at The Northern Motor Caravan Show at York Race Course.

Guess which one was in the X Factor?

 

A casual chat with Bobby Davro and Friend at York Race Course.

 

Pete Carter, one of the original Checkmates, who also played guitar for Con & Dec for many years, popped in with his wife Joan to see them in Peterborough.

 

Con surrounded by 'Bunny Girls' at a Celebrity Golf Tournament Dinner.

Con with pals from the Celebrity Golf Tournament Steve Womak and Tim Healy.

 

October

Con with Water Rats Udo Fontaine Bob Potter OBE From Lakeside and Dec

The Fabulous Tiller Girls entertain at tha Lady Ratlings Ball at Grosvenour House

Water Rats Adger Brown, Vincent Hayes and Con were guests at the Lady Ratlings Ball

Water Rats Graham Cole, Dec, Vincent Hayes and Bryan Burdon went to The Ball.

Peter Elliott Dec Adger Brown and Con

Old Pal Val Doonican also came to the Ball

 

Our Good Friend Chris Lynn Died -- R.I.P.

'Diddy David' Hamilton joined us at Chris's Funeral

Our Friend Vic Lawrence also joined in the Celebration of Chris's Life

November

Bob Potter's Lakeside 35th Anniversary

Con joins Mr & Mrs Kenny Lynch, Vicci, and Old Friend Bobby Davro

Con with Barbara, Bob Potter OBE, and Dec

 

Water Rats Paul James and Keith Simmons, Brian Conley and Con

Beryl Kaye wife of King Rat Kaplin Kaye, has a good time with Vicci Cluskey

Dec and Musical Rat Don Shearman comment on the band!

The Fireworks go off on the tables to end a fantastic evening at Lakeside.

Water Rats Ball
 

Past King Rat Danny La Rue and Con get 'Irish' Together!

Tony Barton, Sylvia, Bob Potter OBE, Stewpot and Con meet up for a drink

'Now That's Magic' Con with Paul Daniels, Tony Barton and Graham Grumbleweed

Con congratulates Newly re-elected King Rat Kaplin Kaye

Tony Christie is elated after his Standing Ovation. Congratulations from Con, Beryl Kaye and Tony Barton .

Watch out --- There are 'Look-alikes' About. Check before you buy your Tickets!

 

DISCLAIMER:  Please note that this is a historical site for reference only.  This site does not purport to be a promotion of Dec Cluskey and Con Cluskey as 'The Bachelors'.  Con and Dec [who recorded every Bachelors' Hit] are familiarly and legally known as Con and Dec The Bachelors. 

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