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Sunday, June 23, 2019


(Billy Forrest)

The Tiles Club will hold its 53rd Reunion on July 6, 2019, at the German Club in Westville.

The Tiles Club was opened July 1964 in Durban and was the first Teen Club in South Africa which offered live local bands and entertainment for teenagers.

The club opened with the 004 from the UK, The Ivy League (No 1 UK hit Tossing and Turning), and later The Hedgehoppers Anonymous (No 1 UK hit, It's Good News Week) check YouTube.

Tiles hosted The Dream Merchants, Billy Forrest and Billy Andrews, and almost every South African band of note including Dicky Loader and the Blue Jeans, Freedom’s Children, John Sharp and the Squires, The Etonians, The Shyannes, Dunny and the Showmen together with local amateur bands Craig Ross and the Gonks, Alan Reid and the Mods, Dawn Selby and It's a Secret just to name a few. (Selby was only ten at the time!)

The 60's gave us The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Bats, The Tiles, the GUNSTON 500 surfing Contest, the Moon landing, Vietnam, Woodstock, LSD, Martin Luther King, the Pill, Twiggy, the Mini skirt, Jim Morrison, Janice Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, and some of the best music ever.

“We were there and that is what we are celebrating,” explains Selby.

The Tiles Club 53rd Reunion will feature Billy Forrest from the Dream Merchants; Steve Fataar (ex Flames); Dawn Selby (ex It's a Secret); Gerald Knott (ex Alouettes); Mervin Gershanov (ex Mods & Gonks), and Ian Webster & Gary Gibb (Shades of Grey).

The programme will also include live bands, solo artistes, karaoke, Memrobelia, Go Go Dancers and fun sing-a-longs!

Guests include Spider Murch, Brian Pretorius, Larry Vorster, Reuben Israel, Don Clarke, Dicky Roberts, Mel Stevens, and John K Langemen.

There will be a cash bar, great pub grub, slots, jumping castle and a marquee.

Admission R150 at the door (children under 12 free). Bookings through or on 082 410. 3129.

The 53rd Reunion takes place on July 6, 2019, from 12 noon to 17h00 at the German Club, 7 Barham Road, Berea West, Westville, Durban. There is secure parking.