Picture drummed up plenty of happy memories for Kim

The picture whch prompted keen drummer Kim Sambridge to get in touch.

The picture whch prompted keen drummer Kim Sambridge to get in touch.

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I recently featured a photo of a young drummer in the pages, and as a result Kim Sambridge got in touch to say: ”It’s me!”

Kim, who is now 58, said the picture was taken in the Hebburn Iona Club, where she was the resident drummer, with Audrey Perry the keyboard player.

Kim Sambridge and her jazz band.

Kim Sambridge and her jazz band.

“I remember that photograph being taken,” says Kim. “The headline at the time read ‘The female in a man’s world’.

“We were the resident band and we had different artistes coming there to perform, including Jean Bennett and Chubby Brown.

“We used to do three shows a week. I also used to work with a band called Clover, which featured four people.

“I would work at the Iona, and then on to Newcastle and Shields.”

Kim when she was a member of the Frankonian Junior Jazz band.

Kim when she was a member of the Frankonian Junior Jazz band.

Kim said Clover worked all over the place, and were presented with an award for being such a popular band.

“I worked with Billy Fane at the Newcastle Playhouse. Gazza used to come along, as did Robson Green. It was a busy time.”

Kim started her musical career playing with the Frankonian Junior Jazz Band, joining them when she was about eight years old.

“When I had to leave, I wanted to be involved in music, and so went to college in Newcastle where I auditioned and worked with Alan Robson, the ‘night owl’.

“I used to get loads of work as people always asked me to come back to play.”

This was in the ‘70s and ‘80s, when the social clubs were really popular.

“People used to go out for the social side of things. They would go to see a good singer, have a game of bingo and go home happy.”

During those times Kim was offered a job in the Caribbean, but ended up going to Crimdon Dene instead.

Today, she enjoys painting – something she is obviously very good at, judging by the examples she sent me.