"The Skate Boys of Faversham Town" is a musical presentation by singer/song writer Geoff Sandiford. It tells the true story of how the small market town of Faversham provided the entire National Rink Hockey Team that won the European Cup of Nations in 1930. The story is told through the words of Perc Monk, one of the members of that successful team. Geoff Sandiford has composed a series of songs, accompanied by historic photographs as a tribute to honour the amazing achievement of this team.

The songs were performed live at the first Faversham Literary Festival in February 2018 accompanied by the band of five musicians, with the historic photographs projected behind them. The band members are: Geoff Sandiford on (lyrics, music and script) lead vocals and guitar, Dominic Abrams on guitar, Dominic Sandiford on drums and percussion, Pip Ives on concertina, mandolin and banjo, and Martin Young on guitar, cittern and as the narrated voice of Perc Monk. The presentation operator is Jeanie Sandiford.

You can now experience this live performance for yourself by purchasing the DVD, which brings to life the historic photographs through music and narration. Also included is a studio recorded CD of all the songs, which was mixed by Geoff Sandiford. Dominic Sandiford is the Director of Photography, the Video Editor, Producer, DVD Layout Designer and Author.

LIVE PERFORMANCE DVD INCLUDING STUDIO ALBUM CD AVAILABLE

"The Skate Boys of Faversham Town" Live Performance DVD including Studio Album CD is for sale for £10.00 from the Faversham Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre or directly by emailing geoffsandiford@hotmail.com while stocks last.

A dramatised version of "The Skate Boys of Faversham Town" successfully played two sell out performances at the Arden Theatre during the 2019 Faversham Fringe festival. Geoff Sandiford teamed up with local playwrights who wrote scenes to help enhance this fantastic true story, which were performed by local actors. To see photos of these performances and find out more information look out for updates on our Facebook page.

BAFTA-nominated TV and film director and writer, Mark Nunneley is interested in making a film about the story of "The Skate Boys of Faversham Town". If you have any relations of the team, knew any of the players or would like to send us an email, please do. We would love to hear from you.

If you're interested in more, Geoff Sandiford has written a new musical presentation titled: "Our Beautiful Town".

BACKGROUND

When Geoff Sandiford was a young man, he moved to Faversham. While enjoying a pint at the Mechanics Arms pub, he got chatting to the bar maid, Sue Monk, who introduced her Father, Perc Monk, as a winner of the European Cup of Nations in roller hockey. Thirty years later in 2015, Geoff bought a lino cut of Faversham, which featured a roller hockey player. The artist, Hugh Ribbans, asked Geoff if he knew the story behind the figure, which to his surprise he did! They agreed this was a story that needed to be told. So Geoff, a musician, wrote the musical: "The Skate Boys of Faversham Town."

While Geoff Sandiford was recording the musical "The Skate Boys of Faversham Town" Dominic Sandiford filmed Geoff as he played a variety of instruments. Dominic came up with the concept of multiple Geoff's playing instruments as if they were in the same room and incorporated Sue Monk's historic photographs. Due to the popularity of this video Geoff Sandiford was asked to put together a live band to perform his musical at the first Faversham Literacy Festival. To see more of Dominic Sandiford's creations, return to the home page.

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