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Telstar – Joe Meek and Newent

Poster for the Telstar file

Poster for the Telstar film

Last week saw the film Telstar go on general release in the UK.  The film tells the story of Joe Meek, the 1960s Rock legend, who recorded some of the most iconic music in the pre-Beatles era.  Meek, although tone deaf was responsible for hits including Have I the Right?, Just Like EddieJohnny Remember Me  and most memorably Telstar recorded by the Tornadoes.

Newent Market Hall (picture by David Stowell)

Newent Market Hall (picture by David Stowell)

Joe Meek was born in Newent on the north edge of the Forest of Dean.  Although much has changed since Meek’s time, Newent is still a delightful market town in a very rural part of Gloucestershire.  The town has many black and white half-timbered bulding including the market hall.  The area is worth visiting at any time, but the spring is special when the wild daffodils bloom in the surrounding countryside.  Nearby is the International Birds of Prey Centre and the renowned Three Choirs vineyard.  Visit our website for details of other attractions, accommodation and pubs and restaurants.

The Onion Fair, probably the only devoted entirely to this vegtable, takes place on 12 September; a fun day out where you can enter the raw onion eating competition!

The Joe Meek Tribute Concert takes place in Newent on Saturday 3 October starring Mike Berry and the Outlaws.

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2 comments on “Telstar – Joe Meek and Newent

  1. Joel
    23 June 2009

    The BEATLES! (Beetles are little insects that live under leaves in the forest!)

    Joe Meek’s hit recordings were not pre-Beatles era: he in fact turned down Brian Epstein’s demo tapes of them saying in effect that they were rubbish.

    • wyedeantourism
      23 June 2009

      Thanks Joel – I’ve corrected the spelling. I bet he regretted that day for the rest of his life – I agree about the timing but it was before the Beatles were world famous.

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