They’ve been a part of the punk rock scene in Fife for more than 35 years, but in February, Patrol took to the stage for one last time.
Formed in 1978 after an ad was placed in the East Fife Mail, the band could often be found playing gigs at Mountfluerie Neighbourhood Centre and the Dolphin Lounge at the Beach Hotel.
Although there have been a couple of changes in the line up over the years, namely Kyle McAulay on drums for the last couple, the official members of Patrol will always be Paddy Feechan on lead vocals, Ronnie Smith on guitar, Graham ‘Stewarty’ Stewart on bass and drummer Jock Hart, who was part of the band for more than 25 years.
In 1987, there wasn’t a break up as such, but the band stopped making music, only reforming in 1992 for a party gig with Levenmouth band ‘Backlash’ and again in 1996 when they supported Canadian band ‘The McCrackins’ along with ‘External Menace’. However, in 2008 they joined together for a memorial gig and didn’t look back, enjoying fantastic success playing gigs all over the country, as well as taking part in larger events such as the Big Stooshie in Giffordtown.
Over the years, they’ve been in great company, playing alongside bands such as Sham 69, U.K. Subs, The Damned and the Rezillos, and have recorded several albums .