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The final Patrol for punk rockers ...

The PATROL line up with organiser Graeme Dignan

The PATROL line up with organiser Graeme Dignan

 

They’ve been a part of the punk rock scene for more than 35 years, but on Saturday, Patrol took to the stage for one last time - and all for a good cause.

The Leven band, which formed in 1978 after an advert was placed in the East Fife Mail, performed as part of a memorial gig for local man Tam Dignan, organised by his brother Graeme.

Funds from the gig, currently standing at £892 are to be split between Maggie’s Fife and Capability Scotland.

The band performed for more than 180 people at the Douglas Arms in Methil alongside fellow punk rockers, Hot Cars, Crimedesk, Urgency UK and solo artist Homesick Aldo.

For lead singer Paddy Feechan, it was a bittersweet moment. Speaking to the Mail ahead of Saturday night’s gig, he said: “It’s likely that it will be our last gig, things are just coming to an end. We are all getting older and have other things going on.

“There are a lot of good memories.”

Taking to the stage on Saturday night were three original members - Paddy on lead vocals, alongside Ronnie Smith on guitar and Graham ‘Stewarty’ Stewart on bass.

The fourth founding member, Jock Hart, was part of the band for more than 25 years, and his role of drummer has been taken on by Kyle McAulay in recent years.

Enjoying plenty of success locally, Paddy says their fans were absolutely dedicated.

“We’ve been really lucky, there’s actually a really big punk scene in Levenmouth and the support we’ve had over the past 35 years has been phenomenal.

“So we have to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years - we would have got nowhere without them.”

The band has had a couple of breaks over the 30-odd years, but reformed again in 2008, ironically for another memorial gig. Since then, the band hasn’t looked back and Paddy says they have enjoyed fantastic success over the last six years.

They have played gigs all over the country, as well as taking part in larger events such as the Big Stooshie in Giffordtown.

And over the years, they’ve been in great company, playing alongside bands such as Sham 69, U.K. Subs, The Damned and the Rezillos.

“It’s been unbelievable really - quite a rollercoaster,” said Paddy.

Graeme Dignan, who organised the gig in memory of his brother Tam who passed away in 2012, said both he and his brother were big punk rockers.

“We attended gigs all over Scotland and were really passionate followers of Patrol. Everyone playing at the gig had a connection to the family and Tam’s son is part of Hot Cars.

“Our family wants to thank everyone who came out on Saturday night.”

Graeme is still taking donations, and anyone who wishes to contribute should call him on 01592 562543.

 

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