MERRY musician Martin Read from Hampton-in-Arden can still hit the high notes at the age of 63 and is appealing for like-minded individuals to form a band with him and play for charity writes Debbie Wood.
The former policeman and typographer, who is married with two children and is now retired, grew up surrounded by music and started playing the drums at the tender age of five.
In the swinging sixties, Martin joined a four-piece rock band called West Side 5 and the group travelled across the Midlands for several years playing sounds from the charts of the era.
Explaining his motivation for starting a band in his later life, when most people of his age are thinking about taking it easy, he said: "I have the time, effort and enthusiasm and I love music, it is more than a passion to me."
"A close relative of mine died of cancer a while ago now and so I would be willing to help out any charity and play at venues for free. It would be nice to put something back into society at this stage of my life."
Mr Read is keen to recruit a lead and bass guitarist, organist or keyboard player and a lead singer, male or female, with no age limit.
Anyone interested in joining a band with Martin can get in touch with him by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.