Band of brothers set for charity reunion gig in honour of late mother Betty Jarvis

Allen and Les Jarvis
Allen and Les Jarvis

A DRUMMING duo of brothers will take to the town hall stage in a memorial concert in honour of their mother.

Allen and Les Jarvis and their respective bands The HouseShakers and Dark Horse will line up for a charity gig on October 27 in the name of Betty Jarvis, formerly of Longcroft Crescent, who died in 2000 after battling diabetes and suffering a heart attack.

For 62-year-old Alan, who has diabetes himself, the gig will signal something of a homecoming after he left Hawick in 1980. He now lives in Grimsby, on the east coast of England. “He’s been playing the drums since he was seven years old,” explained Alan’s son Graham, a sound engineer who will form part of the behind-the-scenes team at the concert.

“He played his first proper gig in Hawick Town Hall, supporting Gerry and The Pacemarkers in 1966. All our family is based in Hawick, so he wanted to return.”

Allen is set to play out the finale of his drumming career in a special performance on stage alongside the band of his brother Les, 42. “He’ll definitely miss it – drumming is second nature to him,” said son Graham. “He’s got diabetes, which affects his joints quite badly, and drumming is a physical thing to do and tough on the joints.”

The proceeds gathered from ticket and bar sales, an auction, and a raffle will be donated to the town’s Escape Youth Cafe and Interest Link Borders, a charity that allows people with learning difficulties to team up with volunteers and enjoy activities.

The charity has significance for Allen, whose Teri nephew Macauley Crosbie has ADHD. “It’s been a great organisation for him,” explained Graham. “This charity gets him involved and looking forward to going places.”

Tickets (£2.50) are on sale at Burnfoot News (Kenilworth Avenue), Brydon’s (High Street), Natural Image (Dovemount Place), and Teviot Wines (Tower Knowe).