Timeline 1942-59

27 Sep 1942

Born William Bernard Jewry, to parents William & Margaret, in  Mile End Road, Muswell Hill, North London.


At the age of two the family moved to 5 Clifton Place, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, when his father gets a job as a salesman (tailor, shoe seller, ladies/gents outfitters). His mother ran a boarding house. Many of the guests were either artists or musicians appearing at the local Mansfield Palace Theatre, just across the road from the family home.


Aged  four he made his first vocal stage appearance in "Babes In The Wood".


Attends St Peters School in Mansfield.


Makes stage debut as 'Ronnie' in No Room At The Inn' at Palace Theatre, Mansfield. In the Carl Jenner Mobile theatre touring production.


Goes to Southwell Minster School as a boarder.

27 Sep 1954

Bernard receives his first guitar, for his twelfth birthday, It was a child size acoustic which he heavily customised with skeletons and sequins!


Fronted his first band at local fetes and garden parties. The Jewry Rhythm Group, and being the only guitarist in the school is regarded as a hero. At 15 illness brings Bernard home for 12 months where he hones his musical interest listening to Luxembourg and the American Forces Network.  He continues to be involved in playing at the Co-op Youth Club.

17 Mar1958

Takes a bus trip to  the Gaumont Cinema, Doncaster where Bernard got in to see Buddy Holly. Buddy & The Crickets sign the guitar that he took along.


Aged 17, he took part in a talent showcase at the Mansfield Palais. Also appearing were a group who had devolved from the remnants of the Diamond Skiffle Group and Roger Lymer and his Crusaders. Johnny Theakstone, with his Beat Boys newly re-named the Tremeloes. Contestants used to join the band on stage and sing along. Bernard sang “Who slapped John” and  won the competition.  Bernard threw his lot in with the group as their roadie, occasionally joining them onstage.

Bernard aged 1

St Peters School, Mansfield

Johnny Theakstone

The Jewry Rhythm Group