Well, this one came out of left field!
Geoff's brother Graham was playing drums in a function band I was fronting back in 1899 (ish!) and Geoff was starting to frighten me with his tenor playing! He eventually took over my second tenor chair in the Newcastle Big Band when I decided to concentrate on the function band (I think we called them Dance Bands in those days).
Nevertheless, we hung out in the Kelly pub in Hebburn most Wednesday afternoons along with his brother Graham, Charlie Carmichael, Bill Shaw and any other passing musical imbibers. A record session invariably followed, my wife sweeping out the dead bodies - ah happy days!
Graham went to sea and eventually ended up in Devon, Bill remained in Pelaw and I, in Hebburn. Geoff headed west and now lives in Maryland.
So it was with great delight that I read the following: