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Monday, November 12, 2012

RIP Bill Kell

The pub where I was introduced to jazz as a teenager was the Portland Hotel in Ashington . The band I listened to was the Clem Avery Jazzmen but the previous (and original) band was Peter Deuchars Vieux Carré Jazzmen. The landlord, Bill Kell was a personal friend of the Deuchars  Peter's dad also owned the brewery who supplied the beer! Bill has died and attached is a page from his book about the Portland called "A pint of Scotch" telling how he brought jazz to Ashington
William Michael Kell
Died 5th November 2012
KELL (Widdrington). William Michael (Bill), passed away peacefully at home on 5th November 2012, aged 86 years. Well known, well respected Publican of Portland Hotel, Ashington, Junction Inn, Widdrington. At peace at last. Beloved husband of Ada (Rusty), a much loved dad of Leonie. A true gentleman, God bless and goodnight.
John T.

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