‘MerseyCats’ is a children charity set up in 1989 by former members of 1960’s ‘Mersey Beat’ groups. The Idea was first discussed at an event in 1988 organized to commemorate the death of John Banks, drummer with The Merseybeats. The event raised a large sum of money and someone suggested, having done it once they could do it again, ‘MerseyCats’ was born in January 1989. From the original 40 members it has grown over the years to include members from all over the world.
Memories of the ‘Mersey Beat’ era, of the clubs, church halls and dance halls in and around Merseyside unite its members and they are determined to use their talents to raise funds to benefit Merseyside children, the sick and disadvantaged, who didn’t have the chances in life which the members themselves had, and so, giving something back to Merseyside.
Membership originally consisted of former members of the many groups from the Mersey Beat period along with wives, family and friends, but is now open to anybody young or old and all wear the Ambrose Mogg (the Mersey Cat) membership pin with pride. The ‘MerseyCats’ are proud to use their musical talents to raise money to help many children’s charities in and around the Merseyside area.
The members meet every Thursday evening at the Old Roan British Legion, Aintree, the entrance fee is £1 for which you can enjoy the music played with the same passion and enthusiasm as it was in the clubs, church halls and dance halls of the 1960’s. An enjoyable ‘Bit Of 60’s Nostalgia’.