Limited S 1970/80's
1974 to 1978, we carried on working the clubs and private
parties and organising our own dances at the Blue Lagoon,
Hilsea, Portsmouth. In 1975 my second daughter, Rachel
was born and with another little mouth to feed, any
ideas about going professional also had to go. We had
to have steady jobs to pay the bills and I couldn’t
rely on the group paying the bills.
we decided to change the groups name from “The
Parkas” to “Limited S”.
It was Rob’s
idea. The “S” stands for our surname Summerfield
and we were a business so it was “Limited”.
time, the music scene was again changing fast, but we
were keeping up with it all the time, buying new equipment.
We also held an annual dance every year between 1979
and 1982. They were held at South Parade Pier and were
our biggest events, with us selling ticket to friends
and family and friends of friends they were attended
by about 300 people. We booked a cabaret act and laid
on food. They were great good gigs, but very hard work,
with work on Monday!!!!! Boohoo!!!.
1984 things were to change, Rob said he wanted to leave
the group as he had other commitments at the time. We
had been aware of the situation for a while and had
not taken many bookings. So that was it, we did those
few remaining jobs and Rob left.
I had time to think and bythe end of the year we had
decided to advertise for a new bass player. We rehearsed
with one guy for a while, but after 2 months he decided
it wasn't for him. So in 1985 we put another advert
in the paper and Steve answered it, so we interviewed
him and that’s when we started again. Steve and
I practised to get enough songs off to do a full nights
We had a
our first gig at the R.N.O.C. (Royal Navy Officers Club),
in Lake Road, Portsmouth in March 1985. A new “Limited
S” was born. We carried on in the same way as
before, just keeping up with the times, adding new equipment
and trying to improve our sound right through the 80s.
we had our first session in a recording studio, which
led me in another different direction of interest. We
bought an 8 track recording unit with a mixer, and this
was installed in my loft for doing group recordings.
We started making our own tapes and taking them to gigs
to hand out at gigs.
to the 90s, and maybe the times are taking a toll on
me!!!!!!! Read on.