THE STRANGERS (ACCRINGTON)

Line-up included

Anthony John 'Tony' Alveston - lead vocals (Late 1959 - 1960)
John Howarth - lead guitar (Late 1959 - 1960)
Ian 'Alvi' Alveston (Philip Ian Alveston) - rhythm guitar (Late 1959 - 1960)
Derek Thornhill - drums (Late 1959 - 1960) 
 
The Strangers were formed in Late 1959 with a line-up of Tony Alveston on lead vocals (b. Anthony John Alveston, Wednesday, March 20, 1946, Hospital, Huntley, Aberdeenshire, Scotland), John Howarth on lead guitar (b. 1946, Higher Antley Street, Accrington, Lancashire, England), Ian 'Alvi' Alveston on rhythm guitar (b. Philip Ian Alveston, Friday, March 21, 1947, Accrington, Lancashire, England d. Thursday, January 23, 2020, The White Ash Nursing Home,  Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, England) and Derek Thornhill on drums (b. 1946, Accrington, Lancashire, England).
 
Tony Alveston had been born in Huntley and lived in Old Road, Huntley, Scotland and then moved to White Ash Lane, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire. His brother was born in Accrington near Oswaldtwistle. Both brothers had been to St. Mary's School, Moscow Hill Road, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire from age five and then went to Holy Family (Mount Carmel) School, Wordsworth Road, Oswaldtwistle until sixteen. Ian Alveston was a gifted guitarist who modelled himself on guitarist Eric Clapton (b. Eric Patrick Clapton, Friday, March 30, 1945, 1 The Green, Ripley, Surrey, England) and he was later at St. Mary's College, St. Walburgas Road, Blackpool.
 
Thornhill started the group with the Alveston brothers in the final months of 1959. The brothers had some instruments and so wanted to put a band together which they did. They also added Thornhill's friend Howarth who played guitar and was a terrific guitarist.
 
Howarth's family run the local ironmonger's shop in Accrington and lived above the oil shop on Higher Antley Street, Accrington.   
 
The Strangers début gig was in I think December 1959 at a Youth Club in Springhill or in Whalley Road, Accrington, Lancashire.
 
After about three months The Strangers had done a handful of gigs. They wanted to keep this name, but they found out there was already another band with that name.  
 
So, in 1960 The Strangers changed their name to The Warriors and added Dave 'Fossy' Foster on bass, backing vocals (b. David Foster, Friday, September 6, 1946, Liverpool, Lancashire, England d. Thursday, November 2, 2017, Inverness, Invernesshire, Scotland).
 
Howarth come up with the new name for the band and the design, a cartoon with some warriors on it for the bass drum head. He thought the name looked good on the drum kit and that it was memorable and strong name.
 
Foster who was from Liverpool, had moved with his family to Accrington in 1951 where they lived in Downham Drive, Fern Gore. He went to Accrington Grammar School, Blackburn Road, Accrington. At the age of 12 he heard Rock and Roll music and was immediately affected and one year later in 1959 he was in his first band The Warriors.
 
Info courtesy John H. Warburg  12 April 2022
I must thank Tony Alveston for some of the great info he sent and clearing up the original line-up with John Howarth on lead guitar.
 
Some info came from the book 'Some Other Guys Beat Waves 'Cross The Mersey Vol. 2' by Manfred Kuhlmann (2011) and from the amazing book 'Jon Anderson and The Warriors The Road To Yes' (2019) by David Watkinson..
 
Some info came from Tony Alveston via mobile phone and via email on Monday, July 14, 2020 and Friday, August 21, 2020.
 
John H. Warburg  12 April 2022 

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