Farewell gig to mark end of an era for Dalkeith Miners’ Club band

The Zephyrs current line-up.
The Zephyrs current line-up.

They have excited crowds at Dalkeith Miners’ Club for 35 years, but now The Zephyrs are preparing to take to the stage for the last time.

Resident band at the miners since 1978, the five-piece group is set to play a farewell gig later this month after being let go by the club.

Committee chairman Gregor Hutchison said that the decision had been taken with a heavy heart: “We’ll be sad to see them go. They are a brilliant band but unfortunately it is changing times that we are living in.

“The younger ones prefer DJs and don’t seem to appreciate live music as much as they maybe used to.

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Covering pop, rock and blues, The Zephyrs played three times each week throughout most of their career, becoming one of the most highly-rated covers bands in Midlothian.

Drummer Crawford Hunter will cherish the fond memories he has of when the band, and club, was in its prime.

He told the Advertiser: “So many things happened, and a lot of them couldn’t be printed in a newspaper.

“My fondest memories of the band are of when the club was absolutely jumping – between 1983 and 2000 the place was buzzing. People were queuing round the block at 6pm to get a seat in the big hall.

“So many men in the area will have met their wives at Woodburn [Dalkeith] Miners’ – it was the place to be.”

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