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The Jam’s drummer to visit football ground

THE drummer of The Jam will visit Maidstone United’s football ground in a tour to promote his autobiography. Rick Buckler will headline the

event, called In the Crowd, at the Gallagher Stadium, Maidstone – the home town of Ian Snowball, who helped him write the book. The drummer will take questions

and talk about his time with the band that had four number one hits and a number one album in the 1970s and 1980s.


The Jam fan and author Ian Snowball will be there. He grew up

Rick Buckler

in Maidstone, attending St Paul’s Infant School, Northbor- ough Junior

and Vinters Boys (now Valley Park) and now lives in Penenden Heath. Since leaving school, he has written 15 books on bands includ-

ing Oasis,Ocean Colour Scene and Dexys Midnight Runners. His first novel, Long Hot Sum-

mer, was based on his experiences of growing up in Maidstone and as a regular at the Howard De Walden youth club, where his pas- sion for The Jam began. Ian recalled: “There was a juke

box at the youth centre and it had two Jam songs on it: Start and Going Underground. We would constantly feed it with 10p pieces and play them over and over again.” The book is called That’s Enter- tainment after the first Jam record he bought – on his 11th birthday, at Woolworths in Maidstone in 1981. He remembers: “I took it with me

to Penenden Heath fete to show it off to the older boys. Everyonewas suitably impressed. The Jam were the Beatless of our time. It’s a pas- sion and a love that remains in many hearts 30 years on.” Ian’s relationship with Rick Buckler began when he was writ- ing his own book on The Jam,

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Thick As Thiev es, which was published in 2012. Rick helped with interviews and book signings and in 2013 Ian approached him about

writing his autobiography. Ian said: “Rick thought it was a

good idea andwe spent hours cap- turing his memories.” The book, which took nine months to complete, is published by Omnibus, with quotes from Rick’s old band mate Paul Weller and Clem Burke, of Blondie. Tickets for the In The Crowd

event are £14, restricted to 150 peo- ple. For details, visit www.strange- The evening event, on Friday,

June 5, will include a 20-minute film about The Jam and will con- clude with a party, with music from the time.


Parking fees proposed

Continued from page one A council spokesman said: “The

survey’s authors found that the areas with the highest proportion of residents travelling to Mote Park by car showed the most support for a parking charge.” The economic and commercialde-

velopment overview and scrutiny committee was due to consider the item and propose a scale of charges. The 460-acre Mote Park was re-

cently voted Britain’s second favourite park. Visits have risen from about 660,000 in 2009 to more than a million in 2013/14. The committeewas told the parks

and leisure team was struggling to maintain standards with a static budget and the funding arrange- ments for parks and open spaces were no longer sustainable.

School plan

A NEW secondary school can be built in Maidstone. The Department of Education

has approved the proposal for a science-based free school from Valley Invicta Academies Trust. Maidstone School of Science

and Technology will be built in Huntsman’s Lane.

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