Paul Robertson discusses his work with Jack Jarvis, and the work he would do at the Mecca.

Paul recalls a time when a stage had to be built up for Roy Wood and Wizard, and the lengths that Jack Jarvis went to for these acts.

Stevenage Museum


I remember one instance with Jack Jarvis there, we had Roy Wood and Wizard, they were live on stage that night and they had specified that they wanted a particular size of a stage. So that Monday, that early, that morning, that Tuesday morning this scaffolding lorry turned up and they built a 40 foot wide, 5 foot high stage for Roy Wood and Wizard on top of the original… cos the stage there is only about 18 inches high, no size at all but they wanted this great big stage and so they built this stage and of course they’d taken the grand piano off of the stage to build it and then Roy Wood’s management said “where’s the piano?” and it was off on the dance floor. So Jack Jarvis, they were building the new magistrate’s courts out the back of the Mecca, the back, just down from the Police station, the magistrate’s court. And there was a load of builders there so he give these builders a big crate of beer, bottled beer to lift this piano up onto the stage for him so Roy Wood and Wizard could have a piano on stage.

Robertson 2016

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