Allan Blackburn column

Allan Blackburn, Owner of GB Antiques Centre and Lancaster Leisure Park.
Allan Blackburn, Owner of GB Antiques Centre and Lancaster Leisure Park.

Happy Bonfire night. I thought I’d write about something completely different this week.

So here goes. Not a lot of people know this but I love rock music.

I mean real rock music.

Admittedly when I was younger it was the “louder the better” and although those days are behind me now (besides which the ears wont take it)

I still have a soft spot for Metal bands from the 70’s and 80’s especially British ones.

My favourite of all time being Iron Maiden.

On my office wall, in pride of place, is a framed crew t-shirt and a V.I.P pass from my favourite band.

I was fortunate enough a few years ago to be at a charity auction.

The auctioneer told us he was their biggest fan and when the band are in the area, they stay at his pub in Mawdesley, just south of Chorley.

Anyway, I bid for this item and won it fair and square.

However, I couldn’t possibly admit to how much I had to pay for it.

It is only 1 of 25 and was produced for the US leg of their world tour in 2012.

It is signed by all members of the band and has a photo of them on it too.

I loved it on sight and was really excited when I won the auction and got to bring it home.

Gloria was, it has to be said, a little less keen on my purchase so, as I say, it hangs on my office wall.

Recently when a member of my staff came in, he said he’d been to see Iron Maiden many many years ago (1990) at Preston Guild Hall.

He joked and said it perhaps wasn’t one of their bigger gigs but he loved it none the less.

We talked about dates and I realised that I was there too that night.

He was only 18 years old at the time and I was considerable older at 43, but that’s the great thing about a good live band, their audience is a mixture of all different people (on this occasion an 
auctioneer, an antiques expert and an accountant)