Tony Finch



After leaving The Presidents I joined a group called The Night Shift. As well as our own bookings we also backed other artists, in particular Rod Stewart, and supported The Who at The Marquee Club in Wardour Street, London. We made a couple of records, one called “Corrina, Corrina”. I played with them for a couple of years before becoming disillusioned and I haven't really played since.

I married Christine Dixon on 16th April 1969 at St. Dunstan's Church in Cheam, and we began our married life in Ewell, where we have lived ever since. I have my own removal business originally started by my grandfather. Business goes up and down and at the time of writing is pretty flat.

We have two daughters, Joanne Corrina who is 29, and Sarah Elizabeth who is 33. Sarah married James in 2005, and at the moment they live in Bracknell, Berkshire, but plan to sell up next year and move to Perth, Australia, where James has a job waiting. Joanne is already in Australia and although she is returning for six weeks in December 2005, intends to move to Melbourne to live with her English boyfriend. My sister and her husband are also in Australia, living with their family in Adelaide. So who knows, perhaps Christine and I will eventually move to Australia too.

My great love at the moment is caravanning. Christine and I go away most weekends, even in the winter. On retiring we plan to tour the UK and Europe and perhaps even further.

I still enjoy listening to music especially in my car with its radio and 10 speakers. My favourites are probably Queen, The Eurythmics, Jamie Cullum, Elton John, The Police and Eric Clapton amongst others. I also enjoy jazz but hate rap music.

I have fond memories of playing in both The Presidents and The Night Shift and often wonder how things would have turned out if either of them had made it big.

AF - 11/05