Lor’ luv a duck! Chas & Dave are Hovis, mate…

Chas, Dave & Patrick

The news that celebrated ‘rockney’ duo Chas & Dave have split up will come as a massive shock to the millions of people who had absolutely no idea they were still together.  I have to admit, I was in that category myself, but not entirely due to ignorance.

I interviewed The Fratellis a couple of years back, and the conversation got around to old bands who reform without all the former members.  Barry Fratelli told me he’d seen a poster for a Chas & Dave gig which featured an asterisked footnote which warned: “May not feature actual Dave”. 

So, I was initally surprised, then sorry to hear yesterday’s announcement that Dave Peacock has decided to go full-time as a restorer of gipsy caravans, following the recent death of his wife, Sue.  To be perfectly honest, it’s actually a bit late for me to miss them, having already consigned them to my personal pop history filing cabinet – and, as far as I’m concerned, their career peaked when they showed us exactly what they could do with a load of cobbler’s awls (and a snooker cue).

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