Mecca was the Leicester Palais in Braunstone Gate. I first came to Leicester, and the Palais in 1960 to join the Alan Carlos Trio. The main band was Denny Mann. After that I seemed to become part of the fittings, playing with the Alan Warwick Band, Tony Evans Band, George Derek Band, The Mike Miller Trio, and some "deps" for other bands including the Chris Jones Trio. I also played Derby Locarno and Nottingham Palais & Sherwood Rooms. Leicester was good for my family and I. We bought our first house in Birstall for £2900!, and moved to Swithland Lane in Rothley before leaving the City for good.