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1960s/70s resident band at The Rum Runner featuring Tony Collinge

The Rum Runner Katz

A brief history of the celebrated 60s Birmingham rock band.

Any worried band member earnestly consulting his dog-eared copy of the Birmingham A to Z in the mid 1960s may have noticed a little street called King Edward’s Place. It ran from King Edward’s Road to Broad Street between the George Hotel and the Tow Rope greasy-spoon cafe. None of these exist any more. The George, then a popular jazz club is now The 80s Bar. An old street sign still bears the name, King Edward’s Place but the street itself and the old Tow Rope along with its neighbour, Bingley Hall, have gone, making way for the splendid new International Convention Centre.

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