The Manfreds At The Regent

Last night’s concert by The Manfreds at Christchurch’s refurbished Regent Theatre was a wonderful event.

Becky had left a letter for my old friend Tom McGuinness, one of the two original members of Manfred Mann, the other being Paul Jones, both men defying their eighty years. My daughter had informed Tom that I would be in the audience. Taking a break from marketing their albums at the interval, Tom joined us briefly in the foyer before returning to the stage for the second half.

The audience consisted largely of the generations for whom the classic songs were all familiar, and, as such, it wasn’t too difficult for Paul, who worked us brilliantly to have the choruses ringing away by the end of the evening.

I was permitted to take photographs, but not to use flash. Consequently a great deal of culling of my images was necessary. Here are

the most salvageable. Individual performers are titled in the gallery.

Later, I posted

This evening we dined at Lal Quilla in honour of Mothers Day.

With Becky and Jackie is Florence, here photographed by Ian.

For once I was not behind the camera.


  1. It looks like a great time at the theater, Derrick! Nice photos of your smiling face too. I thought today was Mother’s Day here, oops! It’s in May. ?

  2. Very well done to get those those fantastic images that were illuminated by only stage lighting and spotlights.
    I’m glad you had such a good evening.

  3. What a wonderful concert! Your photos are beautiful!
    What a wonderful Mother’s Day evening out! Happy Mother’s Day to Jackie and all of the moms in your family and in your life! 🙂
    Love all the smiles in all of the photos!
    ❤️ I know you all missed your Mum on this Mother’s Day. ❤️ I think of her so often (and I think of the quarter of the napkin) and I smile. 🙂

  4. Ah, a bittersweet Mother’s Day, Derrick. Hugs to you.

    Your photos of the concert are wonderful. I can tell they were great performers and got you all involved. Are you a singer, among all of your other talents? LOL

    Happy Mother’s Day to Jackie and Becky! That’s a great picture. And so good to see you!

  5. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos of the concert, Derrick. I’m glad you had a nice time. Happy Mother’s Day to Jackie and Becky. Thinking of your Mum. xo

  6. Shooting concerts can be a challenging business. Thankfully, modern digital cameras have admirable high ISO capabilities. They are great pictures considering the handicap of not being permitted to use the flashgun.

  7. I finally snapped to and went to yon youtube to check out Manfred Mann. I don’t remember ever knowing that group’s name, but as soon as I started playing some of the music, I thought: well! of course! It must have been a great evening; the smiles all around are evidence of that.

  8. It looks like two excellent evenings. You got great concert photos, and I love the smiling faces of you and your family.
    I hope the women in your life had a most excellent Mother’s Day–I’m sure you were thinking of your mother, too. ?

  9. Sounds an amazing show, hats off to Tom & Paul! And the photograph of your three ladies is a delight, Derrick! Photography and being photogenic is clearly in the family genes!

  10. I am glad Becky helped connect you with Tom, and a good time was had by all at the concert. It sounds like you all enjoyed a wonderful Mothers Day together.

  11. What a great story Derrick. Old friendships endure.
    I remember going to see Manfred Mann some 40 odd years ago at the old Crawley Leisure Centre!
    Nowadays we occasionally glimpse Paul Jones in and around Godalming.

  12. What fun to attend Christchurch’s refurbished Regent Theatre with a concert by The Manfreds! I could see that it was a very enjoyable occasion. Your photos turned out surprisingly well with no flash permitted! I love that last two of you, Derrick! Such a winning smile :o)

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