A SPECIAL YEAR

2019 is a special year for GFS drummer Dale Norman, He celebrates twenty years on the drums at the GFS Blackpool conventions. Joining the GFS in July 1998, he was already a member of the Yorkshire Ukulele Circle after he retired from his previous hobby, scuba diving. Like many other new members, Dale never thought that he would master the ukulele-banjo enough to take to the stage at the national conventions but he is a regular treat along with various different ladies when he performs one of his favourite numbers, “Swimmin With The Wimmin”.

NEVER MISSED A CONVENTION

I can not remember Dale ever missing a convention in those twenty years and his loyalty to the GFS and various branches plus of course the Uke Circle is commendable, especially when you consider that he is still working and holds a very responsible job within engineering.

MANY FRIENDS

The Society is famous for the friendships that are created and endure over many years. Dale is no exception, making many friends since getting involved with the uke world and he is obviously a very popular chap. The one friend that has enjoyed his  companionship since long before they both came into the Formby world is Brian Knott who was a scuba diving instructor. They first met when Dale decided that he would like to learn the sport, Brian was his tutor. The roles were then reversed when Dale introduced Brian to our activities and Brian is also now a well known face on the Formby scene. Owing to his drumming activities, he is probably one of the most photographed people in the GFS as he is usually in the shot when anyone snaps artists on the Blackpool stage.

CALEDONIA CANAL

Another activity that Dale enjoys is the famed Caledonia Canal GFS boat trips when six members of the Society set off for a eight-day holiday on the beautiful Caledonia Canal. Dale has just returned from the seventh voyage. I take a personal pleasure in marking Dale’s twenty year achievement on this page, he has been such a good friend to both myself and Kathryn since he joined the Formby gang. Well done Dale, this is a notable achievement and perhaps when we gather again in Blackpool in July, others may recognise it as well. PP - 23.05.19
Dale Norman
Drumming for 20 years!
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Swimmin With The Wimmin - Dale and his Dollies
Skipper on the Caledonia Canal - Dale Norman
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A SPECIAL YEAR

2019 is a special year for GFS drummer Dale Norman, He celebrates twenty years on the drums at the GFS Blackpool conventions. Joining the GFS in July 1998, he was already a member of the Yorkshire Ukulele Circle after he retired from his previous hobby, scuba diving. Like many other new members, Dale never thought that he would master the ukulele-banjo enough to take to the stage at the national conventions but he is a regular treat along with various different ladies when he performs one of his favourite numbers, “Swimmin With The Wimmin”.

NEVER MISSED A CONVENTION

I can not remember Dale ever missing a convention in those twenty years and his loyalty to the GFS and various branches plus of course the Uke Circle is commendable, especially when you consider that he is still working and holds a very responsible job within engineering.

MANY FRIENDS

The Society is famous for the friendships that are created and endure over many years. Dale is no exception, making many friends since getting involved with the uke world and he is obviously a very popular chap. The one friend that has enjoyed his  companionship since long before they both came into the Formby world is Brian Knott who was a scuba diving instructor. They first met when Dale decided that he would like to learn the sport, Brian was his tutor. The roles were then reversed when Dale introduced Brian to our activities and Brian is also now a well known face on the Formby scene. Owing to his drumming activities, he is probably one of the most photographed people in the GFS as he is usually in the shot when anyone snaps artists on the Blackpool stage.

CALEDONIA CANAL

Another activity that Dale enjoys is the famed Caledonia Canal GFS boat trips when six members of the Society set off for a eight- day holiday on the beautiful Caledonia Canal. Dale has just returned from the seventh voyage. I take a personal pleasure in marking Dale’s twenty year achievement on this page, he has been such a good friend to both myself and Kathryn since he joined the Formby gang. Well done Dale, this is a notable achievement and perhaps when we gather again in Blackpool in July, others may recognise it as well. PP - 23.05.19
Drumming for 20 years!
Swimmin With The Wimmin - Dale and his Dollies
Skipper on the Caledonia Canal - Dale Norman
On the drums in Blackpool
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