WHO DIDN'T MAKE AMERSHAM: For weeks, rumours had me glad all over that Dave Clark Five bassist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rick Huxley might attend the party, take a bow or join The Rapiers for a number; no word why he begged off (well, it was snowing o'er Britain that Easter weekend). Also no-go, alas, on Kaiser George Miller. Meanwhile, John Leyton sent a classy note, reprinted belatedly here: "I should like to pass on my congratulations to The Rapiers on this their 25th Anniversary in the music business. Unfortunately family committments have made it impossible for me to be with you this evening but I'm sure that this special Anniversary Concert will be a great night for yourselves and your many fans. Congratulations and Best Wishes."... DAVE RAVES: "I have to say that I really enjoyed playing with two rhythm guitars on the last few numbers, a sort of mini-Phil Spector-ish, Sounds Incorporated-ish load of noise!" says Dave Lawes. Speaking of rhythm, I'm glad Colin Pryce-Jones fondly remembered the late Wayne Nicholls from the stage... DO THE NEIL: Finally, the more I watch Neil Ainsby's ultra-zany dash about as "Bootleg Freddie Garrity" on Short Shorts, the more I'm convinced the band should make it part of their stage show, light comic relief at its heaviest!