Now in their 29th year as rock 'n' roll crusaders for all that's way, way cool about early '60s Britannia pop, Merseybeat and Shadows-styled instrumentals, The Rapiers—"the best '60s band since the '60s"—are truly worth flying 5,000 miles to see, hear and dig.
I don't remember Colin Pryce-Jones's exact words. But I remember the shock phone call five years ago. He was telling me that Rapier rhythm guitarist Wayne Nicholls and his wife Jackie had died in a motorcycle crash near their London home, tragically orphaning their four small children.
That was 18 June 2005.
Today I remembered that.
Only this April was a settlement in the accident finally reached for the family. The London Evening Standard wrote about it here.
Below are some of my favourite images of Wayne, a Rapier for four years but more importantly one of the kindest blokes you'd ever hope to know.
NB: Click Wayne's name below the last photograph to see previous posts on Rapiers Are Go!
The tragic passing of Rapier Wayne Nicholls and his wife Jackie, in a North London traffic accident two years ago this week, elicited a poignant stream of consciousness memory on my Rapiers MSN site from one Babygal1990021:
this week has not only been hard for me but also the nicholls family, i actually remember the call i got the day these lovely people died. i did indeed pass out, they were such loving people aand only the good die young. it's been 2 years and has gone so fast, and up above i hope wayne likes the fathers day card i put upon his grave, it has on the front "your like a daddy to me". which he was. he is the father of my close friend wayne jr nicholls. and he looks so much like his dad. the truth is im still not over their death, i think about them everyday without fail and i fight back the tears, my goal in life is to help my friend and his grandad brian nicholls. this is actually the most iv ever told anyone how i feel, i havent told no1 how i feel. wayne was like a dad to me and jackie was like a mother. she used to give me cuddly toys and i still have a pair of boots she gave me :) and as for jet harris, he is a really good mate , and a really close friend of the nicholls, and JET my mums a bit young for you :), mum and jet r close friends. its surprising wat ur parents chldhood friends can do for you:) i love talkin bout rock n roll because i feel like its a big part of my life. anybody who wants to talk please add me on email@example.com :)