Popular young Buckie beat group “Johnny and the Copycats” gave a splendid performance in Perth City Hall last Friday night to win the Scottish final of the All British Beat Band Championships.

Winners of the recent area finals at Elgin, the Buckie group gained their latest success in the contest against keen competition throughout Scotland. The runners-up were mark Dayton and The Hounds, a very popular Dundee group.

Formed a year ago, the group consists of 17year-old Iain Lyon (lead guitar): 15 year old Ali Ewen (rhythm guitar): 17 year –old Bill Cameron (bass guitar), and 16 year-old Rob Lawson (drummer), all of Buckie, whilst the vocalist, “Johnny” is 17 year-old Johnny Stewart, Portnockie, who’s elder brother Mr Alex. G. Stewart, 40 Bryson Crescent, Buckie is the group’s manager.

A bus load of supporters, many of them teenagers, travelled south to Perth last Friday to cheer the group to victory.

The group will now go forward to the finals of the All British Beat Band championship which takes place in London on December 1.

Footnote – The Copycats took their name from the name inscribed on a piece of electrical equipment they use in putting over their instrumental numbers.


Sir, - How often have we heard people say the youngsters of today have nothing better to do  than get themselves into trouble – just a bunch of vandals – all they can  do is smash up things. Such terms are generally used in describing our teenage generation.

In Perth last Friday night, five young local lads proved to all and sundry that there is still a strong desire among our teenagers to succeed and make a name for themselves.

For Johnny and the Copycats, in winning the Scottish finals of the £2,000 Beat Band Contest in the City Hall, Perth, have accomplished no mean feat.

Hard work, concentration, loyalty to each other and sheer determination to succeed are the characteristics and sure foundation upon which their success has been built.

As when they won their heat in Elgin, so at Perth, the dancing ceased as the crowd gathered round to acclaim this versatile group.

Most worthy of special mention were the group’s rendering of such numbers as “Gotta Have a Gimmick Today” and “Do You Love Me”, Johnny in his cloak and tile hat with black bag in hand gave an admirable impression of that ghoulish character “Jack the Ripper”.

The instrumentalists’ rendering of the Can-Can “62” was exceptional and with Johnny singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, this group put even the great Gerry and the Pacemakers in the shade.

Overall a most entertaining and satisfactory programme by five young lads of whom Buckie should be very proud.

As one local teenager remarked “Just fancy, Buckie leading Scotland in the Teen Beat competition”.

Well done Johnny and the boys for completing your first year with such success.