When Keith passed the exams for both Stockton Grammar schools, he chose the one where his parents were not required to pay for pens and paper! He enjoyed sport but his real love was music. (Stockton Secondary Grammar School Rugby Team. Keith Lipthorpe 2nd from right, front row.)
At 14 years old he started to play the trumpet and with his brother Jim on saxophone they formed the Jimmy Lipthorpe Swingtet. Keiths musical expertise progressed during his RAF Service and whilst playing with many local dance bands in the 1950’s/60’s. He played at the Jubilee and Maison de Danse in Stockton, following this he accompanied ‘Top of the Bills’ at the famous Fiesta nightclub which he created in Norton Road. (The Jimmy Lipthorpe (JL) Swingtet at Fishburn Miner’s Welfare Hall.) His story, ‘Club Fiesta: The Real Story’ is available to purchase at Norton Library.
Photographs and details courtesy of Helen Lipthorpe (Keith’s Daughter).