In 1994, we performed at Wakefeld Theatre Royal & Opera House’s Centenary Gala – I had become their artistic director and The Rotters had to be on the bill! We were always honoured to be recognised by the stalwart of seaside entertainment history – Geoff Mellor, who gave us a lovely write-up in The Stage, as well as regularly following our progress (often in person) as we performed at seasides, theatres, festivals and bars across Yorkshire… he even signed his letter off as ‘The old Pierrotter himself” and was referred to by Ken Dod as “the pom-pom man”.

We also recorded the music to accompany a series made by Pier Productions for BBC Radio 2 with Bill Pertwee – originally called ‘Oh What A Lovely Pier’, it went out under the title ‘Sand Between the Toes’ (the original script is now in the physical archives). We also became one of the first acts to join the National Association of Street Entertainers – the first national organisation representing street artists to be created in the UK.  

The Rotters always performed with high-octane energy and gay abandon, as can be seen by the candid shots of Mister Macko performing our indoor encore – ‘Wild Thing’.


Doctor Dacko

Accordian, Bits’n’pieces & Vocals


Reverend Uncle Tacko!

Banjo & Vocals


Mister Macko

Washboard & Vocals


Boy Gacko

Drums & Vocals


Sir Squacko

Guitar & Vocals

1994 Ironbridge Gorge Museum (7)


Photographs of the Pierrotters

1994 Fanmail from Julie, Cardiff 1a

Letters, Fanmail & Rotternews

Letters, fanmail & "Rotternews".

1994-10 Setlist for Wakefield Opera House Gala Night


Badges, stickers, objects; notes, lyrics, contracts, sketches, ideas, oddments.

1994 Manchester Ship Canal Centenary contract 1

Publicity & Brochures

Collections of publicity material & brochures

Photographs or "Rottergraphs" 😉

Bradford Mela


Ironbridge Gorge Museum

Arreton Manor, Isle of Wight

Kingston-upon-Thames (Photos by Jane Alexander)

An evening gig

Wakefield Theatre Royal (rehearsal)


Letters, Fanmail & Rotternews


Publicity & Brochures


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