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Initially managed by Banner Productions and then by Brian Hart at the same time he managed Bitter Sweet, Paper Lace and Sid and Eddie (Little and Large). They secured a recording contract with Pye records in 1970 with John McLeod as producer.  Soon afterwards they made a single with B&C records with Albert Lee on Lead guitar. After making many appearances on Radio they did a summer season in the Isle of Man which concluded with the disbanding of Gingerbread. The following year Trevor Leeson returned to Douglas with Wayne Ford and John Smith calling themselves Rococo.  The third year whilst negotiating another season Trevor was offered a job as Bass-guitarist with The Merseybeats, which he accepted.  It turned out to be a good move, not least because the venue for the Douglas summer season, "Summerland" burned down in 1973 with the loss of 51 lives. Had they taken the third season there they would have been right at the centre of the fire! In 1974 Trevor turned solo and apart from a couple of years as part of The Leeson Brothers, he has been solo ever since.  His latest CD can be heard on soundcloud.com Trevor is still enjoying the business as much as ever and on October 3rd is being presented with a "Lifetime achievement" award. 
  Just arrived back from Dublin on the ferry for a show in Rhyll
Gingerbread Keith Maxon, Colin Haddock, John Smith, Trevor Leeson
PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY TREVOR LEESON
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Green Ginger
John Stewart (Lead Singer/Guitar) Tony Allan (Drums) Don Vanner (Bass Guitar/Vocals). Martin ?? on Keyboards who joined later. Tony went on to play with Brian Poole and still plays today. Ken now runs a mobile disco. John went as a solo artist. Don still plays in a band.arradi