T.N.T. in 1965, L- R :Bill Clague; Hugh Murray; John Lawson; Dave Fry;
Tony Renney (seated).

"T.N.T." began in the early 60's as a collection of young Workington schoolfriends & originally consisted of Bill Clague (lead), Dave Fry (rhythm), John Lawson (drums) & Allen Thompson (bass).

When Allen left to join Adel & the Delrons, Bill switched to bass & the lineup was completed by bringing in Tony Renney on lead guitar & Hugh Murray as lead vocalist.

Because of the band being young & still at school,work was confined to West Cumberland.The Towbar, Nethertown was a frequent engagement, supporting the bigger groups that came up from places like Liverpool.

TNT did meet with some success when, in 1965 they entered the "Golden Gate Pop Contest" in Carlisle Market Hall & won the junior section the prize being a voucher for equipment at Dias's music shop (The Invaders won the senior section). Then,in 1966 in a pop group contest at Hall Park Workington,TNT won second prize, beaten by the Invaders.

TNT disbanded in late 66 when they all went away to their various colleges & universities. 


Dave Fry, having made contact with Tony Renney after 40 years, has sent the following -

Thought you may like a short update on TNT for the site.

 Lead guitarist Tony Renney went on to join The Saddlers, of course.  

I went solo and moved into folk music, playing at The Griffin in Workington, sadly now Marks and Spencer. I moved to the Midlands in 1969 and dropped out for a while, but got back into the scene, playing at many Midlands clubs and did a residency at Jasper Carrots famous folk club, The Boggery, supporting some big folk names like The Dubliners.

Still performing, I brought out a well received cd 'Shifting Sands' featured on local radio for Coventry and Warwickshire and I can be visited at www.davefry.co.uk