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Thelma Atkins  
thelma.atkins@gmail.com
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Friday, 8. June 2012 23:27  Write a comment Send E-mail

Hello Mike

My husband, Alan and I attended several of the Clifford T Ward annual conventions until we moved to Devon. At them I was able to purchase lots of items including one of the portraits of Clifford for Alan.

Alan always holds dear that he got to meet Clifford and his signature before he died and the photograph I was able to take – he also recorded several items at the conventions.

He has just been looking at an old video he purchased around that time called “Clifford T Ward – The Video”. It was a three hour video with 13 items on it.

Cliff on TV
The Old Grey Whistle Test 1973
Top of The Pops 1974
Interview by Tony Jasper
Song
Midlands Today TV
Interview featuring Justin Heyward
Pebble Mill
The Late Show
Irish TV Show
Castlebar Song Contest – Irish TV
The Annual Convention 1993
Midlands TV
The Annual Convention 1994

Unfortunately it has deterated and I was looking on the site to see if there were any more for sale or if any had been updated to DVD. I cant actually find anything under the merchandise part of the site.

Also, do the conventions still happen? There are no dates to know when the last entery was, is the membership club still happening? If so I will “join” Alan again.

Can you help please?

Kind regards

Thelma Atkins

cs1ma:
Hi Thelma: Thanks for your message. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any remaining, official, sources of CTW memorabillia. The best I can suggest is that you contact the fan club. They may be able to help. There are several contact addresses on their site - here: http://www.cliffordtward.info/

Regards, Mick.
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Ian M.Bromley  
captainimb@aol.com
Location:
Jersey (Channel Islands)
Monday, 14. November 2011 16:22  Write a comment Send E-mail

Good afternoon,

It was the Jack Jones recording of Home Thoughts that introduced me to CTW many years ago, on his album What I Did For Love. At this recent time of remembrance I heard 'A Day To Myself' again, it was part of a 2-hour BBC Jersey radio broadcast, here in Jersey at the local Methodist church's music evening, a wonderful mix of classics for the occasion and suddenly there was CTW, preceded by poetry and followed by 'Nimrod' no less, also by a fairly well known Worcestershire composer!

They say the good die young, and CTW is no exception, thank you for this website.

Ian M.Bromley

Mick:
Thanks for your comments, Ian. (P.S: We've holidayed in Jersey for the last 5 years - lovely island - seems you've got good taste in music too! ;^) )

Regards, Mick.
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Philip Hales  
pilhales@aarsleff.com
Location:
Sittingbourne, Kent
Thursday, 10. November 2011 16:05  Write a comment Send E-mail

Bought all the Albums, but never got a chance to see live. Been a fan since 1973!!

Best Regards/Mit freundlichen Gren/Venlig hilsen

Philip

Mick Armitage:
Thanks for your comments, Philip. Unfortunately, few of us got the chance to see him perform live. That would have been some experience!

Regards, Mick.
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Derek Wales  
delboywww@btinternet.com
Location:
Surrey, England
Thursday, 10. February 2011 13:32  Write a comment Send E-mail

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLIFF!

The music lives on!

Del
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Derek Wales  
delboywww@btinternet.com
Location:
Surrye
Monday, 20. December 2010 11:54  Write a comment Send E-mail

Thinking of Cliff and his music today. Nine years past but the music lives on.

We miss you Cliff.

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to you Mick & all CTW fans all over the world.

Del

Mick:
Thanks, Dell: same from me!
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Stephen Hatton  
Location:
Perth, Australia
Tuesday, 7. September 2010 12:34  Write a comment

I have found renewed interest in Cliff's works and have enjoyed listening to some of his songs again after only really remembering some of the tunes from a small boy visiting him, and growing up in Kidderminster. I hope that Aunt Pat is well and perhaps reads this, as I now live in Perth Australia.

Best wishes,

Steve Hatton
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David Johnson  
D.M.Johnson@lboro.ac.uk
Location:
Leicestershire
Monday, 15. March 2010 10:18  Write a comment Send E-mail

Just to announce that two new Clifford T. Ward CDs are available (release date 22 March 2010).

They are MANTLE PIECES with 2 bonus tracks and ESCALATOR with 1 bonus track.

Both were mastered from the original first generation master tapes at EMI Abbey Road Studios.

They can be bought direct from CHERRY RED RECORDS and are their 8th and 9th CTW releases!

If you buy any 5 Cherry Red CDs the cost is only 7 each at the moment but it is best to go to their website to check.

Happy Listening!

David Johnson.

Mick:
Thanks for the info, Dave:

To find the albums on Cherry Red web site do a Google search for 'Cherry Red Clifford T Ward'.
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Dave Kitchen  
dave@lkmortgages.co.uk
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Friday, 13. November 2009 12:40  Write a comment Send E-mail

Just been listening to Home Thoughts From Abroad. First time I have played it in ages. Takes me back to my adolescence.
What a talent.

Giving me great pleasure.


Kind regards,

Dave Kitchen
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Tim Morgan  
tim@vvmodel.com
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Thursday, 29. October 2009 21:32  Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi:

First of all, congratulations, what a great website, helping to keep the music of the brilliant CTW available. And I agree so much with your 12 out of 10 score for Home Thoughts a truly brilliant album.

Also, I can confirm that the photo of CTW does indeed date from 1986 I have a copy, and it was included in the Press Kit issued with Some Time Next Year.

Keep up the good work!

Tim
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Eric Patrick  
etpatrick@dsl.pipex.com
Location:
Inverness
Friday, 11. September 2009 22:48  Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi Michael

I have enjoyed browsing your excellent web site and listening to clips of Clifford T Wards lyrics and music "The Best is yet to come" is a beautiful song that was aired on Radio 2 recently by Terry Wogan who commented likewise after it was played.
I read that CTW had M.S.and died from pneumonia in 2001 this was the year that my son was diagnosed with MS.

I will be adding his albums to my music collection shortly.

All the Best

Eric T Patrick

Inverness
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Adrian Whittaker  
adrian_whittaker@hotmail.com
Location:
Manchester
Saturday, 1. August 2009 17:07  Write a comment Send E-mail

Just been sharing some of Cliff's great songs with my new wife Lena. She thinks they are wonderful.

Cliff wrote some of the best songs I have ever heard, his memory will live on.

Adrian Whittaker. Manchester 21/07/09
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Robin Ellwood  
patches53@mac.com
Location:
Darlington, England
Monday, 22. June 2009 20:12  Write a comment Send E-mail

I have always been a fan of Clifford's music and as a radio DJ I would play his songs whenever I could. A truly wonderful lyricist who never truly received the recognition he should have, but at least we have his CDs, etc., to remember him by. I would have loved to have seen him in concert.

If anyone is interested Spotify has just the one album of Clifford's Clifford T Ward Gaye And Other Stories.

Thank you to the web site owner for this brilliant tribute to Clifford.

ROBIN ELLWOOD in Darlington, England
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John Matthews  
jrmatthews@ntlworld.com
Location:
Gosport
Wednesday, 4. March 2009 03:31  Write a comment Send E-mail

I have enjoyed clifford's beautiful songs today on youtube. Even after 35 years they still hold a place in my heart. Very sad to learn of his death in 2001. My best wishes to his family and fans.
John Matthews.
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Derek Wales  
delboywww@btinternet.com
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Sunday, 15. February 2009 23:08  Write a comment Send E-mail

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLIFF! Thinking of you and your music on this special day.

Del
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Derek Wales  
delboywww@btinternet.com
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Tuesday, 23. December 2008 16:58  Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi Mick,

Just to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year.
Keep up the good work, your site is second to none!

Del

Mick.:
Thanks, Del. All the best to yourself, too.
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Derek Wales  
delboywww@btinternet.com
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Thursday, 18. December 2008 13:26  Write a comment Send E-mail

Thinking of you Cliff on this special day.
Your music is still in our hearts.

Del
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Les Preece  
lesjpreece@msn.com
Location:
North Cyprus
Thursday, 20. November 2008 02:41  Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi I would like to say that I have been a CTW. fan since I heard a very rare interview on BBC HEREFORD AND WORCESTER along time ago with DJ. Nonny James. It was very harroring, because that day Cliff was HAVING A BAD ONE, FINDING IT HARD TO SPEAK. He was taken to the studio by ? Davey, forgot his name! I rang Nonny up afterwards for a copy off the transcript, but she told me that she did not keep them, pity. cos it was very moving!
My other coincidence is that later in Cliffs life I went to live at Ivy Cottage Penrhos, a stones throw away from Casle Weir, where of course he lived and visited the Royal George!! from time to time. My next door neighbour - John Fowler, a plummer fixed Cliffs plumming a few times, is that part of the lyrics from Home thoughts from Abroad I ask myself??
I now am living in North Cyprus, but stil listen to the 16 CDs. of cliffs that i have, do you know all of them Mick? I wonder!
Best Wishes and keep up the good web site
Yours aye.
Les Preece.
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Danny Foxwell  
daniel.foxwell@ntlworld.com
Location:
Biggleswade , Bedfordshire
Monday, 22. September 2008 16:33  Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi Mick... Sad to see the Official CTW website is down.
My first introduction to Cliff`s music was one lunchtime in the mid 80`s when I was watching` Pebble Mill At One`.
The presenter introduced Clifford T Ward singing `Contrary` and on came this quirky, awkward looking guy with a beautiful voice and a beautiful melody. I was intrigued and needed to hear more. The following weekend I went straight to HMV, Oxford st and bought Homethoughts and Mantle pieces. The rest is history.
Cliff`s music brings me so much pleasure. I play it whatever mood I`m in and it seems to fit my every mood.
Best wishes
Danny
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Martin Tracey  
mt012p0191@blueyonder.co.uk
Location:
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Monday, 22. September 2008 16:31  Write a comment Send E-mail

I had the great privilege of meeting Clifford for a short time in the late 90's but sadly I never really discovered his music until after he left us. I found him to be a genuine and absorbing man and would love to have the time over with him again now I know more about his music. I discovered him on "you tube" recently quite by accident and then I purchased his "Gaye and other Stories" album and I am currently reading "Bittersweet". I simply find his music extremely inspirational -in particular Gaye (of course), A day to Myself and "Home thoughts from abroad". I am really glad that I had the opportunity to meet him and can still listen to his gift of song.
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Vernica Gandini  
vgandini@unca.edu.ar
Location:
Argentina
Wednesday, 27. August 2008 13:05  Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi to everybody,

Im Argentinean; I live in Argentina and really apologize for my English. I heard of Clifford a week ago, when I asked my boyfriend to pick a lovely song to dance in our wedding. Hes British and lives in the UK and he chose HOME THOUGHTS FROM ABROAD and if you pay attention to the lyrics, they suit really well to the distance situation. I find the song not only sweet and deep, but very appropriate.

Congratulation Mick for this website!!! and I hope I can learn more about CTW

Best wishes to all.
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Gary Earey  
enitlas@btinternet.com
Location:
Essex Uk
Monday, 7. July 2008 12:06  Write a comment Send E-mail

Very sad to hear that Clifford died, he was truly a wonderful person, I never really forgot his songs, I had the chance to buy one of his old albums, brought back so many memories to me. He never really got the credit he deserved. RIP Dear Clifford.
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Elke  
comfrey@web.de
Location:
Germany
Friday, 6. June 2008 12:35  Write a comment Send E-mail

Hello Mick,

thank you so much for this website!

I heard CTW for the first time yesterday - I was listening to an Internet radio station (I never ever heard a CTW-song on a German radio station - shame on them) and on that station they played "Home Thoughts".
I wrote down the name and title and spent the rest of the evening till half past one in the morning on Youtube, this website and others related to this great singer/songwriter. I ordered two CDs plus the biography and can't wait till they arrive. That's not what normally occurs to me - he is exceptional!

Sometimes his voice reminds me of Brian May or rather vice versa. Also there is an American (rather unknown - I fear) singer/songwriter named Al Petrone whose voice reminds me of CTW as well. Does anybody know Al Petrone?

Kind regards

Elke
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Trevor Phipps  
trevor.phipps@favouritesfinance.co.uk
Location:
Wolverly, Kidderminster
Tuesday, 13. May 2008 12:18  Write a comment Send E-mail

Hello Mick

Clifford T Ward fan for many years and just decided to google him him today to refresh me of the classic stuff that he did.
Moved back to Kidderminster a couple of years ago, having lived and discovered him there when we first got married in 1972. I recently re discovered his music having bought his CD "Gaye and other stories."
Timeless classics from a superb singer songwriter to whom I never had the privelidge of seeing live.
Power to your elbow Mick in keeping his music and memory very much alive.

I would like to purchase more CD stuff. Can you you offer some guidance ?

Trevor Phipps
Wolverley, Kidderminster
trevor.phipps@favouritesfinance.co.uk

Mick:
Hi Trevor:

Thanks for your comments.

The best source for CTW CDs is the fan club - they should be able to supply most of the stuff Cliff ever recorded. Please visit their web site here:

http://www.cliffordtward.info/

Regards, Mick.
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Jane Barrett  
jbarrett@bulldoghome.com
Location:
Warwickshire
Tuesday, 4. March 2008 16:14  Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi,
My name is Jane Barrett and I think I have nearly all of Clifford's albums. I am hoping to get them all on CD now.
I have a compilation CD and was playing it yesterday. I just get lost in his music and will never tire of it. There aren't words to describe how brilliant he was.
Thanks for this site.
Jane
(Warwickshire)
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Conor  
conor.kelly@ericsson.com
Location:
Australia
Monday, 11. February 2008 13:41  Write a comment Send E-mail

Hello Mick,
I'm not one for taking heed of coincidences, nor reading too much into these matters, but it was only yesterday I decided to see if anyone had posted CTW material on Utube. To my delight there was lots of material. I then noticed it just happened to be his birthday.

Not really such a coincidence really as I sing Nightingale to my youngest child any night he lets me read him stories. The older two love to listen too and since they asked me to sing it to them that night as well, I thought I'd look it up. I am not a singer by any means (no false modesty I assure you), but I reckon it goes to show the magic of Clifford's lyrics by virtue of the fact they love to listen to this song. It "makes them sad" somehow. I reckon the "singing to no one" lyric combined with the melody is what gets to them. I'm glad it does actually, even though they don't know why themselves.

I'm off to buy some CDs now so they can listen to the real thing. I was too young to appreciate Clifford's music when he was in the charts and only chanced upon it much later in life. I have to agree with all the comments I read on Utube and your guestbook too. CTW was the most underrated writer and singer.

Regards
Conor
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