Robin Hope

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      Award presented 2007

John R Campbell Collection


Robin Hope

Robin Hope rose to prominence when he started a new band in 1958 called The Sapphires (in which he played lead guitar) - the group also included Fred Mummery (Piano), Mike Green (Bass), and Murray Johnston (Drums), and they were successful in that same year in obtaining a residency at a local coffee lounge The Copper Cat, in Lower High Street, Christchurch.  The Copper Cat was one of the original night spots in Christchurch and was always popular for "after-match coffees" as it did not close until around 2:00am.  Robin also featured as lead guitarist in Dion Shannon and The Shamrocks and latterly with Dion and Cecile in Sabra.


Dion and Cecile with The Shamrocks

Dion and The Shamrocks at The Copper Cat