DAVE ELAM, a former resident of Sonning Common and Reading, and lead guitarist and co-founder of local Sixties rock band The Trends, died at Manchester Royal Infirmary on May 13, aged 70.
Dave was born in Caversham on July 2, 1943 and lived with his parents at Grove Road, Sonning Common.
He attended Grove Road Primary School, and after passing the 11+ examination went on to Henley Grammar School. After excelling in his studies, he continued his education for an extra two years in order to take A-levels, his successes including history and geography.
January 1960 turned out be a landmark date for Dave when he and his friends Trev Stanley and Fred Tarrant decided to form a rock ‘n’ roll band.
The band eventually became known as The Trends and with Dave on lead guitar became one of the most popular bands in the south of England, appearing at some 400 gigs before they disbanded in 1964.