Vince Reno and The Sabres (St Helens) 


  • Allan Wilson - drums
  • Ken Hobin - rhythm
  • Morris "Acker Tickle" as Vince Reno - vocals, keyboard, lead
  • Ian Moncur - bass
  • Pete Bond - lead 

Played Princess Theatre Club, Domino Club and many other clubs/pubs in the Manchester area during the early to mid '60s.

Founding members were Allan Wilson, Ken Hobin, Pete Bond.

Later changed their name to The Hammers, and then had some chart success as the Magic Lanterns. Band members at that time were Allan Wilson, Jimmy Bilsbury, Ian Moncur, Pete Shoesmith and later, Bev Beveridge. The line-up changed over the next few years.

Great site - thanks for doing a great job.

Ken Hobin [Canada] - 22/8/11

On Thursday 18th October at the Standish Unity Club there will be a 50th reunion concert by Vince Reno & The Sabres. On Sunday the 14th October a warm up gig was performed in Mo's Bar Leigh were I was given the following information by the drummer Allan Wilson:-

VINCE RENO & THE SABRES formed c.1962 aka Magic Lanterns

Group Members

  • Morris "Acker Tickle" as Vince Reno - vocals, keyboard, lead
  • Allan Wilson - drums (Golborne)
  • Pete Bond - lead guitar(St.Helens)
  • Ken Hobin - rhythm Guitar (St. Helens)
  • Ian Moncur - bass guitar (Lowton)

Venues 1960s Leigh Casino, Cavern, Plaza, Bodega, Wigan Empress

John Hesford - 14/11/12 

The Sabres / Vince Reno and the Sabres  

Line-up #1 

  • Richard Ashton  - lead vocals
  • Kenny Lilley - lead vocals 
  • Pete Bond - lead guitar, vocals 
  • Ken Hobin - rhythm guitar 
  • Derek Jolly - bass
  • Allan John Wilson - drums 

Line-up #2 

  • Vince Reno (Maurice Tickle) -  lead vocals 
  • Pete Bond (Gerry Blackman) - lead guitar, vocals 
  • Ken Hobin - rhythm guitar 
  • Ian James Moncur - bass (Burns Sonic) 
  • Allan Wilson - drums


The Sabres formed in 1961 in St Helen's, Lancashire with a line-up of Richard Ashton on lead vocals, Kenny Lilley on lead vocals (b. Kenneth Lilley), Pete Bond on lead guitar, vocals (b. Gerry Blackman), Ken Hobin on rhythm guitar (b. Kenneth Hobin), Derek Jolly on bass (b. d. RIP) and Allan Wilson on drums (b. Allan John Wilson, 1945, St Helens, Lancashire, UK). 

In late 1961 saw a line-up change with Ashton and Lilley leaving and being replaced by lead vocalist Vince Reno (b. Maurice Tickle, 1945). One night Reno did a singing spot, he stood in, he got up at The Lupro in Ashton, Lancashire and sang one song. He enjoyed it so much that the band asked him to join. Then Reno recommened his friend Ian Moncur (b. Ian James Moncur, 1945, 72 Stone Cross Lane, Lowton, near Leigh, Lancashire, UK) to be the new bassist as Jolly was not very good. He was not happy and wanted to leave. Reno had been in Moncur's first band. 

The band also changed their name to Vince Reno and the Sabres as they wanted to avoid confusion with a band from Liverpool called Denny Seyton and the Sabres.

The Sabres played locally around Leigh, Burtonwood American Airbase, Manchester and Liverpool. They would play the local ballrooms, like The Casino in Leigh, Lancashire, The Monaco, Hindley, Lancashire, The Co-op Ballroom in Leigh, The Co-op Ballroom in St Helens and The Co-op Ballroom in Warrington, Lancashire. They also played at the famous Cavern Club at 8 - 10 Mathew Street, Liverpool 1, with Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated and The Hollies. 

Moncur had started work in 1960 and later bought a small bass, a Burns Sonic.

John H. Warburg - 4/8/14
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