- THE IGNERENTS -
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THE BEEKEEPERS -
Origin: Whitstable, Kent
Style: Punk
Dates: (as THE IGNERENTS) 1977 - 1981, (as THE BEEKEEPERS) 1981-?
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Ben Challis (vocals)
Steven Harris (guitar)
Chris Harris (bass)
Stan 'Gretsch' Littlejohn (drums)

Previous members:

Kevin Holmes (vocals)
Mark Leighton (guitar)

Later BEEKEEPERS members:

Nick Appleton (guitar)
Russell Lax (drums)
replaced Stan in 1981

THE IGNERENTS were an early Whitstable Punk/New Wave band starting in the late 1970ís, who managed to make quite an impact not just at a local level, but nationally via air time on BBC Radio One and the legendary John Peel programme.

To the D.I.Y. Punk ethic they added a family firm attitude, with not only 2 brothers playing on stage but a third brother Phil working behind the scenes as their manager. With this enthusiasm and hard work they not only managed to play many gigs locally but managed to break free of East Kent to play at the Marquee, The Roxy and Vortex in London supporting among others 999 and the Only Ones.

In 1981 they changed their name to THE BEEKEEPERS.

Stan died in a road accident in 1981.

Chris died in a drowning accident in 1994.

Related bands:

THE PLAGUE - Ben
THE RIVALS - Stan
THE BLACK CILLAS - Nick
OYSTER BAND - Russell

Ben's brother Aiden (aka "Tig") played drums in Canterbury punk band THE INFESTED, which later became WASTELAND