Here’s some information about an obscure children’s programme which often featured musical guests.
“Gangway” was broadcast in the Tyne Tees region only and it appears to have been a magazine show similar to “Blue Peter” and “The Five O’Clock Club”. It ran weekly from 07 April 1966 to 12 September 1967. I think that the show may have been partly set aboard a cargo motorship called Hopecrest. The presenters at various times were Don Spencer, Judith Chalmers, Jane Turner, Howard Williams and Sheila Tracy. The producer was Penny Wootton and directors included Anna K. Moore and Don Gollan.
Here’s a very short list of some of the performers who appeared on the show:
1966: Kiki Dee - “I’m Gonna Run Away From You” 28 July 1966: Paul and Barry Ryan 29 September 1966: Cy Grant 28 August 1967: The Small Faces
Does anyone have any more information about this series?
The evening of Tyne Tees programmes on Swedish TV on 02 November 1966 was connected to a cultural exchange festival called “North-East Meets Sweden”. This was sponsored by the North-East Development Council in Britain and the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation. I know that Tyne Tees Television did some filming in Sweden for this, so it’s possible that this special edition of ‘Gangway’ featured a Swedish singer or group.
By the way, I had a look online and I found details of a few more guests from other editions of ‘Gangway’:
06 March 1967: Cat Stevens 30 June 1967: John Walker - “Annabella” 21 August 1967: The Alan Price Set
The Alan Price Set performed 'Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear' on ‘Gangway’. A real bear appeared in the studio with them. It had been provided by Martin Lacey, a zoo curator, who was an occasional guest on the programme. There’s an article on the ‘Northern Echo” website from 15th October 2018 that mentions this.
We know that the Alan Price Set were on the show on 21st August 1967. However, the appearance with the bear might have been a few months earlier than that. ‘Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear” was released as a single on 24 February 1967.