joined the group a couple of years after the others and brought with him
new cultural horizons.
He was a founder
member of Redcar Long Sword Dancers who have performed at the Albert Hall!
On moving to Tyneside in 1973, he helped form Addison Rapper and Clog
Dancers, in which he is a leading light, often to be seen performing with
a rubber duck. Also in 1973 he unfortunately fell in with a bad crowd
in the backroom of the Baltic Hotel on the Quayside. The bad crowd fortunately
later became the Keelers. George's love of the song and dance tradition
has inspired him to write songs such as the "Greatham Sword Dance"
about the Boxing Day sword dance and mummers play in which he has performed
with Redcar Swords for over thirty years, and the superb "Tar barrel
in Dale" celebrating the Allendale New Years' Eve ceremony at which
most of the Keelers are nearly always present.
and by the way, yes he is the Unthanks' dad.