WHO could have predicted that a band, which topped the charts over 50 years ago in 1961 with hits that were already 40 years out of date, would still be around in 2017?

The main difference now is that the band has a vast repertoire including jazz classics from the past, humorous original compositions, a variety of novelty numbers and many other unique ditties performed with what’s described as their, “zany Monty Pythonesque style of deadpan tomfoolery”.

The Temperance Seven first shot to fame in the early 1960s during the resurgent trad-jazz era with their number one hit, You’re Driving Me Crazy.

Following their 1961 number one, the Temperance Seven quickly followed it up with their second big hit, Pasadena, which reached number four in the singles chart.

They toured the UK widely that year with their performances acquiring a set routine, beginning with the last few bars of Pasadena, which became their signature tune, and ending with the stirring strains of the Gaumont-British News. By the summer of 1961 their fame was such that they appeared at the London Palladium for a two-week top of the bill performance.

Although the original members may have ceased to appear with the band, the current members boast over 200 years of service between them.

Now audiences can re-live those heady days of the trad-jazz scene of the early ‘60s when the Temperance Seven take to the stage at the Regent in Christchurch on Friday, September 22 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £16,

To book, contact the box office on 01202 499199 or visit regentcentre.co.uk.