Written by Steve Turner at 12:13 on Thursday, 13 November, 2014, in Yapton:
It is immeasurably sad that Andy Franks is no longer with us. My condolences to his family.

I had the great fortune to see Uncle Johns Band every week when they used to play on Sunday evenings at The Spotted Cow in Angmering. I learned so much from those gigs, about music, about people and about myself. I would dearly love to experience one of those nights again. These gigs came to be an integral part of my weekends, a perfect way to underline the weekend and to set oneself up for the rigours of the week ahead.
Thanks to all of the band for those times. Rest easy Andy. With love, respect and gratitude.
Written by Ian Grant at 21:52 on Thursday, 23 August, 2012, in South Godstone:
Just thought about Andy and Uncle Johns Band and Googled both. Brought me to this site. Didn't know it existed. Many find memories of Andy from Grafton Road days onwards. He was such a laid back chap, always smiling and well, so many things have been said about him already, I concur with all of them. You were a cool guy Andy and I am glad I made your acquaintance.
Written by Peter Clark at 00:35 on Monday, 19 July, 2010, in Troon Scotland:
I was greatly saddened to learn of Andy,s death. We worked together in the Labs at Beechams in Worthing from 1969 to 1971. It as my pleasure to act as unpaid roady for Andy's first band - the appealingly named "Brainsucker". Oh was Andy proud of his Gretsch and his Orange amp! Memories - 4 guys plus band equipment in Roger Cooper's Mini Cooper S, some squeeze: A great weekend in a tent with no groundsheet at the 1970 Bath Festival: evenings spent listening to Stepenwolf in Andy's Broadwater bedsit: impromptu jam sessions at my place in Lancing Park; seeing the great Duster Bennett in concert in Worthing - great memories, great days - some Afro Andy. God bless you.
Written by Ray Hennig at 20:13 on Saturday, 24 April, 2010, in Dordogne 24:
Andy Franks. A name I'll never forget. Broadwater road! A holiday near Leominster as guests of his family. Thank you so much.

As I write, I'm listening to Matty Groves.

I hope he'd approve.

Written by Sam Atkins at 11:08 on Thursday, 25 February, 2010, in Nelson, New Zealand:
Perfectly amiable, warm and endearing, delightfully pedantic when it came to tuning the guitar :) Andy, you are greatly missed and your musicianship will live through everything I play even here on the other side of the globe.

For all that are interested I have started up a UJB facebook group
Written by Roger Cloake at 13:24 on Sunday, 21 February, 2010, in Worthing:
Where to start, really? Andy's easygoing nature was clear for all to see. Less obvious though was his strong sense of principle, which he was quietly unbending in upholding. All in all, he fit the description "a good man" as well as anyone else I can think of, and will be much missed.
Written by Tim Everett at 17:50 on Saturday, 20 February, 2010, in Horsham:
Remembering Andy

It’s about 40 years since I first met Andy – I was a regular visitor to his bedsit in Broadwater Road. Early on we found we had a shared appreciation of Fairport Convention and Grateful Dead (nothing like as incongruous a mix as might be thought!) and I was glad to be around and in the audience at the start of the UJB era. I went to his wedding and he and the rest of UJB played at mine. While I was already part of the Worthing Diaspora I still spent a lot of time in Worthing. When some of us started the Worthing Gentlemen cricket club in 1980 (a team that put the heavy emphasis on the social side!), Andy and Carolyn were among those who turned up from time to time to watch us try and play.

By 1984 I had moved further afield and spent less time back here, but still bumped into Andy from time to time. I always found he made it easy to pick up the conversation where it had been left – which I believe is one of the true tests of friendship. A chance meeting a few years ago and the revelation that I had some Richard Thompson recordings that he didn’t led to a trip round to drop off some copies and meeting Sharron for the first time.

I was saddened to hear about his final illness, but glad that I had the chance just before Xmas to visit and see him. I will treasure the memory of that visit and the conversation; talking about things such as the Garcia/Grisman collaboration and a beautiful DVD they had made together – Garcia singing sea shanties and children’s songs!

The music never stopped...

Written by Ian Smith at 22:38 on Friday, 19 February, 2010, in Worthing:
Andy ('Not Andrew Please!')

The sound of the band could be heard up the street
There were people of all sorts tapping their feet
Singing to songs that we all loved so well
When Andy was singing, you could certainly tell.

A voice that was rich and it came from the heart
Songs from the 20's and songs from the chart
Putting his own little phrases to test
When Andy was singing, he gave it his best.

Big hair and a beard and a pint on the floor
Guitar wound-up nicely and played well for sure
Happy with lead or a nice rhythmic line
When Andy was playing, you could see his face shine.

A true friend to many, no judgement laid down
So very well thought of in our little town
Sunday night, Chapman's, everybody was there,
When Andy was Playing, he'd let down his hair.

The time has now past, and we look back and smile,
How lovely it is to remember a while,
Our own private thoughts on what's up in the stars,
Andy's still singing, in all of our hearts.
Written by Mary Stokes at 23:36 on Wednesday, 17 February, 2010, in Lancing:
I am so glad to have known and had the opportunity to play music with Andy. His company was always great value. A lovely singer and player and a truly good man. His encouragement, empathy, humour and ability to make the best of every situation is missed terribly. He knew how to live his life to the full.
Written by Alistair Gee at 20:07 on Wednesday, 17 February, 2010, in Worthing:
Dear Andy, my old friend I'm so sad I won't see you again
Great times we used to spend and happy memories of you remain
Goodbye my ever patient encouraging friend
It was a joy and an honour to know you
Written by Steve Tasker at 22:15 on Sunday, 14 February, 2010, in Lancing:
When Andy joined us in the Village Band it was as he said, an easy step. This was due in no small part to the type of guy Andy was. Andy was one of lifes true gentlemen, never a bad word for anyone the worst he would ever say was 'Ho-Hum', although this spoke volumes!
Andy brought a wealth of talent and great new songs to the band. On a personal level I would like to thank him for inspiring me with his patience, kindness and enthusiasm as he challenged and cajoled me to a level of performance I am sure I would never have achieved without his presence in the band.
I will miss him greatly. thanks Andy.
Written by Colin Beldam at 17:36 on Wednesday, 10 February, 2010, in Rustington:
I worked with Andy at SME for 23 years and also spent many lunch times with him at The Fountain putting the world to rights and discussing the merits of real ale. I will miss him. He was one of lives gentleman with never a bad word for anyone.
Written by Yak via Sharron at 00:54 on Wednesday, 10 February, 2010, in denmark:
This was sent to me a couple of days ago and withYak's permission am adding it to guestbook.

I was sorry to hear of Andy's death.
I knew him well in my youth. He and Barry lived in Lancing at the time and I spent many an evening round there listening to music and chatting. I was also part of the "Worthing Workshop" crowd, which they were very much part of for a while.
I always remembered Andy as a very amiable, intelligent man with a good built in "Bullshit detector" I liked him very much.
I last saw him on one of my infrequent visits to England in Chapmans about 10/11 years ago. We had a good chat, I invited him to visit us in Denmark I remember. I had hoped to meet both he and Barry again at some time.
My condolences to you and the family.

Robert Yates (Yak) Aarhus. Denmark.
Written by Stuart Reed at 15:33 on Tuesday, 2 February, 2010, in Hove:
I'll miss watching him play twelve chords in songs which I thought had only three - we in The Taverners looked on in wonder. What a lovely man too.

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