ONE of Keighley’s most popular bands is reforming for a one-off concert to mark the 20th anniversary of their frontman’s death.

Size 5 will perform at one of their old haunts while raising money for Manorlands where Paul Marshall was cared for before he died in 1999.

The gig on March 15 at 7.30pm in the Brontë Hotel, Lees Lane, Haworth, will feature David Boddy and Alan Senior who played with the band in its heyday.

David said: “There is no admission charge but a collection will be taken on behalf of Manorlands hospice where Paul was taken care so wonderfully in his final days.

“We hope to see as many familiar faces and some new ones for a memorable night of music, laughter and reminiscence.”

Paul founded the group – originally a duo known as Size 2 -- in 1977 with bass player Alan.

The line-up gradually grew to five, including Paul’s son Steven, David Boddy and Nomads drummer Colin Storton, playing rock and pop covers in local pubs and clubs.

The band retained the Size 2 name until a pub landlord accidentally called them “Size 5” in a Keighley News advertisement.

They performed regularly throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and continued for about 18 months after Paul’s death in 1999.

The musicians reunited in 2005 to perform at Peter’s wedding, and after talking, decided to stay together, playing for the next few years as Re-Sized 5.

Once back on the road, they went back to their roots by playing the covers they first performed when the musicians started out in the 1970s.

This meant predominantly 1950s and 1960s covers by the likes of Buddy Holly, the Searchers, Drifters and Cliff Richard. Neil Sedaka and Eagles songs could also be heard as the band played from their 70-song repertoire.

Size 5 were regular draws at such venues as the Snooty Fox in Oakworth, the Vine in Keighley, the Punch-bowl in Silsden, and clubs in Bingley, Cullingworth and Steeton.

Steven recently decided to reform the band for a 20th anniversary gig in honour of his father, teaming up with his musician brother Peter to push the idea forward.

The pair dug Alan and David out of retirement and recruited drummer Derek Arnold – another veteran musician from Keighley bands of the 60s and 70s.

The three musicians have been busy in the intervening decades - highlights including David musical-directing for Sutton Amateurs and Derek drumming for Keighley youth theatre HYT.