BOLTON-born DJ, Mark Radcliffe, is reliving his youth as he marks 50 years since his first school band gig.

The performance will include original bass player of The Berlin Airlift, Andy Wright, and two members from rival band, Black Cat Bone, who were in the year above at Bolton School.

The other members are Rick Pilkington, a pro musician with The Blackheart Orchestra, and Tony Wadsworth, who became head of EMI Records and chairman of the Brit Awards.

The two bands first formed when they were pupils at the school and were “very aware of each other musically”. It was Andy who wanted to reunite the group.

Mark, 63, said: “It feels great to all get together and it’s a real celebration.

“Bolton School is behind it, and we are all so very grateful for the start that it gave to us.

“Music has been such a huge part of all of our lives, and a lifelong thing.

“No-one can tell you you’re doing it wrong, and I always loved that.

“It’s how I find my place in the world.”

The broadcaster for BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, last performed with The Berlin Airlift in 1972 at Lostock Tennis Club, and will be putting on the show in the very same place.

Mark added: “It feels quite emotional because it all started here, but also really fun.”

He has still continued to play drums for UNE and Fine Lines, alongside hosting his folk music show and breakfast show.

The band will play a mixture of covers from The Beatles to David Bowie and Black Sabbath, although a set list is yet to be confirmed.

Band members will also be remembering their Bolton roots during their trip, as they head down memory lane to see if their favourite pubs are still around.

The gig will take place on Friday, November 25, and will be free of charge, with an option to help raise money for Bolton School’s charity of choice.

Anyone who has any old photographs from their 1972 gig is also encouraged to send them in, since they are so rare.

Ticket information is yet to be released at a closer date.