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Why the Krays headed North; Former villain tells all in his new book.


SIXTIES hardman Micky Fawcett today lifts the lid on that infamous visit of the Kray twins to Tyneside.

The East End villain, a member of the brothers' inner circle of confidantes, arranged the visit to Newcastle's La Dolce Vita nightclub to see US crooner Billy Daniels.

And today, after being reminded of the 1965 trip when he spotted this photograph in the Chronicle, he revealed how it all came about.

The now 75-year-old was responsible for bringing Reggie and Ronnie Kray to Tyneside after he became friends with them at just 19 after meeting in their club.

Micky, of East London, a former boxing manager and promoter, said: "I had been up there previously - I had brought singer Dickie Bennett to the region and he had appeared at the Dolce Vita. I was quite impressed by the club and the scene in Newcastle.

"I recommended that the twins have a look up there and have a night out in Newcastle and that's what happened.

"In my book I describe nights like these as 'works outings'. We were up there for a night out and to have a look at the club and to see how things were done.

"They went up there on a self-publicising tour. They were posing around the place."

During their visit, pictures taken inside the club, situated where The Gate is now, show empty glasses and beer bottles. "We drank La Dolce Vita dry, which was normal procedure," said Micky.

Micky is hoping to return to the region in the near future. He said: "I'm coming up again soon. I want to go to the Shipley Art Gallery and I wouldn't mind visiting the place where La Dolce Vita used to be."

Other tales of Micky and the Krays are remembered in his book Krayzy Days, a story of the East End underworld between the 50s and 70s.

In the book he paints a picture of life with and beyond the Krays, as well as the murderous war of the 70s which saw the East End gangs vying for position in the vacuum left by the twins' imprisonment.

The picture of Micky and the twins in La Dolce Vita will be one of more than 80 unseen snaps to make their way into a new book called The Krays From The Cradle To The Grave.

One of the authors, Steve Wraith, who has spoken to Micky, said: "Last year I worked on a documentary which looked at the Krays' visits to the city and although we got some great tales from the former villains in the area we still didn't feel we had the answer as to why they ventured North.

"After speaking to Micky and reading his book I feel we now know the truth."

Micky Fawcett's book 'Krazy Days' is available from Amazon and 'The Krays From The Cradle To The Grave' is available from www.thekrayscradletothegrave.



OLD PALS Micky Fawcett (circled) at La Dolce Vita nightclub with the Krays

FAMOUS FACES From left, Sonny Liston, centre, Don King and Larry Holmes and right, Barbara Windsor
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 15, 2013
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