With a sound described as a fusion of punk, gothic rock and rockabilly, The Jack Tars
have pulled together four notables from the late '70s/ early '80s in an attempt to graft these styles on to a 21st-century template.
AS death became more and more inevitable the heroic (but usually illiterate) Jack Tars
would often make informal, verbal wills.
The Navy's problem is what to do with 17,000 drunken sailors - our jolly Jack Tars
are drinking so much that defence chiefs fear that the service's capabilities will be affected.
Given a thoroughly modern make-over, it's certainly not your traditional seaside inn, where you'd expect Jolly Jack Tars
to be teetering on their prosthetics by the bar and musty fishing nets to be dangling from the ceiling.
CAROUSING SAILORS: Jack Tars
from a bygone age and (inset) the Press Gang at work
With a crew nigh thirteen hundred, all jack tars
true and brave
20pm) Merely middling musical, as jolly jack tars
use ship's money to stage a show at sea.
The sight of Irish families adopting a US sailor for the day, and admiring girls showing their appreciation of the white-suited jack tars
is one that must be welcomed.
They were, of course, fakes and the Jolly Jack Tars
who bought them soon discovered they didn't last very long.
Ships used to make their way here up the Dyfi, and jolly Jack Tars
would have thronged to the bar to offload their tales of the high seas on disbelieving farmers.
Meanwhile, our indefatigable Man About Town was airily telling his stoic Japanese interviewees that the British Navy was the world's best, that our dreadnoughts were feared by all, and that our Jack Tars
were as good as they'd been in the days of Drake or Nelson.
THESE young Jack Tars
were all cadets on board HMS Indefatigable, a training ship which was based at Rock Ferry.