20th December 2008
Al James retired and played his last gig with the band tonight at The Cheese & Grain, Frome, Somerset.

Al's place is taken by Paul Dixon who will join Showaddywaddy full time early in 2009. This will not be Paul's first stint in the band having played with the band on a tour of Ireland in the autumn of 2008 whilst Danny Willson was on paternity leave.

(Addendum: The Cheese & Grain was also Trevor Oakes's last gig with Showaddywaddy, but this was not known at the time. Trevor commenced a temporary break from the band early in 2009 due to ill health, but subsequently officially retired on 1st May 2009).