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Born Ian Collier on 3rd June 1954, Griff Fender is one of the world's great travellers - the result of his Dad's occupation. His birthplace was Portsmouth (his father was then in the navy); at the age of 3 the family moved to Eastbourne (his father took over his Grandad's shop); at 4 they moved to Hove (his Dad took over a sweet shop); and at 6 they moved nearer the beach at Hove (his Dad became manager of the local bowling alley). Griff was never particularly interested in music, his aspiration being to become a pilot and, in fact, at 15 was pronounced tone deaf at school. From 13 to 21 Griff was in the ATC, qualifying as a gliding instructor at teh age of 18. These flying activities were pursued during the weekend while in the day he worked for Datsun UK Ltd. Even at work he was always on the move - for the four years he was with Datsun he worked at factories in Shoreham, Lancing and Worthing, finally leaving the job from sheer boredom. Having known Den from ATC days when they used to join voices (in song) on the ATC coach trips, when Rocky Sharpe needed a new vocalist Griff was approached to join.

Griff remained with Darts until they folded in 1985. He was responsible for writing Darts' huge hit 'It's Raining' as well as the fantastic a cappella ballad 'Sometime Lately' and 'Stay Away (From Them Girls)'.

Post Darts, Griff and life partner Rita Ray managed the acappella girl group, The Mint Juleps (see Rita's profile page for further details).

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