A groovy kind of bail for Fontana

10th March 2011.'Wakefield Magistrates Court.'Pictured: Sixties Pop Star Wayne Fontana appearing in court today.'Picture: MATTHEW PAGE

10th March 2011.'Wakefield Magistrates Court.'Pictured: Sixties Pop Star Wayne Fontana appearing in court today.'Picture: MATTHEW PAGE

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A GROOVY 1960s pop icon made an unscheduled appearance at court yesterday – in handcuffs.

Wayne Fontana – who had a worldwide smash hit with A Groovy Kind of Love with his band The Mindbenders – was brought before Wakefield magistrates in custody on an arrest warrant over a two-year-old speeding case.

The 65-year-old singer, who wore a Solid 60s UK tour T-shirt, gave the court his real name – Glyn Geoffrey Ellis.

He said he lived in Spain but is currently on tour.

Court clerk Janet Duffield told the bench the star had been convicted in his absence of speeding and driving a vehicle without a licence back in May 2009.

The legal advisor said the previous bench were considering disqualification because of the number of points on his licence and had adjourned the case.

But Fontana didn’t attend court and a warrant without bail was issued in November 2009.

Kim Foley, solicitor for the star, said her client had been arrested by Manchester Police at 6.30pm yesterday.

Fontana complained to the court, saying: “I’ve been arrested, handcuffed, not fed, no drink, not even a sandwich. A poxy bowl of cornflakes – that’s what they gave me.”

Mrs Foley, asking for the driving case to be adjourned for further inquiries, said: “I’ve checked with him and he is touring on this occasion. It comes to conclusion on May 24, so he is in the country for a little over two months.”

Magistrate Steve Jones granted Fontana unconditional bail until next month but questioned the practicalities of him getting back to court while on tour.

But Fontana said: “We’re just in hotels. We’re off every Monday.”

He added: “I can come back to Wakefield any time on the tour.”