A hard day’s night but well worth the entrance fee

IT might be 300 miles from Liverpool, but Hastings White Rock Theatre has become a spiritual home for the music of the Fab Four.

And every year the annual Beatles Day extravaganza just seems to get bigger and better.

The Starrlite Beatles on stage at the White Rock Theatre during Beatles Day 15

The Starrlite Beatles on stage at the White Rock Theatre during Beatles Day 15

It was another hard day’s night for the dozens of dedicated volunteers who organised this unique celebration of Beatles music but well worth the entrance fee.

More than 350 musicians in a record 70 acts took part in the 15th annual homage to John, Paul, Ringo and John.

From the cream of the town’s talented young musicians to those well established acts, yesterday (SUNDAY)all our troubles seemed so far away for a quite breath-taking 12 hours.

And around £20,000 was raised on the day for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Observer acting news and content editor Sol Buckner, and keen musician, put a local band together called Mania to play for the first time in the Sussex Hall.

He also spent the day capturing the sights and sounds of the day.

Sol, who formerly worked for the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo, said: “I’ve lived in Liverpool and grew up down the road in St Helens but never felt closer to the Beatles than spending a day like this at the White Rock.
“I can’t explain how special an event this has become and what an honour it was to be involved. The support given to us and each and every band was outstanding - it could only happen in the most musical town in the country.

“There were people in the crowd from Germany who had come in to see just how Hastings pays its own special tribute to the Fab Four.
“The quality of the music was phenemonal across the board and there was something for everyone.

“I think John, Paul, George and Ringo would have loved to see Hastings celebrate their music with such passion, devotion and style.

“I don’t know of anywhere else in the country that puts on such a fabulously rich variety of music for £10 and it all goes to charity. Hastings is a unique place and this was the town at it’s very, very best.”

Beatles Day found and committee chairman Pete Prescott said: “I hope the Beatles would approve.

“We do it because of the love of the music. I hope they would look at the young bands and go ‘yeh I like it.”

See Sol’s full interview with Pete here and see our two page spread on BD15 in this Friday’s Observer.