Beatles Day breaks the £100k barrier

Pupils from Hastings Stage Studio School for the Performing Arts took part in the event
Pupils from Hastings Stage Studio School for the Performing Arts took part in the event

FANS of the Fab Four helped smash the £100,000 fundraising barrier at Sunday’s Beatles Day extravaganza.

Organisers also had more good news to celebrate as this year’s show raised almost £17,000 alone.

Electric Beatles

Electric Beatles

More than 1,000 revellers descended on the White Rock Theatre on Sunday to hear scores of Beatles hits performed in different styles.

Hundreds of musicians took to the stage to play popular and less well-known numbers.

Performers included local legends Liane Carroll, Blair, Pass The Cat, The Teenbeats, The Submarino Marinos and the 1066 Rockitmen.

Some of the UK’s best Beatles tribute acts, such as The Electric Beatles and the Prefab Four also entertained the crowds.

The hugely talented Brooke Sharkey was also back by popular demand following a show-stealing performance at last year’s event.

Graham How, one of the main organisers, said: “We raised £16,800 on Sunday.

“It’s a pretty amazing feat and another record for the people of Hastings.

“We made an announcement at 9pm to say we had raised more than £100,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support so far since Beatles Day started in 2000.

“Brooke Sharkey was stunning and she sang You Never Give Me Your Money and I Saw You Standing There, which brough tears to people’s eyes. She came with her father Geoff all the way from Norwich so that’s commitment.

“Hornet brought a bit of rock to the show playing Beatles hits and we had 350 performers and musicians.

“There was a rendition of Hey Jude at the end of the show where everyone joined in and sang.”

At the annual fundraiser each act tries to breathe new life into Beatles classics, and each year new performers come, as well as regular favourites.