Get back to the White Rock Hotel to celebrate the Fab Four

Beatles Day at White Rock Theatre, Hastings.'01.04.12.'Picture by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY
Beatles Day at White Rock Theatre, Hastings.'01.04.12.'Picture by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY

HUNDREDS of musicians will descend on the White Rock hotel next Sunday to take part in the 14th annual Beatles Day celebration.

Up to 65 acts will perform at the popular event during 12 hours of non-stop music starting at midday.

And as a special precursor to the event, the Starrlite Beatles from Brighton will perform on the hotel rooftop at 1pm on Saturday to recreate the famous performance by the band on top of the Apple Corp headquarters in January 1969.

On Sunday most bands will have 20 minutes to perform their tribute piece with most of the performers coming from the local area.

Acts include up-and-coming local band Dorey The Wise and Norfolk-based Brooke Sharkey who has appeared at Glastonbury.

Bands are asked to play their versions of the Fab Four’s music but no song will be played more than three times under event rules.

Organiser Pete Prescott started the event way back in December 2000 at Pissarro’s.

He organised it as a tribute to his brother Stephen who was killed during a tragic industrial accident in 1972 aged just 18.

Stephen bought Pete a copy of Abbey Road in 1970 and the pair would often listen to it together.

In April 2001 the event moved to Marina Pavillion for three years.

In 2004 it transferred to the Pier until 2007. In April 2008 the event moved to its current home at the White Rock Hotel.

Since then £118,000 has been raised for Macmillan Cancer Support and last year alone raised £18,000.

Pete said: “It is a fantastic event.

“It has come such a long way since we first started in Pissarro’s 13 years ago.

“And it raises such a lot ogf money for a very worthy cause.

“There is jazz, rock, blues and every type of music style - it’s quite exciting because you don’t know what your’re going to get. We have even got kids as young as four singing Ob-La-Di.”

For information visit www.hastingsbeatlesday.org.uk