Almost 100 local music acts in 18th Beatles Day

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What began as a simple tribute to a brother has become a much-loved annual event which thousands of local people look forward to being part of - Hastings Beatles Day.

This is the 18th year of celebration and live performances of Beatles classics organised by Pete Prescott and this next at the White Rock Theatre will also coincide with the 50th anniversary of the iconic Sergeant Pepper album.

As ever this will be a fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support for which Beatles Day has already raised nearly £200,000.

It was Pete who had the original inspiration to play Beatles music in memory of brother Stephen who passed away at the age of 18. He held the event in Pissarro’s specifically to play the second side of Abbey Road and was stunned by the number of musicians who began turning up to play. The event quickly grew: “It became a monster,” said Pete, “with more and more people wanting to join in. Successive Beatles Days had to move to bigger venues and found a home at the White Rock Theatre where in 2016 over 2,000 people came during the day.

The event on Sunday April 2, from 11.30am until 11pm, will see 97 different acts taking part in the day, with 30 plus acts on each stage of the building.

A highlight will be Sergeant Pepper classics played by the makeshift band put together by Pete who will be singing; he will be joined by Claire Hamill, Martin Blackman, Tony Gainsborugh, Chris Barrett, Phil Gill, Danny Jeffries, and Rich Pentecost with special guests including Mike Raxworthy, Tim Phillips and Joby Heasmer. Tickets £15 for adults, or £7.50 for children, from box office on 01424 462288 or whiterocktheatre.org.uk.

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