Beatles Day success

FANS of the Fab Four helped raise more than £16,000 for charity at this year’s Beatles Day extravaganza on Sunday.

The White Rock Theatre was packed as more than 10 hours of non-stop music was played by scores of musicians and bands.

Classic Beatles hits, ranging from Can’t Buy Me Love to I Want to Hold Your Hand, were played in a variety of genres, such as jazz, blues, heavy metal and rock.

There were tribute bands like the Prefab Four and The Electric Beatles playing, to regular local favourites.

Hastings Stage Studio did a rendition of Live and Let Die, as well as a tap dancing routine.

The whole of the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album was played live.

Main organiser Pete Prescott said this year’s Beatles Day was another resounding success, with some visitors saying it was the ‘best yet’.

He added: “It was spectacular. We had more than 2,000 people through the doors throughout Sunday so the theatre was packed all day.

“This year’s Beatles Day went really well and so far we have raised more than £16,000, so we are very pleased.

“All the acts, of which there were 69, were great, from the first to the last.

“We had some fantastic bands on, playing different kinds of music so there was something for everyone.”

Almost £17,000 was raised at last year’s event.

Since the fundraiser began in 2000 Beatles Day has raised more than £100,000 in total for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Organisers of Beatles Day are also holding a charity auction on April 28 at the White Rock Hotel in which two tickets to participate in the audience of a Graham Norton chat show are among the items on offer.

The auction, which starts at 10.30am, will be carried out by Battle-based auctioneers Burstow and Hewett and all funds raised will go to Macmillan Cancer Support, boosting the total made on Sunday.

See Friday’s Observer for pictures