Article date: 06 July 2019
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With only days to go until the big event, there's little doubting the buzz around Bexhill at the moment. Excitement is building for the inaugural, free Bexhill 60s Revolution on Saturday 13 July, with an itinerary packed full of music, entertainment, dance and fun, as Bexhill returns to the 1960s. Accommodation providers are fully booked around the area, with excited visitors travelling from all over the globe to be with us.
As organisers, we’ve been working hard to put on a show for you - one that once again has the community at its heart and builds on our proud history. With that in mind, we’re delighted to release the timing of events, which will centre on the Jubilee Lawns, De La Warr Pavilion, East Parade and Bexhill Town Centre.
Let’s take a look at some of the main highlights. As a reminder, the Bexhill 60s Revolution will begin at 10 am and finish, after 8 action-packed hours, at 6 pm.
Be around the town centre at midday for the parade of 1960s vehicles through Sackville Road, Western Road and Devonshire Road. Led by Austin Powers and featuring iconic 1960s vehicles such as the Batmobile, you’ll also hear The Beatles For Sale performing Magical Mystery Tour on an open-top bus. The procession will culminate in style with Bond stunt action in Devonshire Road, as 007 faces off against a nemesis from his past… 🎩
The Gaby Hardwicke Stage, on the Jubilee Lawns, will be a focal point for entertainment throughout the day, with local dance and entertainment groups mixed in with featured afternoon acts The Counterfeit Stones, The Beatles For Sale and, re-forming especially for our event, The Tremeloes.
The De La Warr Pavilion terrace will feature a line up to give you plenty of opportunities to dance and have fun, as the Meyer Dancers put on a Sixties dance workshop and the MyCharleston team teach you the steps to “Me Ol’ Bamboo”, alongside Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. There’ll also be performances from Hastings White Rock Youth Theatre’s stage production of Chitty, plus tap dancing from Katie Lewis and music from the age of Hendrix, Cream, The Doors and many others.
Be sure to visit the De La Warr Pavilion during the day, and you will be invited to revisit some of the greatest historical moments from the 1960s. This month sees the 50th anniversary of man's first moon walk, and you’ll be able to see a replica of Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit in the De La Warr Pavilion auditorium foyer. At 2 pm, you’ll get the opportunity to engage with Dallas Campbell, from TV’s Bang Goes The Theory, as he gives a presentation on the Apollo missions. And if that’s not enough, you’ll be able to see the only 9ct gold-plated replica of the Jules Rimet trophy in the world, as we commemorate our 1966 World Cup win.
Down at the Colonnade, you’ll find local musical acts, as well as a replica of the original Captain America Chopper, ridden by Peter Fonda in the Easy Rider film.
And there’s also a big 52-foot whale to talk about, on the far Jubilee Lawn. An attraction especially for parents and children and an important link to the present, as we strive to take better care of our seas.
These are only some of the highlights of what promises to be a packed day of music, entertainment and fun; revisiting the era of cultural revolution.
For the full schedule of event timings, we invite you to pick up a copy of our free souvenir programme. These are available now from venues such as No.48 and the De La Warr Pavilion and will be available at the event on the day
As a non-profit-making, community event, we’re very grateful for all the incredible support we’ve received from our local sponsors. Without these generous businesses and individuals, we wouldn’t have a show for you. When you see them featured in our event programme, know that they represent the very best of Bexhill’s supportive community.
And so, with just days until our event, it leaves us to extend a welcoming invite to you. Come and join the Bexhill 60s Revolution on Saturday 13 July, as we celebrate with you the decade that epitomised the word ‘optimism’. It’ll be GROOVY!
Roger Crouch, Alastair Hazell and the Bexhill 60s Revolution team.
P.S: Follow the Bexhill 60s Revolution Facebook page for photos and information from the event.
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