Get into 60s spirit at festival

Mike Pender's Searchers
Mike Pender's Searchers

Festivalgoers from across the world with a love for the sixties era are to descend on Whitby next weekend.

Whitby Pavilion will host its Whitby 60s Music Festival with 20 acts performing in five shows over three days next Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Topping the bill this summer are The Merseybeats, Mike Penders Searchers and Hermans Hermits.

Other acts schedueled to perform at the event which first started in Whitby in 2006, are The Ivy League, The fourmost, Edison Lighthouse, Union Gap along with the Rock ‘n’ Roll show C’mon Everybody on Saturday night.

The show in the theatre stars one of the original pioneer guitarists of skiffle, Rock ‘n’ Roll and R&B. Chris ‘Fender’ Black.

The festival’s afternoon shows feature the country’s leading theatre tributes to Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, Buddy Holly, Billy Fury, Marty Wilde and more.

Promoter Chris Wood said visitors are expected this year from across the UK and abroard including Norway and Holland although people have come from Australia and New Zealand in previous years.

“It’s all about the music,” he said. “It’s a great atmosphere. People get all dressed up in sixties clothing and some dress as John Lennon.”

Mr Wood said one of this year’s highlights will be a performance from Mike Pender’s Searchers. Tickets are still on sale for all three afternoon and evening events from (01757) 700042.