Acker Bilk tickets White Rock Pavilion Hastings – 22nd July, year unknown?

supplied by Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

Kevin Burchett… I’m pretty sure they had Acker Bilk judge the town criers competition on the pier many moons ago

Monica Bane… Around 1962, I believe!

Chris Baker… My Mum wrote some lyrics to Stranger on the Shore and it go her into Song Writing. She went up to London to meet the head of Chappells, music publishers, and they tried to persuade her to record it. She turned it down but later recorded many of her own songs. She got me to learn the guitar and provide backing tracks for many of her songs.

Acker Bilk autograph programme – Hastings Pier 26th May 1962

Supplied by Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

Ray Nickson… I seem to recall that he also played at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill sometime in 1979

Colin Bell… I don’t think he’d want to be ‘ a stranger on the shore’ the last couple of days!

Lloyd Johnson… In 1962 Anthony ‘Nan’ Moreland and I went to see Acker Bilk on The Pier…Nan wanted his autograph but had to leave early so asked if I could get Acker Bilk’s autograph for him and gave me the Souvenir photo above.I waited by the dressing room door left of the stage and when he came out to leave I got the Autograph for Nan….Nan and I sat next to each other for most of our school days and remain friends to this day…

Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball, Lonnie Donegan – White Rock Theatre 14th October 1988


Yvonne Cleland…..Acker Bilk! I used to love him when I was a little girl. what was that number – Stranger on the Shore? Made me cry buckets. Probably still would.

Andre Martin….We used Stranger on the Shore when we did the filming “Searching for the PamDor” in the production back some 5 years ago at the Local Museum.

Matt Thomas….Excellent

Alan Esdaile….get your tissues ready Yvonne. You can call records brilliiant, wonderful but This is Beautiful.

Perri Ann Haste….Oh my goodness – Lovely Acker! – I seem to remember he played at a Beer Festival at Alexandra park back in the 80’s – Cant remember exact date though & it was at the Park gates end of the Park near the roundabout.

Joe Knight… Use to see these at the Black Prince Pub Bexley, just off A2

Mick Bolton… What a great night that would have been – Acker, Kenny and Lonnie. And George Chisholm. I saw Lonnie Donegan’s son there a couple of year’s ago playing his dad’s material.

No Home Jerome…  I remember that too.

Joe Knight… Sunday’s at the BLACK PRINCE BEXLEY KENT

Mick Bolton… Lonnie, Kenny and Acker and George Chisholm on the same bill – what a great night that must have been. And John Lill playing Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto. Great stuff.