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Annual rock ‘n’ roll weekend is bigger and better than ever in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 11:01 10 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:01 10 July 2015

Rock and Roll Weekend at the Royal Green Lowestoft

Rock and Roll Weekend at the Royal Green Lowestoft

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It was billed as the “ultimate 1950s rock ‘n’ roll weekend”, including 30 bands and a memorable performance from singing legend Charlie Gracie.

Pictures: Mick HowesPictures: Mick Howes

And the familiar sight of quiff hairstyles, sharp suits and pristine dresses meant Lowestoft was well and truly rocking as The Wildest Cats in Town Rock ‘N’ Roll lived up to all expectations.

The warm weather meant that over 1,500 visitors from across the UK and as far afield as Norway, Sweden, Brazil and the USA, descended on Pontins in Pakefield for the four-day event, organised by Ritchie Gee and Kathy Cole, of the Tennessee Club,

After enjoying the boiling temperatures for the first three days, the rain on the Sunday did not dampen the spirits as 200 classic cars, a celebration of 1950s music, and unique fashion styles brought a nostalgic air to the town’s Royal Plain.

Next year will be the 15th anniversary of the well-attended event and according to organiser Ritchie Gee, who has been around the Rock ‘n’ Roll scene for 45 years; records for the number of people re-booking have already been broken.

“We have a lot of people that return each year and internationally this event is seen as the acclaimed home of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” he said.

“It was fantastic few days,” said Mr Gee. “We had the rockers, teddy boys and a range of fans attend. We are all friendly and the camaraderie is outstanding.

“We manage to attract all the best bands and I love recreating the scene I remember for the people of today.”

Terri Woolton, landlady of The Tramways Hotel said: “It was a really good atmosphere and some of them were even dancing on the tables and on the bar.”

The welcome party on the Thursday evening provided a celebration of the music of the time. Some of the staff at Pontins even dressed in 1950s attire as the visitors took over the whole park with holidaymakers having to leave at 10am on the Thursday.

There was also the chance to buy memorabilia and clothes from stalls selling shoes, handbags, CD’s and dresses.

On the Saturday, the traditional walk down to the Tramways Hotel was on the agenda before a power fault in the evening meant that for a short time, the group had to evacuate from the holiday park. But in true Rock ‘N’ Roll style, the show continued with a band performing in the car park until a large generator arrived from Great Yarmouth.

“We always enjoy the walk down to the pub as a lot of people know us and come out of their houses”, Mr Gee added.

“It was hot and we all wore our 1950s original suits; people were remarking on how good we look.

“In the evening, when we lost power, I was walking round with megaphone in the true spirit saying we will carry on.

“Nobody moaned and within an hour a massive generator was brought in.

The Tennessee Club has organised its next event at Pontins – The Wildest Cats in Town annual Christmas party – from November 27-November 30. For details, call 01530 455657 or 07976 964086 or visit www.tennesseeclub.net

Are you hosting a unique event? Email: joe.randlesome@archant.co.uk


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