Lewes rock and rollers in emotional return

HALF-a-century has passed since five fresh-faced young men got together and formed a band.

The Hustlers might not have exactly set the music world on fire, but they formed a considerable following in the Lewes area before going their separate ways in the mid-1960s.

Now they have reformed and are making what promises to be an emotional return to what they consider to be their spiritual home - St Mary’s Social Centre in Christie Road.

The original line-up of The Hustlers will be playing at the venue on Friday, July 1, with all proceeds going to the Cottage Pre-school. The concert is being sponsored by Lyons Finance.

Two of the band members, Tony Burchell and Dick Pearce, went on to perform in the legendary St Mary’s pantomimes and still have connections in the Nevill area of Lewes.

Concert organiser Claire Lyons said The Hustlers were thrilled to be returning to the social centre. She is still tracking down some of the ‘groupies’ of 50 years ago and said: “It is looking to be quite a reunion with people from as far as Southampton coming up for it.”

Tickets, priced at £5, are available from Claire on 0777 3194 040.

The Cottage Pre-school is a charity based at St Mary’s and, with a history dating back more than 40 years, is believed to be the oldest pre-school in Lewes.