Back in time to a magical night in the pub garden


LAST week’s unique picture in the Sussex Express of the one and only public appearance on stage together of rock legends Jimmy Page and Ronnie Wood captured the public imagination.

Not least from the BBC as they sought to interview the owner of the negative, local antiques expert Vernon Ward.

So here’s another image from that magical summer’s night in the garden of The Half Moon at Plumpton way back in 1977.

It shows Vernon himself, caught slightly off guard by photographer Fernando Valverdie, after chatting with Wood just before the Rolling Stones guitarist went on the makeshift stage to perform with the Led Zeppelin front man.

Wood is understood to have been a weekend guest at Page’s mansion, Plumpton Place.

The evening made a big impression on antiques man Vernon –who also has something of a rock and roll past of his own. So much so that he and his girlfriend Hayley chose the venue for their wedding reception two years later.

And he will be back at The Half Moon next week when the Vernon Ward Antiques Roadshows come to the pub on Sunday and Tuesday, both 10am-4pm.

Vernon will give free valuations on all kinds of antiques and collectables brought along to the pub, from china to art and from jewellery to books.

And if you’ve got any unusual old photographs he might just be interested in those, too.

For private valuations he can be contacted on 01273 502097.