Rolling back the years

The Atlantics rock n'roll band, who will be appearing at Middleton & Todridge Village Hall.
The Atlantics rock n'roll band, who will be appearing at Middleton & Todridge Village Hall.

IT’S jive time at Middleton and Todridge Village Hall on Sunday as a five-piece band makes a welcome return.

The Atlantics play 1950s-style rock n’roll and rhythm and blues tunes, with music influenced by great performers such as Bill Haley and his Comets, Little Richard, Big Joe Turner and Chuck Berry.

Chairman of the hall’s Management Committee Ernie Coe said: “When The Atlantics came last year, we were breaking new ground and were anxious to make sure we had a decent audience and everyone had a good time.

“We needn’t have been worried because it was a great night — so much so that we were determined to invite them back. Fortunately they were as eager to return as they too had a fantastic evening.

“Back in the 1950s, our village hall used to play host to many a dance night so it’s great to be able to bring The Atlantics to our village and bring everyone together for a trip down memory lane and a great night out full of music, dancing and nostalgia.”

The event is one of many that have been added to the Middleton and Todridge Village Hall programme since an £18,000 refurbishment was carried out a few years ago.

It included the installation of central heating, the transformation of the smaller meeting room, better wheelchair access, and re-decorating throughout.

The number of people using the hall has doubled during the last three years, with a spinning group, Cambo Young Farmers and carpet bowlers among those who attend on a regular basis.

Northumbrian Nights, leek shows, Scottish country dancing and shows put on by the Highlights rural touring scheme are also held at the venue.

Management Committee Secretary George Courtice said: “It was a good example of how locally-based volunteers, with a little help from funders like Big Lottery and local councils, could work together to re-invigorate an important community venue.

“What makes it particularly exciting is that we can attract really high-quality performers with a national following.”

The Atlantics concert will start at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7 and they can be booked in advance by calling 01670 772600.