Story of historic gig to be made into a play

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A PLAY is being written about the historic gig that attracted Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and other star names to Spalding in 1967.

The famous Barbecue 67 took place in the Tulip Bulb Auction Hall in the town and also featured Cream, Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band and local rockers Sounds Force Five, who have since celebrated the anniversary with new gigs.

The gig, which attracted a crowd of about 4,000, has passed in to folklore and Nottingham playwright Andy Barrett now wants to develop a script inspired by the events.

Mr Barrett and the New Perspectives Theatre Company want people who remember the night to use their stories and experiences in the play.

He said: “This was obviously an incredible moment in the history of the town and I’m really looking forward to finding out as much as I can about what was a truly incredible musical moment. And of course the best way to understand exactly what it was like, and also what it meant, is to talk to those who were there.”

Mr Barrett will hold a reunion barbecue event at the Red Lion in Market Place, Spalding at 5.30pm on Saturday, September 3 with Sounds Force Five due to attend.

To attend or share memories email tillybranson@newperspectives.co.uk or call Mr Barrett on 07986 594395.