1st – The Channel Crossing / Royal Daffodil
A fascinating concept; you leave Southend at 9.00am in the morning, and rock, twist and jive your way across the English channel and back, docking in Southend again at 9.30pm. A dozen or so acts all compered by Radio Luxembourg DJ Ted King. This took place on Whit Saturday and headliners were The Outlaws with Ritchie Blackmore, who also backed Jerry Lee Lewis – the star attraction. Not cheap either, 57/6d was a lot of dosh in 1963. Great flyer. “All aboard the HMS Royal Daffodil…” Thanks to Keith Gardner and Audie Philips.