People turned out in their hundreds to enjoy the ever popular Rock the Pier music event.

With threatening weather conditions it was touch and go if the event would actually take place but GO, it certainly did.

The enthusiastic audience were treated to some great music from our rosta of bands, all who gave their time for free.

Getting the day off to an energetic start were the ever popular Trav Cats, closely followed by The Johnson Van Dykes, some of who’s members looked remarkably like some members of the Trav Cats 😉 Vision kept the entertainment going with their Brit Pop influenced set. Joining us again, REMbrandt continued the entertainment. A Rock the Pier newcomer, local indie band Stone Branches were a popular addition. Finally a much loved favourite, The Soulcatchers had the whole audience up and dancing to bring the show to a close. There was no let up in the entertainment at anytime, back by popular request our compere Byron Witchell and singer Rozzie Turner kept things going while the band change overs took place.

This event only happens due to the generosity of our event sponsors, the bands who give their time for free plus the HPHA volunteers who organise and run the event on the day. We rely on your donations to help run the event and fund the work of HPHA to preserve and restore Hythe Pier and Railway.

A big thankyou to The Scratch Project, The Lord Nelson, and Zilwoods for sponsoring us again.

We were pleased to have two new sponsors this year; New Forest Care providers of much needed care for children and vulnerable young people. Philpotts Fish & Chips who were pleased to serve tasty sustenance to a hungry audience.

The total amount of money taken through donations, sponsorship and merchandise sales at this year’s Rock The Pier was £9,000. A big thankyou to our audience for your enthusiasm and donations supporting the work of HPHA to preserve and restore Hythe’s historic pier and railway.