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Crawley’s Kind Of Music

The first 70 years of Crawley New Town will be celebrated in glorious musical and theatrical style on Saturday, October 14 at The Hawth, and the whole of Crawley is invited to celebrate the town’s special milestone with an array of entertainers in an event which will raise money for local charities.

The extravaganza of an event entitled Music Through The Ages promises to be an exciting, fun-filled and unique musical and theatrical celebration telling the story of Crawley New Town’s first 70 years – from its birth in the 1940s to present day, and is to be staged at the town’s theatre, The Hawth.

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Top Of Crawley’s Pops

Over the years there have been a variety of acts topping the UK charts since the birth of Crawley New Town, we have a list of the number one hits on October 1 in 1947, and each following decade:

1947: Now Is The Hour – Gracie Fields
1957: Diana – Paul Anka
1967: The Last Waltz – Engelbert Humperdinck
1977: Way Down – Elvis Presley
1987: Pump Up The Volume – MARRS
1997: Candle In The Wind ‘97/Something About The Way You Look Tonight – Sir Elton John
2007: About You Now – Sugababes


The night will be the town’s flagship 70th birthday event featuring amazing song, music, dance and theatre from the past seven decades. Acts from local groups, community artists and professional entertainers will help mark this milestone year by performing popular music from 1947 to 2017.

The show, produced professionally on behalf of Crawley Borough Council, will take place from 7.30pm in the main theatre, and there will be dazzling entertainment courtesy of the Crawley Operatic Society, The Hawth Youth Theatre, Pitchy Breath, Inspire Performance and more.

Those attending are invited to dress up in clothes from their favourite decade from the 1940s onwards, so dust off your clothes from your decade of choice! It is hoped Crawley’s townsfolk will pack out the theatre as teddy boys, mods, rockers, hippies, punk rockers, new romantics and goths!

Cllr Michael Jones, cabinet member for community engagement, said: “This year has been marked with great events and Music Through The Ages will provide a wonderful finale. Thanks to everyone who has been involved in putting this event together. I’m looking forward to a wonderful evening.”

Music Through The Ages

Tickets to the show are £10.00 for adults and £6.00 for those aged 16 or younger, for more information, visit: or call the box office on: 01293 553636. A percentage of ticket sales will go to the Mayor of Crawley’s charities, Band of Brothers and Alzheimer’s Society (Crawley).

By Jacob White

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