Photos of Rolling Stones at the Spa sell for £3,000

Rolling Stones at Bridlington Spa
Rolling Stones at Bridlington Spa

A COLLECTION of photographs of The Rolling Stones in concert at Bridlington Spa have sold for £3,000.

The 27 black and white negatives, originally taken by photographer Julian French, were from shows in at the Royal Hall on May 2, 1964 were auctioned at Bonhams in London last Wednesday. They had been expected to fetch between £1,500 and £2,000.

The Stones, then in their 20s, did two shows at Bridlington Spa.

They had travelled over from Lancashire where the day before they had played at the Imperial Ballroom in Nelson.

After their Bridlington shows they went back to Lancashire to play at the Palace Theatre in Manchester.

Later that month, on May 24, they were in Birmingham to record an appearance on the ABC TV pop music show, Thank Your Lucky Stars, on which they sang Not Fade Away and I Just Want To Make Love To You.

It was a momentous year for the Stones – Mick Jagger, 21, Keith Richards, 20, Brian Jones, 22, Charlie Watts, 22, Bill Wyman, 27 – as it was the year they achieved their major just before their Bridlington visit with their first top ten hit, Not Fade Away, which entered the record charts in February 1964.

On July 16, just 11 weeks after their Bridlington shows, they reached number one for the first time, with It’s All Over Now, and hit the top spot again in December with Little Red Rooster.

Do YOU remember 1964 when the Rolling Stones came to Bridlington? Were you at the Stones Spa concerts?

Send us your memories, or photographs of the big night by email to or in writing to Rolling Stones, Bridlington Free Press, 3 Prospect Street, Bridlington Y015 2AQ. Please include a daytime phone number.