Blast from the past for Sidmouth bar reunion

17:09 14 July 2014

Bernadette and Chris Tucker

Bernadette and Chris Tucker

Archant

For one night only, an old regular hopes to restore his favourite Sidmouth watering hole into the hip and happening place it once was.

Mermaid regulars Chris Tucker and Bernadette Connett in the 1970sMermaid regulars Chris Tucker and Bernadette Connett in the 1970s

The Mermaid Bar was the place to be when Chris Tucker was growing up, but now as Jack’s Bar, it opens only during FolkWeek.

Now in his fifties, he wants to reunite with his old drinking buddies and relive those glory days.

“Sidmouth was a quiet town to grow up in and I quickly discovered that the coolest place to hang out was the Mermaid Bar,” said the Tiverton-based chartered surveyor.

“It was the place to go if you were a bit hip, a bit cool.

“It was the focus of what little night life there was in Sidmouth at the time, the juke box was loaded with the best records and it was the place where everyone met before moving on to parties and dances.”

Customers would come from far and wide to drink in the Esplanade bar and listen to lesser-known acts like Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton and Bob Marley – and it is songs from these artists that will feature on the night.

It was even popular with Satan’s Slaves, the local chapter of the Hell’s Angels.

Chris, who grew up in Sidbury, insists it won’t be a seventies-themed party – all his friends lived through the long hair and flared trousers and do not need to repeat it.

“We don’t need to look silly all over again,” he added.

He hopes to reunite with everyone who was there from 1972 to 1978.

Jack’s Bar will be rebranded as the Mermaid on Friday, August 8.

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 12:50
Take part in our General Election survey.

We want to know YOUR views ahead of the General Election - take part in our survey here.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00
Patient Participation Group chairman Di Fuller with members of the Sid Vale Association

Building work is almost complete and the Sid Valley’s new £2.1million surgery is set to open in early June – but a new funding bid is under way to improve the look of its car park.

Read more
Mon, 16:30
The former SES stationery shop of Sidmouth. Ref shs 7143-42-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton

The new owner of Sidmouth’s SES building has revealed how his ambitious plans to renovate the ‘eyesore’ have been tied in red tape for six months – with no end in sight.

Read more
Mon, 12:30
WESC intern Harry Roberts and manager Sharon Green

Working at charity shop and social enterprise gives visually impaired young people hands-on work experience – and has one intern aspiring to manage a store of his own.

Read more
Mon, 11:00
Jo Earlam from Tipton St john, who is running the New York marathon next month to raise money for 10 charities, seen here after completing her first marathon in London in 2005

The finish line is in sight for a long-distance runner who is set to clock up her 50th marathon just after a milestone birthday.

Read more
Mon, 06:37
Cllr Paul Diviani and Richard Cohen at the Knowle. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 8232-30-13AW

Controversial plans that will see the East Devon District Council (EDDC) sell its Knowle HQ to a developer and relocate from Sidmouth have been given the final go-ahead.

Read more
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Tommy Duffy

The community is pulling together to ensure the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of a homeless man are not repeated.

Read more
Sunday, March 29, 2015
XXXX

As a boy, he wore his grandfather’s medals with pride. Today, Colin Kingman tells the story of a man who overcame adversity to become a Victoria Cross holder.

Read more
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Aidan Corfield on the rugby themed obstacle course at the world cup warm up event at Sidmouth rugby club. Ref shs 4241-13-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Rugby Club put on a ‘spectacle of all levels’ with a family fun day.

Read more
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Free at last: One of the beavers swims away after being released in to the River Otter this week. Picture: Devon Wildlife Trust

A nine-month battle to allow England’s only wild beaver family to remain on the River Otter came to a close this week, after the animals were safely returned home.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read News

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition today E-edition



Devon's trusted business finder