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Just heard that the White Hart in Acton Burnt Down...
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Author:  SteveRussell [ Sun Jan 08, 2017 1:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Just heard that the White Hart in Acton Burnt Down...

Really sorry to read this on the Who Facebook page....

'Sad to report that the White Hart Hotel in Acton burnt down in the early hours of 1 January 2017. Fortunately all 340 customers and the staff of 12 were all OK.

In recent years the White Hart had been known as the Redback and more recently, the Aeronaut. But back in February 1963 a Monday night residency at the White Hart was given to a local "jazz and jive" group called The Detours. They were paid the princely sum of £10 for their nightly appearances.

The Detours were of course, singer and guitarist Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bass guitarist John Johns (Entwistle) and drummer Doug Sandom.

The booking for the residency was made by local promoter Bob Druce of Commercial Entertainments Ltd. Pete's mum, Betty Townshend often drove the group and their equipment to the White Hart in her yellow Ford van which she used for her antiques business.

Many thanks to Mark Hazlewood for letting us know about the tragic fire and for kindly sending us the photograph. The owners of the pub have said they hope to rebuild it but that will take some time.'

Author:  ChrisPTenner [ Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Just heard that the White Hart in Acton Burnt Down...

It was shown on both BBC & ITV London news. Very lucky escape for all the people who were inside.

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