Cliff’s date in Ripley features in pop book

NRHNBE111101d1'Regal's rock history: Pub owner Sean Fields stands outside the Regal pub on Nottingham Road, Ripley, which appears in The Rock Atlas of Great Britain, out this week.
NRHNBE111101d1'Regal's rock history: Pub owner Sean Fields stands outside the Regal pub on Nottingham Road, Ripley, which appears in The Rock Atlas of Great Britain, out this week.

POP legend Cliff Richard’s historical Ripley performance has been chronicled in a new book released this week.

The Rock Atlas, which hit the shops on Monday, contains 600 must-visit locations across the UK for music enthusiasts.

And alongside the former home of Jimi Hendrix, famous album cover locations and Penny Lane itself, the Regal on Nottingham Road in Ripley has made the list.

The pub once bore witness to Summer Holiday star Cliff Richard’s first gig under his now familiar stage name.

Essex-based author and former Guinness publisher David Roberts said Sir Cliff’s debut Ripley performance on May 3, 1958, was a turning point in a now multi-million album selling career.