The Portsmouth Evening News from 1 August 1960 (Bank Holiday Monday) carried a juvenile court story about a 14-year-old girl who said she went to a rock ‘n’ roll club every night. Her Probation Officer told the court that her mother “was going around with coloured sailors in a fairground”. The court found that she was “in need of care and protection … and was placed under supervision for three years”, including a nightly curfew of 10.15pm.
The same edition carried the headline “Beaulieu Back to Normal After Jazz Riot” and carried a photograph of “bearded beatniks” among the fairground debris after the ‘riot’ on the previous Saturday night. That came about because the ‘Trad’ fans got bored by a modern group, the Jazz Five, and then had to wait for the television cameras to prepare to broadcast a performance by Acker Bilk’s Paramount Jazz Band.
On Sunday, Bank Holiday visitors to Beaulieu were apparently “content to be amused by the antics of ‘beatniks’, ‘weirdies’ and ‘ooblies’”. On Thursday, the ‘paper carried a letter from Ernie Sears, promoter of Portsmouth’s Rendezvous ‘Trad’ Jazz Club and Secretary of the Portsmouth Area Jazz Federation, who explained but did not condone the riot and suggested the need in future to segregate the “various jazz idioms”.