Largely to raise funds for IT, Hoppy and Joe Boyd start UFO – London’s first weekly psychedelic nightclub. First night December 1966. Quickly becomes legendary hang out. All major players on Underground scene frequently in attendance, including luminaries Jimi Hendrix and Paul McCartney.
Around this time, Hoppy marries US citizen Suzy Creamcheese – partly but not exclusively to help her with immigration issues.
With UFO and IT both successfully advocating ‘alternative’ anti-establishment lifestyles, Hoppy’s court case from December 1966 bust comes up. Electing to defend himself and be tried by jury proves disastrous as Hoppy is sentenced to 9 months imprisonment in Wormwood Scrubs. Judge calls Hoppy: “a pest to society.”
In response to Hoppy’s imprisonment, Paul McCartney pays for full-page advertisement in The Times calling for legalisation of marijuana, signed by many illustrious names – including all four Beatles and future Tory Cabinet member Jonathan Aitken. Despite being a major cause celebre, it does not get a day knocked off Hoppy’s sentence