Barry's tragic death would understandably haunt his family in the years that followed. The modest coverage afforded to his death in the local media ensured the event was soon superseded by other news. Outside of the considerable family trauma, notices of Barry's death would be preserved in the archives of the local newspaper and library.
Come 1978,a sustained revisit of the period was made by script-writer Martin Stellman. Commissioned to write and re-write a lot of the Quadrophenia script, Stellman - a former journalist - diligently went through the cuttings files in London and Brighton libraries, and predictably came across the story of Barry Prior.
Stellman clearly felt the story had echoes with Pete Townshend's concept, and while the"Jimmy" in the album concept stole a boat and headed off to sea for the story's coda, it appears that elements of Barry Prior's demise were to be utilised for the closing moments of the story. Scene 170 of the shooting script clearly lists "Rottingdean" as the start of Jimmy's clifftop adventure, and with Rottingdean a little under two miles from the location of Barry's tragic death, it is clear that the end was initially envisaged to be there and not Beachy Head (some 18 miles further along the coast.)
But aside from the inferences between the two elements, probably the most startling revelation to come out of this story is that Barry's brother in later years would end up working for The Who's management team during the 1970s, being present during the making of Quadrophenia. While Prior and his family have stayed friends with Townshend to this day, there has been no word whether the subject of Barry Prior has ever been raised in relation to the story.