Pete Fisher… win a chicken?!!
Alan Esdaile… Used to be a shop in Robertson Street about where Walkers is now. I think it was a shop that sold televisions and we all copied this.
Dennis Torrance… So remember this grew up with Harry Worth on BBC think most at this time tried this
Philip Wood… …..I don’t know why, but there it is.”
Matt Thomas… Used to be able to do this at the bus stops in Queens Rd
Virginia Davis… Remember it well !
Tony Davis… There was also a suit shop, John Colliers I think by the bus stops that used to be in Wellington Place. It was opposite the very old wood and marble decorated Sainsburys
Mark Randall… Did Mr Worth do anything else apart from this ( that people remember)
Dennis Torrance… Made me laugh at most things he did not like some of the modern comedians
Philip Wood… His sitcom was funny and he did Panto.
Jim Breeds… Gosh yes, I think I remember doing that at the shop in Robertson Street!
Diane Knight… me too !!!
Jo Turner… Yep
Flanko Fin Barr… my mum loved him bless her heart
Keith Cowper… I did it!!
Jake Nelson… Me & my mate ‘did the Harry Worth’ every time we passed a certain newsagent’s window!
Alan Pepper… Yes waiting for the bus in Queens Road by John Colliers we all did it early 70’s !
Did find him a bit annoying though to be honest !!
Lesley Brown… Some of us still do!!!
Karen Towner… Remember it well- my dad always had a go.
Michael Wilson… The window of the Sewing shop in London Road Bexhill with my brothers and sisters every Sunday morning in the late 1960s/early 1970s.
all cuttings supplied by Sarah Harvey
Chris Baker….Brian (Bear) Williams (Drums), Bob Shipway, (Bass), Pete Robertson (Vocals) and (Batty) Bill Willshire whose real name was Pete! Fun times! Bill joined after Steve Hersee left and we got Bob the bass player.
Here’s Chris at his 18th birthday with the group Town Council. Harry the manager and Bob Shipway in the photo.
Chris Baker… I am not sure I’d quite developed the Rock God image at that point in my career!
Phil Gill… But the Hofner was too cool for school – do you still have it?
Chris Baker… I do indeed Phil. I had a Humbucker fitted and split to two leads for “stereo” many years ago. It can make more different tones than most! I also have a Strat which I love to bits
Mick O’Dowd… Went to school with “Bill” Wilshire and we used to get together at his place in OLd London Road that he called “Fat’s Pad”. We tried to form a band with me on vocals(ouch) , Trev Partridge on bass, Neil (can’t remember surname) on drums, “Bill” was going to be on keyboards when he could manage to buy one, Tim Purcell on guitar and I think Pete Shaw might have got involved near the end. Working name was The Thoroughbreds. First and last time I tried to be in a band so decded to become a DJ instead!
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John Petrie lead guitar, Phil Booth vocals, Roger Messier bass, Harry Randall rhythm guitar and Archie Pelham on drums.
Yvonne Cleland… Aaaah – Battle dances. Those were the days!
Jacqueline Marsh… Yea, we did a few gigs out there and I went there earlier this year for a meeting, and so many memories came flooding back. This was one of the first places my mum and dad ever saw me performing with the Debs and my mum said, Jacqueline, your a different person when your up on the stage, never forgotten it, bless her.
Harry Randall… John was using a Selmer Zodiac,Roger the good old treble and bass and me Harry a certain triangular Watkins I’d give my right arm to own now I then moved onto a Selmer Thunderbird thirty the one with those brass legs that got caught on everything when wheeling it about!
Virginia Davis… I remember they used to have a disco every Friday night back in the 70s
Peter Gladwish… Never realised I had shared a stage with such illustrious company Harry. This was also around 1964 at the Railway Club. (P.S. I played lead guitar in those days)
Geoff Peckham… Is that Andy Franks I see, Pete?
Peter Gladwish… It certainly is Geoff. I believe we’ve had this conversation before!
Geoff Peckham… Yes, I remember. Just wanted to put his name out there again. I’ve just started what will inevitably be the lengthy process of compiling a cd’s worth of songs and tunes we played together in Uncle John’s Band. I’ll send you a copy when it’s done – but don’t hold your breath!
Peter Gladwish… I’d love to hear it Geoff. Please let me know if you ever manage to get it together. Andy was certainly one of the ‘gooduns’ taken far too soon. There must be a fanastic band or three up there by now!
Harry Randall… Roger Messier I think was from another band Roger Messetter was the Bass player in The Chain Reaction I see his name comes up in Smart 29 in a band called Country Air -early 70’s Carlisle asking who was the bass player? Well I bet it was him.Lived in Sedlescombe RIP!
Paul Huggett..Wow, Roger Messetter was an old mate of mine, he always played rhythm guitar in the bands we were in. Good ol’ boy, we had some capers. 😊 I was bass player in Country Air!
Harry Randall… Well I never knew ! I always thought he was just a Bass player .That is Roger from Sedlescombe ?
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Andre Martin… That was a good show for so many reasons ????
Alan Esdaile… I heard the dj was pretty good that night.
Andre Martin… Sensational would be the best description !!
Mick O’Dowd… Whatever happened to Marshall Scott?
Andre Martin… Retired and lives his life remembering the past ! lol
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Robert Searle…. Ideal venue for Candy Choir,great harmonies. Saw them when they were doing a weeks stint at the Cobweb.Ron ,the keyboard player joined White Plains .Candy Choir were on Top of the Pops with Baŕry Ryan .Paul Ryan played keyboards while Ron played guitar.Eddie Wheeler played lead ,Dave played bass and Danny Beckett on drums.
Nigel Ford… Candy Choir made several visits to Battle Dances around late 60′s-early 70′s and I remember hearing them one lunch time on Radio 1 Club on my smuggled-in Ferguson tranny at school one dinner-time about ’69? ( When dinner-time was still midday…. not in the evening!!!) Ha Ha!
Andy Qunta… Great memories! I see the name Candy Choir, & what I seem to remember is great vocal harmonies!
John Wilde… The Tamla Motown sunday club. It was very good.
Great version of Silence Is Golden .
Very interesting comment from Brian Hatt….
We recorded Silence is Golden in 1966 in West Berlin at Teldec Studios on the worlds first 8track recorder.We took it back to our agent Starlight Artist in the uk and asked him to release it under our recording contract that we had . He said he would. In the same office were the Tremeloes who he all so managed. We herd nothing .The next time i herd the song it was by the Tremeloes in 1967 he had given it to them. When asked Why? he replied I have spent much money on them and they need a hit .I was so gutted i left the Candy Choir to form Orange Music to run the Studios and build Orange Amplifiers . Brian Hatt. Candy Choir.
Dave Easton… Suspect appeared with Candy Choir many times They were A SUPERB HARMONY BA
Robert Searle… They were Dave so were Suspect
Andy Qunta… I’m sure I saw Suspect with Candy Choir, & I thought they were both brilliant!
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First photo of Die Laughing, Mallet Hall Bexhill in May 1977. Terry Corder bass, Kevin Williams vocals, Lol Cooksey drums and Phil Thornton Guitar.
Trisha Ann…. That’s Mick Mepham on the drums isn’t it not Lol?
Roy Penfold… Certainly looks like Mick!
Alan Esdaile… Doesn’t look like him but definitely Lol.
Jim Breeds… I bought a Die Laughing 7 inch in Courthouse Street yesterday! You Got The Power/Hard Living Man on Ocean Records OC 003. Bit of a punt – I haven’t had a chance to try playing it yet to see if’s OK.
Phil Thornton… haha ! It was high energy back in the day and fun to be on guitar for a change !
Richard J Porter… Now known as the 6Ts with Harry Randall replacing Philip Thornton. Saw Harry earlier today.
Phil Thornton… As far as I know the 6Ts are harry, terry and lol. Different material than DL – my replacement was Mick mepham ! The early DL material also featured 60’s covers but it was very stylised and delivered with a punkish attitude – an interesting mix with kev’s angelic soulful vocals ( I wonder what happened to him ?) when Mick took over, original material became the main focus with a classic/melodic rock approach ! I remember they put on an outstanding performance for the melody maker rock contest (1978 ?)
Andy Ives… And what a great band they were too
Our 38th meet. Among the newbies this time were Harry Randall. Harry was talking about his bands Chain Reaction, The 6ts and The Patriots who appeared on New Faces and had a single out on Bus Stop Records called Rick Rack. Mick O’Dowd arrived with The Beatles live at the BBC cassette pack and a whole bunch of cd’s that he was happy to give away for a donation to the Conquest MRI Scanner appeal. Laurie Cooksey arrived with some more photos from the 6ts and the very first photo of Die Laughing, and interested in getting a book together of Hastings rock history. Cliff Wootton had with cd’s for his new progressive folk band ‘Where Once Giants Trod’ and Pete Prescott had with him The Simon Dee book, the Guitarist book from 87 featuring him and Ray Fenwick and Jazz UK and The Hastings Trawler, both with Liane Carroll on the covers. Wendy Weaver remembers seeing live Fred Astaire and Gene Vincent and going to The Simon Dee tv show. Iain Cobby was talking to John Petrie about Stallion at The Melody Maker rock contest and Tony Qunta was talking about how the Factory single Time Machine keeps rising in value and also amplification getting smaller and smaller. Colin Bell mentioned that he did the first proper disco in Hastings at The Regent Hotel in 1968 for the EF students, prior to this Andre said that he played records in the same venue supporting bands like Unabridged Telephone Directory. Sarah Harvey is working on the Hastings Rock recordings of Colin’s interview with Roger Daltrey which she hopes to play on her Slammin Tunes programme some time in the near future. Kevin Burchett is working on some videos of The Lost Boys and Sergeant which will be posted on You Tube shortly. Also Kevin was pleased to announce that enough money has now been raised for a permanent statue to Ron ‘Popeye’ Everett. Tony Davis was talking about an incident at his recent Birthday event , when The Kavemen played. Unfortunately someone stole the bass players pedal kit. Photos are all over social media and hopefully the person will be caught. Chat was also about the BBC Proms Stax Records tribute and PP Arnold’s finally releases her lost album. As we finished more people were arriving and ended up a very good afternoon. This is a small bit of what I can remember, anyone who wishes to add anything you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.
Phil Gill… Sorry not to make it this time Alan, work got in the way.
Lucy Pappas… Sounds like I missed another great afternoon xx
Mick O’Dowd…Everyone is always made welcome at the Meets.
Andy Qunta… Anyone else like to have their fire buckets checked?
Jim Breeds… I’ll avoid any joke about hoses!
Mick O’Dowd… I think I needed a fire extinguisher after meeting her!
Pete Fairless… I saw them in September 1975 – 42 years ago, tomorrow… Yes, I recall it was rather warm!
Dennis Torrance… I was there
Martin Waghorne… Great night i remember it . just
Paul Hoggard… Great gig!