The Big T Sound & Town Council – Hastings Pier 21st September 1968

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.

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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!

 

Shaft – Graffiti photo 1971 and promo photo.

Shaft 1971

Shaft Poster

photos supplied by Andy Knight

featuring Bob Shipway, Colin Pierce, Andy Knight, Jim Beadle and Dave Shaw. The graffiti photo was taken in Alfred Street, St Leonards. Is that Daisy on the wall?

Robert Searle… I remember seeing Shaft play at The Regent St Leonards. Dave Shaw was with me in a band called Foxy with Colin Fox and Les Harding.

Yvonne Cleland… Yes looks like Daisy graffiti!

Banned – Christ Church School 1970

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supplied by Andy Knight

Andy Knight… My recollection is this is Banned, a short lived band in about 1970, Digger Rosewell (voc) Bob Shipway (bass), Chris Baker (gtr) and Andy Knight (drms), Bob and Chris are welcome to correct or add re the date etc. It was in Christ Church School (upstairs), we borrowed a scout handcart to get the equipment from where I lived in Carisbrooke Road to the entrance in Alfred Street, we must have been bonkers

Bob Shipway… Wow, I’d forgotten this line up and band name completely!

Mike Mitchell… Not bonkers, Andy, just young!

Chris Baker… Wow! Me too! Need more info on this. I was clearly there, but then “if you can remember those days you weren’t really there!”.  Reminds me of the early days before we even had a van! Carrying all the amps and speakers from Priory Road to the Round Table Youth Club for every practice. Hands were numb from carrying the weight so it took a while to recover before we could play anything!

Sam Rosewell… Wow! My dad (Digger) looks so cool!!

Lyn Humphrey… I worked with Digger Rosewall in ’73, at Ashdown House (Works Bills).

Shaft – Mk1

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supplied by Bob Shipway

Bob Shipway… Shaft Mk1 (L-R) Pete Shaw, Andy Knight, Colin Pearce, and Bob Shipway. Not sure of the date or location.

Andy Knight… What were we doing, you look v happy on drums! Dave and I singing, mad or what, Jim hiding, looks like Hastings Pier to me or maybe Lees Cliff ?

Bob Shipway… yep very happy indeed. I thought it may be Hastings Pier. Yes, mad, and good, times. I can remember swapping onto drums so you could sing at the front on a couple of songs but can’t for the life of me remember what they were.

Alan Esdaile… Rare to see Andy out front. Does look like the pier.

Robert Searle… Remember seeing Dave and Shaft at the Regent

Town Council – Camber & more.. 67/68

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supplied by Chris Baker

Chris Baker… Aaaagh! So very long ago!  Town Council at Camber Sands. We played there twice a week for a couple of summers. Must be late 60s I think. Great days.
Left to right: Steve Hersee, Brian *Bear” Williams, Bob Shipway, Pete Robertson and Chris Baker.

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Chris Baker…. A more respectable studio shot of The Town Council. Taken by G.Ivan Barnett and a very blurry one in the basement practice room at the Round Table Youth Club. Amazing!

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Sam Tripp with Allan Turner on vocals & Ollie on drums – 1970’s

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supplied by Hastings Groups from 1958 to the present

Allan Turner, Jeff Hobson, Ollie, Bob Shipway.

Chris Sambrook….The same Allan Turner from Rediffusion from 1970/1971. Had a band called Artus in 1971. On bass John Davies and on keyboards Nigel Banks. Would be nice to see him again

Mick Mepham… You there, Turner, man up and be more forceful this instant!! Don’t you just love write-ups? At least it was positive …

Chris Baker… Didn’t know Bob Shipway was with them. Lost touch when he moved to Bexhill. Love to know where he is now.

Allan Osbourne… Can anyone help with any information regarding the members of Sam Tripp and where they might be now. I was the front man for the band back in the early seventies. Bob Shipway bass, Ollie drums, Jeff on telecaster and myself , then Allan Turner as lead singer. I would be gratefull for any info as to present whereabouts of the others . My E mail address is Bacarooda@hotmail.com  Thank you.

Love Bucket

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supplied by Chris Baker

Chris Baker, Pete (Bill) Willshire, Brian (Bear) Williams and Bob Shipway. Hastings Pier.

Mick O’Dowd….Is this the same Pete “Fats” Wilshire who once lived  at “Fat’s Pad”  in Old London Road and formed a band with Me, Twidge Partridge, Tim Purcell etc?

Chris Baker….Yup! That’s him! Batty Bill as we used to call him then, married my sister Di. He was a great bloke

Barry Newton….Worked with Bill at Redifusion and social services for many a year also knew Di