The Frank Barber Band & Ted Crouch Band – Hastings Pier

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Frank Barber Band with Ted Crouch on drums

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all photos supplied by Janine Anne Hemsley  – The Ted Crouch Band

Terry Pack….I played a few gigs with The Ted Crouch Band in the early 1970s. On a plywood bass with no amp! Used to strap the bass to my mum’s shopping trolley and get the train to gigs. I often had to walk home, wheeling the bass along.

Geoff Peckham….Well there’s a thing, Terry. My dad played for him regularly in the 60s!

Terry Pack….Could the World get any smaller? I had actually forgotten Ted’s name until I saw this.

Geoff Peckham….I may possibly have played with him too as a 14 or 15year old. My dad was a depping bass player and when he was double-booked and thought I was ready he’d offer my services. I remember my first ever gig was at the Horseshoe Inn, Boreham Street in 1967. A dinner dance, I wore my dad’s spare dj and bowtie. When we played a slow modern waltz, Fred Wilkinson, the drummer (and my chaperone), leant forward to me and muttered “Steady, Geoff, steady”! My first lesson in strict tempo!

Bernard Jeffery….wow this takes me back my dad taught Ted to Play the Drums.

End Of The Pier Show – Repeated on BBC2

Really good news!  ‘The End of the Pier Show’ featuring Hastings Pier and its amazing story is being repeated by the BBC in a network slot, in HD.

It’s a great advertisement for the project and why it is so worthwhile investing in it. If you know any waverers then please do encourage them to watch it. And for yourselves please watch it and enjoy being part of such a compelling enterprise.

It will be broadcast again on Sunday 16th March 2014 on BBC2 at 17.30.

Philip Meston….Made a change to see something in the media that is positive about Hastings too. Long may it continue!

The Confederates & The Searchers – Hastings Pier 1987 video by Peter Millington

Peter Millington….Here is the second video of the great Big Beat Reunion held on 14th November 1987 on Hastings Pier. This one features The Confederates who re-formed for the occasion. I hope the video brings back some good memories of the Pier in its hey-day. It’ll never be the same, just look at everyone dancing!

Peter Millington…The Searchers in full flow. They were obviously impressed with the atmosphere on the pier and made the most of it, as did all the musicians from The Confederates, The Talismen, Cliff Bennett and Friends and of course the enthusiastic audience.

Pier Band Ads – 1973/74

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all cuttings supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey….Some of my favourite bands seen on The Pier…..in order Oct 1973, Sept 1974 and December 1974. Be Bop Deluxe opened their set with ‘Fair Exchange’. Wonderful bands, all of them.

John Wilde….Be Bop Deluxe turned me around. Been a huge fan of Bill Nelson ever since.

Andy Qunta….Wow! We were so spoiled!

Mark Sims…..That poster for Be Bop De Luxe with support Clemen Pull. Clemen Pull was my old band. I was the drummer. www.clemenpull.com

Ken Dengate…..Still got a ‘flyer’ for the Tempest gig.

Mick O’Dowd….Nice work Sarah. Keep the ads coming as i’m trying to compile a pictorial list of Pier music. As I said before those of us that have been around since the 60’s have been really spoilt with the choice of bands both local produced and big names! Time for another Sanatogen!

Dave Nattress….Sarah, When I was in Samisen, we did “Ships in the Night” by Be Bop Deluxe at Ore Centre a couple of times, and rehearsed a couple of other tracks – Made in Heaven I loved/love still, but didn’t do them live.  I’ve got everything Be Bop did vinyl and CD and most of the stuff Bill Nelson did.  Also got a fabulous hardback book biography – Bill Nelson and Be Bop Deluxe.  Sunburst Finish album – just wonderful!!

Bobby Walker…..Remember jumping into the back of a transit to go see Be-Bop Deluxe at Folkestone. Shockingly uncomfortable journey, and we arrived to find we’d got the wrong night!

The End Of The Pier Show – BBC1 7th February 2014

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Thanks to Andre Martin for reminding us about this.

Mick Mepham…..Hi folks, in case you don’t know, on Friday evening at 7.30 p.m. on BBC1 is a program thread, Inside Out, which this week features a program called The End Of The Pier Show which is about Hastings Pier, past, present and future. Well worth a watch and I’m on it too, yayyyyyyyyyyy!!! Enjoy!!

Andy Qunta….Excellent!

Alan Esdaile…..Andre Martin & Graham Howe should also be talking on it. So an important one to watch.

Andre Martin….And we are making NO charge to see the show – you lucky people !!

Here’s the link for people who missed it…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03t8vx6/The_End_of_the_Pier_Show/