The GT Strokers – The Kit Kat Club 6th October 1967

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supplied by Andy Webster

The Kit Kat Club in Old London Rd, near Ore Village.
From the left on keyboards is Reverley Stockdale , Andy Webster (guitar), Tony Lambert (vocals), Graham Kent (bass), Paul Freeman (drums).

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supplied by Andre Martin

Chris Baker… Ha! Played there once in the early days of The Town Council! I remember learning My Generation especially for the gig.

Robert Searle… Wow what a great picture

Virginia Davis… Whereabouts in Old London Road was it and when did it close?

Alan Esdaile… It was virtually opposite the China Parade, not sure when it closed.

Colin Fox… This must have been taken a long time ago. Rev and Paul, (who Robert Searle and I lodged with in the early 70’s) look very young.

Mick O’Dowd… Deep Purple (Hastings) played there & I did discos there. The building is still there Virginia Davis. It is the long one-storey building with the parking space in front.

Virginia Davis… Thanks. The one that was a car or bike club for a while

Clive Richardson – around 1974/1976

 

and he was playing A Horse With No Name

Jim Breeds… Surely he was playing the guitar? Whether or not it had a name, I don’t know. 🙂

Phil Gill… No, I can tell by looking at his expression he was playing the B side, “Sandman”.

Jim Breeds… It’s a great photo of Clive. Hair’s a bit longer than when we were at school though. I met up with Clive last year for the first time in decades. Thanks to Alan for putting us in touch.

Andrew Freeman… Instantly recognisable as Clive, though with more hair than at school as Jim says.

Stephen Fletcher… Not seen Clive for years is he still about.

Alan Esdaile… He lives now in Battle, Stephen.

Diane Knight… Oh .. I do remember that face…

John McCallion… In the same class, Priory Road.

Mick O’Dowd… Great to see Clive. Pity he can’t make the Meets. I reckon he’s playing The Sound Of Silence.

Tony Court-holmes… does bloody good tours round england check it out. Jill and I go often.

Phil Gill… He looks very short in the pier photo.

Peter Brazier… That was just after we fixed the landing stage! I had to put that chain up lol

Jo Turner… I use to go digging for worms by the pier with Clive when I was a teenager. He taught me how to beat them digging down fast. Fond memories.

cassette recorder – did you have one of these?

Dennis Torrance… Brilliant got my first one from curry’s queens road used to put 🎤 by transistor radio

Josie Lawson… I have a similar one even now. I bought it a couple years ago so that I could go through my cassette tapes to see if I could find my homemade shows I did on my cassettes also I have a few copies I was always made of the hospital radio shows I was interviewed. I thought I might be able to then have transferred to cd rom cds to listen too in my computer, what do you think, do you reckon that could be done?

Tony Ham… Pixels in Rye will put cassette recordings on cd.

Mick Guy… Also useful for the \BBC micro!

Andy Pilkington… there making a comeback to, even Argos now selling them

Tiffany Barton… Once played with one and it broke down the tape kept sticking and reels of mess came out then I gave up and it ended up in a car boot sale. Its a beautiful thing. I regretted breaking it. Then I got one of these & was listening to Soul & Motown of course.. Why did the tape keep tangling up?

Pete Prescott… I still have them and use them in my Micra. Some of my tapes are over 45 years old. Most still sound amazing ! Love them !

Nick Prince… Recordings of Pirate Radio and Radio Luxembourg on mine….

Wendy Belton… Used to record the top twenty on one of these on Sunday evenings in the 70s. Still have the recorded cassettes ok and maybe even one of these players in the loft!

Nick Prince… Me to… back in the days when Tony Blackburn did the charts

Keith Cowper… Had one for recording all my music rehearsals

Pete Prescott… I found a tape of Andy Caine and I working on a couple of songs (we were put together to see if we could write by Ike Nossell ) one was good.

Jeff Belton… I had one these, and that’s what I used to practise being a DJ. Alot of fun !

Ian Brown… Definitely had one of those I used to sell them I’m the audio department at boots in Blackpool I think they were made by Ferguson

Tony Ham… I used to record John Peel’s show, happy days.

Will Cornell…I had one too of course…recorded almost the entire 1974 Philadelphia Folk Festival and those cassettes lasted years…even with the batteries going dead they were great tapes. I did not know until recently the acoustic guitar intro to “Street Fighting Man” comes from a cassette recorder like this….and I still wonder why the shortwave radio that had a built in timer cassette recorder did not take off. I guess SW was at it’s final days anyway. Being able to record something that broadcast while you were asleep woulda been real cool.

Dave Nattress… Yes for sure. Several over the years. First portable one was Mono, Philips job, poor sound etc. took it in the car before I got the first car cassette player for the Ford Anglia!! That had a poor sound also – speakers on back shelf. Then at least 2 more. ITT stereo (apparently), used to take it to band rehearsals – Damaris, Samisen, Prisoners. Keep meaning to look for the old tapes in the loft. Many pre-recorded cassettes and home recorded for car back then. They play OK in the TEAC cassette player/recorder – so called Hi-Fi. Also got walkman somewhere and a portable dictating recording type job that takes standard cassettes. Tried to record a few gigs but totally awful sound – used to have to conceal it when getting into the gigs back then!! Tried The Blue Nile at Albert Hall for one – waste of time, sound reproduction awful.

Terry Hardwick… Had one for Christmas lasted years

 

The Confederates – Hollington/Wishing Tree Fete August 1964

supplied by Pete Millington

Pete Fairless… Where John met Paul, or something?

Pete Millington… Yes and we had the lorry as a stage as well

Martin Richter… …and the kids went wild!  That`s a big guitar on the left – and he looks huge compared to the singer!

Robert Searle… Very much like a Hofner

Pete Millington… yes it was a Hofner Verythin!

Tony Qunta… I spy an AC30!

Andy Qunta… Woo hoo! Well spotted, Tone!

Pete Millington… An AC 30 + a Super Twin (VOX) and a T60 Tony

 

Who remembers Roy Martin of The Jazz Caverners?

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supplied by Ernest Ballard

Ernest Ballard… The late great Roy Martin. Founder of The Jazz Caverners. Who remember his saying at the end of every gig. ” Don’t forget to put the cocoa on mum “. Seen regularly in The Jenny Lind Hastings Great banjo player and band leader. I see he has a road named after him in Eastbourne and also a National Express Coach wow. RIP

Paul Huggett… Good old’ boy.

Roy Penfold… I remember the sheer joy apparent on his face when he led the band marching around at carnivals.

Alan Esdaile… Agree Roy.

Ernest Ballard… Yes he really loved his band. I feel he showed us a true love of music. A true legend and local hero. He brought joy to so many.

Geoff Peckham… Roy was the heartbeat of the Jazz Caverners and the Expedient Marching Band when I followed them around ’69-’72. I think ‘joy’ is the right word – he loved the music and playing it, and gave joy to those who listened. He was always so friendly and kind. Years later, I was playing with Uncle John’s Band in Lewes for the library (we had all the wild gigs!) and Roy, who I believe worked for the library (?) was there. He recognised me and when I introduced him to the band, he asked if he could join us for a song or two. The others weren’t keen owing to previous experiences with oddballs, even though I told them he was fine. Later, in the middle of a Cajun dance tune, Mamou Two Step, he leapt up, grabbed a mic and proceeded to perform a ‘Cajun rap’ over it. The lads in the band were initially a bit concerned, but they soon realised they were in the presence of …..Well, I’m not sure, really! But we all had fun and his fellow librarians loved it! As you say, a true local legend!

Ernest Ballard… Nicely put.

Chris Watford… Roy Martin was a great friend of mine, and a real character on the Sussex jazz scene. However, he was not the “founder of the Jazz Caverners” ! Let me explain :-
When the Hastings band, the Dolphin Jazzband broke up after some 9 years together, trombonist Brian Towers and myself re-formed as the Jazz Caverners, and as Roy had a van and was willing to bring over fellow members of Eastbourne’s Mojo Rhythm Kings, we offered him the chance to join the new band on banjo – although we already had a banjoist in the band, Geoff Coates. This worked out well, as Geoff would disappear to Europe quite often to go busking with his guitar. We were into the Classic style of 1920s jazz, so never sounded like a banjo band, and we recorded for the specialist label Vintage Jazz Music (VJM) in London in the early 1960s. Brian Towers, still playing at the age of 83 out in Toronto, has recently compiled a CD of these early tracks, and if your readers want to purchase a copy, they can contact Brian by Googling ” Hot Five Jazzmakers “. Back in the 1950s, Roy was the originator of the Expedient Brass band, which played at Bonfire Night parades all over East Sussex for many years- often in torrential rain ! It was an authentic New Orleans Parade band with a flexible line up depending on who was available on the night, and usually comprised up to eleven musicians, who came from jazz bands from as far afield as Hastings; Lewes;Eastbourne; Crawley, and even London jazz musicians came down. These would include Colin Bowden (drums), clarinettists Roy Pellett and Tony Pyke, trombonist Mike Pointon, etc etc. Even as late as 1966, when I had married and was living in Hildenborough, Kent, I would come down for the occasional Parade at places like Mayfield and Crowborough. In 2012 we had a Reunion in St.Leonards, and after a lunchtime meal for the musicians, we were greeted by over 150 old fans of the Dolphin Jazz band, and the Jazz Caverners, most of whom we hadn’t seen for some 50 years ! I put together a Reunion Double CD of unissued tracks by the bands, and I still have just a handful left, if anyone wishes to obtain it. Roy Martin is, of course on some of the tracks, playing and singing in his own unique way.

Liberal Abroad Ian… The road named after Roy Martin is in Polegate, where he was a councilor and for a year mayor.

Antony Martin… in reply to Chris Watford, Nice to read your kind comments about my Dear old Dad.
I would be interested in the cds

Who remembers Green Shield Stamps?

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Yep! Bought a porcelain horse!

Flanko Fin Barr… yep i still got a panda my mum got me back in the 60s.

Lucy Pappas… I remember filling up books and books of greenshield stamps. No idea what we swapped them for!

Alan Esdaile… Remember going for an interview for a warehouse job in the Green Shield Stamp shop in Castle Street. Queued with others for about a hour and when it was my turn, they said I was too young for the job but gave me a cigarette for waiting!

Mark Gilham… I remember getting into huge trouble trying to cash these in at Wadhurst Post Office when I was about 8

Jim Breeds… As far as i recall the first supermarket in Hastings was Victor Value, and when it closed G S opened their shop there. Now Argos.

Pete Fairless… We used to go to Fine Fare in Queens Road

Mick O’Dowd… Yes!

Angela Frances Gardner… Got them from Tesco’s and petrol stations! My mum exchanged loads of stamps for all sorts of stuff !

Mark Randall… Have I posted my ‘The Book of Saliva’ comment before?

Diane Knight…  Used to love filling these books …no idea what for ..but my mum always had a bag of books !!😂

Barry Upton… Bring it back. Bloody sight better than life today

Dave Nattress… I think….there was once a rival S and H Pink Stamps – genuine I think. Also did not the small Green Shield Stamps eventually change size – becoming bigger and having a different design.

Sarah Harvey… I remember playing a ‘Green Shield Stamp’ Fruit machine down at the Hastings Leisure Centre (Beneath Aquarius). Rather than pay out money when you won, it paid out Green Shield Stamps……. there was an S&H Pink Stamp Fruit Machine too. The exchange for Green Sheild Gifts in Hastings was the shop that is now Argos.

Jan Warren… used to love them, saved them all the time for things, much better than the “reward” cards we get now

Eugene Hughes… What about pink stamps too! Weren’t they from Fine Fare?