Ginger Baker vs Elvin, Lyceum 1970

Supplied by Colin Gibson

Colin Gibson… Ginger vs Elvin, Lyceum 1970. A young Gibson in the middle.

Alan King… cymbal-head

Claire Hamill… Brilliant!

Steve Cooke… Great pic Colin!

Liane Carroll… WALLOP!!! XX

Bernard Goffredo… I remember that

Marcus J Lamb-Bentley… Fantastic

Jimbo Tipler… Too cool!

Alan King… looking for ‘the one’

Phill Gill… You probably still have the same strings on that bass.

Phil Thornton… Cool pic !!

 

Oh No My Beloved Debenhams – Tony May

photo: Tony May

Tony May… I’m planning a possible Debenhams article for ‘Hastings Town’ magazine as I ‘process’ my feelings re yesterdays awful news. In the meantime here is a blog containing (mostly) my happy memories associated with Debenhams Hastings store… https://tmchristmas.blogspot.com

Jeremy Peter Harrison… My best memory was back in the 1980s. I was shopping in the men’s department which at that time was at the back (seafront side). I was amazed to see two Lads pick up a complete rail of suits and run straight for the door. They hadn’t done their homework- it was a revolving door and they got jammed solid……!

Brigitte Lee… I worked on Santa’s Grotto, probably around 1980. Gordon worked in the lift that Christmas. I had started there as a Saturday girl, probably mid 70s. My Mum Trixie worked there and years later my daughter was a Saturday girl in another branch. Debenhams will leave a terrible hole in many town centres.

Judy Atkinson… I always remember that your mum was Miss Debenhams & still held the title as they never held the contest again

Janine Hemsley… I was singing on the gig that night at the Falaise Hall. 😂. We were so proud x My beautiful Mum Trixie was crowned Miss Debenhams in 1975. Those were the days when there were fashion shows during the day on the shop floor. Mum worked there for quite a few years.

Patricia Wapshott… Janine, I remember your beautiful Mum working on the make up counter, she was so glamorous and so lovely to talk to, her and my Mum who loved and was always buying makeup from her always got on so well xx

Janine Hemsley… I worked there briefly for Estée Lauder. I trod on a cable and put the whole of the first floor out. It was a Christmas promotion when Youth Dew first came out

Lucy Pappas… Tony, love your blog post x My oldest sister worked in the cafe more than 50 years ago. It seemed the height of sophistication to go for a milk shake and a bun when she was there. I still like the cafe even though it appears to be from another era. I’ll miss Debenhams, one of the few places I go to for pretty underwear and the occasional frock. Over the years, I’ve also bought luggage, bed linen, Christmas presents, new baby presents, make up, jewellery, the list could go on. What a loss to Hastings!

Judie Struys… Lucy, it wasn’t the biggest Debenhams but it was the heart of the town. I’ve been visiting it since I was 12. There used to be a special bit for teenagers in the 1970s, but I’ve forgotten what it was called. I used to buy so many of my clothes there when I was young. I’m so sad for the staff, some of whom have been there for decades.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… My first job on arriving in Hastings in 1971, it was Plummers then. So sad

Susan Butchers… We went there today no sale everything just as it’s always been

Fred Marsh… does any one remember my mum Doris Santer she worked at Plummers during the war and returned in the 60s up until her retirement, now she could tell many a tale about Debs.

Brigitte Lee… I remember Doris. I lovely cheerful lady. I have a feeling she worked in the jumper dept when I started as a Saturday girl.

Stephen Moran… A really sad day, my sister used to work in the office in Plummers during the seventies and I have such fond memories of taking my then two year old daughter to the cafe for coffee (me not her!) and cake most mornings.

Jane Dorsett… Really sad, I was a window dresser at Debenhams, worked with Gary Palmer, Teresa White, our boss was Paul Coombes, the windows always looked lovely and the Christmas grottos we use to do, very happy memories.

Alan Esdaile… Very sad news. What’s going to become of it now? May I suggest, it would be perfect for a theatre/venue with parking at the town centre car parks nearby and St Mary In The Castle would be perfect for the Bayeux Tapestry.

Jack Irving… Excellent idea

Tony May…Great to hear a lot of your reminisences about Hastings Debenhams! If any of you have any old photographs of Debenhams/Plumber Roddis/ of well-known/loved members of staff or of anything to do with Debenhams please send them to me privately by e mailing unseated.tony@gmail.com. I have written a personal tribute to the store and am looking for some photos to go with the piece. The photos need to be yours though and not copyrighted otherwise I will not be able to publish them in ‘Hastings Town’ magazine. If I get more than I need I may well decide to write a ‘follow up’ story. Debenhams will be such a HUGE loss not just to our High Street but to our social history as well and I want to make sure that, if nothing else, the national archives won’t forget that…

 

Pam Dor Coffee Bar – Early 60’s Hastings

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supplied by Peter Millington

Peter Millington….Eric behind the counter at the Pam Dor Early 1960’s.

Mick Knights….That’s the ever popular Eric, the owner, serving. I, along with just about every teenage lad, was banned by him at one time or another!! The Pam Dor had the first Discotec in Hastings, which was on the second floor, a place I never entered, nor did very many, as it soon closed. its second incarnation was the Astral club, which morfed into Toff’s.

Peter Pursglove….i did the door up there for a few years until it closed Alan ,Mollly Russell ran it ,busy little club

Tom Boyer….Great times, we loved it, a fabulous place to meet. Tom & Lin Boyer (nee White)

Sue Bartholomew (Nee Finch)… I remember the Pam Dor, it was the best place to go, we paid a shilling entrance and that also got you a coffee or a frothy hot chocolate, and sit in there for as long as you wanted, it was always busy and behind in Middle Street was a long line of Lambrettas or Vespas belonging to some young lad who was in the Pam Dor.

Colin Bell… Love this photo Pete, met my first ‘proper’ girlfriend there…happy days…

Mick Mepham… Who were your ‘improper’ ones Colin and are you still in touch with them?

Nicola Dobson… Spent a lot of time in there…I remember that seating area..they should have coffee bars again Im sure they would be popular!

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Ricky Norman Sound from Ricky Long – The Fishermans Club Eastbourne 90’s 

Supplied by Ricky Long

Ricky Long… Ricky Norman Sound with Marcus Hinsby Norman Bennett and Ricky Douglas

John Harper… Blimey, those were the days! Great to see you guys again. We were on the same private functions, hotels and clubs circuit so our paths would cross many times. Lots of venues have closed since then.

Ricky Long… Hi John nice to know you are still about, hope all is good with you regards Rick

Bill Grace… Very suave Rick

 

Mastins Castle Street Hastings – Toy Fair November 1965 and 1966

Who remembers Mastins?

Nicola Dobson… I do…went in there a lot and when young used to like Father Christmas and the decorated paths to get there

Steve Cooke… Remember Mastins very well. My grandparents both worked there, boarded there on the top floor in the men’s and women’s quarters. They met each other there, married, had two children and remained in Hastings all their lives.

Alan Esdaile… Remember a very impressive Christmas grotto and seeing Father Christmas with my sister.

Shaun Pont… I remember Father Christmas’s Grotto downstairs. Where Iceland is now?

Jane Hartley… The best grotto ever. My God mother worked in Mastins

Andy Davies… Childhood memories loved Mastins

Lynn Graham… A family friend was the manager in the sixties.

Graham Sherrington… such memories

Buddy BBC tv series 1986 with Roger Daltrey, filmed in Hastings & St Leonards-on-Sea

In this clip shows the back of the town hall, Clarence pub, Dengates, Rumples etc.

more details and information go to Stuart Huggett write up in Bohemia Village Voice…

http://www.bohemiavillage.com/?p=15147

Clive Garrard… Nigel Hinton was my English teacher at school. He told me that when they were filming in a rough area of Hastings children and youths were throwing bricks at the film crew whilst filming. They had to bring in a security company because of this

Sid Saunders… A lot of it was filmed on Quebec Road in Hollington.

Graham L. Hall… Saw & enjoyed it.. but missed the last episode !! Wish they would repeat it It was good

Paul Crimin… Was that the Clarence? Think so.

Mark Rodrigues… yes

Tim Moose Bruce… My late sister did the costumes for this series. I lent a pair of black leather motorbike gloves, genuine 60s era ones, to be worn by Roger Daltrey.

Stuart Moir… Still see the old cricket ground that used to flood on spring tides

 

Head On plus Missing Persons – Queens Hotel 1st December 1979

supplied by Mick Mepham and Pete Prescott

featuring Pete Prescott, Andy Qunta, Tony Qunta, Steve Kinch and Mark Thirsk.

Pete Prescott… I remember this gig. I was very nervous. They were amazing players. Nice guys as well.

Andy Qunta… I vaguely remember it too! Pete did a great job! Unfortunately I think it was the last gig we did. Couldn’t fight punk rock with prog rock! Fun while it lasted though!

Tony Qunta… I remember it too. A line up with great potential!

Ernest Ballard… Great band saw them a few times before I started playing drums (wink wink ). Long time ago now

Pete Prescott… We played a gig at a boutique in London. After the gig I got really drunk on punch (dangerous stuff). We got back to Hastings in time for me to go to work. The green cross code man was there. Huge guy. That was (I think) the last gig. Mark was an amazing drummer. Brilliant players. I felt out of my depth. I remember loving Tony’ s voice on “only you”. I’ve still got a tape of songs like “the burning of Atlanta” it was great being in the band with guys like that. And they were so funny.

Steve Kinch… Yes Pete, absolutely agree, Mark was a fabulous drummer with a great sense of humour.

Tony Qunta… Great memory Pete! Yes the green cross code man – was he in Star Wars or something? Thank you for your lovely comments about the band. Your vocals were fantastic with the band – it’s a shame the band didn’t keep going!  ‘Dinosaur Promotions’!

Steve Kinch… David Prowse – He was only Darth Vader!!!!  Great times! Hastings in the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s was the pefect environment for young musicians learning their craft. With hindsight, the late 70’s wasn’t exactly a good time to be attempting to get a “prog” band off the ground

Andy Qunta… True, Steve, but it was fun trying! Listening to the old tapes makes me feel it was well worth it! Pretty darn good stuff!

Curved Air 30th Nov 1974, Fusion Orchestra 7th Dec 1974 – Hastings Pier

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supplied by Sarah Harvey

Alan Esdaile… Always excellent live. Many happy memories.

John Wilde… Excellent Live indeed.

Terry Huggins… They were still gigging quite recently and Sonia’s still with them, but not sure if any of the other original members are.

Chris Giles… Enjoyed seeing them live ..

Pete Prescott… I’m learning back Street love ! Love that song !

Alan Esdaile.. and the wonderful Fusion Orchestra the following week.

Sarah Harvey… Current members….. -Sonja Kristina – vocals (Original Member) -Florian Pilkington-Miksa – drums (Original Member) -Kirby Gregory – guitar -Chris Harris – bass – Robert Norton  – keyboards – Paul Sax – violin. Stephen Turners’s 30/11/74 article reviewing Sparks the week before and previewing Curved Air.

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Jan Warren… Yeahhhhhhhhh, Fusion Orchestra – loved them, went to loads of their gigs!!

John Upton… Back Street Luv is such a cool track!

Alan King… Tony Reeves, the bass player in my lot was in Curved Air a bit later on, with Stewart Copeland on drums

Chris Jolly… I rehearsed in a band with Florian Pilkington Miksa about 1976, the original Curved Air drummer… Tony is a fine bassist and a lovely chap!

Dave Weeks… I Woz there I seem to remember