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Martin Richter… and still do
Alan Esdaile… Reminds me a bit of Jepsons Robertson Street, where they had the top floor full of toys
Martin Richter… the shop by what is now Bar Moda (the town crier, new central, the GI) had an upstairs that was full of kits and lego and meccanno and you could order bits for your chemistry set !
Alan Esdaile… I was thinking of that shop Martin, was it called Arbers? Used to buy horror models like Frankenstein etc.
Martin Richter… my grandparents used to give me 50p pocket money on a Friday and a pack of “top trumps” was 48p – living the dream
Dennis Torrance… Loads of model kits of every description also plastic soldiers the small ones in boxes eight army German loads of them
Mark Praid… When working together Aircraft Models were practically the only thing Peter Sellers and Graham Stark talked about. They both loved them.
Brian Rogers… I was in heaven. Made loads
Alan Parker… yeah many a time I tried to pick Linda Lusardi of the shelf
Pete Brazier… I remember the kits were affordable for kids! Now they are too pricy for most adults 😡 if these company’s halved the prices more people would bye them and those who do already would bye twice as much!
Lyn Humphrey… Smiths, and Gamleys in Bexhill both sold Airfix kits. Me and my friends almost exclusively bought the World War 2 RAF planes like the Spitfire. Although once we’d exhausted them we weren’t averse to buying a few jet fighters.
Will Cornell… The chain over here in the US called Hobby Lobby still has a pretty awesome aisle of models plus the paints and stuff to go along with them. They are the ones who made the news a few years ago by refusing to offer the abortion pill in their health plan, the Govt sued them…and Hobby Lobby took it to the Supreme Court and won. They also have a great deal of stuff to embellish cigar box guitars.
Wendy Weaver… They always looked lovely but my mother couldn’t afford things like that. When I had my own money I never got around to buying one😋 We had several large Forte establishments in Bournemouth including The Barbecue where Ted Heath, Edmundo Ros, Mantovani played. Charles Forte lived in Bournemouth for a while.
Matt Thomas… They still do them in Rainbow Restaurant
Alan Wood… Yes, was a Grans treat for me, very occasionally in Hastings
Nicola Barfield… Omg yes and they used to do the extra large brandy glass with Eccles cake in bottom so many other cakes with ice cream then loads of cream
Eric Harmer… Free one from Phil ? I think , as my mum worked there
Dennis Torrance… Yes and also lime ice cream sodas
John Coleman… Had one yesterday! In Liverpool! WTH cookie dough & salted Caramel!
Charlie Ball… Yep
Steve Thorpe… Nice ones in Dimarcos!
Jan Warren… Fortes on Bexhill Seafront opposite “Ags” amusement centre, we all used to hang out there in the 60s/early 70s!!
Lyn Humphrey… Yep, and also had one last month in Simply Italian at E/B Harbour!
Pauline Richards… Banana split was my favourite
Monica Bane… No way as good as they use to be with jelly and real cream not cheap at over a fiver!
Mike Guy… My goodness, you were rich!
Dave Nattress… In Bexhill as Jan Warren said we had the Forte’s Ice Cream/knickerbocker glory/coffee bar on the seafront on the corner of Wilton Road opposite the amusements, round the corner from the Wimpey bar in Devonshire Road, and along from the Continental cafe/restaurant and basement club. Used to gravitate from one to another. Across the road by the amusements was a little late night club – drinks after hours – forget the name now – was it the Arcadian? Could have made that name up. There might even have been another little place along from that one for a short while. On the corner the RAF club. Further along was the Bexhill club – far too straight for a bunch of long-haired weekend hippies, no way would we have got in there, or wanted to. It was for people back then who were at the age I am now – which is very old! We were never gonna be that old. Never thought about getting old or anything like, being young was going on forever and in many respects you bet, it has. You know the old gag, went out with a girl the other night but it was all knickerbocker(s) and no glory!! Had to lower the tone!! The Criterion – one in Western Road the other (think it was also The Criterion opposite the DLW did knickerbocker glories and all sorts of ice-cream. The old type with little chunks of actual ice – remember those? Hastings seemed to have many more ice ream parlours.
Jan Warren… Hey thanks Dave for the guided tour of Bexhill “hang-outs”, circa 1969/70!! – I remember all those groovy places too!! – but going back to “Ags” amusement arcade ……. d’you remember the basement, which had a jukebox, many pinball machines and a football table …….. many of us used to meet there, drinking cider, smoking, playing the jukebox ……. also, outside on the steps ……. playing guitars (Andy Towner?) ……. and Fred, the owner of “Ags” telling us to “tone it down”?! – and all the local bikers parked up along the seafront?! …. and we would go to and from “Ags” and “Fortes”, and some of our friends had small bedsits in Wilton Road, and “Lindsey” the “dealer” with his hippy bag, and Joe Gladwish, the local “down ‘n’ out” who is amazingly still walking these streets as I see him often and always stop for a chat and a hug, he is a Bexhill “legend”, love him to bits!! – OK Dave, hope you will comment or add to this, thanks matey, I LOVE nostalgia, especially the local stuff!
James Westlake… Yes, a special treat
Seem to be going to more and more funerals lately and I keep getting asked this question. At the moment I would say Marmalade Reflections Of My Life and Tindersticks My Oblivion. What would you pick for yours?
Chris van Rock… Nick drake – northern sky, Manic street preachers – motorcycle emptiness.
Terry Huggins… In This Moment 11:11. My mother had Bat out of Hell played at hers.
Allyson Breeds… I’m sure some people think the appropriate one for me is ‘Ding Dong the Witch is Dead’
Phil Gill… I want my iPod set to shuffle something random happens. It’s a risky strategy though, it has Derek and Clive on it.
Jan Warren… Freebird – Lynryd Skynyrd
Patricia Landamore… Stylistics,” You make me feel brand new” think I would leave with Lou Reed,” It’s a Perfect Day ” 👏👏👏👏
Jim Breeds… Another one bites the dust. Going underground.
Phil Gill… Have to say Mo set the bar quite high with “Don’t Fear The Reaper”
Jo Avery… “Don’t wanna know” – John Martyn, “Time in a bottle” – John Croce. Then right at the end “To Life” from Fiddler on the Roof!
Dennis Torrance… I think a hard choice stairway to heaven or something by the great film composer John Barry
Jo Avery… Out of Africa perhaps? Beautiful.
Dennis Torrance… yes out of Africa a must I think. John Barry wrote such stunning scores for films midnight cowboy etc . Am a rock fan at heart but my brother used to like John Barry music and it grew on me
Mike Guy… Fire – Bruce Springsteen, I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen, Fire – Crazy world of Arthur Brown . . . . guess it’s a cremation! In reality something by Yes – something quite lone to fill the space left by a lack of any religious service. . . . Ritual might be ironic enough.
Virginia Davis… I was discussing this with my friend the other day and she picked Music by John Miles for me as it reminds her of me. Nice to know she’s put some thought into the subject !!!
Tony May… I’d want ‘Someday’ by Kim Wilde and my own ‘The Toy Museum’ played at mine…
Karen Sweatman… Don’t Fear The Reaper for me
Glenn Piper… For my own funeral; Queen- Another one bites the dust. John Martyn- Solid Air, Joe Bonamassa- Drive.
Margaret Fletcher… Elvis ( ANGEL )
Caroline Spencer… Elvis how great thou art
Stephen Kolimbarides… Dudley Moore & Peter Cooke Goodbye
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Andre Palfrey Martin… I have dug around and come up with the attached photos from Thursday 27 July 1978 – One is HRH talking to the girls before the show in the Foyer of Kings Country Club, Eastbourne and the other was taken with HRH and I think it was Sheila Ferguson doing the ” bump” – this image of HRH was flashed around the world within hours and made newspapers everywhere.
Alan Esdaile… Could it be Andre in the background on the first picture?
Andre Palfrey Martin … It could well be, I was working that night, and quite on the cards I would have been backstage, security had almost shut down the whole building, we had to be at the club by 6.00pm a good 2 hours earlier than usual, once in you could not get out ! however in the club itself, I could go anywhere as usual, so its on the cards that could well be me. I am sure that I would have had my hair and beard trimmed for the night, and would of course been in some form of formal attire. It was a great night. The Girls were really terrific people, but I still cannot remember their Tour Managers name, I think it was Richard …something, I do however recall that I had to give up my dressing room that night for him to use, I had to share the resident bands room with them.
Trevor Walker… My wife and I were there ! Good times were had at Kings ! Show Place of the South !!!
Jacqueline Marsh… I was there about half a dozen seats away from Charlie, he was absolutely drooling over the 3 Degrees !
Andre Martin… Your quite right about Prince C this was the famous shot that went global when he visited the club for the Prince’s Trust.l must dig out the original and have close look at this presentation line up,all I can remember was that was next to Sandy Croft in the second row it was 40 years ago
who’s still got a first day cover?
Dave Nattress… I have actually Alan – exactly like this one and many more first day covers of the era and for some time after. For some reason stamp collecting was something many of us did when not train-spotting Ha Ha!!. Sticking stamps in to albums with those little tiny transparent things called stamp hinges – which I later learned ruined the value of the unused or mint stamps!! Still got a load somewhere possibly worth a few quid. Thankfully girls and music took over and became bigger hobbies!
Roland Clarke… I’ve got a few, my Aunt used to design some of them and she would send them to us.
Pauline Richards… Have mine to the museum
Val Shoesmith… Me
Kathy Wood… I have a pile of them. Have used them as gifts to philatelists across the world
Josie Lawson… I had all of those first day issues Alan. When I had my first fall, someone threw out all my stamps plus first day issues. Maybe if ever someone finds them, a lot would have my name on the envelopes, some may have my other name on them, I would be very grateful for their return. But they may just have been thrown in the rubbish. What are treasures to some, may just be rubbish to others
Jim Breeds… I was always proud of my handwriting.
Leigh Wieland-Boys… I have two albums full of First Day Covers dating back to the mid-sixties
Nick Webb… Yep me too most not worth the value of the stamps now
Tony Court-holmes… but we lost
Mick O’Dowd… Who remembers where they were and what they were doing at the time?
Jenny Power… Me
Alan Esdaile… I remember Priory Road School were selling lots mail order.
Colin Norton… I seem to remember a cancellation stamp that said “Hastings – Popular with visitors since 1066′ or did I imagine that?
Coco Pops…now I will have to find mine
Neil Partrick… I’ve got a lot of the stamps….and there are a lot. Beautiful designs. Obviously stamps get a lot less use in the UK these days but why do they often have to look like sh**? The Xmas ones have been nothing but crummy sticky tokens for yonks
Martin Richter… impressive line-up !
Patricia Lloyd… Loved kings
Julie Morris… Often went on a Thursday night – loved it!
John Scaife… Peter Gordeno -Commader & The Pilot of Sky 1 (Submarine in UFO)
David Edwards… Imagine Ella Fitzgerald like a diamond atop a pile of also tans, Kings certainly pulled out all the stops there!
Jim Hobbs… Fair comment, but to give them their due, the others on the line up were big UK stars in their day.
Tony Court-holmes… Andre and i worked there
Cliff Bennett… What a programme!!!!????
Colin Creagh… Just look at the names
Terry Pack… The sad thing is that most ‘entertainment’ in Eastbourne is unchanged in 45 years. The Devonshire Theatre has pantos and Agatha Christie, the Congress has bands from the 60s, comics from the 70s and orchestral music from the 1800s, and the Bandstand has tribute bands all Summer. The idea that a musician like Ella could do a week long residency these days… if only.
Richard Cripps… Mum and Dad owned a chalet there, spent so many memorable years there from the age of 8  until it closed. Had the opportunity to see sooo many stars of the time there… and then across the road to the disco. Any one remember Nan on reception? or Barry the house drummer?
Michael Williams… I lived at Kings, as my father was public relations officer, I remember him introducing the acts on stage including Sandie Shaw, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck , Dusty Springfield and loads more. My father had an album with him shaking hands with all the stars before he introduced them on stage. That would have been the sixties.
Robert Searle… Clark-Elsom Collection,who remembers them? What ever happened to Graham Clark, the bass player?
Perri Ann Haste… I used to go there in the Mid to late seventies – always had a great time! – happy days… those were the days eh
Julie Morris… Thursday nights Perri – and still went to work the next day
Tony Court-holmes… went there a few times
Mavis Johnson… I was life guard at Kings swimming
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Andre Martin… Something is going to happen – I just know it will, but until then, we find ourselves in the Happy Ballroom on Hastings Pier, on Saturday17 October 1964, and what a month this has been, do you realise that we have just had a General Election? Thursday last, when Harold Wilson and the Labour Party won, buy a whisker – if I recall only a 3 seat majority. But enough of that, the first thing I want to address is about last week, several people have asked me, did I have the correct listing, based on the Pier advertisement in the Observer, I would have said yes, but on further research, I do feel they were wrong and it should have been Guy Darrell & The Midnighters as top of the Bill. But that will remain one of life’s little mysteries.
This week should be clearer – Top of the bill – from the North-East – The Worrying Kind, supported by our own The Confederates, 7.45pm – 11.45pm and all for 5/- – what value.
The Worrying Kind had made several visits to the Happy Ballroom in the past, the last was in July of this year, and they had been well received with their mix of Soul, R&B and what we would today call chart covers. The group had been known at one time a Brian Howard & The Silhouettes but changed to Worrying Kind a couple of years ago, they had had a couple of releases and it was rumoured that a Jimmy Page had played on these sessions, although there is little mentioned, he glosses over many of the bands he played sessions with in his autobiography so we can neither confirm or deny. The Confederates, a likely bunch of local lads, under the watchful eye of “ Spike “ Millington – that Pete’s dad, if you did not know, giving their best for the patrons of the Happy Ballroom. So this was another good night, OK not any name attractions, but good all-round entertainment and giving the patrons just what they wanted. Rumour was that Spike and Bob Knights – The General Manager of the Pier, would spend most of the evening putting the world to rights in the Long Bar !
So let’s have a look at what else is keeping the young people of the town entertained during this week, we would have had Friday nights – Ready Steady Go which this week included an interview with – Mick Jagger by Ellen Grehan. Scheduled guest:–Dionne Warwick – “Reach Out For Me. Obviously Mick Jagger was being given plenty of air time on that Night.
At The Witch Doctor – on Saturday Night it was 4+1 backed by Second Thoughts, Sunday Club that week would have been a cracker featuring Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames. And to end the week – Friday nights offering – Shane & The Shane Gang.
I thought that I would also have a quick look at what was on BBC – Saturday Club [BBC Light Programme] Matt Monro, The Pretty Things, Inez and Charlie Foxx, The Rockin Berries and Spencer Davis Group – all introduced by Brian Matthews. Sunday Swing [2.00pm] features Lulu & The Luvvers, Clinton Form, Julie Grant and The Fortunes.
BBC TV that Saturday night on Juke Box Jury Des O’Connor, Mary Wells and Jimmy Young plus one other panel member, and in the chair David Jacobs.
Later that evening – The Billy Cotton Band Show – featured Matt Monro and Gerry and The Pacemakers.
And not to be left out – Radio Caroline was flying the Pirate Radio Flag out there off the Frinton Coast, with at least one household name having survived the weather, after 3 months Tony Blackburn was still broadcasting – it was believed that he had taken a break at some point to gather breath !!
So you can see it had been a interesting week. One thing that I have forgotten to mention, is that the Pier is starting to run generic advertisements for the Ballroom being available for Hire…………so what have they up their sleeves…..time will tell. Andre Martin
Jim Breeds… Always fascinating 🙂
Peter Millington… Remember it well