supplied by Alan King
Geoff Peckham… Wow! I remember playing at the Hope and Anchor with Factory. This would have been after my time. We played lots of London pubs during the pop-rock era. This would have been towards the end of it and the beginning of the punk era.
Andy Qunta… I found it in the Factory archives. 1975.
John Gale… Wow, great posters ,,, Kilburn and the High Roads was Ian Dury’s first band
Mike Curtis… I’m sure I saw Factory at Hope and Anchor around 1971/72.
Liane Carroll… Wow. That is such an interesting poster. Will tell Roger Carey
Andy Qunta… Factory had just finished a 16-day residency at the PN Club in Munich two nights before. We drove about 18 hours, straight through Europe, across the Channel, and up to London to the Hope & Anchor. The load-in at this venue was through the hatchway down from the pavement. You had to lift up the wooden covers and load everything straight down, Hammond organ and all, the same way they loaded the beer barrels. Somehow we still had the strength to put on our usual energetic show!
Pete Prescott… We backed onto that hatchway. the guy went nuts ! Great poster. I played there in 1976/77. Punk had just hit. what a summer !
Terry Pack… I remember that, Andy.
Tony Qunta… Yes! They were great times!
Andy Guainiere… Used to play both those venues in the mid 70’s Loved the Red Cow always a good gig.
Pete Prescott… I remember the Bridge House canning town, Brecknock Camden town, Windsor castle, The Kensington, The 100 club, The Speakeasy, Ronnie Scotts, The Greyhound and the Thomas a Beckett ! Gig list from 76/77…
Mark Rodrigues… London college of furniture?
Andy Qunta… wow! You guys were busy! Factory was similarly busy in ‘75/‘76. A few of the gigs on your list we did, but not that many. It just goes to show how many gigs there were then! Could a band these days play 10 or 11 nights in a row like we used to back then?
Andy Guainiere… We obviously played many of the same venues back then Windsor Castle, 100 club, Kensington, Western counties, Speakeasy to name a few. All these venues were packed back then and a real music audience. great times.
Simon Shaw… Oh, how I wish I was born 10 years earlier!
Tim Moose Bruce… Red Cow. 1976 a certain Aussie band with a schoolboy on lead guitar did their UK debut gig there.
Alan King… i did see them play in a bar on that first tour, was never a fan, but it was a great gig, way too good to be playing the pub circuit but you gotta start somewhere
Colin Gibson… I know people who still have bad backs from Hope+ Anchor + Hammond + Leslie
Alan King… Leslie Hammond always had a bad back, he should have tried that thing the Chinese do with the needles
Marcus de Mowbray… I saw The Fabulous Poodles somewhere in London, but cannot remember where. Good gig, bought their album. Shame they never got further.
Michele Wilson asks…
I am trying to locate the old band members of Bern Elliott’s group The Klan. They were on Ready Steady Go 4th September 1964. Can you help me. I am trying to put a programme together about the band. Thanks. Miles & Michele Wilson.
Terry Lucas… Hi luv I tidied Bern and The Klan Dave cameron, ex Fleewrekkers, lead guitar, Tim Hughes rhythm guitar and vocals( passed away) Andy Knottley skins, Trevor Haworth bass I think, memory is failing me, this might help though
Michele Wilson… Hi Good to be in touch, I was Tims sister. I remember you well. Please send me details of Bern Elliot and any e-mils to get in touch with. Love to tlk to you again. Michele
Bob Pateman… Hi – I know of Tim Hughes more as a Hasher than a musician. I just looked up the Fernmen on Wikipedia and did not see Tim listed as a band member? Any explanation?
Roger Humphries… Terry Lucas. …. I’m sure that John (Silbey) Pierce was the bass player with The Klan. and the band also had an organist (Vox Continental) played by a guy who lived in Maidstone Road, Chatham.
Roger Humphries… John Pearce was definitely the bass player with The Klan. …. When the band split he joined Candy Choir and in 1968 he became a police officer based in Kent. …. John is on Facebook.
John Pearce… Hi There, I’m John Pearce and was the bass player of Bern Elliott & The Klan when it was formed in 1964. In any documentation you have about the band, it will show my name as Jon Silby Pearce. This was the idea of Ronnie Vaughan Bern’s manager, Silby being my second Christian name and H being dropped from John was also his idea. If you need any further info I’d try to help.
John Pearce… in reply to Bob Pateman… Tim Hughes was rhythm guitarist of The Klan and I played bass. We were both head hunted from a semi pro group called The Cortinas based in the Medway Towns when The Klan was formed. Tim passed away some years ago, I believe in Thailand.
Lee Elliott… Hi I’m Berns son Lee, my email is email@example.com
John H Warburg… (in reply to Terry Lucas) Bern Elliott on lead vocals (b. Bernard Michael Elliott, November 17, 1942, Erith), Dave ‘Tex’ Cameron on lead guitar (b. David Cameron, October 21, 1939, Ealing, West London), Tim ‘Magic’ Hughes on rhythm guitar (b. Timothy John Patrick Hughes, 1944, Little Ashton Park, Staffordshire d. Friday, January 23, 1998, Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand), John Pearce on bass, a guy on Vox Continental organ and Pete Adams on drums (b. Peter Adams).
supplied by Sarah Harvey
Alan Pepper… Fond memories dancing to the latest sounds in the early seventies on a Thursday night and DJ Steve madman Maxted at the decks . Was a big influence !
Jan Warren… Oh yes, Fusion Orchestra!! – I LOVED that band – I saw them many times, first at the Aquarius in Hastings, then I moved to London and saw them many times at The Marquee Club, Wardor Street, London – I still have my original copy of their (one and only) album “Skeleton in Armour”, plus I still have several posters and newspaper cuttings!! – brilliant band, still play their album!! 🙂
Alan Esdaile… Great band Fusion Orchestra. Saw them loads of times and the album does still sound good.
Janine Anne Hemsley…..I remember it well .
Joe Knight…..GREAT PLACE!!
Andre Martin…..These were taken Summer Season 1974 in the small building next to the new club that was being built by Ray King, when that Opened the whole scene changed and we then could deal with 2500 on a busy night. I have just worked that out – These photos are 40 years old !!
Ian Hargraves….You have not changed much!
Polly… I was just thinking about Kings Country Club and realised I have no surviving pictures of my life there. Before Janine came along I was the girlfriend of Colin and we came to Eastbourne together after Colin left the Eric Delaney Big band. Meridian was named after the local knicker factory where we came from. Pete Brent was guitarist, Barry Goacher was the drummer, Colin Hadley keyboards, Steve Devine was saxophonist. There was also a trumpeter called Keith Bolton and his wife Paula. When we first came Colin was part of the Mick Urry band. After Mick and the band parted Meridian was formed. I have many happy memories of Ray taking us for dinner on our birthdays in his Rolls Royce,as Colin was the youngest member of the band. I also remember the band who played downstairs and one of the members Laurie Broadway, who was a mate. Eddie was the entertainment manager and Lenny was one of the barmen. I remember Pete Bonner well, as we had a party at his house once and I threw up all over his prize roses! Those were the days!
Janine Anne Hemsley… Polly are you there ??? xx
Jane Hartley… Kings put on great shows, saw many a big act there. Sundowners over the road, we used to belt over the marshes after the pubs chucked out, to get there before they shut the doors! Not to be recommended kids!!!!
Mick Knights… Kings was a bit too posh, ( which really means they wouldn’t let me in) it was the Sundowners every time.
Alan Esdaile… Agree with Mick. Used to go to the Sundowners. Saw The Real Thing, Mud & The Troggs among others.
Colin Norton… We (The Rebels) were one of the first bands to play at the Sundowners. It was quite a small building at the time. When we were playing somewhere else in Eastbourne in the evening till 11 pm. We would go over to the Sundowners and play from 1 am till 3 am or something like that. We played for steak and scampi 🙂 …. Oh, and fun as well 🙂
Sandie Croft… I was singer with Meridian in 1978 & ´79. Line up then was Barry Goacher drums, Pete Brent bass, Andy Flack Keyboards.Pete was replaced by Larry Barton in ´79 & singer Ronnie Collins joined us then also. We made an album “In The Mean Time Meridian. Which I still have a couple of copies of. We were all good mates & had such fun working there.
Freddie Smith… My Mum was probably there
Willie Wicking… Used to go to kings & sundowners my 1st company dinner was at Kings 1976 & the Stylistics were the band playing also saw shawadywady at Sundowners think it was one of their 1st gigs last band I saw at kings was glitter band
Tony Court-holmes… seems like a long time ago mate
photo from Sandie Croft via Andre Martin/Kings Country Club Facebook page.
supplied by Andre Martin/Kings Country Club Facebook page
Janine Anne Hemsley…. Omg. Barry Goacher.
Andre Martin… OMG 30+ years ago – this group photo was taken when the Merries were part of the Jimmy Jones Season – January 1979. Great venue, great acts and great owner.
photo source: unknown
Keith Veness… I do
Mike Mitchell… The Golden Hind?
Neal Hunter… I do
Patricia Lloyd… Me
Tony Court-holmes… had a snooker table out the back
Jackie Hersee… I do
Stephanie Blackledge… Me too. Used to work in Havelock Road
Mark Harris… Right next door to Frank Bettis Autos! I believe Frank used to ride speedway at the old Pilot Field track.
Richard J Porter… Eddie Bartholomew from Cranbrook took on Frank Bettis Autos. Behind there in Robertson Street my wife’s Father had Coopers the Greengocers.
Mick Knights… My shoes always stuck to the carpet!!
Ian Cramp… I think so, I lived in Hastings until 1982 was it there then?
Alan Esdaile… I think it was The Golden Hind then Ian.
Kev Towner… Ooh – before my time. Fascinating though!!
Martin Richter… I’ve got a brochure for it somewhere!
Paul Sleet… Used to play for their snooker team. Bill and Anne Bailey were the licensees.
Richard J Porter… Hollingsworths too when they were there.
Alan Esdaile… My friend Don Bailey’s mum and dad used to run it. When the pub was closed, we used to play bar billiards.
Paul Slidel… I wonder what year the Golden Hind took over? I don’t remember this hotel, but used the Hind a lot! Is this late 60s?
Alan Esdaile… This is probably mid sixties Paul and The Golden Hind around 78/79???
Martin Richter… Stevie D
Wendy Weaver… I think it was The Golden Hind when I came down to live in Hastings in 1978/79.
Tony Davis says… Was looking through SMART the other day and saw some photos of Steve D and it took my mind back to the days when I worked at the Golden Hind. Started me thinking if anyone has any photos of those days circa 1979-1983. If you’ve got any photos, stories or thoughts lets see if we can get a thread up and running on SMART.
Alan Esdaile… Any photos or memories, please feel free to post.
Graham Belchamber… Remember the pub and I’ll have a think through the old grey matter!
Peter Fairless… Yes, I remember it, very well!
Mike Mitchell… I met my wife in The Golden Hind. Sticky carpet and video juke box. That’s the pub not the wife.
Leigh Wieland-Boys… Went to the Golden Hind most weekends before going nightclubbing! Worked in Havelock Road & often popped in at lunchtimes too. Loved that place – lots of good memories!
Jane Dorsett… the good old days leigh……..x
Peter Fairless… Wow, those town centre pubs!