Gordon Busbridge and the special bike – Woodland Vale School St Leonards

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John Busbridge… This is a photo of my Dad, Gordon Busbridge riding this special bicycle to advertise his friends bike shop, is the building in the back the old Woodland Vale school?

Yvonne Cleland… Yes, definitely Woodlands!

Heather Sidery… Wow!!!!

Judy Atkinson… Wow, how did he get on and off? I always wonder what people riding penny farthings do at traffic lights

John Busbridge… I believe he climbed up and down a lamp post to get on and off!

Stephanie Blackledge… Yes, definately. Miss Taylor was the Head teacher in 1964. Terrifying lady!

Carol Arnold… Stephanie, with white plimsols

Stephanie Blackledge… oh yes! She knew everyone’s name

Leigh Kennedy… Its the original Tower road school.

Eric Harmer… Great shot mate

Nicki Dann… I think I might know someone who advertised it for sale ??

Carol Arnold… Was at school there with Elizabeth!

John Busbridge… My wife, Patricia Wilson was also went there

Jacqueline Marsh… I was at school there and remember being taught French by a Russian Teacher, always amused me.

Andy Qunta… Brilliant!

Ian Johnson… I went to school there

 

Honor Blackman R.I.P.

photo source: https://www.facebook.com/honorblackman/

more information… https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52189803

Robert Searle… Sad news,she was lovely RIP

Bernard Goffredo… Met her about ten years ago such a lovely person

Nick Shute… One of the original Avengers!

Eric Harmer… Sad

Julie Findlay-jones… Oh that’s aweful beautiful lady sleep well.x

Jane Hartley… Good age, bless her.

Wendy Weaver… That is sad. R.I.P. Honor.

Nigel Goodman… My names pussy pussy galore

Roger Simmonds… Bless her lovely lady!

Margaret Trowell… My husband sat between Honor and Hannah Gordon at a dinner and all three discussed their grandchildren. Such a beautiful lady, will be sadly missed

Peter O’Donnell… Class Act

Colin Bell… Sad to hear this, we were neighbours a few doors apart in the 70’s and would chat most mornings, she was a lovely lady apart from being a great actress of course. R.I.P x

Phyllis Mendenhall… A great loss, R.I.P.

Dennis Torrance… Rest in peace Honor Blackman how I enjoyed The Vvengers with you and Steed, then in my opinion Goldfinger the best bond picture and other films also condolences to family and friends God bless

Rachael Brophy… A great loss R.I.P. I loved her in The Upper Hand as a kid.x

Jan Deane… Classy lady. RIP.

Robert Searle… Eastender, RIP Honor

The Healers – The Cobweb St Leonards – 6th April 1968

Mick Knights… These were good times to be a teenager, listen to great music in the early evening and later going as guests of the landlord of the Horse and Groom to the Grenadier Club For more adult entertainment!!

Mick O’Dowd… Please not the Deep Purple here was the Hastings branch with Tony Bird, Mac, Len Benton, Pete Horton ! The other Purple were still Episode Six on April 13th.

Genesis & Fruupp – Hastings Pier 12th Sept 1972

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poster supplied by Iain Cobby              cutting supplied by Sarah Harvey

Nick Webb….I  was there yet again

Tony Court-holmes….i was there

Denesis… How some saw a concert that never hapened?

Alan Esdaile… I have emailed back and asked for more information but can anyone else confirm or otherwise that this took place on the 12th September 1972?

Gary Kinch… Genesis gig list here. Bottom of page. Although looking at the list it says Genesis played Hastings pier 3 times in 72 and that isn’t right surely.

http://www.genesis-movement.org/php/listtour.php?tourid=3

Alan Esdaile… Excellent, thanks Gary. The 3rd August was booked for Genesis but was cancelled for some reason(see below ticket) and replaced with Hawkwind. So I imagine then they rebooked to play September.

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Phil Thornton… 1st time I saw them – aged 16 !!!

Pete Fisher… I  was there too – 17!

Tony Court-holmes… SO WAS I

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Pete Prescott – Loose Ends Album 7th April 2006

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Loose Ends released 7th April 2006. A semi-acoustic collection of songs written over the last 28 years. Recorded during 2005/6 at Rock Lane Studios with Paul Sinden and featuring the following guest musicians: Claire Hamill, Phil Gill, Phil Hudson, Paul Sinden, Mike Hatchard.

Memories and info wanted on Fruupp

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Nigel Wade Art… Hi all, I’m trying to unearth any memories or info on Fruupp who played on Hastings Pier in 1972 and 1975. They supported Genesis in ‘72 I believe, I went to the December 5th ‘75 gig which they headlined. It wasn’t a big crowd but they rocked it. It was the opening night of their Modern Masquerades tour. I can’t remember if there was a support band. Reason for this question is that I’m involved in the very active Fruupp Facebook Group (worth joining if you like the band) and there’s a plan to get a book and Live CD together all about Fruupp, so any info gratefully received. Thanks.

Adam Seigel… I was a fan for a bit. Saw them in Southend (my home town) in 75 I think. I still have the single Prince of Heaven’s Eyes which was their bid to break through Good band but not first division. Be interesting to know if they went on to other things, the keyboards seemed really talented and guitarist was good too – Vincent McUsker or something like that? Sounds like a good piece of archiving.

Nigel Wade Art… Keyboardist for the 4th and final album Modern Masquerades was John Mason, a brilliant jazz/ rock keyboard player who sadly died a few years ago. Original members Vincent McCusker (guitar), Peter Farrelly (vocals/ bass), Martin Foye (drums) and Stephen Houston (keyboards) are all going strong. Fruupp split in the Summer of ‘76 just when punk was starting, none of the band have done much in music since.

Adam Seigel… Stephen Houston…that’s the chap…he was good!

Alan King… the guy in the white suit is actually called Johnny Mason, he’s an old friend of mine from Dulwich back in the day, last I heard he’d had a stroke about 10 years ago – oops edit just saw the post that John had died he was an odd one – played a few gigs with him over the years – he got lost in drink and drugs near the end, his parents both died and left him a bit of money which was probably enough to tip him over the edge

Nigel Wade… Alan you’re absolutely right. Sadly he died a few years ago, following the stroke. I loved his playing b that album – he was very accomplished. One of the other guys said that for the photo shoot, “we all arrived looking like the three musketeers while John turned up dressed like Liberace!”

Alan King… John Mason did record an E.P. with a band of local south London roadies called The Back Room Boys in the mid 80’s – The Ballad of Vic Samson / Mine’s A Light and Bitter – he did the odd mafia run cruise ship tour off Miami to Jamaica and back around that time

Black Horse Folk Club sticker/flyer – early 70’s

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Pete Fisher… First place I ever played in public…would have been late 1969/early 1970 I think, with my mate Tim from school. We were both 14 going on 15, but had greatcoats, which we hoped would make us look old enough to be allowed in, but they served us half pints without a murmur. It was a kind of open mike night, and I think we opened with Dylan’s Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat, with Tim on vocals. We also attempted Leavin’ Blues, which I had on the first Taste album, and I played slide and sang. Tim had a battery powered mini transistor amp and speaker attached to his acoustic, which added a fuzz guitar effect, which made the traditionalists frown, but we got away with it. I think Mike Absalom was the main act/MC…

David Betts… Sam Sewell asked me to meet with Eddie the landlord to see if we could start a folk club,Sam and I where both at Bexhill grammar school,anyway Colin Potter and me where already running the New Inn Sidley folk club ,so starting the Black Horse was not a problem.I understand from my sis,that there has been some arguments in the past as to who started it,I can categorically say that the idea came from Sam Sewell,but the actual founders and first residents,were me and Colin. Thinking back,I left England in 67 and started the club while still at school,so it probably opened around 65…66 ?

Paul Bannister… Wow – two names dredged from my distant childhood memories – the Black Horse Folk Club and Roger Carey!

Mike Waghorne… I remember it well in the late 70 ‘s

Peter Cunningham… I was a regular there in the early ’70s, sometimes filled in with the Mariners when they were resident. First met my wife there on Christmas day! Regular guests were Rosie Hardman, Tim Broadbent (ran a club in Brighton) and Johnny Wynch (blues player). Tim was over six-foot three tall and used to have to stand under the old stable hay-loft trap when playing to avoid hitting his head on the ceiling. Maybe that’s what eventually brought the roof down! A long time ago, but a good time.

Martin Stringer… Malcolm Jones and I performed there in 1970 as Stringer Jones. We moved to Hastings from London a month later. Fell in love with Hastings.

Curved Air – Hastings Pier 6th April 1973

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Mick Knights….Yep, at this one too, the main attraction was probably Sonia!

Andy Qunta….Great band! Still listen to their stuff! I think maybe Factory supported them on the Pier once, but I know I definitely saw them there anyway. Stewart Copeland was on the drums.

Mick O’Dowd….Oh Sonia! Wherefore art thou Sonia!

Jim Hobbs….Back Street Luv is still up there with my favourite tracks. And yes Sonia was the main attraction!

Catherine Ireland… Oh I remember Stylus Records and Disc Jockey .

Jim Breeds… Phantasmagoria!

Andre Martin… Paul loved booking the top of the bill.

Jim Breeds… Me too.

Chris Stratton… They played the pier a few times. Remember seeing them twice there.

Chris Giles… One of the best concerts I saw on Hastings pier.

Andy Qunta… I have Air Conditioning too – another good ‘un!  I was hoping someone had some info on the opening band – Full Supporting Programme. I’ve often seen them advertised, but that’s all I know about them!

 Andre Martin… In true style of many agents, it was what ever bunch of musos were doing nothing that night and could get to the Pier for 6.00pm!!

Dennis Torrance… I saw them on pier with Stewart Copeland on drums thought what a good drummer he was