6 Days To Go until the Hastings Pier Share Offer Closes! 31st March 2014 – 3:17pm

reminder from Andre Martin…

Dear Pier Supporters,

Our share offer has only 6 days to go and the really great news is that we have just passed the major milestone of £400,000 invested. This is a remarkable achievement and we sincerely thank you for your generosity and the energy that has built up around this campaign – all due to your amazing support.

We are now 81% of the way there and so we would ask you once again for any help that you could give in reaching 100% of our ambitious goal.

We continue to work all available avenues to achieve our target investment sum, and we are optimistic of further substantial progress. But we’d really appreciate the extra contributions that can come from our committed supporters recruiting additional shareholders. So please continue to spread the word just for 6 more days.

With best wishes and thanks,

Hastings Pier Charity

SMART 10 – report

We have gone into double digits! A quick look across at the pier and exciting times to see things really moving and the decking growing in front of our eyes. We were very pleased to be joined by Henry Lampitt from the Hastings Pier Charity which took time out to explain about the future of the pier and made notes of our suggestions and comments. Chris Stovold arrived with some more interesting books including The British Beats book and a leaflet on a psychedelic 5 album set which featured Factory but alas not the ones we know and love but a 60’s band with a similar name. Talking of Factory Tony Qunta had a very interesting listing of all the early gigs they performed with reviews of each gig which Andy had written. Much interest especially from Geoff Peckham which brought back many happy memories. Peter Millington and Andre Martin were talking about lots of musical events in history taking park this year, including yesterdays Radio Caroline 50 years, even if the BBC keep making mistakes in the broadcasts! A few interesting local events will be taking place and all will be revealed soon! Also its the 50th anniversary of The Confederates playing their first major gig on the Pier with The Swinging Blue Jeans which took place on the 25th April 1964. Lots of talk about the Pam Dor and The Fiesta but someone somewhere must have some photos of The Fiesta. Good to see Martin Prior join us with his memories of promotions and Mick O’Dowd has updated his Pier listing but looking for details of any groups with dates if possible who appeared at ‘Twisting Time with your fave groups’. Andy Gunton has been working hard on the next issue of The Stinger which is about 2 weeks away and will have a feature on The Who on the pier in 1969. Sarah Harvey was plugging away about the return of Hastings Rock and she is also looking for original band recordings from the 1960’s onwards for her own radio broadcasts in the future. Eric Harmer & Gary Lancaster were talking about the pubs in the old town and looks like some may start having bands play on a Saturday afternoon. Pete Prescott made a quick visit as he was busy on the stand in Priory Meadow for the Beatles Day. It looks like most people from the SMART group are going, so should be a great day. Barry Taylor popped in with Marmite and good to hear his Blues Fest is coming together. Phil John was having a great conversation on groups with Mick Mepham and I think that was just a small part of what we talked about!

Andy Qunta….Sounds great, & once again I wish I could have been there!

Sarah Harvey….These are wonderful get-togethers….thank you Alan for organising it and making everyone so welcome.

Mick O’Dowd…..Alan has done it again! Another great meeting and chat. many interesting topics being bandid about and the thing is you can drop in on the subjects that interest you and not the ones that don’t. For those of you who keep saying they’d like to come, do it next time you will be made welcome.

Local band recordings wanted to air

Sarah Harvey….I am looking for recordings of local bands who played in the 1970s although they need to be the actual recordings from the 1970s. This is in connection with a programme I am looking to air on my internet radio station so I am hoping you will allow me to play them on it. As you can imagine, these are really difficult to come by and whilst I have some, I don’t have nearly enough. I don’t mind if they are on tape or digital or even vinyl… I will find a way of using them. And although my memories are mainly from the 70s, I don’t mind dipping into the 60s or 80s.

1066 Compilation 2000 CD


Steadman Life Of Leisure
Joe’s Blooze Band True Angel
Jez Fielder All About The Girl
Tabs, The Tom’s Hat/The Dancing Chef
Mookie Size
Donna Terenzi Know It All
Stevie Zee Band Burned
Finnegans Wake Chuisle (Koosh-la)
Liane Carroll 3 Sheets To The Wind
Bassment 31, The M’Lenny Yum
Pass The Cat You Breathe Me In
White Visitation Necrophilia
Madeline Milla Box
Tom Palmer U-Turn
High Wire Walkers Sleepy Street
Mama Josie & The Alleykatz Night Before Blues
Claire Hamill The Lost And The Lovers