Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection
Diane Knight…..Fond memories of “Big Al’s” and ofcourse Tony “the hair “Harris !!!
Philip Meston…..Ah, Tony; the massive Rod Stewart fan. I used to give him a lift to work & probably heard him sing along to most of Rod’s airplay!!
Ralph Town…..indeed Phil.I loved your Vauxhall Viva
Philip Meston….You used to be a massive T Rex fan…
John Storer…..Where are you now, Tony Harris? Very fond memories of his 18th birthday … me, Tony and Rob Gallop were heading off into the Old Town to meet up with others but decided to stop off at The New Central for a drink first, as I knew the landlord pretty well. Rob was 19, I was 20. When we entered the pub, the landlord (Carl?) wasn’t there and the woman behind the bar refused point blank to serve us because she said we were all under age. It was the first time I’d ever been refused service in a pub. I think we eventually persuaded her to serve us but it was an inauspicious start to what turned out to be a bloody good night.
John Wilde….I frequented the DJ and purchased many many great records and laterly casettes there. It was always an enjoyable visit. I clearly remember John Lennons Tw Virgins poster and many others displayed for our visual feasting.
I didnt know how “Big Al” died and I am saddened to learn the facts. He was an extraordinary man and historicaly one of Hastings own. Thank you Al for being the conduit to my own musical growth. A hero.
Chris Baker…..Alan was a lovely bloke. Always smiling and happy to see customers in his shop. I remember they had a branch in the Old Town in High Street and being a little averse to spending money they would make a phone call first thing in the morning and leave it off the hook all day. He would whistle and shout down the phone to attract the other shop’s attention and only pay for one call a day. Those were the days!
Andre Martin…..That sounds like the business man AJ – but a nice one at the some time who would do all he could to help us get started – RIP.
Alan Esdaile…My parents bought me a pair of maracas from The Disc Jockey and that was down to seeing Mick Jagger with some.
Andy Baldock…..I practically lived in that place in the late 70’s early 80’s.RIP,Big Al
Perri Ann Haste…..I bought my first Vinyl albums in there – still have them all in the loft going back to the early 70’s.