Witch Doctor The Beginning – 50 years ago in 1964


Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Andy Qunta…..Wow! If he’s coming, I’m running the other way! 😉

Peter Pursglove….there was a witch doctor mask on this end of Marine Court ,above the furniture store ,inside was all black with log tables and pouffes black and white stripes ,one of the early clubs to have underfloor light panels on the dance floor. I had a great time working up there and made some great friends ,that was my introduction to night life and spent many years doing venues in Hastings ,in my opinion there was never anything that quite had it like the Witch Doctor ,people came from miles away to be there Happy Days.

Mick Knights….How to make you feel old, I remember the series of adverts, this one included, that appeared in the Observer prior to the opening, which I went to with a school chum, we were both fifteen, needless to say neither of us had seen anything quite like it before, in fact the DJ had to say several times that it was safe to dance on the coloured floor up lighters. Happy uncomplicated days indeed!

Alan Esdaile…..I can remember the lights in the floor and being amazed. Not sure if you should walk over them I think we ended up tiptoeing across the floor on the first visit!

Andre Martin…..It was a one-off as far as this town was concerned, and when it came in 1964 we really needed something, and this club filled the bill, like you I have many memories of the place over mainly 64-66 in so many ways.

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Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Andre Martin…..Here are a couple of other Witch Doctor trails from 50 years ago, the quality on one is poor due to the type bleed on the newsprint of the day – more memories for you.

Peter Pursglove…..I used to go up there during the day Alan with my old friend Steve Crump RIP who was the bar manager and cleaner those panels were glass and bloody thick . john Sutherland who was electrician up there then used to change the coloured bulbs.

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