SMART 21 coffee meet report.


Wonderful afternoon with some great people, in our new home The Seafront Room, White Rock Hotel. Lots more room, more chairs and bigger tables at the back which will be useful for laying out posters, scrapbooks etc. Among the newbies this time were Elaine & Neil Roberts from the great blues rock band The Black Sheep. They will be appearing at the 2nd Bare Faced Blues Festival at the Gecko Bar on Oct 4th. Also first timer Jimmy Kent who is working on the history of The Witch Doctor Club and also great to see Terry Huggins. Talk was about David Bowie, Disc Jockey’s Alan Jensen,  Bucks Fizz in Bexhill, Northern Soul, Kursaal Flyers, Hastings Caves, The Sundowners, people we have lost, The Deep Purple, The Good Old Hastings Pier video by Glenn Vaness and Hastings Printing Company archives. Pete Prescott was talking about the fund raising gigs for St Michael’s Hospice on the 6th Sept at The White Rock Theatre  and the Picnic In The Park at Alexandra Park on the 23rd August. John Petri suggested that someone should start a family tree of local musicians. Tony Davis had with him two cd’s from prog rock band ‘England’ and The Last Of The Jubblies features Geoff Peckham. Clive Richardson has unearthed some great photos of Mick Mepham playing with Kieran White from Steamhammer which I will post on the site soon.  Also chat about the nearly on the beach concert on the 1st and 2nd August and not forgetting to tune into Carnival FM on 87.9fm and listen out for Andre Martin and Andy Gunton among others. Peter Millington was compiling missing information on Lol Cooksey bands and bands like Stepping Out for Len Smith, who’s building up profiles of who played Eastbourne.

What Sarah didn’t take any photos! Everyone was so engrossed in what was going on, that no one got round to it. Not forgetting great to see the first parts of the visitors centre  being put in place on the pier.

This is just a small part of what I heard and remembered, anyone wish to add anything they were chatting about, then please do so.

Geoff Peckham… Glad it was a good’n! On hols. See you next time.

Chris Meachen… Was planning to come down, but I’m using the bike & have no waterproofs…

Mick O’Dowd… Much better place. Good to see more newbies and my old mate Jimmy Kent. Well done again Alan for organising things.

Dave Nattress… Unfortunately AGAIN I could not make it – work continues to get in the way of life’s simple pleasures, but next time I really do hope to make it. I love the idea of a local bands Family Tree, I have all the Pete Frame “Rock Family Trees” and these are truly magnificent volumes indeed. I dare say a local Family Tree could be styled on Pete Frame’s and I would love to help do the job but wouldn’t have time to head it up. Whilst I guess it would be OK to copy Pete Frame’s pattern I just wonder if there’s any copyright involved in doing so and if there is, presumably one would need to get the OK nod from the publishers. I’d be happy to try and find out etc. etc. Otherwise though, a Family Tree is a Family Tree.

Yvonne Cleland… I  could put it together on Publisher, but haven’t the time for the research.

Andy Qunta… Sounds like a great time, once again!