The Happy Ballroom and more. 11th September 1965 supplied by Andre Martin.

It’s time for a catch-up, with everything that has been taking place over the last couple of weeks ion Hastings this year, I must turn back the clock 50 years to Saturday 11th September 1965. On the Pier, the Old Time Music Hall is still going strong, but their season is shortly to end, and a winter programme be introduced.
Ready Steady Go, has as usual started off the weekend in usual style, and Top of The Bill for this Friday night are The Rolling Stones, included in their set are – “Oh Baby We Gotta Good thing Going” “ Satisfaction “ and “That’s How Strong My Love Is” also on the programme talking to Cathy and Keith somebody who has had an influence on the boys – Andrew Loog Oldham. Support this week came from The Preachers, Chris Farlowe, Goldie & The Gingerbreads and Manfred Mann “ If you gotta go – Go Now” all of this kept together by Cathy and Keith.
The Witch Doctor has very little to report, and certainly, there is little advertised, although my spies tell me that there were plans for a refurbishment of the club and a change in management, so more to follow, but the Hastings & St Leonards Observer was keeping very quiet.
BBC Radio and Television, we starting to settle down to the Autumn Schedule – although there did seem to be very little change! Radio – The Light Programme – Saturday we had 10.00am Saturday Club with Don Moss, and included this week The Hollies, Herman’s Hermits, Ernestine Anderson, Zoot Moneys Big Roll Band and Garry Blake and His Music. Lunchtime it was Mark Wynter followed by David Gell and “ Walk Right In” Country Music. Saturday Afternoon has changed with the introduction of FanFayre at 2.00pm which are repeats of some of the “Swing Into Summer” shows that had been presented, and this week it included Julie Down and The Settlers. Folk Room followed this at 4.00pm with Lorne Gibson and Silkie. Another new programme on Saturday early evening was “Altogether” with the Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir under the direction of Alun Williams.
Sunday Keith Fordyce introduced Easy Beat including the BBC Top Tunes Listeners and Viewers Own Popularity Chart.!!! Lunchtime, it was Two Way Family Favourites. Alan Freeman was along at 4.00pm with Top Of The Pops, and at 6.00pm Cliff Adams and his singers – Sing Something Simple.
Over on Television, the main pop shows were BBC – Juke Box Jury with David Jacobs, and this week’s panel was made up of Vaal Doonican, Dudley More, Barbara Ferris and Marian Montgomery. Nothis recorded for this week from Thank Your Lucky Stars.
There you have September 1965 – things are about to change? what will the Autumn bring, we will see, I do hope that you were able to make the best of the last couple of weekends in Hastings, the weather was not all that good at times, but there certainly was a lot to do, with Heritage Open Days, Save Our Heritage and The Seafood and Wine Weekend, next to come along will be Hastings Week and The Bonfire Celebrations – good times for all, but take care of yourselves.
Andre Palfrey-Martin ©2015

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