SMART coffee meet 23 Report


What a GREAT afternoon and yes the ‘F’ word was mentioned and everyone agreed that the Factory gig was excellent and has kick started talk about various local bands to reform, watch this space!  Among the newbies this time were Len Smith, Phil Thornton (and his hat!), Erol Edir and Graham and Karen How.  Andre Martin was talking about the History Of The Pier Book by Steve Peak which is due out next year and features Andre’s pier memories. Len Smith who runs the Eastbourne Bands From 1960 On facebook site is working on a family tree of local bands from Hastings & Eastbourne and had with him a folder of the work he has produced so far. It’s a mammoth task and people present were able to fill in some of the gaps. Mick O’Dowd had with him The Veronica Story CD (the popular Dutch radio station from the 1960’s) and also had some interesting Ready Steady Go 60’s DVDs. Graham How  brought along some great tour programmes from the 70’s including Melody Maker Poll Concert 72, The Who Tommy, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Wishbone Ash, Genesis 77 and more.  Pete Millington has come up with another rare photo of Suspect and Andy Knight had with him a whole host of various photos and cuttings including Freeway, Five Bob Rocket, Delta Wing, Dicemen, Tarquin, Shaft, Jukes and a Head On with Missing Persons poster. John Petri pointed out that the photo on the front of our latest newletter is Paul Freeman and not Steve. Too many other people to mention and get round to talk to, so please feel free to add  anything interesting that you were talking about and I missed.

Graham How… I remembered the date this time!

Natasha Kaschevsky… Sorry we didn’t get to say goodbye to you today Alan, had a great time x

Wendy Weaver… It was a very good meeting. Lots of interesting people.

Kevin Burchett… great meeting thanks alan

Mick O’Dowd… Great stuff and an appearance by Phil Thornton’s Hat! What more could you want.

Martin Stringer… Good morning. Martin Stringer here I am going to be in England from the 24th to the 29th of November is there a meeting around then?

Alan Esdaile…  Excellent. Am trying to organise the next one for the 27th November Martin and would be great to see you. Hopefully confirm next week.



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