Dame June Whitfield dies


Jan Warren… Aaaawwwww, bless her, she carried on acting till the end, starred in so many things on stage and screen – R.I.P. dear June, god bless xx

Martin Richter… and on radio – the news huddlines is fantastic

Janet Rennie… Such a great comedienne

Chris Meachen… Oh no.. That’s a terrible shame, RIP lovely lady..

Andy Qunta… Brilliant comedienne! RIP!

Ian Mantel… 1971 spoof of Je t’aime with Frankie Howerd

Julie Findlay-jones… Oh that’s so sad .

Betty Austin… She was one of the GREAT STARS .x

Alan Esdaile… A REAL star, very sad news.

Martin Richter… a sad loss – a great talent and Wimbledon supporter

Jeanette Jones… She described Herself as, “a comics tart”, She was, far, far more

Angela Frances Gardner… May she RIP

Lyn Humphrey… I’ve watched June Whitfield on TV and in films all my life. What a loss.


Two Sawyers Club Pett – 1967

supplied by John Busbridge

John Busbridge… The Pub is still there but I don’t remember much about the Club?

Mike Mitchell… Remember it well from Sunday lunchtimes in the late 60s. The pub itself was a members-only club. Used to go there with my mum and dad. My sister and I were allowed in to play shove ha’penny

Sophie Ash…. Back in the day, Pett was a temperance village – hence the club status of the Sawyers. At least I think that’s the story.

Jan Warren…Interesting ……. I lived in Pett Level as a kid from about 1962-1967, it was the best place ever in those days, but now, sadly it seems to have been turned into a “millionaires Haven”??!! – we were all poor people there back in the 60s and it was so beautifully wild and unspoilt land, my parents had very little money so life was hard but my memories will always be of happiness and freedom in such a place that felt like a little “paradise” to me ………. I often used to walk through the village of Pett and remember The Two Sawyers Pub …….. and what was the other one on the corner, coming up from Chick Hill??? – I think its been a bikers meeting place for some years, – just say the name, I know it ……… shit, I know it??!!! so annoying ………….. ugghhhhhhhhh

Steve Amos… The Royal Oak?

Jan Warren… Yes, The Royal Oak, thank you

John Williams… Played in my band a few times I that pub

Eugene Hughes… Who remembers the flamingo? The one that migrated to the Pett Level lake every summer!

Dave Nattress… Definitely remember the Flamingo – used to drive across to the Pett Level pools from Bexhill and saw it several times. Early 70’s – maybe 1972 for a couple of years at least.

Eugene Hughes… It was there into the 80’s

Mayor and Mayoress Ball Hastings

Supplied by John Busbridge

John Busbridge… The Mayors Ball, one of the big occasions of the year, held in December near Christmas I think. Look at the band playing in the Gloucester Room! Whats the Years?

Nigel Sinden…  I did not get any gifts this year. If I had they would gone to others needing them more than me. I hope to see many changes this year. As we can not go down truther perhaps it is time to start looking at raising those at the bottom instead of supporting those at the top.

John Busbridge… I believe the Ball was organise by the Hastings Rotary and the Gifts were all collected by the Mayor for distribution to local Charities! It would be good if something like this could be re-invented. Everything about Christmas has got too materialistic. My wife and I didn’t even give each other cards or presents this year instead we gave the money to Crisis to help the homeless and just kept our cards from the year before!

Pete Millington… I’m pretty sure this was 1975 which is when we changed our name from Spyke to Jinks. It was also when Rod Trowell joined making the line up Peter Millington – Rhythm guitar (formerly on Bass) Ian Williams – Lead Guitar, Terry Chedzoy – Drums, Rod Trowell – Bass Guitar. Don’t recall the Music Masters – do you know if they were dance band or group?


Tangerine Slyde – The Cobweb 28th December 1968

Andre Martin… When the Witch Doctor was being changed into The Cobweb,for several weeks they used the Dolphin Ballroom to keep the punters happy but you see John Schofield and Strand Entertainments has just started with the Pier Ballroom.

John Warner… I was Manager of the Witchdoctor club back in the 60’s having moved from the Star Ballroom in Maidstone. I later went to Mr. Smith’s nightclub in Manchester as entertainments manager. The Grenadier club and casino was run by Eric Rennie.

Andre Martin… Welcome to the site John – long time since we last met! Look forward to some more stories from those days.😇😇😇😇😇

Tony Court-holmes… my mum went to the grenadier club

Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year

Happy Christmas and Very Best Wishes for a Healthy 2019. 

Thank you to everyone for their great support during the year and especially to the people that regularly post and keep the page interesting. Also to everyone that turn up at our coffee meets and all the guests and listeners to the radio show. SMART keeps growing but for it to continue, we always need more old photos and cuttings that would be of interest and haven’t been posted before. Time to look in that box in the loft, have a look through your photos albums and ask the relatives. It is a sad time for many but I hope some of the postings keep the happy memories alive. I will be taking a Christmas break shortly, so limited posts and replies to emails during the next week. I wish you all A Very Happy Christmas and A Healthy New Year.

Nastassja Kaschevsky… Happy Christmas Alan

Josie Lawson…  Likewise Alan, I wish you and your family a great christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year 2019.

Keith Veness… Happy Christmas Alan have a good one

Dennis Torrance… Happy Christmas and new year to you Alan

Matt Thomas… Happy Christmas Alan and have a nice break

Yvonne Cleland… Merry xmas Alan xxx

Ernest Ballard… Happy xmas

Colin Norton… Wishing you the same, Alan. Thanks for all of your great work with SMART!

Mick O’Dowd… Another year gone by and another great year for SMART and our illustrious leader the legend in his own lunchtime Alan Esdaile Johnny Mason. Thanx for everything and may your New Year be better than this year.

Judith Monk… Happy Christmas to all of you.

Jeanette Jones… Wishing You all best wishes back Ez. Thanks for all Your hard work & taking the trouble to keep in touch with so many of us xxx

Robert Searle… Happy Christmas Alan ,I’m sure everyone appreciates what you do.All the best and s happy new year to you.

Jon McCallion… Happy Christmas to you Alan, well done for all the effort with the SMART music group and also everything else that you do like a hospital radio and also playing piano in the hospital. Speak to you soon come up and see us in the new year. Best wishes John

Barry Newton… All the best to you and yours Alan and all SMART members

John Wilde… Have a safe and Merry Christmas. Thanks for keeping our musical memories alive.

Tony May… All the best, Alan and THANKS for all the hard work you put in to keep S.M.A.R.T. going.

Jan Warren… Merry Christmas Alan and best wishes for the new year!

Karen Sweatman… Merry Christmas and all the best for 2019. Thank you for another great year of your page. Great to finally meet you

Pete Prescott… Happy Christmas to you ! Pete and Carole. X The SMART meetings have become such an important part of my life. Meeting people who you can relate to and share memories with had been wonderful for all of us . I absolutely hate missing them. Thanks for creating such a great event/ club/ celebration of Hastings music.

Lucy Pappas… Merry Christmas, Alan x

Graham Belchamber… And to you Alan. Thanks for all your efforts in setting up and running SMART.

Mark Gilham… Thank you Alan. Have a wonderful, peaceful relaxing time. Very best wishes to you.

Andy Qunta… Thanks, Alan, & the same back to you!

Steve Maxted… and wishing you a great Christmas too

Geoff Peckham… Thanks, Alan. Have a great Christmas and a wonderful 2019. Thanks for the memories!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Have a great time yourself xxx

Martyn Baker… Happy Xmas Alan. You seem tireless. Good work mate, and many, many thanks for all the connections to our musical history. x

Bob Shipway… Thanks Alan. You do a super job with SMART – thank you. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a glorious New Year. Bob

Clive Garrard… Thanks Alan,a happy Xmas to your and your family.

Wendy Belton… Happy Christmas Alan and all the very best wishes for 2019.

Tony Davis… All the best for the festive season Alan and thanks for all the hard work you do.

Keith Veness… Merry Christmas Alan all the best for the New Year

Yvonne Cleland…  Happy yule, Alan xxx

John Parnell… Happy Christmas Alan and best wishes for 2019.

Freddie Mills autograph from Brentwood Essex 1961

Supplied by Barry French

Who remembers the boxer Freddie Mills?

Joe Knight… Do you remember the boxing gloves and the Freddie Mills punch bag . The ones that when you hit it would bounce back up. It was about 4ft a blow up figure and in the bottom of the Base was sand so when you hit the figure, it would always upright it self He was found out side a night club in London in a car, shot.

Keith Blizard… Think I had a Freddie Mills boxing annual!

Lyn Humphrey… I had a Freddie Mills punch-ball. It was sprung, and fixed to a sort of plank that you stood on to keep the punch-ball rooted. Brown boxing gloves. The whole set lasted for years.

Mick Carlisle Savage… A true legend

Mike Wright… He was on 6-5 Special and if I recall ok, died in his car behind his night club,very dodgy.My Dad who did a bit of pro boxing loved him,thought he always did his best a real slugger, old skool.

Wendy Weaver… He died in a Citroen DS21. I was going to buy one and was offered his in a garage in Acton. It had all been fitted out inside but I didn’t fancy it. Bought another one instead

No Home Jerome… I knew you had a dark side Ms Weaver!

Wendy Weaver… Very dark

Thin Lizzy – Hastings Pier 15th December 1973 but NO SHOW.

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ad supplied by Sarah Harvey. Photo: Beeld En Geluid Wiki – Gallerie: Toppop 1974  AVRO’s TopPop (Dutch television show) in 1974 . Brian Downey, Phil Lynott and Gary Moore.

Sarah Harvey….An interesting spelling of Thin Lizzy from the Observer of December 15th, 1973. By this time Phil Lynott’s line-up would have only released three albums and they probably would have played most of the tracks from them on the Pier. Thin Lizzy (1971), Shades of a Blue Orphanage (1972), Vagabonds of the Western World (1973).

Trish N Kevin Sherwood…..Sad to say they did not turn up.

John Storer….Am convinced that Thin Lizzy actually failed to turn up twice at the Pier. They were also due to play on 21st June 1975 but pretty sure they never showed up then. Think the second time their equipment truck had broken down. I certainly remember having tickets to see them twice but they remained a band I never got to see live. They were a band that seemed to tour non-stop, playing gigs every month in 1973. Interestingly, all the fan sites have them playing a pub in Leytonstone on 15th December 1973

Gary Kinch……I vaguely remember at least 1 no show on the pier. I say vaguely because the 70’s were a bit of a blur. I did see them twice at Reading Festival, once in 74 and again in 75.

Pete Fisher…..don’t remember seeing Lizzy in ’75……finally got to see them at Ipswich Gaumont in ’84 (?) shortly before Phil Lynott left the building

Peter Nielsen from www.thinlizzyguide.com  … The gig on 15th December 1973 was cancelled because Brian Downey was taken ill. The gig at Leytonstone on 14th December was also cancelled. New info to me about the cancelled gig on 21st June 1975. Got it listed but never knew it was cancelled.

Mike Mitchell… I don’t remember Thin Lizzie on the pier but I do remember the Model Railway exhibition. A Swiss mountainside with all those little trains buzzing in and out of tunnels. Very impressive ton an 11 year old.

Diane Knight… My dad did that , it was a scaled version of the Gothard line. It started life in our front room , you had to duck under the railway to get to the settee !!!! happy days !!

Mick O’Dowd… The Boys Were Never Back In Town so to speak!

Richard Brown… Still a great band.

Tim Moose Bruce… Saw them in 1980 at Brighton. Snowy White on guitar.

Chris van Rock… I think Downey was in a bad way then … heavy drinking band

Ernest Ballard… Lizzy

Peter Thomson… Seen this before but couldn’t remember why I’d never been to a Lizzy gig in Hastings. Consistently one of the finest live acts I ever experienced, despite off-stage over-indulgences.

Dave Nattress… My God rest you Phil Lynott – such a long time, such a waste.