Jan Warren with band – Motorbike Rally 1970

Alan Esdaile… What was the name of the band Jan?

Jan Warren… We didn’t really have a name, I just sung with lots of musician friends in pubs and clubs in London in the 1970s/80s, done a few recordings with some of them, then I sung with some bands when I lived in France for 6 years, also done a bit with some bands in The Bexhill Rowing Social Club when I moved back to Bexhill in the late 90s/2000 …………. and karaoke …… Oops, haha …….. in some Bexhill pubs?! Huh, OK?! This pic was taken at a motorbike rally in the 1970s with Rob and Paul Saunders on guitars, I done a few gigs with them at the motorbike club, and my hubby, Pete Watson always done the disco!

Alan Pepper… Great photo Jan ! Hey you’re a bit of a dark horse eh ? Thinking about it that’s a good name for the band… Dark Horse (or has that been used?)

Jan Warren… Wow Alan, Dark Horse is a great name for a band!! 🙂

Alan Esdaile… Dark Horse was the name of George Harrison’s record label.


Name your favourite song by The Carpenters

Pete Prescott… This masquerade, lovely version. I remember the first time I heard that voice.i was just about to go to school one morning ( in sittingbourne) Tony Blackburn played it. It was we’ve only just begun. Wow!

Sheila Maile… Yesterday once more. When she died it was an awful waste saw the biopic of the carpenters story on TV. A real tearjerker. One of the best female vocalists ever

Jan Warren… Yes, “Goodbye to Love” is my fave too!!

Alan Esdaile… yesterday once more

Anne Gower… Leaving on a jet plane

Chris Fagg… …”Goodbye To Love” great piano cadences…

Chris Meachen… While I always thought they were far too squeaky clean for my tastes, her voice was utterly beautiful, as were the lush harmonies in their music. If I had to pick a favorite, it would probably be ‘Close to you’..

Charles Sharrod… every note still touches my Trisha’s heart

Chris Sambrook… Bloody good drummer was Karen Carpenter. Close to you gets to me everytime. Reminds me of my first girlfriend i loved. HHMM must have been a longtime ago. Would have been a bit strange if it had been Silver Machine ENUFF said.

Iain Cobby… ” Good bye to love” fantastic lead break that fades oh too soon. Makes me cry…………

Pete Fisher… the late great Tony Peluso…live version here, solo from around 1’37”… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7riL90lH7M

Chris Fagg… YEEES ! THAT’S IT…In my all time favorites that shiver me timbers ! amongst Bach, some Mozart, Lennon/Mac’a, and sax breaks on Will You & Baker St. Thanks, all !

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1960’s Slang Words

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Josie Lawson… Wow!I love that. Will keep a copy. Back in the 80s/90s I had a penguin book of slang which I used for my writing and a phrase and fable book but really thought my writing had gone but it’s back along with a pep talk from Alan when he very kindly visited me in hospital. I really want to try and get back to short story writing along with a hopeful novel along with my favourite poetry being a poet. I have an electronic dictionary/ENCYCLOPEDIa and wish could get the other mentioned electronically also.
Thanks Alan for posting….

Terry Huggins… I think this is more American than English.

Jan Warren… Yeah Terry, I know a lot of it comes from Americanisms, has done for years! Love these too, remember them well and I’m sure there’s many more?! – funny how I hate the so called “slang words” used today??!! – especially “hub” and “station” as used for Nurses and School classes, fridges, prams etc ……. also “sick” “soz” ……… Ohhhh, there’s so many, am I getting old or something??!! haha

Tony Davis… Groovy man

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Oh Lordy…I still use some of the above!! Although boob tube was something completely different to me!!

Tony Davis… Me too. Usually a sparkly elasticated piece of ladies apparel

Terry Huggins… To me a blast was a toke on a joint, a boob tube was a type of woman’s top, Cuties was a word Frank Zappa and no one else ever used, Fox was a little wild dog that conservatives enjoy torturing and killing, Giimme some skin is completely new, Groovy and outa sight were soppy words that Americans and arty people used, hang loose meant dangle, rat fink was a childish expression that popped up in batman comics, bugs were Volkswagens, snowing down south is another new one, and we used to say unstuck rather than unglued.

Judith Monk… What about the ‘pussy pelmet’ or miniskirt!

Mick O’Dowd… Watch out! We’re getting into snowflake upsetting country!

Alan Esdaile… remember saying shut your cakehole

Janet Rennie… I still do haha. Also Funky

Yvonne Cleland… coool

Julian Jules Carter… There ya go!

Mike Guy… Fab, gear!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Mardy?! When I used that after relocating down south no one knew what I meant…!


Felix – Ore Centre Rock Festival May 1975.


supplied by Roger Carey

Roger Carey (bass), Wesley Magoogan (Sax)

Wesley Magoogan… Blimey ! With a young Roger Carey !

Sarah Harvey… Great photo. I remember watching Felix rehearsing at St.Helens Church Hall and also remember organising the annual Ore Festivals….happy times. 🙂

Yvonne Cleland… Those were the days! Has Rog got any of the rest of the band?

Alan Esdaile… Sorry Yvonne , no other Felix ones at the moment but hopefully he will find some more. I do have some very good Pueblo ones to post soon.

Sarah Harvey… Samisen used to rehearse there as did a few other bands. Harry Williams was a big part of the Ore-Zodiac Community Association and I think the Town Council may have rehearsed at The Zodiac Centre (Formerly Round Table) in Priory Road.

Kev Towner… Reading all this stuff, I come away with the impression that everybody was in about five bands – at the same time!! LOL

Phil Gill… Still are Kev.

Conan Howard… found I have some photos of FELIX at the Carlisle when Samisen played at the same gig. will see if I can post them , if I cant do it I shall pass them over to SARAH to do it ….all the best CONAN

Dave Weeks… Bring back the Ore Centre rock festival.

Sarah Harvey… Funnily enough I thought of reviving it for old times sake but got enough to do right now with Hastings Rock

Yvonne Cleland… I was at that gig. I seem to remember that Will volunteered me to announce Felix!

Ernest Ballard… Great picture

Jo Turner… Me and Liz Turner. I remember this so well.

Tony Qunta… Great pic! Brings back wonderful memories

Colin Gibson… Is that a Burns bass Rog is playing? That was my first bass! It had a mini jack, so if your lead went, you were fucked!

Terry Huggins R.I.P.

I’m very sorry to share this very sad news but Terry Huggins has died. Many people here will have lots of happy memories of Terry. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

His daughter posted this on his facebook page…

We’re very sorry to tell you all that our kind, crazy and witty Dad went to sleep at 22.34 on 19 May 2018. We miss him already.
Thank you all for your kind words and support over the last few weeks. This meant so much to Dad and lifted his spirits; he was truly overwhelmed, as were we all.
We’ll keep everyone updated with the funeral arrangements.
(We’ve grammar proofed this status over 100 times. Hopefully we’ve done him proud).

Many tributes posted on his facebook page, here are a few that have been posted on this page...

Allyson Breeds… RIP Terry, you will be sadly missed.

Jim Breeds… So long, friend

Angela Frances Gardner…  I’m so sorry to hear this , I passed by the hospice on Friday and thought of him, so sad for you all. May he RIP 😓 so glad I got to see him 2 weeks ago

Liane Carroll… RIP Terry. Xxxxx

Nick Prince… Indeed. RIP Terry. What a great sense of humour you had. I will never forget that.

Jo Turner… Hard to imagine such a huge character gone. RIP Terry

Jan Warren… R.I.P. Terry xxx

Colin Norton… RIP Terry.

Alan Esdaile… So sorry to hear the news, he will be missed. Certainly a character, even arranging and being at his own wake. When he was unable to talk, it didn’t hold him back and many times we would have conversations with pen and paper. He certainly entertained us with his facebook posts, loved the models he made and all his great history posts. R.I.P. Terry

Glenn Piper…  R.I.P. Terry

Tony Davis… RIP Terry

Leigh Wieland-Boys… R.I.P Terry

Matt Thomas.. R.I.P. Terry – will be sadly missed by all of us at Hastings Shopmobility

Reg Wood… Good memories of Terry from school. Sorry to hear this.

Funeral arrangements shared from Terry’s facebook page…

So you all know, Dads funeral will take place on Thursday 31st May 2018 at Hastings crematorium. This will be followed by a good old knees up at the The Carlisle; Dad made it clear that he wanted us to get good and drunk on his behalf.
Dad will have one last ride, being pulled by a Harley Davidson from the The Carlisle to the crematorium. Anyone who would like to ride with Dad, please arrive at The Carlisle at 11:00 on the day; this would make us all very happy.
As you know, Dad wasn’t a fan of wearing a suit and led a colourful life. Given this, we’d prefer colourful and causal dress, so we can celebrate his character properly.
Although we appreciate people may want to send flowers, we’re conscious that St Michael’s Hospice (Hastings and Rother) rely heavily on donations.They took such good care of Dad (and us), so if you were thinking of sending flowers please donate to them instead. If you’d just like to donate (because St Michaels are amazing) please go ahead …
We realise Dad was so much more than our father, so we’d really love to hear your stories and memories of him. Please PM Zena with anything that makes you laugh or think of Dad and we can try to include these on the day. We think he’d like that.
We so hope you will all be there to join us in celebrating our wonderful Dad and give him (another) send off he deserves.
Lots of love
Shirley Crystal Zena and Nick


Rolling Stones Hastings Pier autographs 1964 up for sale for £1000 plus

Thanks to Jim Breeds for finding this…

Jim Breeds… Rolling Stones (and Hollies) autographs signed on The Pier in 1964, allegedly. Up for auction. Estimate £1,000 to £1,500. https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/ewbanks/catalogue-id-srew10106/lot-e589e0ff-cce4-4745-a6a2-a8e500b085f0

Iain Cobby… Oh poo. my mother , who worked in Hastings Pier Bingo met the Stones as i collected autographs as a young lad of 9 ( I Had lenny the Lion and The Rattles)………….. she didn’t like them as they had long hair and looked unwashed ………well?… anyway mum didn’t have any other paper to write on other than a bingo ticket. I had all of the guys including Brian. It stayed on my wall until I got married then was put away with other memorabilia until I was about to give it to a real (skateboarding) Stones fan . I never did find it .gone.disappeared into loft heaven. Sorry Mick. ………….. did I ever tell you about the time I met John Entwistle of the Who…………….