Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel – White Rock Theatre 12th June 1990

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ticket & cutting supplied by Iain Cobby

Peter Fairless… Made me smile!

Matt Thomas… I was working the bar that night

Andy Qunta… I did a tour with SH & CR in 1981. A really fun time! Great songs, great band! After that, we recorded a couple of songs, which Midge Ure produced. One of them, “I Can’t Even Touch You”, is the last track on the “Cream Of” album mentioned above. Just a bit of trivia for you!

Tony Davis… If I remember rightly Mr Cobby it was you and I that started the singing of Oh Dear Look What They’ve done to the blues. It was a good night. I think I also got hit by a small piece of falling ceiling.

Iain Cobby… Your memory serves you well, Mr Davis and if I’m correct, we were both in a video of his shot at Brighton Dome. More trivia, the bassist of his first Cockney Rebel band Paul Jeffery died on board flight Pan Am 103 with his bride on there honeymoon. Steve often would dedicate ” Sebastian” to him.

Tony Davis… Recently saw Cockney Rebel at the Leas Cliff in Folkestone. They were touring the album Best Years of Our  Lives for it’s 40th. Anniversary. Steve Harley and the band were fantastic that night. Instead of a support  act they incorporated it within the band. 2 sisters from Austria who were multi-instrumentalists and during Cockney Rebel’s set they played a couple of their own tunes. Really glad I went.


The Majority – Witch Doctor St Leonards – June 11th 1966

Arthur Sutherland… Were the Koobas out of Liverpool, because I seem to recall seeing a group at Butlins Ayr called the Koobas in 1962 just before the Beatles broke.

Alan Esdaile… Yes I think your right Arthur.

Mick O’Dowd… At last some names I do remember!!

The Zombies – De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill – 6th June 2018

Iconic British psychedelic pop legends The Zombies have returned for a UK tour in June 2018, led by founding and current members, vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent.

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Dave Nattress… Check out Colin Blunstone’s “I don’t believe in Miracles” and “Say you don’t mind”.  Wonderful, beautiful soaring vocals.  Seen him a couple of times on 60’s revival shows and some old stuff on TV and Youtube with the Zombies and at one time he went out with a string quartet.

Janet Rennie… Colin Blunstone fabulous voice , my two favourite songs from the seventies

Jen Franklin… Never fails to please. How does Colin maintain  hitting those high notes? Worth waiting for the late start. All ended too soon.

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Lee Scratch Perry – De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill – 23rd November 2018

Regarded with awe throughout the music world, Lee “Scratch” Perry holds status as one of the most enduring and original reggae producers and artists of all time.

Always one to follow the beat of his own drummers, the eccentric genius Perry continues to break new ground with the hardest rebel Rasta tunes and the most unpredictable instrumental dubs. Lee Perry has most recently been touring Europe, riveting both old and new fans with a full measure of his blessings.

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Paul Young 35 Years of No Parlez – White Rock Theatre Hastings 29th September 2018

Everyone’s favourite 80’s crooner Paul Young is back on tour, performing his much loved album ‘No Parlez’ in celebration of 35 years since it’s release.

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Matt Thomas… Got my ticket 🙂

Dave Weeks… And me.

Dave Nattress… Saw Paul at the White Rock MANY years back, and very good too. Top backing musicians. Maybe Pino Palladino on bass. Must have been mid/late 80’s. For the encore his Wife and first little girl came on stage.

Who remembers TV Rediffusion switch boxes and black boxes.

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Nick Prince… Who remembers these in the corner of their living rooms? Or black boxes with miles of unsightly cable being strung from house to house. Particularly popular in Hastings and St Leonards where television reception was bad in parts of the borough but also in Bexhill and the surrounding area. I seem to remember it was BBC 1, BBC 2, Southern, Thames/LWT (obviously the later was Rediffusion until 1968). Was it Radio 2 and Radio 4 also? Thames got replaced by Channel 4 when that started, Southern by TVS due to the former losing its franchise and so on…… Do you remember which letter the switch had to be on the get each channel?

Bryan Sandra…I still have one in my wall.

Robert Wren… I remember in the 70’s the TV stations would close down early due to strike action and we would switch to the radio……and this is where I heard John Peel play New Rose by The Damned for the first time! Went to Disc Jockey next day and bought it………life was never the same.

Andrew Freeman… My mum worked for rediffusion up on the estate taking and booking calls.

Jim Hobbs… The switch photo is of a later type. I remember we had two switch boxes, one bigger than the other. I think one switched TV sound channels and the other video channels. It was in a way ahead of its time as cable TV predates satellite TV distribution. I remember the hilarious announcements that were inserted into the feed if there was a problem with the system.

Chris Meachen… They also used to carry announcements from the local police at times.. I remember having a separate speaker under the tv for listening to the radio, ’round the horn’ being a favourite when I was a kid..

Jim Hobbs… Round the horn was just amazing. I loved this show on a Sunday lunchtime as a kid but couldn’t fully appreciate it until later when I could get the adult jokes and references hidden in the scripts. Great team too.

Alan Esdaile… I remember holding the aerial to get a better picture. Your standing holding it with your arms in the air or stand it on a box to get a signal. As soon as you sat down, you lost it again!

Bryan Sandra… Does any one remember Radio Rentals I think they were called ? They came after Redifusion and we had a meter on the telly that took two shilling pieces . It always ran out at a crucial moment and we Would miss the end of a programme !

Colin Fox… Worked for them in the 60’s in Eastbourne. I fitted a few of those, outside on the wall. we used to run a cable from the box, through the window frame into the control box on the wall. Colour tv was introduced about 1969, but was very expensive. Most people started to get colour from about 1976. I actually learnt to drive in one of these vans.

Barry Newton… I worked for Redif in Rye when we set up the system, Hastings, Eastbourne, Lewes and Sussex uni. Great days. We used to call ourselves erection specialists, LOL

Roy Penfold… Spent a fairly happy 9 months working for them as a teenager, delivering and installing TV’s & Videos, although they were known as Granada by then. Left (due to an accident) just before they moved the depot from Ponswood to Bexhill.

Dave Nattress… Definitely remember Rediffusion in the house I lived in with my parents in Bexhill, cables strung along the fascias of the houses and the control box on the wall – remote controls back then, no chance.  Would it be early 70’s for colour and then Teletext on BBC and Oracle on ITV?  One old TV we had – B &W, way back when, used to suffer from a bad horizontal hold, (I think it was), and my old man used to literally thump the top of the TV and this would temporarily bring an improvement and get rid of the wavy lines.  I assume the thump rattled the valves or whichever component was at fault.  The very first TV actually had about a 15″ screen set in a huge great highly polished tall cabinet.  I can smell those hot valves now – just like an old Marshall Amplifier.

Chris Baker… We lived in George St in 71. Pete Willshire, (Batty Bill in the band), worked for Reconfusion, (as he used to call it), and provided us with a naughty connection, which apparently caused interference for a few doors either side of us in George St. We never knew until one day they tracked it down. 🙂

Pete Prescott… Very well. The first flat in Queens Road had one

David Wilkinson…. Had one installed in our seafront flat in Brighton. Television reception in town centre was non-existent. Landlord was well up for it. Friends in Lewes had this or nothing. Ironically their telly was stolen one Bonfire NIght – but it wasn’t theirs – it was Redifussion !!!!!!! ha ha ha

David Finn… Lots on Rediffusion here: Including the worlds first consumer fibre optic system.

Steve Vollrath… Had a top box as well, so they could could viewing numbers, think my dad said something about getting Rediffusion a little bit cheaper.

Nigel Goodman… Yes

Ian Cramp… yes had this in the first house I bought in Sandown Road

Rachel Rayburn… Yes used to work there!

Michael Wilson… A+B were radio 4 + radio 2 on ours. Radio 2 used to change to radio 1 at 10’clock just in time for the John Peel show

Terry Hardwick… Yes

Dennis Torrance… My mum had rediffusion in 1963 little black box on wall outside . A Home B light service C BBC2,later on 625 lines D southern E London F bbc one . Had trouble in summer always picked up French Channel s but in all good service. Ps nightmare having to get up change channels lol

Pete Fisher… so long ago, but I think we had one in the living room for TV and one in the kitchen for the wall-mounted speaker…



‘England’ prog rock band – Hastings Pier 25th March 1978


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Phil Thornton ….England were great ! – lots of Mellotron and Moog, niceness !

Sarah Harvey….March 25th, 1978. England only produced one album in the 70s (Garden Shed – 1977) so I wonder what they filled out the set with. I have the Garden Shed album and played some tracks in my 70s show the other evening.

Andy Qunta…..Garden Shed is a fabulous album! They did have other songs too. I believe our SMART friends Jaffa Peckham & Phil Gill might know more about that?

Phil Gill….We didn’t do anything from Garden Shed that night or any other. It was all new stuff. The three original members had lived with the album for two years by then and wanted to move on. I’d have loved to have played songs off Garden Shed, but hey, I was the new boy.

Dave Nattress….Hi All you England fans!!  I had bought Garden Shed from Boots in Bexhill.  I’d noticed the album in the rack for what seemed like months and it just wasn’t selling – looked like the only copy , anyway eventually intrigue took over and I bought it and it just blew me away especially when I learned the nucleus of the band was from Crowborough.  So, when they played the pier and was gobsmacked to see Phil Gill on bass.  I of course was disappointed because like Phil says, they didn’t play one track off the Garden Shed album.  Many years later I bought “Last of the Jubblies” on CD and more recently – well still years back, got Garden Shed on CD.
Somehow then Geoff Peckham and I met up again – went to school with Jaffa in Bexhill from 7 years old till 16 when we left, and as we talked he said he’d played/recorded Jubblies but hadn’t got it or heard it for years and years.  I guess this was obviously after Phil Gill left – maybe Phil played on some tracks though, so I said all cool, well I had bought it as a punter so I was delighted to burn a copy and photocopy the sleeve etc. and I sent him the original for old school times sake.  Jaffa will remember that he and I were founder members of the Goon Squad at school.  To me, Jubblies doesn’t come close to Garden Shed though.  Garden Shed – like just out of (seemingly) nowhere – astonishing!!!

Phil Gill….Jaffa played on all of Jubblies, it was recorded before he left and I replaced him. I played all of Jubblies live, with the exception of Jaffa’s song “Sausage Pie”, which for some reason they dropped

Steve Kinch….Phil, I remember that we played with England in Worthing, but have got absolutely no memory of the actual gig. Wasn’t Roger Carey offered the job at one time?

Phil Gill….I remember the gig well. England were not a particularly dynamic live act in my opinion, and I kind of missed the excitement of the Stallion shows I’d done for the previous two years, with John Wilde running around shaking everyone on stage by the throat, knocking us around and generally whipping up a frenzy.  Yes, Roger was offered the job and I believe actually played and/or recorded with them at some point after I left. I’m a bit hazy on the story he told me, but he’d be able to confirm the detail.

Terry Pack….The Enid played twice with England while I was in the former and Phil with the latter. Lewisham(?) was one, but the other…? Do you remember, Phil? I didn’t know that Jaffa had played with them, too. I liked the drummer, who sounded a lot like Bill Bruford, I thought. The keyboard player had butchered any number of keyboards in an attempt to achieve a kind of midi. I thought they were very good.

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Who still has the album Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield?

Martin Richter… didn’t the producer live in George street ?

Phil Thornton… That would be Tom Newman – he also lived in Croft rd for a while.

Pete Fairless… Somewhere…. won’t be looking for it in a hurry, though!

Peter Thomson… I think so, as we didn’t throw any vinyl out unless we had a double up on marriage (ooh er). This would be in very good condition as it hardly ever made it to the turntable.

Angela Frances Gardner… I’ve still got my copy on vinyl or as we used to call them my LP!

Mike Curtis… I bought a copy of Camembert Electronique, by Gong, from Cass Music in Eastbourne. Took it home, put it on the Garrard SP25 mk11 turntable, through the Trio amp into some Wharfdale Linton 2 speakers, and out came side 1 of Tubular Bells! Side 2 was Gong.

Chris Meachen… That’s probably worth money if you’ve still got it..

Mike Curtis…  I sure have. But I stupidly sold a demonstration copy of “Love Me Do” by The Beatles for £100 about 25 years ago. Only 250 made and they fetch £10k now…

Jo Avery… Yep, but this one is my favourite…

Nigel Goodman… Vinyl, picture disc and CD

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