Dame June Whitfield dies

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46712694

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?

 

Hastings College – A July Ball The John Roye Orchestra and The Lonely Ones 9th July 1965

Supplied by John Busbridge

John  Busbridge… A College Ball Friday 9th July circa? any ideas? Starts at 10.30pm, I am normally asleep by then, oh to be that young again!

Pete Millington… That was 1965 John – a very good year for most of us

John Busbridge… That sounds about right I was 18!

Andre Martin… I would say that sounds about right, the old Dolphin Ballroom was a great place for the more formal college dos.

Edgar Broughton & Rita – Hastings Pier – Martin Casson Entertainments 28th Dec 1974

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Ad Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection, photo of Edgar Broughton by Clive Richardson

Joe Knight….what happened to steve maxted ? use to go to catford DESMOND DEKOR!!! lots of great bands

Andre Martin….Joe – Steve Maxted still going strong well into the late 1970s. – Above is an advert from 1974. I have some later images waiting to be uploaded and indexed.

John Storer… Apropos of not much, my late Mum absolutely loved Edgar Broughton’s “Apache Dropout”. Remember seeing Barclay James Harvest and thought Hudson/Ford were actually much better than I was expecting

Mick Mepham….Hurrrraahhhhh! I hadn’t got this flier – have now yippeeeee!

Jim Breeds….Lindisfarne, BJH, Hudson/Ford. Wow, I missed some stuff I should have seen

Jenny Tyler… I loved Steve Maxted.

Phil Gill…  I was there for the New Year gig. The bouncers stopped the Stallion set at 11:45 and threw everyone out. They were really shitty about it too. Presumably they wanted to go drinking…

Mick Mepham… I remember introducing Hudson/Ford and making a total twat of myself doing so ….. blusho ……

Yvonne Cleland…. You were nowt but a lad, MM 🙂

Mick Knights… Edgar Broughton.. The question has always been, should he have allowed the demons in in the first place!!

Alan Esdaile… Not much hope for the Apaches as well, Mick. Steve Broughton now a Hastings resident.

Glenn Piper… Oh the memories

Tony Court-holmes… god i remember edgar broughton gig out demons out

 

 

 

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.

14 Days, Rock Museum, The Earthquake, Amalgamation, Shady Haze – December 1969

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supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey… (first) November 15th, 1969….. would this be one Rock Museum’s final gigs before splitting up? As for 14 Days…..enlighten me! I was just too young to see this gig.

Sarah Harvey… (second) Well if Rock Museum split at the end of 1969, New Years Eve 1969 surely must have been their final gig supporting Shady Haze? No idea……however, there they are again….14 Days (Fourteen Days). Amalgamation seem to have lasted the course to more recently with the founder member being the only remaining of the original line-up…..Frank (surname unknown). Apparently heralded from West Sussex.

Sarah Harvey… (third) The lead-up to Christmas 1969 on the Pier ….. the Amalgamation gig advertised for later on in the month and Rock Museum supporting The Earthquake just before Christmas …..and there they are again on Christmas Eve….Fourteen Days supporting St.Johns Wood.

Robert Searle… Rock Museum Laurie Cooksey first group?

Alan Esdaile… Yes Robert, Laurie was in Rock Museum. Left to right: Tony Carr(lead vocals), Terry Corder(bass guitar/vocals), Dave Gurr(lead guitar/vocals), Laurie Cooksey(drums/vocals).

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Geoff Peckham… Not Laurie’s first group though. There were at least two before Rock Museum: Prohibition and Rael.