Silverhill Tavern – St Leonards-on-Sea 1970’s

business card supplied by Barry French

Who used to go to the Silverhill Tavern?

Martin Richter… my dad used to sing and play the trumpet there – my sister and I would be baby-sat in a back room

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Went there a lot in the 70s

Nick Webb… yes ! many a Saturday afternoon after work and the Xmas factories break up

Roy Penfold… An old friend lived next door, so it would have been rude not to!

Judy Atkinson… The light never worked in the ladies and most of the locks were broken on the cubicles

Wendy Weaver… Played pool on there a few times.

Sue James… Used to go there when I was 16

Barry Upton… Loved it

Peter Bridger… Mid 70’s onwards, on the way back from St Matthews youth club, so age 16ish. Still think of certain songs of that era as “Tavern Songs” whenever I hear them!

Samuel Freeman… Went in there mid 70s it was my local only lived across the road

Roger Simmonds… I used to drink in there sometimes, happy days!

Barry French… In the early 1970’s my first band (1st Emotion) played our first pub gigs at the Silverhill Tavern. In order to get the gig we had to take all our gear to the Tavern & do a Saturday morning audition. Well we passed the audition & for a while we played their most weekends. Due to a big rivalry between the Yorkshire Grey Pub (which was in London Road) & the Tavern, part of the deal in securing the gigs was not to play at the Grey while we were gigging at the Tavern. What I remember most was the Tavern was nearly always packed with people. ( Happy Days)

Dave Nattress… We used to go over from Bexhill on Friday and Saturday nights early for “talent-spotting” and then try and meet up with the talent later in one of the clubs!

Harry Randall… I can remember way back when it was called “The Rising Sun”!

Alan Esdaile… Wasn’t the Rising Sun, the pub that became Paddy McGinty’s, Harry?

Harry Randall… Now your asking? It was a long time ago used to be packed out from the factories at lunch times even had bands playing! So what was it called before ?

Alan Esdaile… I’ve only ever known it as The Silverhill Tavern. It did become Bar Diva for awhile but now houses.

Chris Pelling… Met my wife, Tracey a.k.a. Boo, there back in 1981 and my Dad was born and lived in one of the houses in Silverlands Road that adjoins what was the back of the pub. Many happy times, lots with young Bridger!

Roy Penfold… I think you have the two pubs confused – the Silverhill Tavern is on Sedlescombe Road North and the Rising Sun (Paddy McGinty’s) on Battle Road, almost parallel to each other. I can easily see how the confusion can arise after a few choice beverages in either (hic)!

Harry Randall… yes I realise the error of my ways! Double hic! Chris Pelling by Young Bridger is that the late Tony or Vic Bridger?

Chris Pelling… Harry – neither Tony nor Vic – I had young Peter Bridger in mind (see 9th post/comment above).

4 thoughts on “Silverhill Tavern – St Leonards-on-Sea 1970’s

  1. In the early 1970’s my first band (1st Emotion) played our first pub gigs at the Silverhill Tavern.
    In order to get the gig we had to take all our gear to the Tavern & do a Saturday morning audition.
    Well we passed the audition & for a while we played their most weekends.
    Due to a big rivalry between the Yorkshire Grey Pub (which was in London Road) & the Tavern, part of the deal in securing the gigs was not to play at the Grey while we were gigging at the Tavern.
    What I remember most was the Tavern was nearly always packed with people. ( Happy Days)

  2. We used to go over from Bexhill on Friday and Saturday nights early for “talent-spotting” and then try and meet up with the talent later in one of the clubs!

  3. Met my wife, Tracey a.k.a. Boo, there back in 1981 and my Dad was born and lived in one of the houses in Silverlands Road that adjoins what was the back of the pub. Many happy times, lots with young Bridger!

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