SMART coffee meet no 51 report

Our 51 meet and among the newbies this time were Glenn Piper, Andy Qunta, Andy Davies, Reg Wood and Ernest Ballard. Glenn was chatting about happy memories of The Continental coffee bar and pier gigs. Andy Qunta was talking about the new cd from Factory and future local gigs and had with him a Factory leaflet from the Chelsea Collage Eastbourne 1973 gig and the bands bookings and recordings diary from May 1970 to August 1973. Andy Davies was talking about the album sleeves he designed and sharing memories of his brother Simon Davies who many fondly remember. He also had a business card of Simon’s, when he did his discos under the name of Tony Kane.  Reg Wood was talking about when he saw Kevin Coyne and Elvis Costello on the pier and had the albums with him, as well as some Rolling Stones shirts. Ernest Ballard was talking about his shop Hastings Musical Exchange and the band Jump The Gun, he also had a business card from his 1975 band ‘August’.  Barry Taylor arrived with leaflets for the forthcoming gig he is putting on in aid of St Michael’s Hospice on 6th October at the Sea Angling Club. Line up will include Freak Flag, Pete Brown, Carey & Prescott and Harmer & Westlake. Pete Prescott had a pile of cassettes including Jinks Throught the Sound Barrier, Alan Attfield & Chris Cozens – Facades and Double Indemnity – Moonlight & Love Songs.  Monica Bane had  a photo of Town Council and the 7” single record Sweet and Neat/The Harder You Love which was written by her brother Steve Hersee, who was in the group and still playing and recording under the name Neon Roadster. She also had some great posters from her modelling days in the 70s. Pete Houghton never lets us down and had with him framed autograph photos of Pink Floyd ‘Animals’ and Grand Funk Railroad and a pile of rare albums.  Mick O’Dowd had a bag full of books for Conquest Hospital Radio fundraising and Jon McCallion was chatting to John Petri and Pete Millington about George Harrison’s Telecaster and talking about bus passes!  Too many people to mention but this is a small bit of what I remember. Anything interesting you were talking about, please feel free to add here.

Andy Qunta… I had a fabulous time, meeting up with old friends & new! Thanks, Alan & everyone! It was a fabulous afternoon catching up with old friends & meeting some new ones. Very glad I was finally able to get to a SMART meeting!

Wendy Weaver… Nice to see you.

Ernest Ballard… Had a lovely time meeting old friends.  Super day thanks Alan

Jon McCallion… Great time Alan talking about all different things with different people you do a great job

Lance Collins… Sorry. Worked late. Will get to next one

Jim Breeds… Sorry I couldn’t get to this one. Sounds like it was fun (as always). And smart of course.

Mick O’Dowd… Excellent as usual! Phil Gill told me that Soultown are now playing thrash/death metal!

Pete Houghton… Had a great time glad to see my friend Glenn Piper it’s been year’s since we last met and also my friend Mick O’Dowd and two of Factory

Reg Wood… Finally made it! Enjoyed a good chat.

Jeanette Jones… Glad everyone had a great time hope to catch up in the Autumn

Lucy Pappas… I loved Simon Davies. I was with his sister, Gill, just recently. I guess that’s the same Simon? x


Trying to trace information on Tony Cornish

Sarah Preston… I am doing some research into finding my husbands grandfather. We know his name is Tony Cornish and he played the guitar in the support band for Tom Jones on the pier back in the 60s. Would you know anything about him or could point in the direction of someone who might. I’m not sure but I think the band he was in maybe Tony and the Condors but not 100% but he did play in the cafe regular on the pier back in the hey day and thanks again.

Can anyone help?

Richard Porter… My wife, Jacqui was there!! It was her birthday!!

Roy Penfold… An early mention of Tony Cornish is in the H&SLO of 08 February 1958 in a Skiffle group called “The Gamblers” playing washboard with John Newman on vocals and guitar, Barry Richardson; guitar and Douglas Steadman playing bass. They were apparently inspired by the Jeanagers.

Lloyd Johnson… The Jeanagers’ were our school skiffle group in the late 50s, Hastings Secondary School for Boys/ Priory Road. They won a National Skiffle Competition. I think it might have been Caroll Levis Discoveries which was a TV Talent Show. They wore Black Western shirts with white fringing and black jeans. Mr. Henshaw the headmaster let them give a concert for the whole school when they won the competition. We were very proud of them…😀😀😀😀…I remember Johnny Newman , last time I saw him was in Portobello road in the 90s. He looked like Lee Van Cleef. He use to hangout with Keith Perry and Johnny Blackman the guys that had KEPS Casuals in Hastings later in the early 60s. KEPS Casuals was just over the Road from Woolworths…

Biddy The Tubman – Blue plaque event – Sunday 11th August 2019

BIDDY THE TUBMAN BLUE PLAQUE Event! Sunday 11th August 2019 – 15:30pm – 17 West Street, Old Town, Hastings

Official Unveiling by Christian Burton (Chairman Hastings Winkle Club) & James Edward Bacon (Deputy Mayor of Hastings)

or more information… Sue Church

photo Kathy Wood

photos by Jim Breeds

Roger Simmonds… I remember him well !

Alan Pepper… Have just been watching him on old silent film in the twenties great stuff ! They’re pushing the boat out for him lol

Jacqueline Marsh… I can remember seeing him he was amazing

Jeanette Jones… I remember him coming round selling fish “Biddy’s the Best”.

Tony Court-holmes… we were there, good to see so many people

Lloyd Johnson… What a star Biddy was!….remember seeing him endless times in the 50s….us kids Love him!…. I’m just thinking it surely couldn’t have been this Biddy doing his tricks in the barrel in the 50s .He would have been in his 70s but maybe it was …does anyone know….it was near The Pier that I use to see him with my Mum & Grandparents…I remember his tub overturning and he would disappear and everyone thought he was drowning.

Amanda Hilton… remember my grandad telling me about Biddy

Alan Esdaile… Remember seeing him in the sixties and my mum went in his tub when she was young.

Lloyd Johnson… Here you go! Here’s Biddy for all those that never saw him perform…a great piece of film!…it makes feel so happy to watch this !…proof that our happy childhood was real and not a distant fantasy we look back on in old age!….

Peter Fairless… Thanks Lloyd.

Lloyd Johnson… It’s great to see him like this isn’t it?…if I remember correctly he lived behind Priory road secondary modern boys school in the late 50s when I went there and use to let the kids park their bikes in his garden if the school bike shed was full….lovely old chap!…

Peter Fairless… I didn’t ever see him perform, Lloyd, so this is fascinating. I’m wondering if James Bacon could ever be persuaded to do a reenactment?

Lloyd Johnson… maybe you should start a FB group for him to do it for a Hastings Charity…..and people could send funds to go to the charity..

Colin Tapp… I was watching this on utube recently thought it could be a subject for my next painting

Alan Esdaile… Wonderful

Lynda Whatley… Remember seeing him when I was a child and lived in Hastings

Mick O’Dowd… Saw him many times. Entertaining!

Tony Court-holmes… my mum went in that tub

Tony May… A bit later than most but I wanted to do a nice job for this and so I’ve had to take my time. A great song and a wonderful moment dedicated to a great man…