The Deep Purple – Queens Road, Hastings and Battle photo around 1967

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1st photo supplied by Janine Anne Hemsley, 2nd photo with Graham Bradley supplied by Len Benton.

Janine Anne Hemsley…..The girls are Carol Guyatt and Linda Upton.

Mick O’Dowd….Looks like  early Whisky Mac. Think that is Pete Horton poking in right hand, Len Benton, Ian “Mac” McGilvary, Tich Turner,Tony “Tweet Tweet” Bird & Pete Horton.+ Girls.

John Wilde…..Wow this is a great photo……but where?

Robert Searle…Another great photo. I see Mac there with Tony Bird

Joe Knight….omg!!! tony LOL

Ian McGilvray….Yeah that’s me (Mac ) with Lenny Benton on My right hand side. I’m the one with the magazine and Tich is the one with the Birds as usual.

Andre Martin…..The reflection in this is the Fine Food Supermarket at the end of Queens Pde, you can tell that by the backward spelling of the name Minimarket and the design of the brickwork. Interesting the ” I’m Backing Britain ” posters can be clearly seen on the windows of the shop in Queens Road roughly where Gamleys or Helfords used to be located. Looks as if the group were on the east side of Queens Road, and the photographer on the West side..

Mick O’Dowd….Confirmation from Pete Horton that this is in fact Deep Purple. He reckons it was taken in Canterbury where they used to play at The Beehive Club.

Tich Turner….Hi All, this photo was taken in Queen’s Rd. We had a bunch of photos taken that day, but I’m only aware of three that have surfaced. One is a great pic of us all in a line, hunched up against the cold, in front of some glass doors somewhere. The other one, is of us standing on the steps of the public toilets that used to be in the town centre, near the Carlisle and we’re poking our heads over the wall. This is definitely Deep Purple. we didn’t actually become Whisky Mac after Pete Horton left and Graham joined, as I wrote. It was later than that. It was directly after Len Benton, our Bass player left and we recruited Tim Duke on Bass. Happy Days, Tich.

Ian McGilvray….I agree Tich

Pete Horton…..Hi from Pete Horton. Sorry about thinking that the pic was taken in Canterbury. I seem to be the odd one out. I cannot remember this being taken in Queens Road, but we were all in the nearby cricket ground with a Hastings Observer photographer on Sunday 4th February, 1968.

Ken Copsey… Great picture.

Huckells – clothes for the man…

Dave Luck… That takes us back a bit

Julie Findlay-Jones… Oh god I brought a pair of brown cordoroy jeans from there and a striped zip up cardigan thought I was the bees knees lol

John Wilde… Sexist!

Peter Thomson… Very Peter Wyngarde – is it the fag?

Keith Cowper… My God I bought some fab gear in there in the 50s and 60s /anyoneremember Kep Casuals another fab gear shop!!?

Roxine Lucas… Great shop 2 buy ben sherman shirts my bruv loved this shop such along time ago

Jon McCallion… Kep casuals was run by Keith Griffiths good shop. Kep stood for Keith Edward Perry my wife tells me

Stephen Moran… Blimey! That brings back memories! I used to buy my Ben Sherman shirts in Huckells in 1969 for £3!

Carl Ridley… Bought some great bits from there in the day

Eugene Hughes… I can picture the little fella with the beard that worked there. Nice bloke.

John Busbridge… I used to buy a lot of my clothes in there!

Lloyd Johnson…  I only bought one item from Huckell’s .A pair of grey trousers like the ones Tony Meehan wore on the first Shadows L.P. Once Keps Casuals open I thought Huckells was naff.Keps Casual raise the style bar!..

No Home Jerome… Thought you were more a Millets guy!

Lloyd Johnson… Millets use to do some good stuff in the early 60s…Suede Levi’s Jackets Etc….I use to buy jeans from Baldocks in George Street, shoes from Winters in George Street and go to London on a cheap day return and buy clothes.in the late 60s I opened my own shops in London.

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