I think it was Tich that introduced me to Trevor Bolton and his partner Barry. They had offices in Hastings at Silverhill and Claremont. I worked on a few projects with them. Anyone know if Trevor is still around? The magazines were sold in The Disc Jockey. However a number of times the lyrics were wrong. They paid for the rights to reproduce them but had to work out the lyrics themselves by stopping and starting the records to work out the words. I remember when Soft Cell hit big, WH Smith wanted them to produce a special magazine, however the photos that came through from Soft Cell’s management were too obscene for Smith’s to accept it. They also went on and produced a Top Of The Pops magazine.
Jane Dorsett… I still have mine.
Julie Morris… I’ve still got some copies! Loved it!
Leigh Wieland-Boys… My favourite magazine of the time! Wish I’d kept mine
Wendy Belton… I still have a collection of these and sometimes look at them now. I love anything like that. Won’t ever get rid of them.
Ralph Town… I remember reading the lyrics to Virginia Plain and Crocodile Rock,both of which were wrong but I did enjoy that little paper, great fun.
Dave Nattress… Jane, I remember them well and all the posters on the walls of your bedroom. David Cassidy, Slade, Sweet, Rod Stewart, Donny (probably).
Julie Morris… I had 62 photos on my bedroom wall of David Cassidy – can’t bear to look at him now 😂😩
Alan Esdaile… It couldn’t have been forever, then Julie.
Julie Morris… Breaking up is hard to do Alan!
Martin Richter… I took some photos for them once – a guy called Tony Walsh asked me
Peter Houghton… I seem to remember that they had a couple of more that did the songs of the week / month
Ralph Town… I remember having the copy with Roy Wood on the front,for the Alice Cooper lyrics
Andy Davies… For a few brief years brought in religiously, I think my favourite music mag though was Disc & Music Echo..
Andrew Bantock… Rye actually. Well that’s where the Trevor Bolton Partnership was based.
Shaun Pont… Sedlescombe.
Graham Matthews… The Guy behind Smash Hits magazine lived in Sedlescombe, he was a customer at our garage, not sure about this magazine.
Leigh Wieland-Boys… I used to get it delivered!
photo Stewart Townsend. Cover from the 2020 book. More details… https://joylandbooks.com/books_new/battersea-fun-fair.htm
Colin Bell… After recently watching the film, ‘The Day The Earth Caught Fire’ which featured lots of memories of Battersea Fun Fair, I wondered who else has memories of this fair?
Robert Carey… Worked right on Queenstown Roundabout in 60s and always over there. Great fun.
Paul Crimin… Sure do!
Steve Thorpe… Went there as a kid, I remember the high level walk through the trees and the water splash
Alan Esdaile… I remember going on The Rotor at Battersea funfair and probably about 9/10 years old. Excited to tell my mates at school and explaining it went really fast, then you got stuck to the wall when the floor disappeared. No one believed me!
Phil Little… Used to visit Battersea funfair when I first moved to London in 1972, it was one of the cheapest things to do.
Jane Hartley… I remember going as we had friends in South London, can’t be more specific though!
Colin Bell… The best thing for me was the Schweppes Grotto with its four caves ‘air’ ‘fire’ ‘earth’ and ‘water’ i’ll never forget crossing over the ‘molten lava’ in the fire cave, it was all magical for a 10 year old. The tree walk at night was amazing with its illuminated ‘dragons’ ‘pixies houses’ and animals etc. Then when you had seen all that next to it was the Guinness Clock with all its animations, a version of which came to Hastings seafront opposite the entrance to Robertson Street in the 1950’s. Different world but brings back so many happy memories in this grim time. Stay safe and well everyone x
Rick Pentecost… I went there a few times when I was very young. I loved it! Was there a Guinness Clock,- or did I imagine that?
Nicola Dobson… Yes my dad used to take me there..loved it and the roller coaster
Peter Houghton…My partner comes from Battersea And he used to ride the rides before the fun fair opened. And he used to work on some of the stalls + worked in the cafe there
Janet Horton… I had relatives in Middlesex at the time, it would be 1964 and I was 10. They took me to the fun fair, and I went in the grottos. Magic. It was funny at the time though, because I didn’t know you glowed purple and this woman came walking towards me. I thought she was a ghost, lol. Then she said, look at your own clothes and I was glowing purple. I remember it so well, we all laughed about it for ages.
supplied by Colin Fox & Eastbourne Bands from 1960 on
Colin Fox… The Jazz Caverners formed in Eastbourne in the early 1960’s: L to R Chris Watford Clarinet, Roy Martin Banjo, Ted Bishop Piano, Pete Kitcher Trumpet, Geoff Coates Banjo and 12 String Guitar, Reg Lower Percussion, Brian Towers Tombone/Leader, Ian Scriven Bass.
Jacqueline Marsh… I can’t believe how young Roy looks, he was a lovely man and I have many found memories of him
Chris Watford… Hi ! Sorry to have to correct you, but the Jazz Caverners was a Hastings band, formed out of the remains of the Dolphin Jazzband, also from Hastings, after that band broke up. They were joined by Pete ; Roy ; Ian & Reg from the Eastbourne based Mojo Rhythm Kings. The Dolphin Jazzband had in fact played for over a year at the Dickens Hall in Eastbourne in the late 1950s, and later at other venues in the town.
Jeanette Jones… & Min? Or am I getting my bands muddled too!
Robert Searle… Used to know Ian Scriven
Tim Moose Bruce… Used to see Min with them on sax.
Tony Ball… I remember some great evenings in the Dewdrop.
Kim Tutty… My Dad was Ian Scriven, he passed away in 1983. I remember him Being in the Jazz Caveners, when they were in a parade they were the Expedient Marching band. I do remember Reg Lower, Roy Martin & a gentleman called Min ( he didn’t wear shoes when in a parade) . I would love to see any pictures anyone has of them.
Jeanette Jones… ‘MIn’, rarely wore shoes, over at least 20 years. I remember my 18 year old Son commenting on the condition of Mins bare feet, saying they must have hurt! A character.
Jacqueline Marsh… I knew Roy Martin well he was a lovely man and worked tirelessly for Polegate and he was a great musician
Tony Court-holmes… my late mum loved them
John Kitcher… Hi Kim, I remember your Dad coming round ours in the 60’s. My Dad is Pete Kitcher
Andy Qunta… Great band! Lotsa fun! I knew Min quite well back in the day. He was quite a character! Talked to Roy Martin a couple of times too. Lovely man!
Kim Tutty… Hi John, do you have any pictures of The Jazz Caveners or the Mojos as they were previously known, I don’t have many pictures of my Dad in the band & would love to see a copy. Many thanks in advance.
Elizabeth Woodcock nee Grosvenor… In reply to Chris Watford, I remember them well! So many happy memories of dancing the night away in Hastings and St. Leonards. Great times!
photo by Allyson Breeds
photos by Kevin Burchett quotes photo Jim Breeds
Chris Gentry, Johnny Mason, Colin Bell and Mick O’Dowd.
Allyson Breeds… I don’t know why Mick looks like he is wearing a yellow wig?
Leigh Wieland Boys… DJs were excellent!
Chris Giles… Brilliant photo Allyson
Andre Martin… It was always Johnny M who had the Goldern Wig!! Great time with the “old hands” almost 200 years experience between us over the years!
Kevin Burchett… The Golden Oldies at Hastings Pier second session.
Archie Lauchlan… Poptastic
Sarah Harvey… I just think they all look so cute 🙂 xx
Jim Breeds… Old Skool Still Rules
Andre Martin… Brill – that sums up the Ballroom All Stars !!
Andy Qunta… Ha ha – love it! Those are some rock-star, legendary DJs!
Andy Gunton… I’m still wondering who that rogue hand, under the desk, belongs to?
Caz Simpson… The rogue hand definitely belongs to a female.
Andy Gunton… Where’s her other hand?!!!!
Chris Giles… I didn’t notice until Andy pointed it out..Ha ha
Alan Esdaile…Thanks Jim. I see what you mean about the hand Andy, it looks like its far too low to be Andre’s and It looks like its on my knee!
Jim Breeds… Done with the greatest of respect and affection 🙂
Mick O’Dowd… That’s awesome Jim. Actually the yellow on my head was not a result of me rubbing on Colin’s T-shirt but is in fact my halo slipping after I mentioned a certain gentleman that appeared on the Pier in silver suits who I was not allowed to mention! Nice to see you there on Saturday. Great to see you back.
Jim Breeds… One year ago today.
Chris Giles… What a fantastic time we all had x
Mick O’Dowd… A year ago! How time flies! Had a great time.
Alan Esdaile… They let us out on day release, as long as we had our name tags on.
Jeanette Jones… Nice photo, guys 🙂 We’ve all come a long way !
Hastings-born musician Suggs, from Madness, will fix the last plank to complete the 50 miles of new decking on the Victorian structure on Tuesday 22nd March 2016.
Phil Gill… It’s the first sign of Madness.
Stuart Huggett… I saw Suggs do the opening ceremony for a temporary Fishermen’s Arch down on the Stade once.
Peter Fairless… I’m filled with gladness but my 10 year old is going to be gutted at the age restriction! My Girl’s Mad At Me!
Alan Knipmeyer… it must be love ! thats just one step beyond…
Jamie Butler… Looks cool not into Madness the Ist time round but know loads of people in Hastings are should be a great turn out.
Anthony G Hart… Do you know when and where the tickets go on sale please.
Paul Roper… how do i get tickets to see madness on hastings pier.. 21st may 2016?
Lauren Gower… Where will they be on sale does anyone know please?
Neil Mather… Shareholders in the pier charity got a link to buy tickets from 9am today, general public sale starts on 24th. I assume there will be a link from the pier charity website.
Sandra Bryant… Hope all the doubters eat their words now.
Jim Breeds… Booked our tickets – who else is going?
Suggs on Hastings Pier screwing in the final plank. http://www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/local/video-madness-suggs-screws-final-plank-into-hastings-pier-1-7290225
Mick O’Dowd… Never thought in a million years that we would see top-notch bands appearing on The Pier ever again! Just goes to show that nothing is impossible.
TICKETS INFO… http://musicglue.com/hastingspier/
NOW SOLD OUT. According to Hasting Pier, Music Glue had 30,000 plus visits today which caused the website to crash and left a number of people unhappy.
Virginia Davis… Anyone else have a problem with Madness tickets. I had tickets in my basket and was told they were secure and then suddenly emptied my basket?
Lisa Lucas… yep,got both of us sat trying and we both keep getting system error!!! totally disappointed,but will be listening for free from the beach.
Susan Marketis… It’s when you are watching the minutes tick down.
Andy Clarke… What a joke…. got up early to book tickets for Madness, secured them and then saw message saying you have 8 minutes to pay for them…. what happened to first come first served…. yeah you guessed it i didn’t get them due to “browser time expired” after 8 minutes. so unfair for those who actually got there first… It’s all i can do not to write a string of obscenities here now…..
Chris Giles… I didn’t get there first I couldn’t get there at all kept saying try again later.. It took about 40 mins to get through then I put all my bank details in and it all froze up I just waited as was worried if I went back I wouldn’t get them …then it all came back put in my details again and got them …about 9.40 9.50 ish I guess… I was worried I’d been charges twice but I haven’t… Was a bit stressful though I agree… I think local people should have had a day after the shareholders then the rest on another day… Very unfair.. I think went back on at 10:15 and got the afternoon ones with no problem..
Graham Belchamber… Sounds like the system overloaded with the heavy demand.
Elaine Stock… Yes I tried and it says try later system error!!
Andy Clarke… tickets are sold out or reserved. absolute crap
Andy Pilkington… dunno how people are finding the sold out when website is down !
Jaylea Martin… It took me about 5 times, I almost had a heart attack as the minutes went down, so tried from my phone as well and they were sold out within minutes I think.
Els Wilcox… BOO HOO couldn’t get through and now they’ve ALL SOLD OUT! !!!!!!!!
Janette Clare Morfey… And there was a thunderstorm just as they started. Spectacular.
Matt Thomas… I was there, great night and the storm had finished by the time they came on stage
photos supplied by Pete Fisher
Pete Fisher… MM Poll Winners Concert 30 September 1972 at the Oval Cricket Ground, Kennington, SE11 featured Focus, Genesis, Argent, Jack Bruce, ELP and Wishbone Ash. I was there with a crowd from Hastings and took a few pics.
Derek Clemans… You lucky man I am envious. I would love to have that memory.
Pete Fisher… Just lucky to have been of an age when I could go to gigs around that time Derek and to have known a nice bunch of like-minded people who also wanted to go to many of them. Also happened to have borrowed a camera for the occasion and recently digitised the photos, I’m very glad to say. Delighted to be able to share…
Edge St Leonards… I was there, have some photos, I wonder if anybody recognises them shelves, I have more in colours
Tony Court-holmes… seen a lot of them
Steve Kinch… Think I was there – all a bit of a blur. Didn’t Genesis have some tuning problems?
Pete Prescott… Big day and memory for me ! I was a few weeks shy of 16. I went to the one the year before when the Who played (amazing life changing gig for me) So I was excited to see this line up. I left just after E.L.P. So missed Wishbone Ash. I had a ticket to see Deep Purple at the Sundown at Edmondton ( Helen Tapp wouldn’t come with me as I was too ugly !) I sat with Martin Holliday and Ant Baker about twenty feet behind Martin’s brother Andy, Dave Morse and Barry Watkins (they were far too cool to sit with us). A week or so later Ant Baker convinced me to have another go at singing… with Andy, Dave and Barry ! I got the gig and was in that band (Village) for five years. Andy ended up doing the P.A. for 19 Beatles day’s ! I think Genisis were playing songs from Foxtrot. Gabriel had the red dress and Foxes head. Argent were booed (no idea why) Jan Ackerman did an impromptu jam with Jack Bruce. From the photos I think I was sitting near the Hastings guys. I would love to see anything from that day. For me it was a big deal ! Years later I was in Swiss/ English band at a festival in Austria. We played just before Wishbone Ash. I was too nervous to approach Andy Powell and do the big “I’m such a fan…” thing. I also remember a band called Fudd (I think they were an Irish band) opening up. A few weeks later the singer came and worked at Export Packing in Sittingbourne. Village all had day jobs there. He was a nice guy. We were all thinking “Wow ! You played at the Oval!” The son of the owner was into bands (he was the guy who financed and managed The Enid) maybe that’s why he was there.
Mike Curtis… I was there too!
Beatrice Lacey… I saw Emerson Lake and Palmer at there
Alan King… have you taken the cotton wool out of your ears yet ?
Andy Davies… I was there!, particularly remember Keith Emerson stabbing his keyboards with great big knives.