Alan Esdaile…Remember this well, as had a record shop on the pier at the time. When I saw the posters on the pier boards, I wrote to Stiff Records to ask if they had some display material for this gig. A couple of days later they rang me at home and said I must be mistaken as Ian Dury is definitely not scheduled to play Hastings. The guy at Stiff said I must have got it wrong and must be someone else advertised. I told him I’m 100% right and gave him Bob Knights Pier managers number. The next day the posters had disappeared and a few days later I received a box of albums and a big bundle of posters, as a thank you. I remember the Disc Jockey and the pier box office had sold some tickets, anyone remember anything more about this?
Factory… Wow! Bold as brass!
Jim Breeds… Crikey. Reasons to be un-cheerful! Four quid a ticket wasn’t good to lose in those days!
Peter Fairless… We got refunded, Jim
Mick O’Dowd… This one escaped me.
Claire Venner… remember this
Peter Fairless… Yes, I bought tickets from the Pier box office. Got a refund straight away though, as soon as they knew it was a hoax. Think we gave the police a statement. Was anyone ever caught?
Phil Gill… There ain’t half been some clever bastards.