Joe’s Blooze Band – Hastings Beach Concert – 2000.

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Joe Rytlewski, Phil Gill, Nigel Milliechamp and  Jez Gillett.

Phil Gill…..Always wondered what happened to pictures people take at gigs and how they turn out. Good to see some memories.  I am apparently Huge in Japan…

Tony Court-holmes…..I was back stage with the late great norman race remember him in old town week please.

Phil Gill… That was the 2000 Beach Concert. I remember it because I did JBB at around 5pm and then played with Stevie Z at 7pm. Just in time to come off stage and discover that Samabalanco had made their way backstage and drunk all the hospitality beer whilst we’d been been playing the Stevie Z set. We were unimpressed…

Manfred Mann – Hastings Pier 30th July 1967

Martyn Baker… I’m pretty sure I saw the earthbound there in the mid 70’s. Or did I imagine that gig?

Alan Esdaile… No you didn’t imagine it Martyn, I will repost.

Dave Weeks… Ah the famous support groups ‘ join now’ and ‘free membership ‘ whatever happened to them?

Mick O’Dowd… Just imagine. I stood on stage at The Madness gig on The Pier and stated that they hadn’t played there. Mr Gentry corrected me and for the 2nd time this month i’m on the naughty step! If i’d known they were on I would have gone.

Margaret Trowell… I still go and see Manfred Mann to this day!

Dave Nattress… Well the Manfred’s – seen many times – fabulous – definitely recommend. And of course Hastings’s own Son, Steve Kinch bassist in Manfred Mann’s Earth Band!

Frank Carson – Hastings Sunday market 3rd March 1985

Eric Harmer… Funny man

Phil Gill… It’s the way he tells ‘em.

Eric Harmer… he made me laugh with one. “What’s the difference between my wife and a terrorist. You can negotiate with a terrorist”

Keith Roxborough… If you think so

Chris Howard… Might have been funny but was not very pleasant. I did a gig with him once his attitude was dreadful

Gerald Jeffery… It’s a Cracker ! It’s The Way I Tell Em !

Conan Howard… it was the way he told EM

Public Bar Prices – 1971

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source: Seventies Time-Machine https://www.facebook.com/sixties.timemachine/

Kevin Sherwood… Started drinking on the pier 1973 ish no wonder i was so happy then!

Paul Crimin… Inflation? What inflation?

Dennis Torrance… Amazing prices lol

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I’ll have a double G&T please!

Nicola Dobson… What a difference

Andy Qunta… You’d think we’d have been drunk all the time at that price! What’s that you say? We were?

Geoff Peckham… Yep, Andy. Those were the days!

Alan King… well i was drunk most of the time -wish i could remember those days better

Barry Hilton… What was the price of a semi-detached house then roughly?

Alan King… ours was about £1,700 in Middlesbrough, an ex-showhouse, would have been £2,100 otherwise, think they’re still the same price these days in some parts of Middlesbrough though but..

Andy Maby… 5p a pint!! 😯 Time/life/progress!

David Edwards… I brought a bungalow for £4300 in ’71 paying £32 a month mortgage and earning £30 a week wages say 600 pints a week. Average wage now £600 a week, a pint say a fiver equals 120 pints, think me maths are right.

Barry Hilton… just goes to show, someone is making some major profit somewhere! Ah, that will probably be the duty on the Beer!

Alan King… Guinness was 14p a pint when I started drinking – 52p – 5p bus fare there, 5 p bus fare back – 3 pints of Guinness – 52p – a night out – if you wanted to get rat-arsed a bottle of Harveys Bristol Creme was 50p and you could drink that on the bus on the way in

Jane Hartley… Couple of pints of Guinness please!

Alan Parker… In those days you could buy a house for the same as a couple pints today

Graham Sherrington… This must be from ‘Up North Like’ Magnet Ale by John Smith’s use to drink that in Yorkshire in the Old 70’s

Who remembers playing over the West Hill rocks in Hastings?

Alan Esdaile… photo, me and my sister.

Bernard Goffredo… Spent a lot of time there when little

Cris Kennard…. Yes but didn’t tell mum and dad.

Linda Lowcock… me too !!

Lucy Pappas… Yes, despite being told not to!

John Gale… Always over there,,, its a glorified toilet these days,,,,, I was shocked a few years back, went to have a look and it was full of all sorts of 💩. And stunk. ,,,,, real shame as it was a real adventurous little place ,,,, with hint of danger,,, actually very dangerous

Dennis Torrance… I played there as a child no fear of danger look at it now it scares me called that area bats cave expect other s called it different

Lloyd Johnson… Use to play over there with Alan And Johnny Mitchell in the mid 50s and with Kenny Comfort,Melvyn & Lynn Grant…remember Melvyn managing to climb to the cave on the left…

Despo Hawkins… Yes , it was our back yard

Jeanette Jones… Yes

Michelle Coco Selmes… Yes I lived in the houses opposite and knew every rock!

Julie Morris… I worked in the West Hill cafe as a teenager and had to phone for an ambulance several times because of accidents on the rocks!

Phil Gill… Yup, every Saturday after ABC Minors.

Anton Ludwig… Yep, and the little caves in old town

Matt Thomas… Spent most of my teenage years over them, my name is scratched in one of the rocks somewhere

Monica Bane… Yes what was the game? One to three I see you?

Helena Kingshott… Meeee

Steve Fox… Oh yes! Used to live in Hill Street

Colin Bell… Looking at the photo now, i can only repeat my previous comment, how didn’t i die, jumping from one rock to another with my mates as a kid!

Mick O’Dowd… Same here

Jacqueline Marsh… Same here, my mum and dad would have gone spare if they knew what me, my sister and our cousins were up to on those rocks. I couldn’t do it now!!

Ralph Town… Yep,my mum was on valium after she saw me climb down there. Interestingly, the rocks seem to be developing large amounts of bracken,which,I assume means no one climbs them now.

Colin Bell… They’ve probably got more sense than we had Ralph, i wouldn’t trade places though! Being glued to a PS4 or whatever doesn’t appeal the same.

Ralph Town… I just think they’re a bunch of snowflakes.I never got hurt but a friend of mine sprained her ankle badly. The only part that really put fear in me was down the far end behind the Deluxe. It must have been 100 foot fall round the back of those amusements if I slipped but there was a huge cave, under the castle, that I would always use as a den. Few friends came with me due to a very thin ledge to get to it. Lovely view tho.

Yvonne Ellis… Yes!

David Edwards… Used to go from Priory Road school lunchtimes, remember someone took a tumble and we were banned after that.

Keith Veness… Remember it’s overgrown now

Paul Slidel… Yep, great fun! Lived in Portland Place when I was around 11-12 years old, so this was my playground!

Kev Carleonis… Yep

Steve Thorpe… Used to climb them during school outdoor pursuits lessons and the smaller ones on the Silverdale School playing field.

Dave Nattress… Definitely –  used to take my two daughters Katie and Emily there and walked around on top and carefully jumped from rock to rock.  They were fascinated.  Always a touch bothered about falls as they would have been about 10  and 8 but we were careful.  I remember them complete with teletubby backpacks.  The Red and Yellow ones.  Dipso and Smelly Winkie or whatever their names were.  Remember it well.

Patrick Turner… We used to climb up to the cave regularly. My friend Micky Hodges fell and broke a bone, can’t remember if it was arm or leg.

Cule Tulo… Yes! Lost a few friends over there !

Barry French… Moved from Essex to Hastings in 1967. On my first trip to the Old Town I climbed on the rocks, went on the bumper cars & had chips & ice cream (separately). I thought I’d arrived in heaven.

Record & Popswop Mirror disco top 20 – 7th December 1974

Chris Gentry helped to compile this. Very odd number one?

Peter Checksfield… How Long – disco?

Mick O’Dowd… It got them on the floor

Andre Martin… I will have to go and find the 74 diary and see where I was gigging, that would have been the run up to Christmas Time ??

Mick O’Dowd… Very interesting no.1! Some great memories otherwise from the disco floor.

Peter Green R.I.P.

photo: Nick Contador

More informationhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53539989

Mike Curtis… RIP Peter Green.

Jan Warren… Oh nooooo, very sad news R.I.P. Peter Green xx

Patrick Lewis… That’s so sad. A tortured soul but a brilliant musician. RIP

Dennis Torrance… Sad news indeed RIP Peter

Colin Norton… Great guitarist! RIP Peter.

Kevin White… Sad news. What a shame RIP Pete

Alan Esdaile… Very sad. Wonderful musician, such emotion in his playing.

Dave Nattress… Just saw this.  Yet another great gone.  So many wonderful tracks in the original Fleetwood Mac.  Man of the World – one that is just beautiful!  Not to say the newer FM did badly but back in the day when I was 14 ish The old Fleetwood Mac was fantastic.  Albatross – seems like it was on TOTP’s for weeks.  Well it was for a few.  Oh Well,  The Green Manalishi.  Great tracks.  It’ll be old FM Tonite as a tribute. RIP

Jim Peckham… That’s sad. I have most of his early blues albums. I feel when he left and Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie joined they just became another pop group. Still better than a lot but lost the best one.

Colin Norton… Absolutely agree with you Jim!

Gary Urwin… Very sad news

Alan King… Deep feeling

Peter Houghton… So sorry to hear this Another great Musician has left us RIP Peter Green

Yvonne Ellis… R.I.P

Darren Holmes… Fantastic guitar player, love that early Fleetwood Mac stuff with him in the band. British Blues Legend

Chris Meachen… One of my earliest musical influences, who sparked my interest in playing the guitar. I was fortunate enough to enjoy a conversation with him after he played at the White Rock during his revived career. Not only a great talent, but also a nice person..(& a great angler to boot..)

Eric Harmer… Sad news.

Keith Veness… RIP Peter

Tony Court-holmes… sad

Stuart Moir… RIP Peter, your band is one of the best I’ve ever heard

Mick O’Dowd… It was the same when Denny Laine left the Moodies, another different band appeared and that is what happened when Peter Green left the Mac

Colin Norton… You are right Mick! I never thought about it that way. Still prefer both bands in their original formations

Playground and Jo Jo Gunne – The Cobweb 1969

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Harmony Group from the late 60s. July 26th, 1969

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Sarah Harvey… Jo Jo Gunne (wrongly spelt on the advertisement) at the Cobweb in August 1969. However, this does not appear to be the better known Jo Jo Gunne that was formed in California and hit the charts with “Run, Run, Run” ….. this was a British based group from Feltham in Middlesex formed in 1965 whom started out at as an R&B outfit and several iterations of the band later moved towards a soul-based music genre. This is probably consistent with a group playing at The Cobweb. The band finally split up at the end of 1969 after the flop of what appears to be their final Single “Every Story Has An End. The California “Jo Jo Gunne” was formed in 1970 and “Run, Run, Run” was released in 1972….both of course after the Cobweb date.

Dave Nattress… Well described Sarah! Was puzzled, as ok I knew there was the successful single by an American band but 1969 and a local gig didn’t seem to work with the memory. Oh! My Editor has just asked me “What memory” – Can’t recall right now!

The Juveniles – early sixties

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Popular group in the sixties in the Eastbourne area, with three guitars, a tea chest bass and washboard. Playing local pubs, old peoples homes etc and featuring Eddie Sargent and Laurie Brookman. Steve Hull asks, has anyone got any photos of The Juveniles when he was playing in the band?

Rob Sargent… I remember the practice sessions before they played out, our job was to try to make the laugh by distracting them as they played (it always worked) Bruce Tarrant on washboard – I think it was Colin Tarrant on guitar and Neil Tarrant on tea-chest bass. The Sargents still get together at New Year and special times and sing a lot of the real old songs from the days of skiffle. The last time I played with Laurie on bass was 9 years ago when I invited him (as a honoury Sargent) to play with the rest of the Sargent family at my 60th birthday bash at the Queens Hotel in Easbourne

Neil Tarrant… I am Neil Tarrant and am on tea chest bass with my brother Bruce on wash board we practiced in our house 4 Royal Sussex Cres. every Tuesday. Tony Price is the other guitarist with Laurie Brookman and Eddie. I now live near Windsor but Bruce is still in Eastbourne. Happy days. Best wishes to all and love to hear from anyone.

Eddie Sargent… Me in the middle

Lynda Whatley… No mistaking that smile Eddie!

Tony Prince… Hi I am Tony Price to the left of Eddie, what fantastic fun we had. So many gigs the continental,winter garden Eastboune, Hastings and Brighton piers, and most of the clubs in Eastbourne, also Tv talent shows carol Levi’s and home grown, I still live in Eastbourne and still get together with Eddie to play all the old tunes. Glad I found this site.

Keith Flanigan… Hi Neil, I’ve recently been searching for bands that were up and running in the Eastbourne area, during the mid sixties. My name is Keith Flanigan, I lived roughly four hundred yards away from you and your brother Bruce, at 19 Central Avenue and played drums with the PR Combo when I was around fifteen or sixteen years old. Tony Ball played the bass guitar, Pete Richards lead, and his brother on rythm guitar. A little later, Laurie Brookman and Chris Herman became very good mates of mine. They played together, in Peggy Sue and the Night Riders. Chris lived just a couple of minutes away from you and me, at Milton Road. Did you or your brother know Laurie or Chris? Finally, did you or your brother, attend St Mary’s boys school in Green Street? If you have any info to share, that would be great. Best regards to all.

Neil Tarrant… All the 4 Tarrant boys attended St. Mary’s boy school. Laurie Brookman was my best friend growing up together and living 3 houses apart. Drifted away after I left the XJ5 as The Juveniles were renamed. Laurie and Eddy Sargent were the musical heart of the group and never stopped playing. I moved into food production management via Birds Eye and was moved to Gloucester in 1985 and didn’t stop being moved by companies until I retired to a village near Windsor, been based here for 29 years. Best wishes to all my old friends, band members and work colleagues, Neil Tarrant.