Ritz ABC Cinema, minors song and more


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Yvonne Cleland… fab

Andre Martin… That was a venue that should never have been sold off for a Supermarket – the trouble was in the late 60s people just did not go to the cinema as in earlier days, and some of these palaces just did not pay.

Philip Meston… I saw many films there, not to mention ABC Minors!

Peter Pursglove… I  think the video recorders did a lot to kill off the cinema sadly ,I used to love the cinema ,early sixties my half day off from hairdressing in Tower Road i used to scoot round and catch 3 shows he he i remember 6 cinema’s then ,2 in st leonards and 4 in hastings

Nick Prince…The ABC Ritz was profitable at the time of closure, as to was the Orion. Although you are quite right, in general, cinema attendences were falling.

Dennis Torrance… Were all palls together last film on abc le mons steve McQueen I think went there most weeks to see a film with my parents during the week. The organ that came up in the stage there the badges 3d each ice poles and the talent shows.

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Hastings Pier Rock Concerts – July and August 1976

17th july 1976 supplied by Eva

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Chris Sambrook…. I remember the Stranglers supporting Frankie Miller, this was really before the Punk thing exploded. They were more the Doors than Punk. Frankie Miller was great, glad I got to see him. Judas Priest were so loud they made my Loons flap.

Martin Richter…  the Stranglers were a cut above many *punk* bands – great musicians ?

Who was a cub/scout or brownie/girl guide?

Jane Hartley… Girls Brigade!

Martin Stringer… I did my time in uniform

Glenn Piper… Stripes don’t count

Dennis Torrance… 1st Hastings boys brigade drummer in Hastings and bexhill carnival and followed my dad and brothers into it . Our old headquarters in such a state when I last saw it Portland steps

Jane Cranfield… I used to be in the Cranbrook Brownie’s and then Girl Guides,god that was years and years ago now

Willie Wicking… That brings back memories great times

Julie Findlay-jones… Me until I smashed the window with a football and was asked to leave, was so scared to tell my mum and dad I still got dressed in uniform and went out as usual for a few more weeks then told them I didn’t want to go any more.

Caz Simpson… Brownie then Girl Guide

Ian Watling… 8th Hastings Scout, still in the movement now

Chris Meachen… Bob a job week! I remember mowing lawns and doing washing up for this..

Virginia Davis… Brownie and girl guide at All Souls Athelstan Road

Colin Bell… Yup, cub & scout, did many bob-a-jobs

Jeanette Jones… Briefly a Brownie, not for me!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Yes, Brownie for 3 years living in Malta – loved it, then joined Girl Guides, not for me!

Alan Esdaile… I got my collectors badge, for my collection of beer mats (long since gone). Used to knock on the pub doors when they were closed and ask.

Dave Nattress… Both – well cubs and scouts, brownies and girl-guides wouldn’t let me in back then. But…in these liberated times I suppose anything is possible. Dib, dob, dob wasn’t it or something like. I recall Bob-a-Job very well. A bunch of ‘erberts going around the posh houses and bungalows in and around Little Common, Cooden and Bexhill. All great innocent stuff!!

Michael Wilson… 1st Bexhill. Cub and Scout.

Barry French… In 1963 I was a 10 year old Cub in Brentwood Essex. My first “client” during bob a job a job week was for a lady who wanted a load of old orange boxes chopped up for firewood, plus she wanted her guttering unblocked on the outside toilet. Somehow I managed to break down the boxes with the axe she provided, (without loss of limb). I then climbed a rickety old step ladder (again provided by the lady), while carrying a bamboo cane (not actually provided by the lady but found by me laying in the garden). When I reached the summit I proceeded in poking the moss & other debris along the gutter into the down pipe (with the cane) in the hope that the next shower of rain would clear it all. I was there for a good two hours & all for a shilling!!

Rolling Stones – Hyde Park 5th July 1969


supplied by Philip John

Philip John…..Going through a pack of press cuttings i found this Archive account of the Stones in Hyde Park back in ’69. I think it really catches the changes taking place at that time.
I remember I was there with an old school friend, Paul Dobson who later developed the RSD Sound system company. We travelled up from Cheshunt Herts by train, I was wearing a pair of curtains my mother had brought back from India, poncho style ( think Clint in ‘A Fist Full of Dollars’,) over a purple shirt, jeans and fringed boots, I really thought I looked the business till we got to the park and found ourselves surrounded by thousands of very cool London groovers who could spot out of towners right away.
That aside we had a great day, the sound wasn’t all that good but this was the Stones live in concert and me and Paul along with thousands of others were part of it.
Anyone else got memories of that concert ?

Alan Esdaile…..I was there. Loved King Crimson. I remember wearing my Woodstock armband which I got from Atlantic Records for joining the uptightoutasight club and a hippy bell round my neck!

Anne Wells……I helped run the uptightoutasight (Atlantic/Stax appreciation club) while working for Polydor (incorporating Atlantic, Stax etc) in London in 1968-69. Probably posted off your armband !(as only 3 of us ran it). Also went to the Stones Hyde Park concert.

Alan Esdaile…..Excellent, Anne. Its bizarre what triggers these odd memories. I even remember the record that was sent to me – Brook Benton Rainy Night In Georgia. Coming back to the Stones gig another great band that does not seem to get any mentions nowadays is ‘ Family’. They were really  good.

Redstar Richter….not me – but my partner is in the official film 🙂

John Wilde….Family, great band Alan, saw them many times, thanks for the reminder.

Geoff Peckham… I missed the Stones’ one, but went to the Blind Faith concert at Hyde Park. Also on the bill were: Donovan, Ritchie Havens, Third Ear Band and the ubiquitous Edgar Broughton. A fab day out

Wendy Weaver… I  was there. Long way for the stage. I remember the cargo nets up to the front of he stage and bouncers throwing girls back into the crowd.

Paul Coleman… I was there. If I remember right the “security” were hells angels recruited for the job?

Alan Esdaile… Yes remember the hells angels.

Tony Court-holmes… yes