Childhood Meals, Eat It or Go Without! Was this true in your house?

childhood meals

Dennis Torrance… Very much so for me Sunday was a Day all sitting at table and everything had to be eaten before we could get down had thing about lamb after that after having it every s Sunday lol

Wendy Weaver… NZ Lamb was the cheapest meat – and then the Common Market came along and the UK wasn’t allowed that anymore. Difficult to feed the family as other joints of meat were too expensive. Kids didn’t understand the dire straights parents were in and that there just wasn’t anything else, so if we are of an age we all remember this☹️

Jim Breeds… New Zealand lamb wasn’t affected by the common market and is still in the shops today, mores the pity. Support British farmers

Dennis Torrance… Sorry not a lamb lover beef was dearest then but never had chicken or turkey yes came from poor parents but still did not want lamb rather eat spam liked that great fried

Angela Frances Gardner… I remember my brother Mike Gardner sitting all afternoon at home and school in front of a plate of cold congealed food and me rescuing him by throwing the food away! He would never have eaten it! I remember a time at my school having to swallow disgusting gristly meat with water as the nuns made you eat everything on your plate!

Liz Dees Dianto… Yes I remember that very clearly.The whole school went down with food poisoning once as well, when we were all forced to eat rice pudding !

Dennis Torrance… School dinners I remember mostly ok chocolate crunch but liver and onions a no for me but had to eat it totally wrong

Alan Esdaile… Who remembers bread and dripping sandwiches? Used to enjoy them but sounds disgusting now.

Dennis Torrance… Bread and dripping sandwiches had them at the time my mum consider it a treat for me but really like banana sandwiches still do.

Paul Redfearn… Yup.

Andrew Clifton… Bread and dripping. All the time Alan.

Wendy Belton… You have made me want bread and dripping sandwiches now 😉 and my late mother used to make beef suet puddings and bacon dumplings! Those were the days.

Keith Cowper… With a strip of Bovril of course

Tony Davis… Used to have jam and banana sandwiches – loved them. Do remember not eating dinner and it being served up again for breakfast the next morning. We used to have a bowl of dripping and I used to like the jelly that formed under the white fat.

Martin Stringer… Yes. I remember my mother asking my father if he would like dinner. He asked what the choice. She replied yes or fucking no.

Geoff Fordham… Too true!!

Alan King… eat it cold for breakfast or keep going without

Peter Millington… I wasn’t allowed down from the table until I’d cleaned my plate. I was often there at tea time where my dinner was reheated and re-plated. No pudding for me and giving it to our dog under the table only happened once! I can still remember the corporal punishment 🤢 Didn’t do that again!

Ralph Town… My favorite(not) meals were parsnips,bread and dripping sandwiches,bread and butter pudding and swede.OH the wonder that was my childhood lol.

Mick O’Dowd… Yes

Yvonne Ellis… Absolutely.

Keith Veness… Yes

Carole Prescott… Yes but mum tried to give you things you liked. She was a very good cook. The horrible experiences were at school. I hated greens but you had to finish everything or you couldn’t leave nor could the others on your table. I was always getting into trouble with those who wanted seconds. My father jokingly said “if you can’t eat something put it in your purse”. I took him literally and put the greens in my shoulder purse. My mum was furious with me the following day when she went to put in my clean hankie and dinner money! But soon saw the funny side when I repeated what he had said.

Colin Bell… That’s brought back some horrible memories of school dinners Carole, i hated beetroot still do! ugh

Alan Esdaile… I liked school dinners, or maybe it was the deserts!

Richard Downer… Chocolate Semolina here Carol. Forced to eat it at school. Looked like sick and smelt horrible. I obliged and was sick, there and then

Pete Houghton… How very true

Nicola Barfield… Very true xx

Mike Guy… Yep – that was the joy of mashed spuds, good for mixing & hiding; nowadays I eat the lot anyway & it’s a joy.

Tony Court-holmes… remember it well everything boiled with no taste

Robert Fisher… not as bad ,but i hated the smell of cabbage cooking

John Beeching… We never got the choice of going without. “You’ll eat it and like it.” I was a rebel, I ate it but secretly I didn’t like it. Small victories.

The Sounds Summer Rock Show with Wally – Hastings Pier 28th August 1976.


supplied by Mick Mepham

Andre Martin….Saturday 28th August 1976 – It was the Bank Holiday Weekend !

Clifford Rose… I remember the films but not Wally. My first pier gig was T.Rex so the concert was after July 75.

Mick Mepham…. Excellent band Clifford. If memory serves me right, they were touted as the next big thing by someone like Bob Harris…

Martyn Baker… Bob produced the eponymous first album. They were pretty good if you happened to like Eagles-ey country Rock – English-stylee.

Ralph Town… 1976….I was there.Rolling Stones “video” was “Only Rock and Roll”.99% sure.The alcohol means there is a 1% error possibility.

Alan Esdaile…. Great gig Wally were excellent , love them.

Pete Fairless… I’ve got a couple of dates listed for Wally but not this one!

Mick O’Dowd… 1976 was a Saturday(and Mungo Jerry listed) 1975 was a thursday which is much more likely for a gig of this sort but Wally were listed as playing on the 5th September a week later. The plot thickens! Can now confirm it was 1976.

Martin Richter… did a double-take – thought it said *billy graham* !

Pete Fairless… We’ve all seen a few wallies on the pier…

Dave Weeks… I remember Wally. Rick wakeman prodigies and they played at the OGWT road show on the pier

Dave Nattress… Wally a great band, featured and commented on this site before. Definitely saw them at the pier but don’t remember this gig as such, maybe they played twice, I have the first album on vinyl. They came second I believe to Druid in the MM rock contest. Bob Harris produced/managed them. Second album is “Valley Gardens”. Managed to get both on CD a while back, then a mint unused unplaced vinyl of Valley Gardens from the second hand record shop in Sackville Road, Bexhill. Druid also played the pier and I have their two albums on vinyl and CD.

Dave Weeks… Yes I saw them on the pier and bought their 2 albums. I loved Druid too but neither band stood the test of time unfortunately. The old grey whistle test road show on the pier is where I saw Wally (I think) happy days.


Were these three part of your childhood nightmare?

photo source: Lee Shrigley Codgers Social Group

Mick Turner… Enjoyed their films!

Eric Harmer… Fun boy three ??

David Wilkinson… Fotoshopped and morphed. You never saw these three in the same room at the same time did you ??? ………

Martin Stoggell… Look at those eyes. Burn a hole in the back of the Devil’s head. From the front. A stare like that could set trousers on fire. A handy trick when you bump into people you do not want talk to.

Faith Brooker… Nope. Loved ’em all.

Ralph Town… I believe they are all born in May as well which is really spooky! Was Chris a Gemini too.Not 100% on that but I know Peter and Vincent were lol.

Rex Thinderbolt… 26th and 27th iirc

Susan Butchers… Yes great thrills I loved them all

Jim Penfold… I went to see Live and Let Die in early 70’s at Odeon Leicester Sq….front row of balcony … lights went down Peter Cushing came and sat next to me…..very friendly…..gave me a beautifully written autograph! Remember he wore one glove!

Clive Milburn… Oh yes, loved those early classics

Dave Nattress… Definitely recall so many horror films with one or more of these guys starring.  The photo makes them all look menacing.  Also a TV series “Tales  of the unexpected” – did one or more appear in that series.


The Happy Ballroom Hastings Pier And More – 27th August 1966 by Andre Martin




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Another month has just whizzed by and we are now at Saturday 27th August 1966, and it’s the Bank Holiday Weekend. In the Happy Ballroom on Hastings Pier, the summer has been going well for all and this weekend would be no exception. On Saturday night it was the resident Big Band – The Tony Strudwick Big Band, with Saturday is Party Night, all the fun and joy of the night for 5/-. The Sunday Club this week featured a group that were well known in Hastings – The Nashville Teens [ yes the same group that had hit the headlines a couple of years previous , after the daughter of a local solicitor ran off to London when the group had appeared at the opening of the Witch Doctor] Monday being a Bank Holiday had a Coffee Dance 10.30am-1.00pm all for 1/-. Tuesday it was the weekly visit from the masters of the gruntin’ and groanin’ –Dale Martin Wrestling, top of the bill this week – Mr TV Pallo v Linde Caulder. The week would be brought to a close with Dancing to The Tony Strudwick Show Band.
Friday night’s edition of Ready Steady Go would include The Mindbenders: Ashes to Ashes, Overlanders: Go where you wanna Go, Small Faces: All or Nothing and Sonny & Cher; Little Man. Keith and Cathy as ever in control with the antics of the crowd and artistes. The Witch Doctor was still following the summer season format, of records for most of the week and live music on Saturdays, this week it was the Loose Ends from Birmingham, on Sunday because this was a special weekend it was a visit from south London’s – the Herd now with a new line-up and featuring Peter Frampton. Over on the dear old Beeb – the Light programme 10.00 Saturday Club with Val Doonican,The Mindbenders, Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, The Overlanders and Hayes & Wadey In chair this week to spin records and chat was Ray Orchard as Brian Matthew was on holiday. The rest of the day followed the familiar selection of Saturday programmes, in the evening the Big Show came from Scarbrough with Peter Goodwright and Friends, later we had the henry Woods Proms, Dance Music from the NDO and to end the evening Simon Dee. On Sunday similar to most weeks, the shows followed the same format, with Mrs Mills, Easy Beat, Two Way Family Favourites. Movie Go-Round featured James Stewart in “The Rare Breed” Television – Saturday it was Cricket & Grandstand, Juke Box Jury with David Jacobs and his guests – Juliet Harmer, Englebert Humperdink, Dann Ellis & Sarah Ward. Later in the evening we were treated to “ The Beatles at Shea Stadium” the August 1965 US Television Special featuring also Sounds Incorporated. Also in the schedule “Till Death Do Us Part”, The Good Old days with Leonard Sachs and Match of the Day with Ken [they think it’s all over] Wolstenholme. The Midnight Movie on BBC2 was “Privates Progress”. Sunday nights viewing included The Edinburgh Tattoo, the film matinee – Road to Singapore with Bob Hope, Bing Crosby & Dorothy Lamour. Ted Ray and McDonald Hobley led the It’s a KO competition between Ilkey & Otley, we also had European Swimming Championships, Disney Time and a Ken Dodd Show [ not sure when that finished!] and The Sunday Prom. The cultural offering on BBC2 was Mozart from Salzburg – The Marriage of Figaro. Because this was a Bank Holiday, and many did not have to work on Monday, television had on offer cricket & Grandstand, Tim Gudgin filming “Life Savers” with the RAF Rescue Service. Town & Around, United [the football soap] Billy Smarts Circus, a Brian Rix Farce and a Sherlock Holmes drama. Radio with BBC Light Programme included – Happy Holiday Time with DDDBMT, David & Jonathan, Ray Macvay Showband introduced by Tony Hall. Monday spin with Sam Costa, Going Places with the Geof Love Orchestra. The Billy Cotton Band Show, the regular music programme Swing into Summer and Keith Fordyce introduced items from the Lennon & McCartney Song Book.
Out on the waters we still had the music from Radio Caroline South – Small Faces: All or Nothing, Beatles: Yellow Submarine, Ken Dodd; More than Love, Manfred Mann: Just like a woman, Chris Andrews: Stop that Girl. Radio London Big L 266 Meters –Big O: Too Soon to Know, Small Faces: All or Nothing, Cliff Bennett: Got to get you into my life, Lee Dorsey : Working in a Coal Mine, Zoot Money: Big Time Operator. That was in a nutshell what we are about 50 years ago here in Hastings & St Leonards, for many the summer was quickly drawing to a close, schools and colleges returning shortly and the thoughts of getting more permanent jobs. In many ways we were still very lucky as the 900th celebrations of The Battle of Hastings, would continue for many weeks. The weather had improved and perhaps this would last a little longer. Until next week and we enter into the Autumn you all take great care, if you’re going out and about this Bank Holiday Weekend enjoy yourselves.    Andre Palfrey-Martin ©2016


Summer season at The White Rock Theatre Hastings 1985

Colin Bell… My great friend Vernon took me to see Hinge & Bracket (George & Patrick) off Piccadilly in the early 70’s before they became famous. To this day they remain the funniest live act i’ve ever seen, had me literally crying with laughter. So subtle and so hilarious.

Colin Fox… Black a White minstrel show eh? De camptown ladies sing this song doo dah doo dah

Stuart Moir… That was full of fantastic voices all blacked up like a jar of jam

Ralph Town… I saw Lenny Henry….mighty funny.

Andy Ives… I saw Lenny Henry that year too