post shared from Amanda Purser, suggested by Yvonne Ellis
Eric Harmer… Oh yes. Went straight from parties to work
Alan Esdaile… Life was a gas!
Tim Moose Bruce… Be interesting if it a fancy dress party.
Julian Humphries… isnt that just called being young
Mick Turner… Yes! But you still managed to crawl to work, although not a good feeling
Pete Prescott… Yep ! That’s why I look like I do!
Janine Hemsley… Indeed
Tony Court-holmes… all the time
Dee Pavey… Yes all the time
Roy Trunchion… yep.
Mike Waghorne… I remember going to a weekend festival for 3 days in Lincoln getting back about 5am 2 hours sleep ? and up at 7am for work dont ask how I managed that day !
Elaine Stock… Yes quite often, Thur/Fri/Saturday, always went to work the following morning!
Matt Thomas… You tell me Alan, did I and was it obvious?
John Ward… Many many times.
Julie-Findlay-jones… Oh yes lol.
Jacquie Hinves… That’s what I was going to say Pete. Yes absolutely.
Graham Matthews… Oh yes, one weekend went to Toffs club in Folkestone on Friday night with a band then on to a Festival for a Film being made where I first saw Pink Floyd in 1970 aged 15, got home 6.30am Monday morning, quick clean up and cycle to work. Fell asleep going down a hill and wrote the bicycle off
Steve Thorpe… Yep, many times
Jo Turner… Too many times
Karen Sweatman… To be honest, I think I was still drunk on a few occasions!!!
Martin Stoggell… What’s work?
Kerry Jo Scotcher… Oh yes
Jules Stretton… Frequently
Jane Hartley… Yes and worked 2 jobs without sleep!
Ricky Long… Of coarse happy days xxx
Terry Har… All my life still do, well did
Jason Stainer… Yup. Early to mid 90s, DJing 5 nights a week in clubs and holding down an 830 to 5 day job.
Steve Reents… Still do every day.
Jill Lawrence… Lol yeah !!
Julie Finch… Of cause straight from party to work 12 hrs shift great times
Stuart Moir… I played till 3 in the morning many times and went to work at 9am
Graham Belchamber… Yep
Di Veness… Yes
Patricia Wapshott.. Oh yes!!
Paul Huggett… No
Paavali Mears… Until about 3am then up by 6.30 yep
Mandy Wright… Yep.. but then had a 3 hour nap in the break room
Trevor Jones… Many times. I never missed a day of work and I remember turning to play a football match and had to have a shower and two pints of water before being able to play. I was dropped the following week.
Sandra Thompsett… About 100 years ago, well that’s what it feels like now
Andy Clarke… All the time.
Colin Fox… In the 1970s I played until the early hours AND drank to much. Went home, had a shower, and left at 4 in the morning to drive a lorry up north.
Liz Dianto… Yes
Ralph Town… yes,when I was 17 but been paying for it since lol
Anita Brett-everest… Yes
Wendy Weaver… Many a time in the 80s, used to take pro-plus to keep my eyes open
Gill Ives… Yes
Perri Ann Haste… A few times
Pete Houghton… Those were the days
Keith Veness… Yes off the pier and to work on a Saturday
Chris Howard… Gigs in Hastings etc until three in the morning and then the drive back to Brighton and up for work at 7.30am.
Andy James Long… All the time
Simon Fraser… All The Time
Susan Simms… Wey aye man
Janice Irving… Yes
Chris Jolly… I’m extremely proud of my ‘misspent youth’… We shared some seriously late nights Eric Harmer!
Russell Field… Maybe ….. who’s asking ?
Fred Marsh… yes and proud, youth of today ha. did need a bacon sandwich about 10 thou
Maureen Anderson… I certaintly did
Helen Sharpe… All the time – I worked better on the whole! X
Janet Rennie… Absolutely
Dave Nattress… “Party” in the broadest sense for sure. There was a great attraction and fascination in lurking around in the dark all night and then watching the sun come up at Fairlight or Beachy Head. Nighttime drive to Gatwick Airport just because something was going on, end up in Brighton for a full english. For a period it’s seems like we’d just park up the car or a mate’s van up on the downs watch the stars and listen to “Dark side” over and over on cassette. I actually still have the cassette. Sometimes a couple of hours kip at best and into work not to say a couple of “no shows” as well. Good days but we could do it as late teens into early 20’s.
Wendy Weaver… I went on a night time drive once and ended up in Edinburgh! Those were the days
Carol Ann Bolton… Oh yes!
Ian Mcgilvray… The good Ol’ days
Pete Prescott… I used to work at Gatwick Airport Cleaning aircraft. Mad job ! But for a two year period the best most fun job I ever had. I loved it ! (Then it all went pear shaped and became the worst- another story) I was up around 4.00am. A bus picked us up. At work by 6.00am. 12 hour day’s (sometimes without a break- illegal I know! ) It was sometimes punishing relentless work. Not many people could do it. If twenty new starters were there on a Monday there were ten left by Friday. We made bets on who would last and who would fall by the first week. They thought I wouldn’t last a shift ! Home by 7.30/8.00pm. A punishing 16 hr day. 4 days on /4 days off ( six months off a year… if you can put up with the work) Many times I would have a Lost Boys gig or two during this. Once I had three gigs on the trot. Home from Gatwick and out within twenty minutes to a gig. Home at 1.00. Shower and a couple of hours of sleep then up for work. I once had three lost Boys gigs one after the other (about 9 hours in bed during four days!)
When I drove the bus to Gatwick it was the responsibility of one person to keep me awake.
Sometimes if on the the way home I stopped at traffic lights I would have ten/ twenty seconds sleep until the lights went green. Then I would be woken up and start driving. A couple of times I said “Sorry!” And pulled into a layby for ten minutes. Sometimes when I got home my wife used to have to come out and wake me up if I wasn’t in within a few minutes as I had fallen asleep the minute I turned the engine off. Mad. But all that’s true. I was 32 when I started there. Running around all day and then insane Lost Boy gigs with lots of jumping around ! I was a Hastings runner then as well. I did the London marathon twice and the seven sisters four times plus loads of half marathons. It was the fittest I’ve ever been. I was also drinking then. I loved those days between 89 and 92. Then one week when I was in my early forties I physically aged. There was the me the week before and a me the week after. Ha ha ! Payback !
Kevin White… Hell yeah!
John Warner… A long long time ago!
Andy Qunta… Oh yes! Wouldn’t want to do it now though.
Dave Nattress… Misspent youth, no it’s a learning experience. Pete Prescott what a story. And still you were (are) one of the best singers around. Just shows what can be done in youth. From 1978 until 1989 I worked for a company in Bexhill then they moved to Hastings. We worked all over the UK. I once asked our truck driver what time he left to do a long one. I had to go to the job and get it cranked up for a few days. He said he was on the road at 4.00am so I started that time. Straight through London up Edgeware Road M1 at Staples Corner occasionally meet at Toddington CB radio etc. Or just keep going. I had decent company cars so could get past Spaghetti by 7.30 – needed to even back then. Sometimes I’d pick the gang up in Basildon and then go anywhere. Liverpool by 9.00 – lovely place back then. Cardiff 8.30 Swansea 9.30 and not a complete M4 back then. Great days then. But I am no longer a morning person. Rushing back from Brum. for gigs with Damaris/Samisen/Prisoners/Charts. Bits of the M25 but always the horrendous A21 and a horse box or a Bexhill driver who’d only found 2nd or 3rd gear in his old automatic, How did we do it. Relative youth and energy I suppose.