The Beez Neez – Help Our Pop Group – 1977


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Andre Martin…This will get a few people thinking – from Hastings Observer July 1977

Chris Pook….This was an ad for the group that became The Beez Neez. Julie was one of the singers and we used to practise at Nutrition House in the health food shop which was owned by her family! Her brother Mark was the drummer and the lead guitarist joined the Mobiles and featured on their hit singles and was also on ToTP! Mr O’Dowd was our manager. I played bass guitar.

Peter Millington….This may have resulted in Beez Kneez being launched

Chris Pook….It definitely was Peter. the group was started by Roy Harris and had his son Mark on drums, and daughters Julie and Tracey as singers. The guitarists chopped and changed and the singing line up varied from a lead singer with three backing singers to just a lead singer. We gigged extensively in town and all over the South East, even going as far as south Wales!

Mick O’Dowd….I answered this add and became their manager.

Mark Harris….good days!!!!

Andre Martin…..Here is a flashback to those days –


Lance Collins… Just found this site. Remember Chris well. Loading up gear from Nutrition House. Supported them a few times with my disco. Shooting Star Roadshow. Happy days

Julie Bowles… Loved these days. We should have a reunion. All the best. Julie (was , Harris)

Bonitas Discotheque Christmas 1971


supplied by Peter Millington

Jane Hartley…  I must have been there!

Jane Dorsett….use to go there a lot, chicken &chips,in a basket………good days……….

Jane Hartley…..Me too, probably there at the same time!  When I started going to Bonita’s, Colin Bell was the dj! After that it was Mick, Jim, Tim and Dave.

Kevin Burchett…..used to be my favourite haunt before scalliwags

Mick O’Dowd…..Took over as resident DJ after Colin Bell. Chicken & chips in a basket for 60p to get around licensing laws. Wonderful! I was there in 72

Andre Martin…..Here is something from the time – From Hastings Observer 1971


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Alan Esdaile……Used to play a lot of James Brown when I was dj there.

Yvonne Cleland…..Ah Bonitas. What larks!

Andre Martin…..Somwhere Alan we have photos of Colin in Bonitas – do you have copies, I cannot find any at the moment

Jane Hartley……Did Colin come back again or did you stay until 74/75 Mick? You know that saying ‘if you remember the 60’s’, I seem to have that problem with the70′!!!!!

Mick O’Dowd…..I don’t think he did Jane . As you say age blurs!

Mark Edir…..25p including supper hahaha was that how much it cost , for me details like that are all lost in the mists of time 🙂

Jane Hartley…..How do you boys remember so much? I couldn’t remember who dj’d bonitas after colin bell and before mick jim tim and dave

Mick O’Dowd…..It was I who followed on from Colin”Ding Dong” Bell Jane

Jenny Tyler…  I  can’t believe the prices

Peter Millington… SPYKE – Worth every penny LOL

Jon McCallion… we played there after doing the record in London that same day

Mick Knights… Always wound up there after chucking out time on a Saturday night, I was most probably there for the Christmas eve, the lure of a chicken and chip supper would have been too great!!

Caz Simpson… I loved Bonita’s

Pete Millington… We (SPYKE) played there on 22nd December, 5 weeks after my lovely daughter (Becky) came into our world. What a Christmas present! Remember that night well – Chris Sayer, Ian Williams, Terry Chedzoy and Ginger Millington (me)

Mick O’Dowd… Aah! Chicken in a basket!