Steppin’ Out – miniature railway photo 2

Martyn Baker… Tich Turner sent this photo of our band from 1976 to me a couple of days ago. In his own words….. “It was poster size and had been rolled up all these years. The Steppin’ Out logo had been stuck over Miniature Railway, but it had come away, and was the devil’s own job to stick back. It would have been easier to change our name to Miniature Railway! Then I had trouble getting it flat again, so I dismantled an old picture frame & print and put it inside. It’s the best we could do I’m afraid. It looks a bit battered and worn, but then hey, ain’t we all?” The band (original lineup) was: Tich Turner – Vocal, Martin Stringer- Vocal, Martyn Baker – Bass guitar, Wesley Magoogan – Saxes, Andy Knight – Drums, Roger Hubbard – Guitars & vocal, Piers Clark – Guitar

Ken Copsey… I remember watching you through the side window of the Cutter probably in 76. A real live band! I would have been 14.

Martyn Baker… Hi Ken. Hastings was pretty special in those days wasn’t it? So many of us did well eventually in the arts etc from that era…. All the best mate.

Mike Waghorne… That photo of Tich was how I remember him from college around 68/71

Martyn Baker… https://soundcloud.com/martyn-baker/sets/steppin-out-1977-the-box

Dave Nattress… 44 years ago – that is frightening stuff!!

Marty Reardon… I didn’t see the band but met Tich, a couple of times. I was from Australia and working at the Pumphouse Pub in 73. Great times in Hastings.

Andy Qunta… Great photo!

Pete Prescott… Great band !

Tony Qunta… Great pic!

Who remembers J Lyons & Co. Ltd 15 Wellington Place, Hastings?

photo source: unknown. first photo… Lyons’ Cafe in Broad Street, Reading, Berkshire, 1945

We all have happy memories of Dimarco’s but who remembers J Lyons? Where Nationwide Building Society is now, could not find any Hastings photos (unless anyone has any) but looked similar to the above with baker cake shop at the front and restaurant/cafe on two floors. 

Tony Davis… Remember it well. My mum worked there as a cleaner and I often had lunch there during school holidays. I remember that they used an ice cream scoop to serve mashed potatoes

Roy Penfold… Visible in the background https://historymap.info/…/Round-the-town-tour-bus-at…

supplied by Roy Penfold

Alan Esdaile… Used to go in with friends, on occasional Saturday lunchtimes, with pennies from the old town arcades. We would have the cheapest thing on the menu which was chips peas and gravy and take it upstairs to eat.

Jackie Hersee… I remember them

Chris Meachen… Remember going in there with mum, it was very plush, with claret coloured drapery & gold trimmings.. sometimes the upstairs was cordoned off with a thick gold rope hung from shiny metal posts..

Phyllis Mendenhall… My mum was a nippy in joe Lyons I remember she took us in for coffee one morning and had to be on our best behaviour ,and I can still smell that coffee

Trevor Unwin… I remember it well , used to love the fruit & jelly sundaes, that used to be on show in the window.

Planets – Mins studio 1974

Paul Edmonds, Chris Meachen, Paul Waite, Les Norman, Min

Gerry Fortsch… I was friendly with min and then lost contact, can someone tell me what happened to him please?

Glenn Piper… Sorry Gerry, but Min died several years ago now, heart attack I think

Gerry Fortsch… I remember he enjoyed life a lot, as did many of us at the time, thank you.

Martin Richter… simon medhurst ?

Harry Randall… Is that Min on the Clarinet? Went onto Sax?

Chris Baker… Min always played both Sax and Clarinet AFAIK. He was an excellent gold and silversmith too. Loved him.

Peter Norman… Never seen this before but that could be my brother Les Norman in that photo…? I know he played the guitar back then, next time i see him i’ll ask! 🙁 Sadly he’s not on facebook.., 🙁 I believe he also played in a group called “SUS” or something like that!

Alan Esdaile… t must be him Peter, as it says he was in Suss in the write up, underneath the photo. It would be great if you could get some comments from him about the group.

Pete Fisher… On seeing this I thought that guy on the drums looks familiar…nestling among my photos of Pueblo (taken by Chris Meachen), the photo I’m posting below has puzzled me for decades, as I couldn’t remember who it was. It must be around ’73/’74, but I only vaguely remember we might have experimented briefly with having two drummers, and I guess it was Paul Waite. Maybe Bernard Jeffery, Roger Carey or Phil Gill could fill in more details…

Bernard Goffredo… Yes I remember doing a gig at the college and we experimented with two drummers, and definitely was Paul on the other kit

Chris Meachen…  Ye gods, I’d completely forgotten about this.. Used to bump into Les in record shops a few years ago, but not seen him in ages.. (nor anyone else in these pics..). Yes, one of my pictures, but further details completely escape me.. If I manage to find that sequence of negatives I might be able to add some context…

Phil Gill… Paul Edmonds on the far left. Pete, we played a couple of times in the college basement, where the band was you and me on guitar, Roger Carey, and two drummers, Paul Waite and Bernie Jeffries. No idea what we called the band.

Jan Warren…  I remember Min, nice guy

Sam Davies… you know I’ve never heard of this particular band so this is fascinating! Does anyone know if there are any recordings of Planets? It’d be great to hear my old man playing some clarinet. Also, where was this studio? I don’t recognise it.

Chris Meachen… no recordings, I regret, but the studio was actually your grandfather’s, & was upstairs in a building next door to St Clements Church Hall in Croft Road..

Jan Warren… I lived in Queens Road and Middle Street in the early 70s and I remember Min, he was a friend, bless him

Chris Meachen… Weirdly, I bumped into Les Norman yesterday evening, doing his Aldi shopping.. Can’t have seen him for a good 20 years, so a nice surprise..

Stephen Fletcher… The other guy in photo is Paul Edmunds you didn’t mention him

Chris Meachen… Haven’t seen Paul Edmunds since the late 1970’s when we worked together at Arbuthnot House.. He changed his surname to his dad’s, – Wojciechowska, (pronounced ‘voy-ge-hoff-ski). Always regret losing touch with him & many other mates…

Stephen Fletcher… Anyone know if Paul Edmunds is still around or if he moved away?

Cherry Longley… I used to go out with Paul Edmunds, Sus was the group he formed with Paul Waite, Les Norman another near neighbour of Paul’s who lived around the corner, younger guy can’t recall his name, and sometimes Chris Beaumont used to play keyboards. They used to jam in his music room at his parents bungalow in Park View. Happy times, lots of gigs and trips to all over to see Hawkwind, Pink Fairies, etc etc. Cherry xx