Is that Huggy? Any idea who this group is on Hastings Pier? Confirmed The Plastix

supplied by Clive Richardson

Martin Richter… Plastix ?

Tony Ham… Clockwork Criminals?

John Gale… nah, Plastix

Roy Stacey… It looks like the Plastix

Pete Houghton… I think it could be the Plastix

Virginia Davis… Looks like Plastix. Used to go to their rehearsals in some hall in Bexhill with my friend who was going out with one of them at the time.

Huggy Leaver… Plastix, me Wilma sago and oghead,. Never seen these x

John Gale… great photos aren’t they Hug ?

Ken Copsey… I would almost certainly say that was Huggy and the Plastix. Lack of bass player is a bit of a give away. What’s the venue? Not the pier as they audience appear to be on the same level as the band?

Anton Ludwig… Carlisle upstairs?

Yvonne Cleland… Looks like a charity gig Huggy did at the Chatsworth.

Ian Johnson… Looks like Huggy he was in the Plastix

Clive Richardson… It’s definitely the pier because I took the photos and the band played on the floor.

Alan Esdaile… Could it have been The Lurkers gig?

Huggy Leaver… I think it was The Lurkers gig

Ken Copsey… Wasn’t the Lurkers gig. I was at that one and Huggy, playfully pushed Dave Blackman away from the front of the stage with his foot on Dave’s chest. Think this must have been from an earlier Pier gig where the main band didn’t want them on the stage!

Peter Fairless… Thursday, 16th February 1978 – Die Laughing, Head On and The Plastix

Ken Copsey… So these pictures are only two weeks after the Lurkers gig. Funny to think that only 8 months later Huggy was in a tonic suite but at least they let him on the pier stage then and a few others. Life moves at a pace when you are young (ish) !

Tony Court-holmes… the legend that is Huggy

Ken Copsey… What a difference a year makes .Different barnet but they were at least letting him on the stage.

Die Laughing – broken van & supporters (part 1 of 2)



supplied by Mick Mepham

In picture carrying gear is Kev Sayers ‘Sage’, on the way to the Marquee.


photo by Chris Meachen

Folk on the way to The Marquee. With Clive Richardson, Steve ‘Bill’ Balkham , John Veness and others.

Mick Mepham……Ended up with the gear going on the coach ….

Phil Gill…..Always best to put the gear on the coach – the van’s the first place they’ll search.

Tim Bruce……I was on the coach. Going up a hill, and the visibility getting worse due to smoke across the road. It was the van creating said smoke! The coach overtook the verry sick van, Tel driving and the centre seat up so that Tel’s passenger, (cant remember who) was pouring oil into the engine…

Andy Qunta……Maybe not so funny at the time, but a great story now! Good times…! 😉 Has there ever been a band without a broken-down van story? Curse those rascally wheel-ed things!

Mick Mepham……The first time we played in Gravesend I think we had the same van. Going up Bluebell Hill, Maidstone, it started to smoke. Made it to the top, then the roundabout as it used to be. We went round the r/about which disappeared altogether and thought we should stopCars were hooting at each other etc. Dodgy!!!! Went and phoned the venue from a call box and told them we might be a tad late. Started then van again and it was perfectly ok!!!! On we went. V small stage there and a sort of lunchtime audition. Got to the end of a song, did the usual burn-up and fell of the stage flat on my face and guitar (a Fender Strat). Everyone there P****** themselves laughing including the band. Ice broken! Job done. The rest is history …… Red Lion at Northfleet, great gig and still there and going strong. Hurrahh!!!!

Phil Thornton…..Die Laughing+Van=Drama !

Jan Warren… Great pics guys!!!

Pete Brazier… I remember it as if it was yesterday, good pic of John and Bill and can just about see Clive at the back, but afraid my memory falters on the others lol. Sorry to everyone else

Willie Wicking… Remember going with John Veness on the back of my Honda 400 4 to set up Die Laughings gig at the Hexegon Reading great memories remember knocking Lols drum kit into the stage as he always tried to be Kieth Moon

Simon Sayers… The top picture is a long lost picture of my dad! (Carrying the box). He passed away 5 years ago, it’s great to see the photos ! Thank you!!


Tarquin publicity photo

supplied by Bob Shipway

Bob Shipway… As it’s Tony’s birthday, what better time than to share our ‘walkerprints’ poster of the relatively short-lived band called Tarquin (after Tony’s horse what else!) The photo was taken early-ish on a Sunday morning with all of us the worse for wear from our gig the night before. After the photos were taken we adjourned to the pub where Andy and I met two young women one of which, in due course, became my first wife! Good days – good times!

Graham Burfield… I remember that picture from when I worked in his shop think it was on the wall somewhere

Mike Waghorne… Is that the Bob Shipway that I was at Hastings College with in the late 60’s/ early 70’s doing electrical engineering course ?

Bob Shipway… Hi  Mike, I suppose like a lot of us inwardly I feel no different from the time we were at college but outwardly I’ve been raced and rallied a tad too much! Life is good up in sunny Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Hope you’re keeping well.

Alan Esdaile… Tony Bird, Andy Knight, Tarquin, Paul Dove and Bob Shipway.

Pete Prescott… Great photo. I like Andy’s tash. Very Robert Redford !

Terry Pack… Tempted to ask ‘Why the long face?’ but I’ll resist the urge. I think I once ‘rode’ Tarquin as far as The United Friends one Sunday morning. I was terrified. My one and only time on horseback.