The Nest Club Robertson Street Hastings – membership card 1964/1965

Supplied by John Busbridge

John Busbridge… Now who went here?

Mick Knights.. Was at the one at the end of Robertson street? If so I don’t think I’d have forked out six pence to join!

Pete Millington… The Confederates played there (downstairs) several times in 1964

Lloyd Johnson…  I was there a few of times but it was very small.

John Busbridge… I played there with Jimmy Beadle and Keith Attwood, very small from what I remember!

This is how upstairs looked in the 80’s and still looks pretty much like this today.

Stuart Tanner… I went there many times

Hi Fi Club High Street Hastings – front door – who went to the Hi Fi?

supplied by Leigh Kennedy

1968 Advert

Angela Frances Gardner… It was a great place to go after the pubs shut and eating the wonderful Jamaican food at Chico’s on street level before going to the Hifi club. I remember that Lou Reeds song Goodnight Ladies was always played at closing time

Jackie Hersee… I went there

Simon Fraser… I went there. If you breathed you were stone

Ian Watling… It was a great place to hang out, can’t recall many nights but that’s probably because I was having such a great time

John Busbridge… Downstairs from what I remember, I used to go there must have been late sixties or early seventies?

Diane Knight… John, got to be 70’s …I was definitely there !!!

Andy Qunta… Went there many times. I think it was there that I saw Paul Kossoff from Free and John Martyn one night!

Andrew Bantock… I’ve only been here for 32 years so I don’t know why there is a hole where the HiFi used to be.

Jon McCallion… Because they can’t replace it

Colin Bell… It burnt down in ‘mysterious circumstances’…

Jo Turner… Yup

Peter Fairless… Only went there a couple of times at most, very vague memories!

Judy Atkinson… My brother used to go there a lot, Roger Fullbrook, known as Jack, anyone remember him?

Lucy Pappas… I went a few times but it was my sister Dina’s favourite place.

Colin Bell… Many times, me & Caz could tell a few stories….

Nick Webb… Many a night spent there, and if you got to go upstairs you where well in .

Alan Esdaile… Great music, great times. We used to sit in the alcove seat at the bottom of the stairs smoking Disque Bleu and drinking what we could afford. Probably only 14 when I first went there!

Steve Burt… Yep went there wild place.

Lloyd Johnson… i went there in the 60s and helped paint the front of ‘Talkies’ cafe almost next door….Sid ran the cafe!…

Simon Fraser… Never remembered how I got home from there. 1970is

Sue Colebrook-Gentry… I worked there behind the bar from 1967 — 1972 and lived upstairs. Many happy memories. Me and the DJ Jack and a couple of regulars behind the reception upstairs.

Willie Wicking… Went there a few times with older friends but was there the night it burnt down can remember it well was in Wellington Sqaure & after the 5th fire engine went past went to have a look that was a real fire fire brigade had a difficult job must have been around 77 79 can also remember all the hoses across road into boating lake

Diane Knight… Loved the Hi fi …I used to go there with the Alderson crew ( all relocated in oz) ..such great times

Chris Meachen… Had some great nights in there, fabulous place.. Pretty sure it burned down on September 27th in whatever year…

Bernard Goffredo… that was a regular haunt

Lloyd Johnson… I remember Guy and his mate on a silver Vespa GS very early on when they first came down to Hastings during The ‘Mod days’…his mate had an accident and lost a leg, does anyone else remember his friend. He went out with Lis Parrish for a while..I remember Guy talking to Les Martin , who helped run The Pamdor about buying the Hi- Fi from Alain the Frenchman that owned it….that must have been very early on…

Colin Doherty… DJ’d there and lived upstairs for a few very enjoyable years!

 

Wooden Lion plus Crazy Lizzard – Hastings Pier 24th January 1976

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flyer supplied by Mick Mepham and photos supplied by Clive Richardson. Last photo is of Crazy Lizzard.

Wooden Lion tree photo supplied by Clive Richardson

 

Peter Fairless… I might have gone to that!

Alan Esdaile… This gig was one of Clive Richardson promotions.

Clive Richardson… Along with Kingdom Come, Wooden Lion had one of the first VCS3 Synthesizers.

Alan Essex… Interestingly (or not) despite living in the East London / Essex borders at the time I sold my VCS3 to a guy in Hastings. A nice chap he was and had seen us play several times at festivals and of course Hastings – unfortunately I’ve forgotten his name. I also sold him one of my Sound City 120 watt valve amps and a 4 x 12 speaker cab. I remember borrowing my dad’s new Mk 3 Cortina Estate to deliver it all to him.

Alan Esdaile… I think it was Clive Richardson.

Roy Weard… Love these pictures . There are so few of them from the original Wooden Lion – amazing stuff. That was such a fun band. Thank you for posting them.

Martin Richter… (Crazy Lizzard) – not *that* crazy – they should have turned it up to eleven !

Saskia Wesnigk-Wood… My little Ray Wood of sunshine..

That Legendary Wooden Lion… Tony’s name spelled wrongly and it was Johnny Lyons on bass guitar!

Steve Allen… I remember that.

 

The Speedos – 1980

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supplied by Bernard Jeffery.

featuring Bernard Jeffery & Jim Penfold.  EMI publicity photo.

Bernard Jeffery….From left to right Lionel George, me ,Jim Penfold,Neil Aplin and I can’t remember the blokes name on the right he was a bass player and we nicknamed him Jodie because he looked like Billy Crista’ls character in the sitcom soap

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supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey….Not the Hollywood Killers, by an article about The Speedos. From The Hastings Observer September 20th, 1980.

Bernard Jeffery….this was an EMI promo photo, I was actually in another Band “The Vipers ” but was helping out as Jim needed a band.

James Fox… Jodie was James Fox

Oh No My Beloved Debenhams – Tony May

photo: Tony May

Tony May… I’m planning a possible Debenhams article for ‘Hastings Town’ magazine as I ‘process’ my feelings re yesterdays awful news. In the meantime here is a blog containing (mostly) my happy memories associated with Debenhams Hastings store… https://tmchristmas.blogspot.com

Jeremy Peter Harrison… My best memory was back in the 1980s. I was shopping in the men’s department which at that time was at the back (seafront side). I was amazed to see two Lads pick up a complete rail of suits and run straight for the door. They hadn’t done their homework- it was a revolving door and they got jammed solid……!

Brigitte Lee… I worked on Santa’s Grotto, probably around 1980. Gordon worked in the lift that Christmas. I had started there as a Saturday girl, probably mid 70s. My Mum Trixie worked there and years later my daughter was a Saturday girl in another branch. Debenhams will leave a terrible hole in many town centres.

Judy Atkinson… I always remember that your mum was Miss Debenhams & still held the title as they never held the contest again

Janine Hemsley… I was singing on the gig that night at the Falaise Hall. 😂. We were so proud x My beautiful Mum Trixie was crowned Miss Debenhams in 1975. Those were the days when there were fashion shows during the day on the shop floor. Mum worked there for quite a few years.

Patricia Wapshott… Janine, I remember your beautiful Mum working on the make up counter, she was so glamorous and so lovely to talk to, her and my Mum who loved and was always buying makeup from her always got on so well xx

Janine Hemsley… I worked there briefly for Estée Lauder. I trod on a cable and put the whole of the first floor out. It was a Christmas promotion when Youth Dew first came out

Lucy Pappas… Tony, love your blog post x My oldest sister worked in the cafe more than 50 years ago. It seemed the height of sophistication to go for a milk shake and a bun when she was there. I still like the cafe even though it appears to be from another era. I’ll miss Debenhams, one of the few places I go to for pretty underwear and the occasional frock. Over the years, I’ve also bought luggage, bed linen, Christmas presents, new baby presents, make up, jewellery, the list could go on. What a loss to Hastings!

Judie Struys… Lucy, it wasn’t the biggest Debenhams but it was the heart of the town. I’ve been visiting it since I was 12. There used to be a special bit for teenagers in the 1970s, but I’ve forgotten what it was called. I used to buy so many of my clothes there when I was young. I’m so sad for the staff, some of whom have been there for decades.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… My first job on arriving in Hastings in 1971, it was Plummers then. So sad

Susan Butchers… We went there today no sale everything just as it’s always been

Fred Marsh… does any one remember my mum Doris Santer she worked at Plummers during the war and returned in the 60s up until her retirement, now she could tell many a tale about Debs.

Brigitte Lee… I remember Doris. I lovely cheerful lady. I have a feeling she worked in the jumper dept when I started as a Saturday girl.

Stephen Moran… A really sad day, my sister used to work in the office in Plummers during the seventies and I have such fond memories of taking my then two year old daughter to the cafe for coffee (me not her!) and cake most mornings.

Jane Dorsett… Really sad, I was a window dresser at Debenhams, worked with Gary Palmer, Teresa White, our boss was Paul Coombes, the windows always looked lovely and the Christmas grottos we use to do, very happy memories.

Alan Esdaile… Very sad news. What’s going to become of it now? May I suggest, it would be perfect for a theatre/venue with parking at the town centre car parks nearby and St Mary In The Castle would be perfect for the Bayeux Tapestry.

Jack Irving… Excellent idea

Tony May…Great to hear a lot of your reminisences about Hastings Debenhams! If any of you have any old photographs of Debenhams/Plumber Roddis/ of well-known/loved members of staff or of anything to do with Debenhams please send them to me privately by e mailing unseated.tony@gmail.com. I have written a personal tribute to the store and am looking for some photos to go with the piece. The photos need to be yours though and not copyrighted otherwise I will not be able to publish them in ‘Hastings Town’ magazine. If I get more than I need I may well decide to write a ‘follow up’ story. Debenhams will be such a HUGE loss not just to our High Street but to our social history as well and I want to make sure that, if nothing else, the national archives won’t forget that…

Judie Struys… I remember that lady in Debenhams. So glamorous!