Hammonds Toy Shop – Marina Court St Leonards who remembers the window train set?

shop & photo source unknown but Hammonds was similar

Colin Bell asks Who remembers Hammonds Toy Shop, where you put a penny in the window slot to make the train go round?

Alan Esdaile… Remember it well. Anyone got a photo?

Martin Richter… anyone got a penny? i think the coin-slots were still there the last time i was there?

Yvonne Cleland… My mum ALWAYS had a penny to spare for this when we lived at Marina. Magic xxx

Peter Fairless… Yes, used to be an add on to the regular Christmas trip to see Kings Road lights. A walk down to the front to see the train and then walk back up to Kings Road and some sweets from Woolworths!

Steve Cooke… Loved it. Great shop and always a grand window.

Bernard Goffredo… Loved that when I was a kid

Steve Fox… Oh yes.

Judie Struys… I do indeed. My bus stop was just outside x

Andy Clarke… I also remember the toy shop at Silverhill had one that took 2p to get it going.

Steve Thorpe… Remember Hammonds, I put £1 per week from my paper round on account and eventually paid for a train set!

Alan Esdaile… one penny! and how exciting and happy we were to watch it go round.

Martin Richter… bus fare to my nan’s and her *magic cupboard* was a ha’penny

Stephanie Blackledge… Oh yes! Happy days

Tim Moose Bruce… Toy shop called Arbours (later called Wonderful Wilsons) in Western Rd Bexhill had a coin operated train set in its window.

Angela Frances Gardner… It was 4 old pence when I was a child in the mid 60s.

Josie Lawson… Is that the toy shop I think my parents took me in just before Christmas one year. I think it was the only toy shop there . I loved it.

Nicola Dobson… Loved it put a penny in the slot

Jon McCallion… Yes remember it wel

Cris Kennard… Gosh that brings back memories mum always had spare 1d.

Tony Court-holmes… yes very well

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Willie G – The Soulman

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source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/38176513598/  supplied by Kevin Burchett Scalliwags & Sober Judge page.

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photos Lynda Coleman Westlake via Kevin Burchett

Kevin Burchett… who remembers Willie G?

Roy Penfold… I remember Willie – great voice! Did a demo for him many years ago.

Jenny Tyler… He was good, saw him at the Bembo & the little angling club.

Kevin Burchett… im getting some video of willie g someone is sending it to me from wales the plan is to upload it to youtube the quality might not be good but i will try to improve it

Alan Esdaile… Excellent track.

Sandra Cunningham… I went to his funeral.

Rachael Rellis… Love Willie forever, such talent and a great guy, always my best friend whom I miss so much. His son Kane is looking for video of him, Facebook group of Willies is where you can reach Kane if you have any videos. Oh how I miss that voice ❤️

Andy Ives… Such a lovely guy was totally shocked when I heard of his passing. We had some great laughs.

Jonathan Mendenhall… I loved Willie G..great character..broke all the rules..

Eric Harmer… Great guy

Wendy Weaver… What a lovely guy Willie was

Monica Bane… A great guy! He use to come to Real Sports and sit on the counter chatting to us.
Early Nineties!

Keith Veness… His kids were very talented at Hastings Stage School

Ian Sands… I grew up with Willie he was a great guy, we used to race cars around town, I remember him leaving my house, screaming like a girl I must add lol, because I had many snakes as pets and he didn’t realize until he looked in one of the Vivariums. Loved my time with this gentle giant.

Ricky Adelaide… He was a a great act taken too soon

Eric Harmer… Good mate

Who remembers Exchange Travel in Parker Road, Hastings?

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I worked there for five years in the 70s! It was a great place to work!

Rachel Rayburn…Yes I also worked there for a while in the 70’s. Remember Jose Fernandez?

Leigh Wieland-Boys… very well, he was such a lovely man! When we’re you there? We’ve had a couple of reunions over the years. I was there from 74-78 Malta Admin then Secretary – who else do you remember? Fred Vines was Reservations Manager then

Rachel Rayburn… It would have been 1973/74 I worked in Reservations on the Malta section.

John Mcewen… Yep, lived in Parker road from 69 for 11 years. Mum’s still there.

Graham How… Apparently, I worked there too… but it was in the studio!

Terry Pack… It would seem that the real question is ‘Is there anyone who doesn’t remember Exchange Travel, and didn’t work there at some time or other?’

Chris Connell… My Mum worked in the canteen. She made cakes and scones and even helped with cooking the staff Christmas dinners.

Dave Nattress… Me Terry, Ha Ha!! One of those places, where so many worked like so many in and around – somewhat naturally I suppose, but I had many friends who did work there and knew of the place well. It was a very large operation. I suppose in a while it will be who did NOT work at Hastings Direct!!

Graham Sherrington… Ive been in the Airline Industry for over 40 years started in 1977 and I can tell you THOSE WERE THE DAYS!!!!

Jane Kilby also Burmingham… I used to work there from 81 until they went under!!! X

Bookham Ally… My old boss, John Kilroy, from my days at the Singapore Tourist Board in London was at Exchange.

Mandy Wright… I worked there from 1984 until the end , reservations, Bonanza and accounts. ( occasional we had such fun. Xx

Judith Monk… My Mum worked there Betty Hadfield.

Alan Esdaile… Pat, our late bookkeeper at Masons worked there for many years. I also looked round the empty building a number of times, as they were desperate to get rid of it  but with so many officers and limited head room it wasn’t suitable and too costly to turn into a warehouse. It’s now Ore Valley Sussex Coast College.

Peter Thomson… I remember it well as Parker Road was quite close to my home, but never worked there. While in IT Ops at Ashdown House, our ICL Support Engineers also covered for the computers at Exchange. Living in Peterborough, it rang a few bells when Thomas Cook went under last year.

Hastings bus Maidstone & District and timetable memories from Sarah Harvey

supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey… I have just acquired this model, probably more for nostalgia and the fact that I caught a lot of local buses like this when I was a kid. The Leyland Atlantean / Metro Cammell in Maidstone & District livery and displaying the Service No. 151. It was introduced in Hastings in 1961. The 151, alongside the 133 was one of the mainstay bus routes serving Hastings. I have also attached a page from the 1964 bus timetable. Not sure the 31 minutes end to end timings could be maintained nowadays 🤔Their rough equivalents to day are the 20 and 22 respectively. If you have lived in Hastings much of your life, did you ever catch one of these?

Peter Fairless… That’s brilliant, Sarah

Martin Richter… the 133 – a ha’penny from Bohemia to the town as a nipper 🙂 (but usually free!)

Geoff Peckham… Being a Bexhillian I rode the 156 or the 157 to and from school from Glyne Gap. My Nan lived in Turkey Rd where they turned round, so I used them to get there, and of course for trips to Hastings or the College. Well found, Sarah. x

Colin Bell… Oh yes, some fond memories here Sarah x

Tony Court-holmes… i loved Fremlins bitter

Paul Phillips… 151 was that the downs farm bus ..i lived Churchill Avenue 133 route and 157

Andy Gunton… Strangest train I’ve ever seen

Sarah Harvey… Oooo train-spotters / bus spotters, all part of the same family of species

Patrick Lewis… 151 and 133 frequently-our life line to downtown Hastings and St Leonard’s.

Sid Saunders… This was the first bus I drove in service at the start of my 34 years in Hastings in 1972.

Marcus de Mowbray… Many journeys between Sevenoaks and Maidstone on those!

Jim Breeds… The 133 from/to King’s Head near to where I lived was my mainstay, but the 151 was a reasonable substitute if I didn’t mind the walk from Down Farm estate to home.

Nigel Sherwood… Used to get 133 from the gas showrooms up to school at Elphinstone

Roger Carey… Living on the Ridge /edge of town, the main bus for us was the 155 circular route- for school and town trips. Remember seeing 133s on trips to Silverhill where my school mate Philip Till lived. Also the 76 which went down the (to me, then) incredibly long St Helen’s Road. In my very young years I thought the song “76 trombones” was about that bus and road!

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The Humperdinks – 1966 and reunion 2012

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supplied by  Hastings Groups from 1958 to the present.

Baz Cooper, Ray Brown,Mike Bradley, Colin Tapp and John Kingdon.

Colin Tapp… Thanks Alan I like this photo must be about 50 years ago , great memories.

Andy Knight….Played with John in Freeway in 1970, great singer but he had put the gun away by then. ps were the clothes from FAB boutique?

Andre Martin…..Could well have been provided by Brian Fisher !!

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supplied by Colin Tapp                                          supplied by John Kingdon 

The Humperdinks reunion gig at The Hazlitt Theatre 2012 — with Baz Cooper, Colin Tapp, John Kingdon, Mick Bradley , Mike Nixon & Colin Norton.

Andre Martin….Well known in Hastings and around during the early 1960s – credit please that we did produce some good bands in those days.

Leigh Wieland-Boys….Amazing! Johnny Kingdom’s band played at my brother’s wedding in 1974! I remember him well! Hello John!

Baz Cooper… We got those clothes from a boutique in Hastings, but I don’t remember the name of it.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Johnny Kingdon & his band played at my brother’s wedding in 1974!

Nick Bloomfield… I had a pair of ‘Hipsters’ (I think they were called) and spent a long time trying to persuade myself that I looked cool. Never quite succeeded…

 

Looking for people who went to The Crypt in Hastings in the 70’s & 80’s

Sophie Conisbee says… Hi I am looking to speak to some people that went to or know about the Crypt venue in the 70’s and 80’s and the live music there, I am a freelance music journalist in my final year of university researching for a feature. I am particularly interested in mod and the mod revival but information on anything would be really helpful. Thank you in advance, Sophie

Matt Thomas… Check out the group called The Crypt Archives.

Diane Leigh… Sister and brother went to crypt both punk rockers

Nick Tutt… ooooo I knew both of them. Please say hi.

Kev Towner… me too.

Diane Leigh… Jamie lives in north of Italy been there since he was 22,Heidi is at Brighton will tell them you said hi.

Martyn Baker… I used to work for the company that owned both The Havelock and The Crypt in the 80’s- (their cellars were connected). I also played in bands at the time, and also played there several times. If you want to know about the mod scene then – maybe speak to Ken Copsey or Huggy Leaver. They played in The “Teenbeats” from Hastings and would have played there too.

Nick Tutt… Sophie, I was there A LOT in the mid 80s. Happy to help although know nothing about the mod scene lol

Karen Sweatman… Sophie, I was there loads in the late 80s and early 90s. Saw loads of live bands, usually on the Tuesday (alternative night) and Thursday (rock night). No photos, but memory is quite good considering!!!

Mike Cramp… “If you remember The Crypt, you weren’t there”

Pete Prescott… Like a lot of older musicians/people I played it a lot in the 70’s/ 80’s. Bands like Jim and the Jim’s, Five Bob Rocket, Jezz Gillett Band. I once did a gig in 86 and found a canvas bag outside at the end of the gig. Inside was various items but the thing I remember was 6 passports all for the same guy. Uk,German,French, American, Italian etc. Real Jason Bourne stuff. It scared me. I stopped a police car and showed them. They were shocked. Took it and speed off.

Reid McDuffie… I never heard that passport story before, Pete…..freaky. I used to love the Crypt in the 80s. Groundhogs seemed to be playing there about twice a month though that must be my brain mis remembering! last time I was there, I felt like a pensioner!

Yvonne Cleland… Great venue!

Tara Reddy… I worked there around then.. fab place!! the Teenbeats would be good to speak with I have contact with the Teenbeats who were a local but pretty big mod band .. .. That place was the place to go!  Huggy Leaver and also Ambient Tom .. has lots of info ..

Gin Genie… Tara, we all had stints there i think. Best nightclub ever

Neil Cartwright… A great venue to go to, and I remember playing there with various bands, including The Jez Gillet Band and The Mobiles. One gig (can’t remember with whom) we supported The Piranhas from Brighton (‘Tom Hark’ was one of their hits). Not quite ‘mod’, but not a million miles away.

Darren Holmes… Early 80s it was known as Rumours where a lot of bands played, some just before they became fames eg JoBoxers. The last night of Rumours Billy Bragg played, the place was rammed. When it was renamed back to the Crypt live music stopped and the resident DJ was John Digweed who played a lot of old/ Northern Soul. Upstairs became the Electric Grape run by Krazy Keith. A lot of us use to meet up there after following our various football clubs around the country and take each other on at bar football and pinball before descending downstairs for a jig to the sounds of JD.

Tara Reddy… Darren, yes I worked there and upstairs was The Electric Grape which later then became The Street! Despite being small had jazz bands every Tuesday and a full house most nights! So many great bands and fun to be had!

Judy Atkinson… Used to go there in the 70s, only place I was asked my age (after I was 18). There was a lot of mould on the walls & the light in the ladies never worked

Tony Bird… I was in a band called “PARDON” played there in 1974

Ian Mcgilvray… So did I. Small little gig but fun to play at.

Darren  Holmes… When it changed from Rumours to the Crypt didn’t Mark and Taff Read own it?  Doorman Pete had something to do with the ownership?

Mark Randall… I played there once in ‘85. A lady from the Hastings Observer reviewing it described me as a lanky ‘Hairy Market from A-Ha ( sic) lookalike. Which for a local rag was quite clever. A Largely sweaty bijou place , the likes of which we may never see again.

Martin Richter… lol – curly brown hair, bright red lipstick, tight jeans, boots – local ents. reporter – last i heard she was on *night network* doing a film review show

Steve May… The first time I played The Crypt was Bonfire night 1984 (day after my 16th birthday!) with a heavily Jam /Who indebted band called ‘Catch 22’. It was our 3rd ever gig. I clearly remember two women walking past & overhearing ‘f***ing hell, that was the worst band I’ve ever seen in here!” (We got better! : )

Louis Wiggett… I played my first gig there in 1986. Was a 60s garage punk influenced band called Thee Wylde Things.

Sue Graham… I played there several times around 1983 with local band Shy Boy.

Sue Strong… Worked there in the mid 70s for a while, also from 86 till 90s, seen many great bands down there, it was the only decent place to go in town

Dave Nattress… Played there as “The Charts” a couple of times, in our post-punk, fast-pop phase 1980/1981. Mick Bridgeland, Drums, Andy Leaney, Guitar, Lee Sulsh, Guitar, Steve Watson, Bass and myself on Vocals. Great venue, great atmosphere, great gigs. Obviously saw many other bands there over the years. Even no so bad lugging gear up and down the steep stairs off Havelock Road.

Alan Esdaile… It used to be jammed packed on a Sunday lunchtime in the 70’s, when Johnny Francis was DJ.

Claire Triance… Remember getting thrown out and banned in 70s can’t remember why

Joolz Dunkley… I played there in the early 80s in a band called ‘The Sirens’ later to become ‘The Group’. Nice little gig. Turbo PA.