Supplied by John Wilde
supplied by Phil Gill
Phil Gill… OK folks, this is an ORIGINAL 1973 poster, not a reproduction, advertising Hastings Carnival and Gary Glitter show in Alexandra Park. It’s in top condition, no fading at all and was acquired by my then wife to be, in 1973, when she attended the show. Fairly sure there will be some collectors on here – anyone know what it might be worth, taking into account that the star turn may now be somewhat tainted?
Sheila Maile… I was there in the park.missed last bus home & started to walk .got to Battle & got picked up by police.had 10 yr old brother with me.they thought we had run away from home so they gave us a lift back to Netherfield
Phil Gill… Here’s a question…does the Gary Glitter aspect make it more, or less attractive to a collector?
Alan Esdaile… I would think a lot less. What might be worth trying is to contact Omega Auctions as they seem to get the best prices at auction for music memorabilia. https://www.omegaauctions.co.uk
Steve Blackman… Went to that show!
Tony Court-holmes… missed it living in the States at the time
Martin Curcher… My first gig at the age of 8. Family ticket was a Pound and 1.50 at the gate
Mick Turner… Great Show,even though it rained in the evening. I liked his music and he played on even though there was a danger of being electrocuted, had to admire him for that
Peter Howard… Spare a thought for my mate who got a Rolf Harris tattoo in the 90s, on his leg thankfully, and he never goes to swimming pools
John Gale… Peter, “Can you tell what it is yet? ”
Mick O’Dowd… I was billed in the programme as Stage Manager (Hastings). Spent the previous night in a caravan with Chris Gentry backstage as security. We didn’t need it as there was the mother of all storms . Played footie with the Glitter Band when they arrived in the afternoon. Nice bunch of guys.
Tony Pettifer… I was in one of the support bands talking to the Glitter band after wheres Garry off chasing 14 year olds ha ha ha but now
Leigh Wieland-Boys… I was there!
Janet Cruttenden… I was there selling Fanta and Coca-Cola from a wooden hut seem to remember it rained hard
John Mcewen…Was there that night. Pi**ed down.
JS Bythesea… According to my sister, Jan Cash, she went to the concert, and grabbed a sequin from GG’s costume. Sadly, Jan died in 2019, but her legacy of colourful stories lives on.
Nick Webb… I was there
Willie Wicking… Was there he was my hero loved the Glitter band left halfway through but could hear every word out my bedroom window in Three Oaks
Mike Waghorne… Light & Bitter !
Mick O’Dowd… Here it is!
programme supplied by Mick O’Dowd
Tony Pettifer… I still have this program
Colin Bell… Another piece of memorabilia i didn’t bother to keep a copy of for myself…..duh…
Nigel Ford… Blimey!….I thought Mammoths were extinct by then…. any pictures?
all cuttings Andre Palfrey-martin collection
We have now reached the end of May in the History of the Happy Ballroom, and on Saturday 31st would have played host to DECCA recording artistes –Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers. The group was formed around 1960 by Peter Jay, the son of Jack Jay who owned and managed the Windmill Theatre together with several cinemas and nightclubs in Great Yarmouth. Peter formed the group while studying at Norwich College. He played drums; other band members were Pete “Buzz” Miller (lead guitar – previously a member of rival local group the Offbeats), Tony Webster (rhythm guitar), Mac McIntyre (tenor sax and flute), Lloyd Baker (piano and baritone sax), Geoff Moss (bass guitar) and Johnny Larke (bass guitar). From about 1962, the group were also noted for their use of coordinated Vox Phantom guitars on stage. Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers signed a recording deal with Decca Records in 1962. Their first record, a rocked-up version of the can-can music from Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, produced by Joe Meek at Decca’s studios in Hampstead and entitled “Can Can 62”, rose to 31 after entering the UK chart in November 1962.
The group released several further singles on Decca in 1963 and 1964, but none became hits. Nevertheless, the group were a popular live act and were chosen as a support act to the Beatles on their UK tour in November and December 1963. They also appeared on national TV shows including Ready Steady Go! and Thank Your Lucky Stars. Completing the show by supporting Peter and the boys, were another of the regular support acts for the Happy Ballroom – from London Patrick Dane and the Quiet Five. So as Bob Knight would have undoubtedly said – “there you are boys and girls another great evening for you on Hastings Pier in the Happy Ballroom”. Until next week, when we reach June, and hopefully the sun will be shining even more by Andre Martin
Pauline Lindsay… Everything used to finish at 11.45pm, wasn’t allowed to go into a Sunday. Saw this group also at The Ritz in 1962.
Mick O’Dowd… I saw them at the ABC/Ritz as well Pauline. They were on the bill with the Tornadoes, Jimmy Justice and headlined by Billy Fury. Great band and a great show too!
Pauline Lindsay… Also Mick there was Joe Brown, Mark Winter, Carl Denver, The Tornadoes, Marty Wilde – got most of their autographs after waiting at the stage door for what seemed like hours.
David Edwards… Good to be reminded of Terry Reid, an absolutely wonderful singer who has lived in the States for years and is still touring and singing