Ken Apps cycle repairs and Clive Vale Hotel Ore Hastings photo by Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

photo © Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

Phil Gill… Pop into the pub for a quick one whilst he mends you puncture.

Nick Prince… I remember it well

Jim Breeds… Looking decidedly grotty now! 🙁 (Image from Streetview). Clive Vale Hotel also seen on the right in Nan’s photo.

Alan Esdaile… Remember it. Went in the Hare & Hounds further up the road and nearly got run over a few times, as the door went straight out into the road.

Stuart Moir… One less pint may have made a difference Alan

Harry Randall… Remember Ken Apps when he had his shop on the corner of Menzies rd as a boy often went for spares and learnt a lot sad when he moved to Ore

Pauline Richards… And Pat Halliwell had a cafe along there

Merv Kennard… Did a few gigs in the Clive Vale Hotel.

Alan Esdaile… I remember coming to a couple Merv

Lloyd Johnson… I remember building a track bike out of found bike bits from a bombsite/ disused ground with stuff dumped on it. Ken Apps made me a pair of steer horn shaped handle bars out of gas pipe and I painted the whole bike different coloured patterns with humbrol paints.We use to ride them through a track in Coghurst Woods in the 1950s…

Mike Mitchell… Lloyd, I used to ride that track through Coghurst Woods late sixties. A great ride down the hill with minimal brakes – as long as we didn’t meet anyone coming up the track!

Andy Clarke… If I remember right Wayne Spears worked there and took it over after Ken.

Roger Simmonds… I remember it too !

David Edwards… Although the sign said Ken Apps every one ran the name into one and called it Kenapps’s shop

Chris Meachen… I  remember being fascinated watching him build wire bike wheels from the basic parts.. A proper craftsman.

Edward Adams… remember it well ken apps used to live in the same block of flats as me in chiltern drive

Mark Harris… Opposite my Nan and Grandad’s VG store, C & M Harris!

Tony Court-holmes… when Ore had pubs

Roger Simmonds… All the good old shops and craftmanship mostly gone now!

Mick O’Dowd… Spent many visits to Ken Apps shop as he was so knowledgeable about bike probs!

Robert Wren… Spent many hours peering through the window and dreaming of all bits I would love to buy. He was always very helpful and didn’t always charge but I did buy various bits over the years. I also remember his Hillman Super Minx he would drive to work and park across the road on the rough track. I think the colour of the car was a sort of copper or gold.

Roger Carey… Great shop- many interesting businesses in Ore over the years..Ken Apps was the place to go to keep your bicycle on the road! Seem to recall he discouraged unnecessary modifications….

Paul Huggins… Fond memories from back in the day…when Electric Ray had the Clive Vale

Alan Esdaile… Can remember cycling down Malvern Way with my brother, on our bikes, when the new roads were being built!

Pauline Richards… And Charltons sweet shop

Andy Clarke… Loved the pet shop across the road too.


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