Queens Parade Hastings

photos supplied by Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

Pete Houghton… Thank you for sharing this!

Claire Louise Maplesden… I remember this and wasn’t it much better than what we’ve got now! WHSmith was where Yates is and it was huge too!! ….then Woolworths 🙂 Gamleys (maybe the old Halfords? God knows what it is now) & you didn’t have the threat of an attack as you wandered through your town. Good days….& I’m only 36

Paul Foster… Remember it well , love to wind the clock back now and have another walk around

Judy Atkinson… That parade of shops was truly hideous, no great loss. The shops themselves may have been OK, but the building? Classic awful 50s/60s

Chris Meachen… There were some decent shops there at one time..

Paul Bannister… Chris, that’s the Hastings I remember!

Alan Esdaile… Chris, Huckells.

Keith Veness… Great shop Huckells

Angela Frances Gardner… Such an ugly building!

Neil Cartwright… Ha! Part of me wants to say “What? You mean it’s changed?” I remember FADS very well, and Roger used to work in the TV shop (Curry’s?) across the road.

Tracy Birrell… I love these old photos

Andy Knight… French’s (is that right) went in there and heard ‘Take me to the River’ for the first time playing in the shop, thank you Talking Heads

Merv Kennard… Still using amp and speaker’s bought in French’s very early eighties.

Chris Meachen… similarly, I Bought a JVC amp in about 1976 which is still going strong…

Merv Kennard… Sony amp,wharfdale laser 80 speakers.


Huckells – clothes for the man…

Dave Luck… That takes us back a bit

Julie Findlay-Jones… Oh god I brought a pair of brown cordoroy jeans from there and a striped zip up cardigan thought I was the bees knees lol

John Wilde… Sexist!

Peter Thomson… Very Peter Wyngarde – is it the fag?

Keith Cowper… My God I bought some fab gear in there in the 50s and 60s /anyoneremember Kep Casuals another fab gear shop!!?

Roxine Lucas… Great shop 2 buy ben sherman shirts my bruv loved this shop such along time ago

Jon McCallion… Kep casuals was run by Keith Griffiths good shop. Kep stood for Keith Edward Perry my wife tells me

Stephen Moran… Blimey! That brings back memories! I used to buy my Ben Sherman shirts in Huckells in 1969 for £3!

Carl Ridley… Bought some great bits from there in the day

Eugene Hughes… I can picture the little fella with the beard that worked there. Nice bloke.

John Busbridge… I used to buy a lot of my clothes in there!

Lloyd Johnson…  I only bought one item from Huckell’s .A pair of grey trousers like the ones Tony Meehan wore on the first Shadows L.P. Once Keps Casuals open I thought Huckells was naff.Keps Casual raise the style bar!..

No Home Jerome… Thought you were more a Millets guy!

Lloyd Johnson… Millets use to do some good stuff in the early 60s…Suede Levi’s Jackets Etc….I use to buy jeans from Baldocks in George Street, shoes from Winters in George Street and go to London on a cheap day return and buy clothes.in the late 60s I opened my own shops in London.

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Chilli Willi and The Red Hot Peppers – Hastings Pier 21st December 1974.

chili 1974


Mick O’Dowd… Chilli Willi were a great underated band. Their only problem was which pigeon-hole to sit in musically. Their album Bongos Over Balham is a classic.

Geoff Peckham… Factory opened for Chilli Willi at Marlborough College’s end of year bash in their very impressive auditorium. When we’d set up, the Head the Music Dept. told the bands they could go to the pub in the village and get drinks on the teachers’ bar tab – big mistake! It was the Chilli’s bass player’s birthday and by the time we left them in the pub to go and play our set they were well gone! I don’t think the set they played after they’d staggered back was up to their usual standard!