Our 58th SMART coffee meet and among the newbies this time were Mo Elms (Terry James wife), Simon Falla, Colin Tapp and Dave Boutwood. Mo brought along photos and cuttings of many local radio stations and dj’s, including Splash Radio, Arrow FM, the Earl Of Zetland ship, Terry James, Johnny Francis, Terry Kane, Ambrose Harcourt, DC Disco photos and more. Simon was chatting about Lazybones Disco and has found a photo of some of the Lazybones staff which he will be posting soon. Colin was chatting about his facebook page ‘Hastings groups from 1958 to the present’ and his many happy memories of working with The Redcoats and The Humperdinks. Dave had with him his excellent black and white photo sheets of local musicians. Merv Kennard had a Mi Amigo postcard which was sent to him back in the seventies. Anthony ’Nan’ Morland had a Disc Jockey record bag, Masons Music shop photos, various Queens Road shop photos, a photo of Dimarcos and The Humperdinks photos when they played The Yelton in the 80’s. Dave Muriel was chatting about the tv series called ‘Wham’ when he was dancing with the Vernon Girls at the ABC Studio in Manchester. On the bill was Joe Brown, Jess Conrad, Billy Fury and others. He’s hoping to find photos of his skiffle group The Jeanagers when they appeared at The Chatsworth in the 60’s. John Busbridge had with him some 7” singles and Pete Prescott brought along the Box Of Pin Ups The British Sounds of 1965 CD set. General chat was about the sad loss of John Miles, future gigs tough for musician, the 70’s programme on channel 5 and aches and pains! Sorry I didn’t get round to chatting to everyone. This is just a small bit of what I remember, if you have anything interesting that you were talking about then please feel free to add.
Colin Tapp… Hi to all in SMART seventies, I enjoyed the meet today met some old friends , and apologies not meeting everyone there, but hope to meet up with you next time.
Lloyd Johnson… it was fun Colin.
Andre Martin… Good to catch up after a long time. Good turn out under the current problems and a great to see some old faces.
Wendy Weaver… It was nice to see so many people.
Monica Bane… Thanks for the update! Hopefully next time, had been looking forward to coming Alan
Sid Saunders… Glad it went well.
Claire Lonsdale… Thanks Alan. Was a very nice meeting. X
Lucy Pappas… Almost made it today
Tony Davis… Sorry not to make it but have been away
Stephen Moran… Thank you Alan, it was great to be there
Keith Veness… Will get there one day
Paul Coleman… I intend to come to the meet every time but something always bloody comes up!
Dave Nattress… Bum!! Missed it, very busy at work!!
Graham Belchamber… Sorry I couldn’t get along this time. Glad it went well
Mick O’Dowd… You missed the mince pies!!
Alan Esdaile… Thanks to Cris Kennard, Mick.
Mick O’Dowd… Interesting as usual meet, under challenging conditions.
Pete Houghton… Hope to be at next one
Tony Howard… Very interesting reading about the chat . I know Terry Elm’s very well, use to work with him many years ago. Nan mentioned a Disc Jockey bag, I too have one of Big Al’s Disc Jockey bags i also have a genuine Beetles bag. Colin talked about the Red Coats group, I remember them playing at Northiam Village Hall, back in the 60’s with Pete Bailey playing with them, whom later year’s worked with him. I will try to get to the meeting some time in the new year. Till then have a good Christmas,and best wishes for the new year
Dave Trodd… Very enjoyable. Keep up the good work Alan.