Watchfield Free Festival – August 1975

supplied by Clive Richardson – photo 1 Hastings Crew including Steve Nicholls, Clive Richardson and Cliff Hesselden. 

Phil Gill… Stallion played there twice, Friday and Sunday. Steve Demetri and I drove there in his lime green Lotus Europa – the hippies on the gate hated us for that when we arrived. I vividly recall us driving west on the M4 and watching a plane take off right alongside us into the setting sun, whist we listened to Jeff Beck’s tune “Diamond Dust”…it was perfect…like being in a video. One of those moments that I still treasure.
We played a set, and later, we all slept out round a campfire in the open, no tents. The rain woke us around 4am, so Steve decided he and I should go home and have a fry up in the motorway services on the way. We spent Saturday night in The Nelson and went back on Sunday, this time in Steve’s brother’s Lotus Elan 2+2. The hippies on the gate decided to hate us again, this time even more than they did on the Friday. Maybe the Elan offended them more than the Europa… It was a fun weekend.

Pete Fisher… excellent anecdote Phil!

Geoff Peckham… I enjoyed that memory, Phil.

Dr Julie Coultas… We were trekking across England on horseback in August 1975 (long story). I am currently writing up the journal from that time. Thursday 28th August 1975 – it turns out we rode through the Savernake Forest and some kind people let us put our horses and tent on their lawn for the night. They then took us to the Watchfield Festival. My memories are of a band called Stallion. Oh and also the cabbage curry we gratefully consumed while we were at the festival!!

Phil Gill… Julie Coultas, pleased you enjoyed Stallion. I was the 19 year old bass player in the band and we had a fabulous time at that festival.

Iain Cobby… Hey Phil, I remember that Lotus!

Dr Julie Coultas… Phil – I am just writing about the Watchfield Fesitval for my book. I am a bit confused as your band, Stallion, must have been memaorable for me to write about it in my horsetrek journal. Can you imagine how surreal it was for us – we had been riding across England for 9 days and then we end up at Watchfield! My journal entry says that we saw you Thursday 28th August 1975? Any memories or anecdotes from that night would be gratefully received and I would be happy to include them in my book. Sadly, our memories of that time were clouded by substances other than alcohol so it may be me who has it wrong…


Fractional H.P. Motors Ltd The Ridge Hastings – advert 1970’s

Nadia Compagnone… You so wouldn’t get away with that now! Amazing advert.

Mike Cramp… Youre so right. No-one would use inverted commas around the phrase ‘our goods’ these days.

James Turner… I worked in the paint shop in the 70’s

John Gale… James, was you there when it caught fire must have been about 1978? Maybe earlier?

Sheila Maile… I worked on Armature winding for 9 months in 1972.

Nicola Dobson… I used to be Telephonist /Receptionist there

Julie Findlay-Jones… My daddy worked there for many years till he retired.

Christine Swain… I worked there Fantastic . Friends made for life from 1968 .It was a great place to work

Judy Atkinson… I worked for the sales manager there 1978/9 at the Castleham site

John Gale… My dad worked there for a bit. We both worked at the other factory on Castleham too. I worked there during my summer holidays 1977, in the Fettling room and the Foundry. I remember being there the day Elvis died.

Liz King… I worked there in the seventies doing the wages with lovely Ethnie (sorry wrong spelling) and lovely Melanie.


Bob Dylan Blackbushe Aerodrome 1978

photo: Wymer UK

Wymer UK… in 1978 esteemed concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith put on the single biggest, paid one day concert in UK history at the Blackbushe Aerodrome in Surrey with some estimates putting the audience figure at around 250,000. Goldsmith still considers it the high point of his career: “The best event I’ve been involved in was a performance from Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton at Blackbushe Aerodrome. Crammed full of glorious, largely, previously unpublished colour photos of Dylan, Clapton, Armatrading and Parker, the book also covers each performance with memorabilia, stories, reviews, anecdotes and memories from the artists and audience alike.Order your copy here and use CODE: BOB1 AND GET 25% 0FF and GET YOUR NAME ON A DEDICATED FAN PAGE TOO…

Paul Morfey… I was there!!

Pauline Sims… I lived nearby and heard most of the concert!

Tim Moose Bruce… What a gig! Took 5 hours to get there 2 up on a moped from Bexhill. I remember seeing tv cameras on the stage filming it so there must be some footage of this somewhere. Graham Parker opened the show. Then Eric Clapton. Joan Armatrading next and finally Bob Dylan. All acts were brilliant. To get a feel of Dylans set, listen to his Live at the Budokan album. From the same tour which was just after Street Legal was released.

Tim Moose Bruce… Did anyone go to the 1984 Wembley Stadium gig? Also on the bill were UB40 and Santana. When Dylan came on , a load of “gatecrasher” celebs joined in on various songs, including Eric Clapton, Chrissie Hynde and Van Morrison.

Robert Searle… I was there,great day,still got my programme and ticket. At Blackbushe that is.

Tim Moose Bruce… The next time I saw Dylan was 1987 at Wembley arena. The day after the Hurricane. Support act was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The Heartbreakers were the backing band for Bob Dylan. My brother went the following night and there was a.guest appearance by George Harrison.

Neil Partrick… I was at Wembley in 84, Tim. Being quite young 🙂 that was my first Dylan outing. I remember Morrison joining in on It’s All Over Now Baby Blue (ala his Them cover). Best parts for me were Dylan rockin’ out on stuff like Highway 61, with Mick Taylor to the fore. Lucky brother, Tim!

Glenn Piper… I, along with lots of other people, was there 😀 Took 2 hours to find the van after

Dave Burbridge… This was the day after my birthday so if you remember a hungover guy standing up and thanking everyone for coming to his party and then having things thrown at him….

Michael Park… I went up to Blackbushe in a hired red transit van from Hastings, started out with 6 of us, summat like 26 by the time i picked up hitchers along the way, security wanted to check in the back for cameras and stuff, opened the door and people spilled out ! we all kipped in ,on and under and around the van that night, i dropped loads of random people off all over the place after the concert. I still feel moved remembering when Dylan came back on acoustic, and 200,000 people all leapt to their feet, there were some hells angels gang beside us who had been sharing their spliffs with us and such, I looked at em , some had tears streaming down their faces. I did wembley 84 , gotta ringside view by climbing on the scaffolding/gantry on recording hut in front of stage. A scots guy was loudly shouting “how does it feel,bob”, all the time, i gotta bootleg later and you could hear him on it ! but was also a great concert

Jim Breeds… I went to a big do at Blackbushe once (70s, I guess), but it wasn’t this one. I can’t for the life of me think who I saw there ..

Yvonne Cleland… Blackbushe was an incredible day! I was there and the line-up was truly wonderful

Peter Woods… (In reply to Michael Park) I hitch-hiked from Witney in Oxfordshire there and back got back at about 3.00. Great day! While hitching the final leg from Oxford to Witney I managed to leave the mirror I bought on a park bench at the Woodstock road roundabout. I borrowed a mates car as soon as I got home and drove back to Oxford to retrieve the mirror. All these years later and the mirror is still hanging on my wall.

Sue Singleton… Great story Peter !  I too was there  and I too have a mirror, and a programme and a badge.  Should be worth quite a bit these days as I can’t find anyone selling a mirror anywhere!  Have told my daughter it’s worth some money.  She was there too, aged 6 months !

Glenn Piper… I remember it, well mostly 😁 early evening with large balloons floating off into the glorious sunset oh the memories

Peter Howard… I was there 🙂 well, some of the time, Red Star LSD I seem to remember, and I kept getting stopped by people who thought I was Graham Parker as I wandered round the site with my pal (who looked like a bodyguard) in my shades, leather jeans and big nose. Happy days.

Mike Waghorne… I was also one of the 250000 people there !

Robert Searle… I know Mike, it was a great day and night. As soon as Bob started singing, that was it, fantastic.

Martin Stringer… I was there.

Richie Gudgeon… I was there see Eric Clapton though binoculars

Diane Knight… So was I !!!

Caroline Mast… Drove up from Plymouth with new Dutch boyfriend, it was my first outdoor gig! Cried and cried when Dylan sang Baby Please Stop crying! AMAZING day, didn’t go to the loo all day even though we were drinking non stop! Toilets were UNBELIEVABLE! Glad I can say I was there!!!

Stephen Moran… I was there…

Richard Baynton… I worked backstage at Blackbushe. Was just hitching around and heard they were hiring so hung out and got hired! Sat 10′ away from Bob Dylan in a backstage tent. An amazing time!

John Wilde… I was there, stand out act Joan Armatrading.

Who remembers Images the pub? – Hastings Feb 1985

DJ’s John Dean, Simon Quinn, Terry James and Simon Veness

Steve Mann… Won the music quiz one year. Plus Thursday night normally had a bottled beer promotion

John Gale… Simon Veness was a great dj

Alan Wood… Still is on Hastings Rock

Jamie… Used to know Quinny. Was a good bloke.

Coleen Wickens… Oh my god yes lol

Peggy Harrison and Freddie? The Carlisle Hastings 1960’s

supplied by Graham Harrison

Graham Harrison… photo of my mum singing in the Carlisle pub Hastings around the 1960`s when i was a teenager and went to see her singing.

Ricky Long… Janine, was that Freddie Scowen on pianist. Xx

Janine Hemsley… Ricky, I believe it is too xx

Ricky Long… Did a lot of gigs with Fred great piano player.xx

Andy Qunta… What a great photo to have!

Anyone remember a great local band called Tiah Teek? asks Andy Ives

Andy Ives… Anyone remember a great local band called Tiah Teek and what happened to them? I saw them a few times back in the 80s/

Martin Richter… they were from bexhill – played down The Crypt a few times. i’m desperately trying to remember who was in them – bexhill bands all seemed to overlap! crocodiles/salvation sunday, jez gillett’s bands, etc – but i *think* Matt from Vicious Minds was involved ….? but could be very wrong – one of them had curly dark hair and glasses! They did a charity pop quiz against the Rythm Method!

Steve Mann… Gary King was the drummer. Rags lead singer I think. At least one of their songs – Changing is on YouTube. Saw them at Crypt, Diplocks in Eastbourne and Dingwalls Camden (they ran a coach)

Martin Richter… lol – had it my head that Gary was the drummer (wore a click-track) – i was on that coach to dingwalls (sunday – audition night) – had a very brief chat with Lemmy at the bar !

Garry King… Well that’s me on the right, yep Martin ha ha thanks for that comment mate although i just found this site. Actually I hooked up with Colin on the left again last year and we are revamping some of the old demos from tape which has been great fun. This was my first pro band, a great start that should have really taken off I think as should have many of the bands in East Sussex, great times, hit me up if you like and you can see what I have been up to since then

Martin Richter… hi Gary – i’ve been on your website many times – are you still in the States ?

Andy Ives… Were always my favourite local band back then. Should have made it big imo

Skye… Rags is my Uncle

Colin Albright… Hi, I’m Colin Albright the left… We are all still about.. Myself and Dave live in Tunbridge Wells and Rag lives in Hastings.. We meet up occasionally.., and good to now be in touch again with Garry, who not only is a great drummer, but it also turns out is an excellent producer and has his own studios in France – – Garry is the only one of us still playing…, but we keep thinking about getting our gear out again!

with Morgan Le Fay 1984

Andy Ives… That was one of the gigs I went to Morgan Le Fay were quite good too

Reg Wood… I was there that night.

Garry King (in reply to Colin Albright) I think we may do something again, very soon mate !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, thanks for the plug and the old days where the best I miss you all x


Terry James R.I.P.

Alan Esdaile… Very sad news, our thoughts go out to Mo and her family x

Malcolm Sharp… Lovely guy, remember terry in the havelock in the 80s, and doing town crier judge, rip my friend, condolences to all

Tim Moose Bruce… I remember Terry and Mo at the social club events.

Linda O’leary… Terry. Used to work in a petrol station near me years ago lovely chats we use to have sorry to hear this sad news

Merv Kennard… First met terry when he first started at c&h early 1970s. Ended up djing with him early 1980s.

Alan Pepper… So sorry to hear this sad news. Our hearts go out to Mo and all the family. Terry was such a great man and a good friend. Will be sadly missed.