The Healers – The Cobweb St Leonards – 6th April 1968

Mick Knights… These were good times to be a teenager, listen to great music in the early evening and later going as guests of the landlord of the Horse and Groom to the Grenadier Club For more adult entertainment!!

Mick O’Dowd… Please note the Deep Purple here was the Hastings branch with Tony Bird, Mac, Len Benton, Pete Horton ! The other Purple were still Episode Six on April 13th.

Pete Brazier… My Brother Paul was a Bouncer at The Cobweb (amongst other venues including the Pier at the time!)

Pete Prescott – Loose Ends Album 7th April 2006





supplied by Pete Prescott

Loose Ends released 7th April 2006. A semi-acoustic collection of songs written over the last 28 years. Recorded during 2005/6 at Rock Lane Studios with Paul Sinden and featuring the following guest musicians: Claire Hamill, Phil Gill, Phil Hudson, Paul Sinden, Mike Hatchard.

Safeways Queens Road Hastings – 1980’s

I still think of it as Safeways and not Morrisons. When I said the other day I was going to Safeways, someone said never heard of it!

Caz Simpson… Safeway’s wasn’t that long ago, was it?

Alan Esdaile… Not sure Caz, anyone confirm when it opened and closed?

Caz Simpson… I just googled it, Morrison’s bought them out in 2003

Pauline Richards…  I volunteer at st.michaels hospice shop on queens rd and customers still are donating ‘safeways’ carrier bags. So they are still around

Wendy Weaver… Safeway and Bejam had a little scam going – they employed the same young people for roughly half time each which meant that they didn’t have to pay Employers NIC as the earnings were too low. Clever? Not really as on the other hand those young people wont have credits for their future pensions for those years.

Tony Davis… They still have Safeway in the USA bit different to how they were here. They build you a sandwich rather than have packaged ones

Gina Sheridan… Everything you want from a store & a little bit more!

Curved Air – Hastings Pier 6th April 1973


6th april curved air 1973

Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection



Mick Knights….Yep, at this one too, the main attraction was probably Sonia!

Andy Qunta….Great band! Still listen to their stuff! I think maybe Factory supported them on the Pier once, but I know I definitely saw them there anyway. Stewart Copeland was on the drums.

Mick O’Dowd….Oh Sonia! Wherefore art thou Sonia!

Jim Hobbs….Back Street Luv is still up there with my favourite tracks. And yes Sonia was the main attraction!

Catherine Ireland… Oh I remember Stylus Records and Disc Jockey .

Jim Breeds… Phantasmagoria!

Andre Martin… Paul loved booking the top of the bill.

Jim Breeds… Me too.

Chris Stratton… They played the pier a few times. Remember seeing them twice there.

Chris Giles… One of the best concerts I saw on Hastings pier.

Andy Qunta… I have Air Conditioning too – another good ‘un!  I was hoping someone had some info on the opening band – Full Supporting Programme. I’ve often seen them advertised, but that’s all I know about them!

 Andre Martin… In true style of many agents, it was what ever bunch of musos were doing nothing that night and could get to the Pier for 6.00pm!!

Dennis Torrance… I saw them on pier with Stewart Copeland on drums thought what a good drummer he was

Andy Davies… I was there! Loved it

Claire Lonsdale… I see they had late buses to accommodate the concert, wow!