Ruperts People with Santos Morados – Hastings Pier 14th April 1968


ruperts autographs

poster Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection.  autographs supplied by Colin Bell

Mick O’Dowd….Best known for “Whiter Shade of Pale”-like tune Reflections of Charles Brown. Have their CD which is pretty good to.

Wendy Wells… I remember this gig as an almost 16 year old. Had a crush on Steve from Santos Morados. If I remember rightly we exchanged addresses and wrote a couple of times, but never saw each other again. I’m sure I have the bands autographs somewhere and those of Rupert’s People. Happy Days.

Alan Esdaile… Can’t find much about Santos Morados but they did have a single on Island Records.

Andre Martin… well I never that takes me back many years


The Magic World of Ruperts People Album & rare video ‘I Can Show You’.




supplied by Colin Bell

A great write up from Colin, that should interest people from Hastings.

Andy Qunta…. Thanks for the great write-up, Colin, and thanks for posting, Alan

Mick Mepham… Reflections sounds just like Procul Harum ……

Mick O’Dowd… Ditto Mick. That was my fave and I always said it was a poor mans Whiter Shade..

who remembers Aurora Plastics Co (UK) Ltd, Bexhill?

Jan Warren’s brother…. Anyone knocking around here remember the Aurora plastics factory being in Bexhill on the newly built Beeching Road(named after the supposedly infamous Dr Beeching) industrial estate at the beginning of the 1970’s?

Dave Nattress… Yes, being local, (lived not far away) I do recall Aurora Plastics. Supposedly infamous Dr. Beeching, now there’s a major understatement. How successive Governments have had to cause to regret how that maniac was let loose by the Conservatives to rip up our rail network – not to mention the millions of punters who could have been travelling on the lines he got rid of. OK, it’s a wide debate still and of course, many of the old lines, and these were not just little old branch lines, were not profitable back then, but what a tremendous loss. A very few lines have been reinstated and suggestions remain regarding many more old routes such that could these now be re-built but, far too many old routes were given over to ROADS being built on them along with housing estates and general development that now prevent the lines being re-opened. Sorry my rant about Beeching has rather overtaken Aurora which actually I had forgotten about.

Emma Smyth… Would you happen to know if Aurora Plastics operated out of the Apollo Motor Centre building on Beeching Road? And if so, what years were they operational?