Big Beat Reunion 22nd Oct 1988 – Hastings Pier with Screaming Lord Sutch

all photos © Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland. Poster supplied by Pete Millington.

Screaming Lord Sutch with Cliff Bennett, Tommy Bruce, Cynthia Payne and others. Bottom photo Mike Berry with Nan and Jenny.

Matt Thomas… I spot Nan & Jenny

Lloyd Johnson… On the right of the photo…Nan & Jenny with the glasses….

Jim Breeds… So, did Sutch have a place in Hastings, or did he stay with others when he was in town. I need evidence though, so don’t say yes because you once read it on Facebook. I want to hear from you if you know for a fact and where

Kev Towner… Jim, I was always under the impression that he stayed with Lord Tivers when he visited Hastings

Judy Atkinson… I think I was there that night – certainly saw him on the pier, just can’t remember when

Colin Tapp… Great photo. Nan

Lloyd Johnson… I was constantly trying to book The Hollies for The Big Beat Reunions but they were always booked for the dates we had for the pier…The Dave Sutch one was really good fun. Terry Smith R.I.P. who helped me put it on was working in the props department of a London TV station and we managed to get a Coffin, Dry ice machine and Polystyrene Grave Stones to set dress with, we had all the back drop etc from previous The Searchers gig. Terry also acquired two monks habits from the TV props department and I bought a couple of glow in the dark skulls that fitted over Terry and I’s heads….The Stage curtains were closed all was quiet, The group started to play The Death March and Chris or Henry slowly opened the curtains just like the times ‘Lord Sutch’ played The Pier Ballroom in the early 60s.Dave Sutch was in the coffin I handed the mike to a creepy hand that came out of the coffin and there was a blood curdling scream and then”ARE YOU READING TO ROCK N ROLL” and out jumped ‘SCREAMING LORD SUTCH!”….Terry and I with our Monks Habits and Glow in the dark skulls on were dancing like madmen each side of the coffin…that was a great fun! and a night to remember!…I took a photo of the entertainers that performed that evening with Nan Moreland and Jen in the photo. The photo was taken on Nan’s camera.

Lloyd Johnson… left to right: front …Cliff Bennett, Dave Sutch, Cynthia Payne, (Dave Sutch’s girlfriend at the time), Jen & Anthony ’Nan’ Moreland… Back : Elvis impersonator, Tommy Bruce, unknown female…


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