Them in Club Continental Eastbourne in 1966

shared from David McLean

David McLean… 1966 Them in Eastbourne. I think this was after Van Morrison had quit.

Anne Wells… I was there at the gig Eastbourne Continental in February 1966 and up close to Van Morrison who was definitely fronting the group. Later same year same club there was another gig with rival Them without Van Morrison

Anne Wells… The photo shows the 2nd gig with McCauley Bros and without Van Morrison

Harry’s Old Town Bingo, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings

Supplied by Leigh Kennedy

Carl Ridley… Would that be Harry as Harry Simmons

Gary Benton… Thats correct

Graham Sherrington… more memories

Pete Houghton… What a great photo! Wasn’t it a night club above

Leigh Kennedy… 1963

Leigh Kennedy… 1950


Leigh Kennedy… Late 1960s

Ian Johnson… Yes it was a night club above

John Gale… Capels

Phyllis Mendenhall… Capels nite club was here we spent a lot of time in there it was great


Level 42 26th Sept 1983 and back again at the White Rock on 4th November 2022

Tickets supplied by Mo Elms

Romaine Fulton-hart… We attended the show in 83

Mick O’Dowd… I was there back then. Really excellent performance. Great live!

Matt Thomas… And look who’s supporting them this time… Mari Wilson.

Martyn Baker… My band Salvation Sunday supported them in 1986 at Wembley Arena and The NEC. I was a Hastings boy, Joanne, Steve and Robert were from Bexhill. Fun times!

Martin Richter… they are fantastic live!

Gridlock Spumes and the Case with No Name book by David Muriel and Bruce Veness

photos supplied by David Muriel

Book… A spine-tingling adventure, not for the faint hearted. Zany wordplay abounds in this crazy caper featuring ace detective Gridlock Spumes and his cross-dressing sidekick, Doctor Phuckwytte Prunestone. The story begins with the bosomy Lady Bulimia Puke tearfully revealing all, as she recounts the blackmail demands she has been subjected to, since her sojourn in a French ‘Sanatorium’. But all is not as it seems, as a series of disguised villains lead our gallant duo a merry dance across the Channel and back again. This dastardly two-step culminates in a discovery that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of British society, along with Doctor Prunestone’s best ball gown.

About the authors… Born in 1943, Bruce Veness and David Muriel spent their childhood in Hastings, meeting at the art school there. They then pursued different careers, Mr Muriel studying Graphic Design and Mr Veness Fine Art. Having worked in industry, both gained further experience in education, teaching in their respective subjects. Now retired, Mr Muriel lives in Kent and Mr Veness in France with his wife, Jill. Having an abiding interest in comedy, Mr Muriel has written a contemporary play, while Mr Veness, having a similar creative flair for the theatre, now designs, acts, and directs with his actress wife in their own theatre company.


Hastings Art School – Brassey Institute 1957


photo supplied by Dave Muriel

John Mcewen… I went to art school there, apparently with Derek Riggs of Iron Maiden fame. I’m told he remembers me but sadly I can’t say the same.

Mike Waghorne… Now the library !

John Mcewen…. it’s always been the library. The art school was on the top floors.

Mike Waghorne… John, yes I worked on the past referb there !

Lloyd Johnson… John, Yes! That’s right I went there in 62/63…

Tara Reddy… awh this is so lovely, I was looking for contributions last year but we had no responses for a project based on the Trinity Triangle. The group who have been involved have done a great job though and have created a lovely mural with characters and places that reflect that unique area of Hastings…there are so many interesting hidden histories in this town and I doubt the mural covers it all but hopefully will be a pleasant artwork to share with the community.

Carol Acott… I went to Saturday morning art classes there when I was at senior school

White Rock Baths Hastings 1972

supplied by Kate at Teddy Tinkers 134 London Road St Leonards. For antiques, collectibles, vintage clothing and more.

Alan Esdaile… I can smell the chlorine!

Paul Coleman… Wow! That does bring back memories, including the smell of chlorine! Great pic. Never thought of seeing it in colour. Bexhill could do with a decent pool like that !  Some hope.!!

Carol Arnold… Aaaahhh loved it there!!!

Dave Nattress… I recall this scene well.  We used to come over from Bexhill to use this indoor pool as we only had the outside Egerton Park pool. Or the sea – which was probably about the same temperature as Egerton Park. I assume the water was heated?  Anyone know if it was?

Nicola Dobson… the outside pool in the park had no heating but was always a deep blue colour and also a deep pool

Phil Gill… That’s where I learned to swim, I can smell it from here. Lovely pic. The smaller pool in the eastern side was always great fun too. Now I want a powdery hot chocolate in a plastic cup from a crappy vending machine.

Russell Field… Phil, it was warm black current for me. Walking out to meet mum with albino eyes

Sheila Devine… Phil, ha yes the hot chocolate! Also the changing rooms with the wooden bench’s and stubbing your toes on the tiles – loved it!

Lloyd Johnson… We were always there in the 1950s….Alan Mitchell me and Johnny Mitchell….great fun….

Nadia Compagnone… If you left your clothes touching the floor in the changing rooms, they got soaked when somebody dived in!

Pauline Hillier… Nadia, It was such an exciting day out ! I can smell it ! Brilliant days !!

Sean Fox… Shame the council, didn’t do it up and instead opted for tiny pool at summer fields! it was such a great pool! Swam there with primary school and seagulls swimming club. Happy days!

Glen Collins… Sean, I remember my mum and dad taking me down there for swimming. Was a fantastic pool but those changing cubicles were freezing

Allan Mitchell… Awesome‼️ Picture I Remember Those Days Always In There Great Swimming Pool Thanks For Sharing This.

Lin Greenfield… Went twice a week

Gaynor Lewry… Loved it

Anne Phillips… Gaynor, so very 😢sad it’s no longer there! Where exactly was it?

Kelly Hayes… Anne, it became an ice rink and is now The Source skate park

Jacquie Hinves… It was bloody cold!

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FM Disco & Pirate Disco with Mervin K (Merv Kennard) 1974 – 1976


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supplied by Merv Kennard

(1) & (5) FM Disco – British Rail Club Warrior Square 1974, (2) Pirate Disco – The Kings Head Old Town 1976, (3) The Carlisle 1975, (4) Beckley Village Hall 1976.

Merv Kennard… White art work was done by a artist friend called Steve and cost me £5. Yellow signage I did myself.