The Golden Egg, York Buildings, Hastings 1974

Andy Clarke… My brother and I were always in there. Loved the place.

Christine Pachner… The Golden Egg in Haymarket London 1970 – sausages on French bread 🥖. Worked in NatWest next door and always had a 20min break mid morning

Helen Downton… Used to love being taken to The Golden Egg for a treat!

Wendy Weaver… An old friend’s teeth flew out and across the floor in the Golden Egg. They ended up under a foreign couple’s table who looked horrified until they realised we were in hysterics and joined in the laughter.

Graham Sherrington… woow dont remember this place!!!

Allan Mitchell… I remember those days

Chris Meachen… Enjoyed many milk shakes in there…

Jo Turner… Elizabeth Turner and I worked there yes 😊 In 1974 exactly

Andy Ives…


P M Jackson Queens Arcade Hastings 1975

Louis Comfort-Wiggett… Stallion!

Dave Nattress… Well I sort of remember a Jackson in the arcade. Wondering if it was connected to Peter Jackson’s a men’s clothes shop in Bexhill on the corner of Sackville Road and Wickham Avenue . When I was a lad, the only place we knew of to get half decent gear. was Peter Jackson’s in Bexhill. Otherwise it was Wards and old men’s shops. The Trading Post in Hastings of course for hippie great-coats – ex. fire brigade I think and ex. German army para’s fatigue trousers. “Peter Jackson” in Bexhill used to sell me my Levi 501’s for £3, 2 and 6, shrink to fit style, (this was the only style), buy them a size bigger than you wanted to get a good fit when they shrunk in the wash, wore them in the bath, in the sea, washed them time and time again in the local Laundromat – see Rory Gallagher – there’s a good track , to get them to fade. This would be from about 1968. Also got Levi denim shirts and anything a little bit out there came from Peter Jackson’s.

Mark Jackson… Hi this was first my grandads business then my dads & I worked in them when a teenager – there were shops in Trinity Street, The Arcade, Bexhill & Hailsham.

ITT KB cassette recorder

supplied by Archie Lauchlan

Archie Lauchlan… I coveted this cassette deck when I was about 14 but my mum couldn’t afford to buy it – now I discover an ITT-KB Museum exists (coincidentally just down the road from my childhood home in Essex) and got one myself. Happy days.

Colin Bell… I had one of those!

Alan Esdaile… So did I

Alan Parker… still have one and still use it

Martin Richter… i had one with rotary controls – £12 in the early 70’s

Mark Hallam… I had one without the false wood. Was chrome

Yvonne Cleland… I had a Grundig one. It was excellent for audio-recording gigs.

Deborah Ewing… My dad bought my Mum that for Christmas one year. I loved it. She used to tape the charts and Jimmy Seville’s old Record club. I didn’t correct the autocorrect

Pete Houghton… I had one of these and used to try and record concerts on the Pier

Will Cornell… Supposedly a battery powered portable cassette player/recorder similar to this recorded Keith Richards’ acoustic guitar/intro part to “Street Fighting Man” and JImmy Miller and the Stones just added it to the multitrack process.

Jacqueline Marsh… My dad had one I always thought it looked beautiful

Leigh Wieland-Boys… My first car was a Moggy, no radio, so had one of those in the car….when the batteries started to go flat (more often than not) the tapes slowed down!

Andy Gunton… I had an ITT model very similar to that, loved it. ITT used to have a factory in Paddock Wood btw, which is where mine came

Jimbo Tipler… The scent of 1970’s electronic equipment should be bottled and sold

Kaz Baker… I wonder how many tapes were mangled in my one, it was quite a few, most were salvageable with some sticky tape though

Eddie Larnerd Lane… I still have one

Jeff Belton… I used to have one with the mic.

Dave Nattress…Honestly had exactly this model and others. Friends worked there and you could get the odd one out the back door – not nicked truly but sort of staff discounted or scratched etc etc Prior to getting the first cassette player fixed in the car way, way back, you’d have this on the front seat blaring away. A later bigger model was “stereo” Black/silver, used to use it to record band rehearsals – 5 pin din plug wasn’t it and cheap microphone. I had a Reel to reel but far too much messing around.

Jim Miller… I had one.

Tim Moose Bruce… Had a black and silver one. Had mains plug and 5 pin din socket. Had another Philips machine in the house. Knocked up a 2 channel mixer with some old potentiometers. Did a sort of multi track recording. Really muddy sound!

Wing Nut… I had one of these and I still miss it. One of the better sounding ones at the time. Replaced it with a Revox A77.

Mark Hallam… I had one took it everywhere

Peter Houghton… Yes I remember

Robin Watson… Wing Nut, You went from the ITT to a Revox A77?? Something of an improvement!


The Deep Purple – The Happening Club Kings Road, St Leonards photo & Canterbury gig.

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St.Mildred's Hall Dance.

supplied by Peter Horton, last photo supplied by Len Benton

Peter Horton…. The photos show our original singer Kevin Clark who became manager/ Transport Manager when Tich joined Deep Purple and Mick O’Dowd left as manager. Before we became Deep Purple on Friday 4th August, 1967 we were called ” The Likes Of Us ” . We were all originally school friends from Bexhil and first got together in 1963. We went through many changes of names and members. The photo is taken at The Happening Club, Kings Road, St Leonards.

Clive Vale Hotel – 1973

Alan Oliver…  I used to own that place! 1989 ish.  I called it The New Clive Vale with Dave Gurney as manager.

Nick Prince… Im sure that it had the name Oliver’s above it and around 1989 time. It had an entrance at first floor level in Alfred Road. I never went.

Alan Oliver… Yes the upstairs ‘Function Room’ was called Olivers. The pub was called ‘The New Clive Vale’ Ray agreed to rent the whole place from me.

John Austin… That brings back memories !

Jim Breeds… Many family “do’s” upstairs there. “Cathy on the organ”! Now you tell me!

Andy Qunta… And the governor with his back teeth submerged!

Virginia Davis… Would prefer it to still be there rather than the monstrosity that’s replaced it

Peter Thomson… Was this a spoof? Made me laugh – looks so much like a ‘Viz’ ad. And who was Clive Vale anyway?

Mark Gilham… Clive Vale’s the bloke illustrated on the ad with the tankard

Roxine Lucas… I remember going there with my late father had some good nights there

Nick Prince… I remember going there when Electric Ray had it. What a character. Lol

Lucy Pappas… We used to go there after youth club. Underage drinking wasn’t such a big deal at that time!

Chris Meachen… Spent many an evening there in the 70’s.. Dedicated much of my time to ensuring the pub’s mynah bird was the sweariest & most foul-mouthed in the town…

Ernest Ballard… Trust you Chris ha ha

Mary Lipscombe… Known as monkey island!

Tony Court-holmes… used to sell back in the day some bloody good rough cider

Autograph Keith Tooke R.I.P. (April 2022)

Photo supplied by Tony May

Tony May… It is with great sadness that I have to announce here today the death of my great friend Keith Tooke (known to many of you as ‘Autograph Keith’). I went around to his flat this morning to deliver my latest letter to him and found the place being cleared out. The exact cause of death is so far unknown but I was told Keith died ‘two weeks ago’. I am devastated at his loss and will miss him very much – people who ‘talk your kind of language’ and whom share with you a passion are VERY rare and I doubt I will ever meet anyone like Keith again. I will hope to be writing a tribute article to Keith for ‘Hastings Town’ magazine when I feel able…

Alan Esdaile… Shocked to hear this Tony. I saw him about a month ago at Tesco’s and we had a long chat and he looked the same as he always did. Very sad news.

Colin Bell… That’s very sad news, i hadn’t seen him for a while, but we go all the way back to The Pier in 1967. never without his coat & a carrier bag. RIP.

Graham Sherrington… Sad news.

Alan Esdaile… I remember him always down the pier early afternoon to catch the groups and acts as they arrived and get various items signed and photographs. Also seeing him many times even in the pouring rain, waiting outside the White Rock Theatre to get autographs and photos. He had incredible music knowledge and always had an interesting story to tell. So sad.

Tracy Birrell… I didn’t know him but that’s so sad.I am sorry.

Marilyn Spence… Me neither but so sad to hear RIP Keith

Steve Hamilton… That’s is a massive shame. My father knew of him somewhat back in the 70s/80s.. I remember reading online the Lynsey De Paul Birthday story and it reminded me of some strange Paul McCartney no-shoes-in-the-Old-Town account I am sure he mentioned to my dad back in the Wings era.

Kathy Wood… Gosh, I knew his parents, but he often used to post ‘interesting newspaper articles through my dad’s door. Sad news indeed.

Clive Richardson… A very good friend and walking encyclopedia of music. Keith always had something interesting to say. He will be sadly missed.

Tracy Birrell… I did know Keith by sight and an occasional chat on the bus but didn’t know his name ! I passed his flat this morning on Battle Road and realised who he was. I thought of him as raincoat man in my head, as he always had it on, even in 30 degree heat. I remember him as a quiet, reclusive gentleman and would have liked to have known him. I just hope he didn’t die alone. Did he have family? A great character of Hastings, and I am saddened that he has gone.

Tony May… I have now heard from Keith Tooke’s family that his funeral is to be ‘close family only’ so unfortunately I won’t get a proper chance to say farewell to my old mate… I will never forget him though and shall not forget the great times we had talking music…

Tony May… I went to the Police station today to see if I might be put in touch with the lady( from a cafe Keith frequented) who reported Keith as a ‘missing person’ on April 11th. I am trying to find and make contact with Keith’s lady friend ‘Jo’ who lives (I think) in West St Leonards and so I was thinking she and the cafe lady might be the same. No joy I’m afraid as police said they could only put me in contact with Keith’s family and i have already been down that route…The woman who turned up at Keith’s flat on April 11th was around her 40’s and had long black hair. She was also driving a black car. Do you know ‘Jo’? Do you remember seeing Keith in any particular cafe on a regular basis? I know the lady is not the person who runs the cafe he frequented in Bexhill? If anyone can help I would be very grateful. Keith often spoke of ‘Jo’ in his letters and i would love to meet her now he is gone…

Tracy Birrell… I have just walked past his flat and it is so sad to see someone’s life outside in a skip……

Tony May… I have now completed a tribute article for ‘Autograph Keith’ and submitted it to ‘Hastings Town’ magazine. With any luck it should be in the next issue out at the beginning of June. Writing it has been difficult as I still can’t believe he is gone but at least now he will have something to be remembered by that will live on in the British library…

John Wilson… I never met Keith but spoke to him dozens of times when he called (from a rare working phone box!) to place or discuss his autograph orders. I had supplied him with autographs on many occasions over several years and I sincerely hope that they are not in the skip referred to by another contributor. A very gentle man who loved recounting stories about the artists that he had met and obtained autographs: I was able to “top-up” some of the autographs he had been unable to get himself. He will be greatly missed.
John Wilson, Pop Memorabilia

Tom Hammond… wow ive just seen that Keith had died, I’m left speechless. We were close friends we wrote massive times and used to meet in Poole. Keith travelled all over the place by train and used to come on holiday to Weymouth. I live in Shaftesbury Dorset. We used to meet at Joe Meek conventions when he would show us autographs. He had a fantastic record collection, was that all thrown in the skip, his collection was one of the best in the country. Dear Keith will miss you dearly. I Could write some massive stories about him



Gong with Daevid Allen and their Jazz – De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill – 10th Dec 1973



supplied by Sarah Harvey

Tony Ham… I’ve got that album, not sure how as it’s not my type of music, someone must have recommended them, but I’ve got two of their albums.

Sarah Harvey…  I was talking to a prog rock fan at the IQ gig last night and he mentioned Gong. He thought they were a bit odd. I said that I saw them on Hastings Pier during the 1970s and I didn’t get them either….. however 40 years on…… I still don’t get ’em

Alan King… 49p for a whole pot of tea – a bargain. I used to bump into David Allen in Deia, Majorca where i got to play with this fella at the International Music Festival – and yes I was completely out of my depth !

Anne Murray… I saw them on Hastings pier too. The boyfriend I was with knew them and we went back stage.

Ray Fenwick guitars for auction.

Click on link and go to lot 351 through to lot 390.

Catherine Ireland… That is so sad. I remember some of those guitars. Ray treated them with such respect and love. I’m so sad

The Clash photos – Hastings Pier 12th November 1977. photos © Martin van der Grinten

Paul Simonon backstage at Hastings Pavillion

photos © Martin van der Grinten

Ken Hatch… Great bass player

Ian Johnson… I was at the Clash gig on the pier when they had the Cimarons as the back up band a really great night

Willie Wicking… Was at this one

Douglas Palmer… I don’t recall the Clash on Hastings Pier but from 1971-76 I worked for Berfort Reproductions whose joint owner John Berwick regularly promoted groups on the Pier. I particularly remember Suzi Quattro. At the time of booking she was relatively unknown but by the time of her appearance in Hastings Can The Can was No 1 in the charts. Myself and my work colleagues had various duties that evening and were rewarded with meeting Suzi after the gig, my 15 year old nephew was overwhelmed to meet her. During the early 70’s John Berwick also had promotions including amongst others Thin Lizzy. Fun days

Peter Fairless… Thin Lizzy were a no show

Peter Houghton… I saw the Clash on the Pier and they signed my single for me

Slade In Flame Film – The Curzon Cinema St Leonards 23rd February 1975

Pete Fairless… What a great film!

Derek Clemans… Bloody hell. … I went to see that at the Curzon.

Carol Ann Bolton…  I’ve not heard of this before. Must try and see it?

Graham Burfield… Just watched it on DVD still a great film

Mick Knights… The Curzon was a delight at the matinee interval when tea and biscuits were available, which reflected the age of their usual cinema goer!!!