Corner Shop The Broadway Fairlight Road Hastings

photo © Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

Alan Esdaile… ‘Nan’ couldn’t remember the name of this shop. Mick O’Dowd thought it was Ransomes. Doing some research I found there was a Broadway Stores grocers at number 1 and also a Mr Ranson lived at 2A. Anyone confirm the name and any memories of the shop?

Jo Turner… Sounds right. Ransoms or Ransons

Alan Honess… I think the daughter still lives there

Mick O’Dowd… Think his daughter was called Corinne.

David Edwards… I bet Geoff Head knows.

Dave Reece… Five Nelson and a bookmatch Eleven Pence Ha’penny!!

Mick O’Dowd… Mr Ransome lived next door in The Broadway. My Mum worked part-time for a while, Eldorado icecream? Forgotten that one.

Jak O’Dowd… The Broadway Stores, owned/ran by Mr Ransom. My mum worked there part time in the 60s.

Terry Hopper… You used to take your life in your hands every time when stepping out of the door straight onto Fairlight Road

Mick O’Dowd… Yes it was Mr Ransom who owned/ran the shop and he lived next door in the Broadway. My Mum worked part-time for him sometimes.

UFO & Supertramp – Hastings Pier 7th July 1972



cutting supplied by Sarah Harvey


Supertramp in 1971. Photo source:  Supertramp Mark II. L-R: Roger Hodgson, Frank Farrell, Rick Davies, Kevin Currie, and Dave Winthrop.

Sarah Harvey…. what a line-up!

Andy Qunta…..Just what I was thinking, Sarah! Wow!

Alan Esdaile…..Surprised to see Supertramp were supporting UFO. A few months later and it was probably the other way round.

Mick O’Dowd….Who’d have thought Supertramp as being a support band. Listen had a better write up in the ad and were 3rd on the bill!

Pete Fisher…..remember being mesmerised by Michael Schenker!

Chris Sambrook… I remember UFO playing on Hastings Pier organised by Hastings College 1969 [i believe]. This was the time they were still with the original Guitarist, Mick Bolton on Beacon Records and who were doing  very well in Japan. The Following gig on the Pier was in in the early  70’s. If memory serves me well the following  line up with Michael Schenker and Bernie Marsden. Then the 3rd time  without  Bernie Marsden. Correct me if i’m wrong on each count.

Iain Cobby… Can I say that opening act Xerox was myself, Tony (Vic) Bridger and Steve Demetri. God knows how we got the gig, but I know we played several Rory Gallagher tracks and Steve put a pile of talcum powder on his floor tom so that it shot into the air and choked me when he first hit it (where did he get the idea?) Other memories of the night were walking past UFO’s open dressing room to see them cozzing up in glitter and spandex and some great platforms. I watched Supertramp from the side fill. Cant remember anything of Listen or UFO, but a great night to remember.

Mick O’Dowd… Wasn’t Robert Plant a one-time member of Listen?

Spencer Davis Group & Factory – Hastings Pier 7th July 1973


supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey….July 1973. Remember them playing ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ and it was superb played live. Loved ’em. And of course a great band in support!

Phil Gill….I was at that gig, watching Ray Fenwick, It was the “Gluggo” tour, and “Catch You On the Rebop”, the single form the album was all over the radio. I really liked it – here it is.

Phil Gill….I was then 17. Fast forward seven years and Steve Demetri, Andy Caine and I end up playing on When The Boys Happy by Jo Jo Laine & The Firm with Ray Fenwick, Funny old world….

Terry Pack….I  saw Ray with Fancy, supporting 10cc at The Dome in 1975. He was excellent, as were Mo, Les and Annie.

Andy Qunta….I  just checked my diary, & it says Factory got a tremendous reception & did 2 encores! Wish I could actually remember it! Always liked the SDG & supporting them was very exciting!

Bernard Jeffery….I did see the original band probably one of their last gigs as I was very young and later met Steve Winwood when I was recording with his brother Muff producing at Island studios

Dennis Torrance… Another great band Steve Winwood and band. Also Factory brill band still are.

Jacquie Hinves… A very young Ray Fenwick. Gorgeous as ever.

Peter Houghton… Yes it was a great night and seeing Stevie Winwood