SMART coffee meet report 68

Due to the train strikes, a number of regulars that had to travel down, were unable to make it but we still had an excellent turn out for our 68th get together. Among the newbies this time were Brian Scales and Sally King. Brian was chatting about happy memories of gigs he has been to and especially seeing The Sweet when they played The Aquarius Club in George Street. Sally was talking about her brother Julian Anderson and when he was doing discos at The Astral Club in Queens Road. As well as great memories of seeing The Kinks and The Move on Hastings Pier, she is a great supporter of groups and one of her favourites is Big Blue. Philip John arrived with a whole pile of ‘Disco 45’ magazines and Pete Prescott had a Jesus Christ Superstar programme and a table full of group photos and cassettes. Mo Elms came along with a very rare David ‘Kid’ Jensen’s The Original Roll ’n’ Rock pop music questions game. Dave Jenkins arrived with some collectable tour t-shirts of Knebworth ’80, U2 93 Zooropa Tour, a Marquee club sweatshirt and a Rolling Stones tour of Europe 76 Earls Court gig shirt.  Colin Tapp has found a cassette recording of his grandad Hastings fisherman ‘Noah Gillette’ and thinks this is the recording that the BBC came to Hastings and did a programme called ‘Down Your Way’ in the 1950’s. Noah used to sing regularly in local pubs. Ian Marketis had with him an impressive box set of Queen Live At The Rainbow 1974 which included cd’s, book, posters, badges, tickets and more. Tim McDonald was talking about the Music Resource Centre that he’s working on and John Busbridge had a photo album of photos, gigs and membership tickets. This is just a small bit of what I remember. If you had anything interesting you were talking about or anything I missed out or got wrong! then please feel free to add or correct.

Bob Searle… I wished i could come

Alan Esdaile… You would be most welcome Bob

Monica Bane… Alan, Again couldn’t make it Will get there sometime

Mick O’Dowd… Another interesting Meet although some regulars missing because of train strike and other reasons. Had a very interesting chat with Tim McDonald ex BBC producer and also with Chris Gentry among others.

Eric Burgess… Sorry couldn’t make it this time. Had unexpected visitors. See u next time!

Cris and Merv Kennard… Thanks Alan, another good afternoon catching up with old friends and meeting new.

Linda Boiling… Sorry I couldn’t make it today. Hope to make the next meeting.

Lucy Pappas… Sounds like a good meet-up. One of these days, I’ll get there again x

Jackie Johnson-Lush… When is the next meet up please? X

Alan Esdaile… Usually every other month Jackie. So the next one should be around the end of October and will be posted nearer the time. You are most welcome to join us.

Lloyd Johnson… I’ll be at the next one Alan…

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