The Mone – 1967





all photos supplied by Lol Cooksey

Lol Cooksey… Phillip Earle(from Sidley) on drums/vocal and Dave Neale on bass guitar vocals(from St Leonards) had been in the 3-piece pop harmony group, The SHREW PEOPLE, with Paul Dove on lead guitar/vocals. With the demise of The SHREW PEOPLE and drummer Laurie Cooksey’s group, PROHIBITION in what was probably the spring of 1967, Dave, Phillip and Laurie came together to form THE MONE, with a leaning towards the heavier music popular at the time. Dave Neale was a superb and very fast bass player but with all the excitement created by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton at that time, he wanted to play lead guitar. With apparently no suitable bass players around at the time, Dave taught Phillip to play the instrument and he quickly became very proficient.
Dave was also an excellent carpenter and he built the back line speaker cabinets, his bass one was as large as a Marshall stack but all in one piece and so very heavy, with Phillip’s being about three quarters the size. The group stayed together for about 9 months but only two gigs can be recalled, one at Bexhill Drill Hall and another as support on Hastings Pier.

Andy Qunta… Wish I had seen them! I think I would have liked them! Also, by co-incidence I had one of those WEM Sapphire guitars at that time!

Geoff Peckham… I missed them too. Although Philip Earl became Factory’s first manager. He left shortly after being involved in our van crash following a gig in Lewes.

Mick O’Dowd… I remember Prohibition who played at Rodeo 67 at Bexhill’s Polegrove with Deep Purple and Suspect but I don’t recall The Mone so it comes as a surprise to see them now. Were they short-lived or who did they then morph into?

Tony Qunta… Great photos! Lol already with the double bass drum kit! Nice amplification too! That WEM Sapphire looks very like a Burns! had forgotten about Philip Earle managing us.

Andy Qunta… Yes, I remember Philip managing Factory. As to the WEM & Burns, Tone – I remembered having a Burns Baldwin electric 12- string, but didn’t remember I had a WEM Sapphire 12 before that, until I saw the early Factory pics! They do look very similar!

Dave Nattress… Did Dave Neale play in a band from Bexhill called The Spirits. Mid 60′s? For many years the tag “The Spirits” was to be seen painted on the brick wall of the old Down Primary School – now King Offa – a really early example of band grafitti!!

Phillip Earle… The Mone was indeed short lived. Each member going it’s own way. For me I gave up playing bass guitar and stopped doing anything for a number of years. I returned to playing drums again at the age of 50 playing in various bands until I moved North after my heart bypass. I am now happily retired and often toy with picking up the sticks again.

Jan Warren… Probably saw them at the Drill Hall, went to lots of gigs there in the late 60s/early 70s.

Rumples Queens Road Hastings photo

Supplied by Kat Annells

Peter Fairless… Burgers and chips in a polystyrene box, very radical!

Martin Richter… Peter, it was at the time!

Graham Sherrington… was that a toy shop?? or was the toy shop between Rumples and the town Crier? the shop with the awning.

Lloyd Johnson… Hepworth’s on the far left….The PamDor Coffee Bar above Hepworth’s…

Bernard Morphew… What is the building on the right of the photo?

Ralph Town… Wasn’t that Arbers,in another space/time co ordinate

Alan Esdaile… Ralph, Yes I’m pretty sure that was Arbers and think it was a cigar shop next to the Town Crier pub, Bernard.

Chris Meachen… the tobacconist shop used to sell loose tobacco:- there were several different varieties & you could mix them together to create your own blend.

Peter Ellingworth… Note the lamppost, former tram/trolleybus wire traction pole, by the Town Hall. I remember when there was a blitz on removing them, I believe because of an EEC ruling that lamp standards had to be vehicle crash absorbent ( which these old posts most certainly were not), during one of my visits to Hastings watching the guys – with much f-ing and blinding- after trying to oxy flame-cut it down in sections without avail, as it was infilled with concrete with old tram rail inside to strengthen it then jacking it out from the ground in most of its entirety. It was reinforced originally to take the 500 odd volt dc power feeder cables situated at intervals in the system.

The Sinners – early 60’s and poster 25th Nov 1961



photo supplied by Len Smith – Eastbourne Bands From 1960 on and poster supplied by Colin Fox.

The Sinners – Laurie Brookman, Terry Richardson, Eddie Sargent and Mike Sullivan.

Alan Esdaile… Was Langton House the same place that became Battle Memorial Hall?

Yvonne Cleland… Must be. I remember it as Langton Hall back then, having said that.

Jacqueline Marsh… Brilliant days

Ken Copsey… Great picture.

Flowerpot Men – Hastings Pier 25th November 1967

Dave Nattress… “Let’s go to San Francisco” – for me, 14 at the time, musically awake since The Beatles and Please Please Me in 1963, this record really brought a new or renewed musical awakening and typified for me the start of Flower Power although quite a few other tracks may be able to be credited to this era as pre-dating or more important than this particular one. Then for me at least very many more great songs followed in the Summer of Love or maybe it was more than just the one Summer of Love. Great memories, some fabulous songs, peace and love and hippies and all that stuff, seemed like the world really was changing for the better…but did it in the end? Yes for some, perhaps many of us, it did change for the better and the euphoria went on for quite some long time, but then, all too soon it was time to leave school and start work and reality dawned. But….for sure it was good to be there back in the days when this song was in the charts. When I hear it I’m right back there.

Wendy Belton… Love the flower power era and especially The Flowerpot men and this song. Sadly I never got to see them when they were here though. Really wish I could go back and live those times again.

Nick Prince… This has come as quite a surprise that The Flowerpot Men even appeared live, let alone on Hastings Pier. They were to my knowledge studio and session musicians put together almost as a sideline to the Ivy League to produce a British version of the San Francisco sound of 1967 (if that is the correct description). The singers were predominantly from the South East, including Petworth and the Flowerpot Men and Ivy League were two more acts that Tony Burrows can add to his amazing CV.

Peter Fairless… The band was put together after the single, Nick – loads of info. on wiki…

Chris Fagg… used to be a little weed at their gigs – until the blue meanies turned up in a yellow submarine !

Lyn Humphrey… You’re right, Dave. For me, that record in particular brings back Flower Power and the Summer of Love like no other. The sheer exuberance of the Swinging Sixties is unmatched in any other decade.

Dave Nattress… Well Lynn you and I were both at the Downs back then – such a long, long time ago. The swinging sixties and then flower power – one leading almost unnoticed into the other? We were there maybe more as observers – a bit too young? Nevertheless the experiences of both the sixties scene and then flower power were such that we could participate to maybe a limited extent. Seemed like London was the place to be (in the UK at least). A little while later, in my case, I guess it would be 1970 – 1972 it would be visits to Kings Road, Chelsea, The Chelsea Drugstore, (a pub), Kensington Market and Canarby Street. These were the places to go. Whatever happened to my Afghan jacket bought in Ken Market – smelly old thing!

Sham 69 and The Cimarons – Hastings Pier 25th November 1978



supplied by Sarah Harvey

Jon Nurse….Remember that night

Peter Fairless… ‘The one where Jimmy bought me a coke…’, anyone else remember this one?

Neil William Michael McGuigan… was there, it was a riot, literally

Peter Fairless… Nah, just a bit of good natured fun! Compared to some other Sham gigs around that time, it was very mild.

Tony Ham… I saw Sham 69 a few weeks ago with Angelic Upstarts, still great live.

Will Dando… I was there. Still playing Cimarons today.