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Peter Houghton… Yes it was nice to see all the coaches down there and Uncle Tom’s Cabin was always busy in the summer
Tony Court-holmes… happy days then the bastards took away the coach park
Virginia Davis… I remember the fair being there during Old Town week every year in the 70s
Wendy Weaver… The usual mismanagement.
Jack Apps… The Wishing Well aaaaah
Merv Kennard… the mine.
Peter Higgs… my nan owned Toms Cabin in the early 70s . Margaret Cook Galloway
Eric Harmer… was a gas apprentice then and put the gas pipes in there with old towner Jimmy Curtis
Glen Aylard… The Day’s When you could park in Hastings Old Town
Mick O’Dowd… The days when the Council used to ENCOURAGE visitors especially in coaches!
Alan Esdaile… look how many coaches!
Mick O’Dowd… What’s the word for a lot of coaches? A cluster maybe?
Stuart Moir… Exactly, the decision to stop coach and bus parking on the Stade was the killer for all the old town businesses.
David Kent… Are you sure all those coaches weren’t there because they had broken down?
Mary Cooke (Tippins)… I served the rock and ice creams 1968.
Peter Ellingworth… Does anybody remember the old 10 & 1/4″ (26 cm gauge ) miniature railway at The Stade run by Jim “JBH” Hughes, on behalf of the owners Ian Allan the well known transport publishers of Shepperton ? There were originally three steamers: ‘Firefly’ which was sold on to Kerr’s miniature railway in Scotland ( recently closed), ‘Hampton Court’ sold on to Lord Gretton’s miniature railway which is open to the public in Northamptonshire, and the ‘Royal Scot’ sold on privately ( now replaced with another new identical). ‘JBH’ lived exactly five miles from the town centre at an aptly named bungalow called “Five Miles”. Myself and a school friend had a look at his extensive workshop once, as we used to help out on the railway school holidays early ‘sixties.
Eric Harmer… I was a gas board apprentice With old towner jimmy ? We put the gas pipes in Uncle Toms Cabin in the early 70s
Reid McDuffie… I mostly remember the reek of diesel fumes