Miriam Karlin, St John’s Wood, Chris Gentry – Hastings & St Leonards Charities Association – Hurst Court 27th September 1969

photo © BBC

Remember Miriam Karlin in The Rag Trade…

Pauline Richards… Yes. Blowing a whistle shouting…..everybody out!!

Andre Martin… This Chris Gentry bloke get about – when I think of all the events that we were involved in at some point, and now the organisations just have gone. The town is that much poorer and the young people missing out on so much. Just look at the admission price 2/- wow.

Mick O’Dowd… Hurst Court has gone as well Andre/Chris/Marshall etc.etc.etc

Anyone remember the aviary in Alexandra Park Hastings?

Alan Esdaile… Anyone remember the aviary in Alexandra Park Hastings?  Any photos?

Sean Fox… Yes was still there in seventies

Paul Merison… Yes. Definitely there late sixties and early seventies.

Dennis Torrance… Remember it well, was quite a large area of birds large and big, liked it

Lesley Bowles… I remember it fondly and always think of it when I walk past that area

Daryl Perkins… Def there in the 70’s

Diane Leigh… Sure it was still there later then 60s

Jenny Power… Yes there in the 70’s

Kathy Wood… Yes, we moved here in 1973 and I remember going down there. Pets corner was great too

Peter Brazier… I think it closed in the mid to late 70’s as I remember taking photos with my first camera! I got it at the Grove school fete and jumble sale!

John Busbridge… It used to be over the stream near just past the block of toilets opposite the bandstand.

Barry French… I worked as a gardener in Alexandra Park during the early 1970s & remember the Budgerigar aviary well. Also during this time one of the lakes near the bowling green was home to a pair of Australian Black Swans.

Patrick Turner… Yes remember it well and l worked as a kid on the boating lake in my summer holidays good time come in number 9 your time is up.

 

Hastings Pier interior footage 24th September 2010 by Zeroh studio

Thanks to Jim Breeds for finding this.

Barry French… A mixture of nostalgia & sadness at seeing those images of the Pier Ballroom. Spent many a night there in the early 70’s listening to great local bands & big name acts. I also had the pleasure of playing a few gigs there. (You don’t know what you had till it’s gone)

Harry Randall… Barry my sentiments entirely!

Pete Prescott… A lot of memories ! Sad.

Tony Court-holmes… same as many happy nights there

Dave Nattress… Incredible video!! Like Barry, saw many bands there, appeared with Damaris a few times. Backstage and dressing rooms were a bit rough, toilets dodgy and I recall a shower but definitely out of bounds. Post gig shower no way! Best suffer it get home and shower or maybe jump in the sea!!

Stackridge – Hastings Pier 27th September 1972 & Bexhill De La Warr with Stallion 16th November 1975

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ticket and poster supplied by Mick Mepham

Terry Pack…. was too young (14) to have gone to the Pier to see Stackridge in 1972. I went to a lot of gigs between 73 and 76 before I went pro, after which I almost never went again for many years, being too busy playing myself. I really enjoyed the gigs on the pier, often enjoying the support bands more than the headline acts.

Phil Gill of Stallion….At the De La Warr I remember playing bass and 12 string at that gig – we had an idea for a Genesis type song and if Mike Rutherford could do it, then… It was also one of the last gigs Stallion played with Tony Bridger on guitar. I was also present at the Stackridge pier gig and remember it as big fun.

Terry Pack.…That was one of the first times, if not the very first time, that I heard you play, in that case, I suspect, although I might have heard you on a gig or two in Hastings before that. As you know, I can’t remember very much about the distant past! I don’t actually remember the De La Warr gig, I just recall going to it and enjoying it. That was a good period for music in Bexhill, usually a bit of desert for gigs that weren’t Centre Page.

Michael Mepham…. still have one of the Stackridge dustbin lids. They were for the song Let There Be Lids (dustbin ones) Hurrah!

John Wilde….Yep I performed with Stallion this night.

Martin Waghorne… Great night @ the De La Warr. Can’t believe it was only £1:00.

Lucy Pappas… Goodness! I’d forgotten all about Stackridge but I was definitely there!

Mick O’Dowd… Saw Stackridge at Wembley Stadium with Elton John/Beach Boys/Eagles/Chaka Khan & Rufus and many more. Think it was about 1972.

Pete Fisher… 21st June 1975…I was there! Must have missed them, as I remember the first (and best) band was Rufus…left after two songs from EJ, who was definitely not the act to follow the Beach Boys…

Mick O’Dowd… No he wasn’t Pete. Stackridge were early on. Beach Boys had the weather (sun sun sun) in the afternoon and Elton played “Cpt Fantastic” album track by track( a dirge) and lost the crowd. When he played the hits the place cam alive!

 

Who else was born at Fernbank Old London Road Hastings?

3rd March 1977

Ian Cramp… My kids were born at The Buchanan

Steve Cooke… Oh yes, I was. Photo explains a lot about me I feel. Very Hammer House!

Steve Mann… Me

Paul Crimin… Why does a book by Charles Dickens leap to mind when I look at the picture of this building?

John David Martin… And me

Terry Corder… No me, I was born in St. Helen’s Hospital, but I used to pass Fern Bank twice a day going to and from school.

Samantha Blake… I was in 1967 x

Andrew Blake… I was in 1969 and so was my other half in 1973

Alan Esdaile… apparently the nurse dropped the scissors with me, when the chord was being cut.

Pauline Richards… Am not admitting to the year!

Ann Graves… My daughter was born there in 1969

Chris Meachen… My birthplace in 1955… Dad was a bus conductor, & would get his driver to stop in old london road, then run up to give mum flowers or chocs..

Stephanie Blackledge… My sister Nicky Dann

Nicola Dobson… I was born there in 1952

Tony Davis… I was

Margaret Trowell… Husband was born there in 1945.

David Edwards… Yep!

Sam Rosewell… My brother was born there in 1972 and I remember being taken there to see him and my mum! I think my dad may also have been born there in 1949

Read moreWho else was born at Fernbank Old London Road Hastings?

Samantha’s Club – New Burlington Street. What clubs and venues do you remember in London? Tiffanys Club and Gullivers People chat.

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All images supplied by Colin Bell

Colin Bell… I was looking for something in my archives (I must organise them one day!) and came across this. I was struck by the artwork and how creative it was then. Samantha’s was in a basement off Regent Street and I was introduced to it on a night out with Clem (from the Foundations) and Jimmy James, from memory  it was around late 1969 early 1970. A great place with soul bands appearing and the D.J. ‘booth’ was the body of an E Type Jag (very swinging sixties). Drinks 2/6d! You could get well pissed for a coupla quid! I was lucky enough at that time to have the use of a mate’s flat in Berwick Street Soho, ideally placed to go to all the great clubs. Many hours spent at the Marquee, Whisky-a-go-go, the Flamingo, Middle Earth and Hatchetts in Piccadilly, a great club over 3 floors with a chill out bar level, a restaurant with a glass wall overlooking the ‘disco’ floor. I’d be interested to hear any memories of this period from other Smart members? Great times and great memories…………..

Alan Esdaile… Happy days in Wardour Street at The Marquee. Also the Speakeasy. Also remember auditioning bands at Tiffanys nightclub in Shaftesbury Avenue and a club in Piccadilly with the disco on the top floor, mirrored lift and the club had records stuck to the wall. 100 club, Roxy, Ronnie Scotts etc.

Peter Fairless… Went to some dodgy, some good clubs in London. Some were very dodgy but very good! Can’t remember all the names but most of those listed above.

Steve Gage… My mate Ray was a bouncer at Samanthas where are you now mate??? 🙂

Mick O’Dowd… Went to The Q Club in Paddington after seeing James Brown at The Rainbow in the 70’s I think. JB turned up after we got there and jammed with the band. Awesome!

Read moreSamantha’s Club – New Burlington Street. What clubs and venues do you remember in London? Tiffanys Club and Gullivers People chat.

The Carlisle Hastings 1980 memories from Willie Wicking

photos supplied by Willie Wicking

Willie Wicking… Not quite as far back but the Carlisle 1980 when the Mods took out the windows always remember the Dave Henry summer student discos upstairs

Matt Thomas… I can’t remember but did they have the disabled parking bay at the side in those days?

Willie Wicking… Think that came later there was a large gravel car park to the left

Alan Esdaile… remember the gravel car park. Before that they had amusements machines their.

Matt Thomas… Where were the downstairs toilets then?

Andy Pilkington…  where the traffic lights are now, used to be disabled loo by Carly backdoor, and stairs down to loos, and there was a bustop shelter there at he front

Tim Moose Bruce… Great times. The local custom car club used to have meets at the Carly and all their cars in that carpark. Dave Henry Roadshow was one of the best in the area at that time along with the Labrath Roadshow which played rock stuff when there was bands upstairs.

Andy Pilkington… Was in there at the time lol chatting drinking smoking next windows at front half beach lobbed at the windows,Ron and Flo got anyone who had a bike to bring them into the pub,mate had a rd 250 kicked it over to get it in and the crank sheared!.many years later got to meet one of the mods now rides a lovely motor bike,he admitted he was one of the mods there doing it …..how times have changed, Flo passed away 18yrs ago dont know about Ron

Willie Wicking…Great times eh

photo Willie Wicking

Andy Pilkington… Continued…As for the discos, we had fun there at those discos, once we bumped a kids 50cc moped up the stairs to one of there fancy dress discos we went as bikers, met a wonderful swedish student who we reconnected on FB she found me! lol fundays good days.. and Willie missus still not forgiven you taking her through Winchelsea arch on the back wheel!!!! lol….got any old pics of the castle bars and by any chance one of woody and harley with his side car he is looking for a pic as lost em all

Chris Grainge… I swear I can see me in this picture ?

Sandy Max… Also before they stupidly built old people’s flats next door! No.disabled parking bay back then

Andy Pilkington…  dont knock them ,it was them that told the Council to go do one when they tried to shut it ,as one old lady put it,we get to see nice bikes,we feel safer and it was there before flats were built

Ian Johnson… Do you remember the Reggae sound system that used to play upstairs on Thursday nights called Fugitive

Helen… It’s really nice to hear that the old folk helped keep it open. I know the petition helped too. Unfortunately, years later, some of the flats residents tried to get the place shut down. Fortunately it didn’t work. However, it’s now sadly been a while since it’s been the Carlisle.

Tim Moose Bruce… Still got the T shirt!

Merv Kennard… I did many gigs upstairs in the seventies, always a good night.

Dermot Murphy R.I.P.

photo supplied by Peter Gladwish

Peter Gladwish… RIP Dermot

Linda Day… Oh no bless him x

Terry Drinkwater… Sad news.

Andy Caine… Very sad! X

Mark Harris… How sad

Jon McCallion… Very sad news.

Pete Prescott… Very sad. Lovely guy. X

Phil Gill… Oh that is sad news, he was a nice chap.

Pauline Richards… Oh dear. Have known him years. So sorry for the children

Russell Field… The gentleman bassist. Top man. Funny as hell.Very sad indeed xx

Ken Hatch… Lovely guy and a good bass man, sad news.

James Westlake… He filled in for us when Ken was away, great bassist.

Liane Carroll… Oh no. Very sad. So sorry to hear this xx

Keith Brian Goodall… One of the best

Martyn Baker… Oh what a shame he’s gone now. He was a fabulous bassist, and as lovely a bloke as you could meet.

Mark Pepper… So sorry to hear this sad news , love to Steve, Ben and Sophie xxx

Lloyd Johnson… R.I.P. Dermot….from a fellow Ore Youth club member…

Andy Knight… RIP Dermot, good Bass Player and not bad with a golf club

Jane Hartley… Lovely man and musician. Love to the family xx

Trevor Spears… Good friends since our early teens in Hollington, played lots of gigs together he will be missed, RIP mate!

Kathy Harding… What a shock to see this today, such a lovely man xx

Stuart Moir… Star man with Centre Page, played with us for many years and we even got him into singing lead vocal on one song, always a reliable bass harmony as well as one of the best local players

Chris Howard… So sorry to hear of Dermot’s passing, a great guy he took my place in Centre Page when I left the band. R.I.P.

Barry French… So sad, we have lost a real character of the Hastings music scene. A versatile musician & a lovely guy. Barry & Ness.

John Harper… Very sad news. We’ve lost a kind & so modest a gentleman of the music scene. He always seemed to underestimate his abilities although he was such a talented & versatile bass player. A truly lovely guy.

Jacqui Gibson… So sad to hear