Divitos Queens Road Hastings – 1960’s

photographer: unknown

Matt Thomas… Where I used to spend many a Sunday afternoon

Sandie Carlyon… Always a Saturday visit. Coke with ice cream in it or lime milkshake.

Peter Houghton… I used to go to the one along the sea front when I was at college and used to watch Mr Divito make the ice cream down stairs

Richard Stoodley… Welsh Rarebit with my sister Margaret Stoodley

Stephen Moran… Such a big part of my life in the early 70s

Mike Waghorne… The 156 bus ! i used to catch this bus to and from college

Tony Court-holmes… used to go there

Phyllis Mendenhall… Those were the days my friend

Merv Kennard… joe divito is a neighbour of mine

Alan Esdaile… Next time you see him Merv, send him my best and worth asking him if he’s got any photos of Divitos and the pier gigs etc, thanks.

Pauline Richards… And one of the girls owns Thumbelinas in Russel St

Nick Mole… Wow ! I used to make the ice cream during the 80’s

Alan Pepper… Enjoyed a Saturday visit in my youth with mates in the early seventies. A frothy coffee in one of those long glasses ! Or a banana milkshake.

John Warner… Is that the one that used to close in the winter when they all went back to Italy? I remember the three boys restaurant close to there!

Paul Gray… I remember the Lite Bite just along the road. Frothy Coffee and Chips on a Saturday Morning.

Martin Richter… wasn’t that in the bakery next door ?

 

Barclay James Harvest – Hastings Pier 24th Jan 1975

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supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey…..In those days I seem to remember that there was a sort of rivalry created by the fans of Barclay James Harvest and Moody Blues. They were classed as similar sounding bands and there were always arguments about who was the better. I always thought that their music was very different albeit both bands were of a similar mellow genre of rock music.

Alan Esdaile…..Great band but was a bit touch or go if they were going to appear, as they were not happy with the piano as it was not tuned to concert pitch. It was tuned first thing in the morning and then retuned again. They were still not happy but the show went on.

Terry Pack…..I was at that gig, and I loved them. A year later, I joined The Enid, whose leader, Robert John Godfrey, had written the arrangements for the music on their first album. Small world.

Chris Meachen…..Great gig, excellent band….

Mick O’Dowd……This was the gig and band that cured my tunnel vision that only good music was by soul artists. Since then I have given everything a listen and now have a diverse musical taste. Thanx to The Mockingbird!

Stuart Moir… Saw them

Martin Waghorne… I was there that night

Glenn Piper… Roadied for this one 

Robert Searle… See them on the pier twice,the first time I thought they were ok,the second time was no better,just had better gear.

Iain Cobby… I was there with my first wife, what a fantastic drummer , the late Mel Pritchard was and that Mellotron of Mr Wolstenholms. Just listen to Crazy City and Summer Soldier.Prog doesn’t get much better. They went big in Germany just as the Berlin wall came down and then fell out, splitting into two versions of the band. fond memory’s.

Tony Davis… Going back to Sarah’s comments about the rivalry between BJH and the Moodies I think that BJH actually recorded a track called Poor Mans Moody Blues.

Patrick Lewis… I was there that night with my future wife and friends. We had a few drinks in French’s before going on the pier. I always remember the opening song, Medicine Man, absolutely knock out. And yes they did record a song called Poor Man’s Moody Blues. The whole performance was truly amazing – Crazy City, Mockingbird and The Great 1974 Mining Disaster to name a few.

Eugene Hughes… I have never heard anything about Paul Casson on this page. I know he has long left us. Some people must have something nice to say about him, surely!

Chris Meachen… Absolutely excellent band, my favourite being ‘Galadriel’. Nice blokes too..

Patrick Lewis… I was there with my friends and future wife. It was a marvellous performance by the band. Probably the most underrated band of the 70’s.

Tony Court-holmes… I was there

Pete Dearling… I was their and fav songs are mocking bird, after the day , and child of the universe and got my album signed

Mike Maran – Black Horse Folk Club January 1980

photo… http://www.ukrockfestivals.com

Nadia Compagnone… I remember it well. Good old Eddie. Fabulous pub and many happy memories.

Harry Randall… Went to the Jake Thackray gig bought the LP! Funny man!

Julian Deeprose… The Black Horse used to be an institution, so much so that we used to call it the Edorium a tribute to its guv’nor Eddie Dunford, who was truly a gentleman

Mike Waghorne… Went there many times in the 70’s

Keith Veness… A great night out

Slayve – 1983/1984

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supplied by Mark Little.

Paul Tanner, Steve Simpson, Val Orringe, Mark Little, Chris Sambrook.

Mick Mepham….Excellent!!! Paul was with me in Mars in ’86 and I think I played with Mark too but can’t remember when exactly, it might have been more like ’87 ish. I don’t believe I ever had the pleasure of playing with Chris….

Gary Kinch…..Top Bloke is Chris, haven’t seen him for a while

Chris Sambrook…The band were influenced by Rush around time of Moving Picture or beyond. Why i was wearing a Fireman’s helmet and blowing a “Duck call” is beyond me.

Mick Mepham…It’s a good look though Chris …….

Stevie Simpson… Saw Chris for the first time in 30 something years last night over at The Carlisle in Hastings, hardly changed

Terry Hardwick… Those H H speakers they weighed a ton

Val Orringe… Well, well, well. Searched to find out how the very talented Paul T was doing and found this. A quantum reality time ago. Still have the tinnitus as proof! My memory is of the sell out at the Tivoli, Eastbourne.

Martin Richter… Dr marvin suggs

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.

Who remembers Malcolm Mitchells in High Street Old Town Hastings?

Photo Bob Mitchell. shared from Hastings and Area Past and Present Facebook page

HAPP… It’s 25th March, 1988 and the well-known army surplus store Malcolm Mitchell’s in the High Street, closed. It had opened in 1946. The photo was supplied by Bob Mitchell who wrote “Anyone remember my Uncle Malcom’s shop in the High street where my dad Tom worked with him and the other brothers? Great days.”

Pete Fisher… Bought my fire service greatcoat there, and my first electric guitar, a no-name solid body for ten quid…

Lynda Whatley… I remember it well – it was just along from Judges who baked AMAZING Bread !

Lucy Pappas… Great shop!

Tony Court-holmes…  if born in the old town all of us. Piles of boots left one side and right the other and if you wanted laces you had copper wire we never had it so good

Jacqueline Marsh… I loved going in there and having a nose round, so many amazing things and so cheap too. It always had a dry musty smell, think is was from the old uniforms and rubber on things. Wonderful shop. Judges were famous for their Nelson cake, made up of stale cakes and loads of sugary stuff, they were always such a treat

Russell Field…  Loved that shop !

Dizz Corinne Ryder… I remember the “old” musty smell when I passed the shop and all the ex-army boots and clothes piled up. think they found a secret room off the main shop area when it was sold.

Alan Esdaile… I can still smell it by just looking at the photo!

John Busbridge… I bought a flying hat in there 50 odd years ago and I still wear it in my vintage car. Also bought a Military Flute and Fife which I’ve still got, I was learning Nights in White Satin!

Jacquie Hinves… The Moody Blues. I can’t forget that song! I was sweet on a guy called Lesley Sharpe. His dad owned the Volvo dealership/ garage in Silverhill. Oh memories! Loved it. So many smells and memories.

John Wilde… I clothed my funky self from Malcolms.

Angela Frances Gardner… I bought my boiler suit from there

Jonathan Mendenhall… remember it well

Pete Brazier… I Remember with great joy all the things I got from there, and there were a few things I remember missing out on cos I couldn’t get back in time before they sold out ”Great Times!”

Jeanette Jones… I had a very warm all wool nurses cape from there

Read moreWho remembers Malcolm Mitchells in High Street Old Town Hastings?

Trying to locate members of Bern Elliott & The Klan

Michele Wilson asks

I am trying to locate the old band members of Bern Elliott’s group The Klan. They were on Ready Steady Go 4th September 1964. Can you help me. I am trying to put a programme together about the band. Thanks. Miles & Michele Wilson.

Terry Lucas… Hi luv I tidied Bern and The Klan Dave cameron, ex Fleewrekkers, lead guitar, Tim Hughes rhythm guitar and vocals( passed away) Andy Knottley skins, Trevor Haworth bass I think, memory is failing me, this might help though

Michele Wilson… Hi Good to be in touch, I was Tims sister. I remember you well. Please send me details of Bern Elliot and any e-mils to get in touch with. Love to tlk to you again. Michele

Bob Pateman… Hi – I know of Tim Hughes more as a Hasher than a musician. I just looked up the Fernmen on Wikipedia and did not see Tim listed as a band member? Any explanation?

Roger Humphries… Terry Lucas. …. I’m sure that John (Silbey) Pierce was the bass player with The Klan. and the band also had an organist (Vox Continental) played by a guy who lived in Maidstone Road, Chatham.

Roger Humphries… John Pearce was definitely the bass player with The Klan. …. When the band split he joined Candy Choir and in 1968 he became a police officer based in Kent. …. John is on Facebook.

John Pearce… Hi There, I’m John Pearce and was the bass player of Bern Elliott & The Klan when it was formed in 1964. In any documentation you have about the band, it will show my name as Jon Silby Pearce. This was the idea of Ronnie Vaughan Bern’s manager, Silby being my second Christian name and H being dropped from John was also his idea. If you need any further info I’d try to help.

John Pearce… in reply to Bob Pateman… Tim Hughes was rhythm guitarist of The Klan and I played bass. We were both head hunted from a semi pro group called The Cortinas based in the Medway Towns when The Klan was formed. Tim passed away some years ago, I believe in Thailand.

Lee Elliott… Hi I’m Berns son Lee, my email is leebelliott@yahoo.co.uk

John H Warburg… (in reply to Terry Lucas) Bern Elliott on lead vocals (b. Bernard Michael Elliott, November 17, 1942, Erith), Dave ‘Tex’ Cameron on lead guitar (b. David Cameron, October 21, 1939, Ealing, West London), Tim ‘Magic’ Hughes on rhythm guitar (b. Timothy John Patrick Hughes, 1944, Little Ashton Park, Staffordshire d. Friday, January 23, 1998, Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand), John Pearce on bass, a guy on Vox Continental organ and Pete Adams on drums (b. Peter Adams).

Harry Barned… (in reply to John Pearce) This a long shot, but my name is Harry Barnes and I have stumbled on this text trail by accident, but I do have an interest and a connection. I played lead guitar and vocals for a band called Ray Cleveland and the Statesmen, we too were managed by Ronnie Vaughan along with Steve Marriott and the Moments. I would dearly love to catch up with any of the band, but for years I have failed on social media. So, if anyone, Roy Lucas (bass), Ray Dickinson (vocals) etc, please contact me at admin@barnes-net.com
Cheers

Jimmy McMaster… Peter J. Mason was the organist and there was also an Andy Torley listed as a sax player (maybe for session). I live in Australia and got this info from a magazine called Fabulous in 1964.

John Pearce… I confirm Peter Mason was our keyboard player (Vox Continental). He was a classically trained pianist and lived in Chatham, Kent. I was with The Klan from start to finish and we never had a sax player, either for gigs nor in the studio.

Clemen Pull – The Marquee April 1975

photo by Clive Richardson

Alan Esdaile… Played the pier many times, always excellent.

Chris Meachen… Kamikaze trident pilot is the only title of theirs I can remember.. Always a very entertaining band, though…

Chris Hunt…  Yay

Jan Ranson… Nice one

Mark Sims… Thanks, I haven’t seen that photo before. So many happy memories.

Peter Houghton… Yes I have seen them on the pier and they put on a very good show and they reminded me of Budgie

Vincent Pickering… Supported these guys at the Marquee Club in 1975. Our band was called ‘Benefit’.

King’s Country Club Eastbourne – 1975

Martin Richter… impressive line-up !

Patricia Lloyd… Loved kings

Julie Morris… Often went on a Thursday night – loved it!

John Scaife… Peter Gordeno -Commader & The Pilot of Sky 1 (Submarine in UFO)

David Edwards… Imagine Ella Fitzgerald like a diamond atop a pile of also tans, Kings certainly pulled out all the stops there!

Jim Hobbs… Fair comment, but to give them their due, the others on the line up were big UK stars in their day.

Tony Court-holmes… Andre and i worked there

Cliff Bennett… What a programme!!!!????

Colin Creagh… Just look at the names

Terry Pack… The sad thing is that most ‘entertainment’ in Eastbourne is unchanged in 45 years. The Devonshire Theatre has pantos and Agatha Christie, the Congress has bands from the 60s, comics from the 70s and orchestral music from the 1800s, and the Bandstand has tribute bands all Summer. The idea that a musician like Ella could do a week long residency these days… if only.

Richard Cripps… Mum and Dad owned a chalet there, spent so many memorable years there from the age of 8 [1971] until it closed. Had the opportunity to see sooo many stars of the time there… and then across the road to the disco. Any one remember Nan on reception? or Barry the house drummer?

Michael Williams… I lived at Kings, as my father was public relations officer, I remember him introducing the acts on stage including Sandie Shaw, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck , Dusty Springfield and loads more. My father had an album with him shaking hands with all the stars before he introduced them on stage. That would have been the sixties.

Robert Searle… Clark-Elsom Collection,who remembers them? What ever happened to Graham Clark, the bass player?

Perri Ann Haste… I used to go there in the Mid to late seventies – always had a great time! – happy days… those were the days eh

Read moreKing’s Country Club Eastbourne – 1975