Watneys Party Seven

post suggested and supplied by Andy Ives

Allan Mitchell… I remember those days!.

Andy James Long… What’s the difference between Watneys red barrel and making love near a stream?……. they’re both fucking near water.

Ian Johnson… Remember my Dad drinking this

Steve Thorpe… It was crap

Roland Clarke… And people bemoan how we live these days. I’d doubt many would even drink that with the range of better alternatives available.

Alan Esdaile… Didn’t taste good but it was cheap.

Mike Guy… Alan, headache in a can!

Dennis Torrance… Drunk a lot of these lol

Mike Mitchell… Our payment for a gig at university was “one party seven”. Never got to drink it though as the rugby club style it. Hey ho rock and roll

Phil Foley… Busted my nose at a party trying to open one of these! Still, got plenty of attention from the girls trying to staunch the river of blood puring out of my nose though

David Edwards… It was still a cut above Shepherd Neame

Trevor Jones… David, Try Shepherd Neame East India Pale Ale or the superb double stout or 1698 ale.In fact all the Sheps bottled beers are good.

Andy Ives… Trevor, totally agree

Mick Knights… I can remember coming to one morning at the Reading festival to witness George Burr opening a party seven and saying ‘breakfast’!!

Virginia Davis… Still got the sparklet attachment. Hubby is forever optimistic they will make a return

Bookham Ally… Anyone got an opener?

Drew Drew Barney… So much more attractive than a six pack!

Chris Wood… Usually lost half of it trying to get a second hole in the can to let pressure out….Oh…and it was shite

Colin Jefferys… You can still buy it as they relaunched it a couple of years ago. Bloody expensive though

Paul Coleman… Roland Clarke? Did you used to go to The Down School for boys? ‘Cos if you did, we were in the same class.

 

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

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The Malvern – gigs 1995

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supplied by Phil Little Music Files.  www.littledrum.co.uk

Karen Sweatman… I loved going to see Becky & the Bombshells. She used to give me and my mates her mike to do backing vocals ….. badly! 🙂

Michael Wilson… Used to see the Bombshells at the Marina ‘Fountain’. Great gigs

Richard Turner… Remember my dads band playing there sure it used to b called the new broom

Kev Towner…  remember going to see Splodgenessabounds at The Malvern with Graham Swann

 

York & Crypt Bars, Orion Cinema and WHSmith Hastings photo by Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

photo © Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

Pauline Richards… Was it the rubber shop just out of sight?

Alan Esdaile… don’t know if it was the rubber shop but if you mean coming down the road next to WH Smith, at this time it was ‘Jax’.

Pauline Richards… Oh. I thought it was either rubber coat shop or criterion cafe. Was Jax a boutique

Alan Esdaile… woman’s clothes shop I think?

Oliver Leonard… is that in the 80s?

Matt Thomas… I would say about 77/78 with Star Wars showing at the cinema

Wendy Weaver… Look at that car! I had one of those

Jan Warren… Which one Wendy? the Citroen DS? – beautiful cars!!

Angela Frances Gardner… ‘The Flea Pit!’

Tracy Birrell… I remember this well in the ’70’s.

Dennis Torrance… My mum worked there Orion cinema in late sixties pass she had greatly used by me and my mates . Got beer by pub next door smuggling it in there and leaving bottles in there . Next morning my mum got home Bad temper about louts drinking in there and beer bottles. I had to turn my head away as first I started laughing got told off but she never knew it was me and my mates . Feel terrible about it now but thanks for the photo which triggered the memory

Nick Prince…

Star Wars showed at the Classic in Queens Road for six weeks in 1977 and didn’t screen at the Orion until 1978, when the Orion ran it on three different occasions, the last of which was an eight day run, which finished on August 31st, 1978, the day it closed. It should be noted that the Orion was still profitable but due to the barring system at the time, the Orion could only get one release in five first run in Hastings, with the Classic getting the other four. The 1/5 bar of new releases to the Orion was infact put in place when the Curzon in St Leonard’s shut in 1977. The Curzon itself having the 1/5 bat before. Prior to January 1977 and for as far back as I know, the Orion had no new releases and in a previous proprietor’s words…. “This is why we show sex!” No one asked for a lecture on the film barring system in Hastings in the late 70’s but you got one I could go back to the 60s and earlier. Lol

Marine Court St Leonards-on-Sea 1960’s

Supplied by Leigh Kennedy Historical Hastings

Leigh Kennedy… Leigh says… An late 1960s photo of Marine Court, showing signage for the Grenadier Club ( opened 1963) and the Dolphin. Nice selection of cars including what looks like a 1967 Hillman Husky, Mark 3 Ford Zephyr, Mark 1 Escort and a Jaguar 420..

Mike Waghorne… J W Davis motors in the showroom at the east end of the building a Hillman car agent !

Rock Museum – Parkstone Road Hastings 1969 & Pier gig 29th Nov 1969

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supplied by Laurie Cooksey

Laurie Cooksey… Rock Museum Autumn 1969, posing alongside someone else’s mini in Parkstone Road, Hastings. Left to right: Tony Carr(lead vocals), Terry Corder(bass guitar/vocals), Dave Gurr(lead guitar/vocals), Laurie Cooksey(drums/vocals). Rock Museum had formed in early 1969 as a 3 piece heavy rock group, Tony Carr joining on lead vocals in the summer of 1969. The group split up at the end of 1969.

Janine Anne Hemsley… This is great.

Andy Qunta… Saw Rock Museum rehearsing in a Church hall in late ’69, shortly after moving to the Hastings area. Very impressed, especially with Laurie Cooksey! Remember thinking it would be great to play with him in a band one day!

Geoff Peckham… You never know, Andy. It may still happen!

Sarah Harvey… These photos are absolute gems

Colin Fox… I have to say that I have never heard of this band, but they certainly look the part. Great photo.

Mick O’Dowd… It’s amazing how many bands are coming out of the woodwork now thanks to Lol. Can’t say I remember these either so it is great to see them and just goes to show how lucky we were/are in Hastings to have such a rich musicak heritage.

Mark Asseenontv Scutchings-Stevens… I remember Dave Gurr in 1976 when he was living in Crawley ! He was riding a Honda CB500T . What’s become of him now ?

Ian McGilvray… Is Laurie still playing? I saw him behind His kit on many occasions in Bexhill.

Alan Esdaile… He’s still playing Ian, with the 6T’s (next gig The Comet 30th Aug 2014) and with a reformed Factory.

Janine Anne Hemsley… Terry Corder too .

Jan Warren… Oh, great to see this photo – I remember these guys and did some of them go on to form “Die Laughing” and “Factory”??!!

Andy Qunta… Laurie was (& is!) in Factory, and he & Terry were in Die Laughing, and are now also part of the 6Ts!

Sheila Maile… Are this band currently called the 6Ts

Richard J Porter… Two of them make up part of the 6Ts!

Terry Corder… Yes we are and still playing regularly. Find us on facebook, just search for thefab6ts

Sheila Maile… You used to play in the angling club not so long ago, shame you don’t any more. What they have there now are not a patch on you, yes I will look on fb.thanks

Terry Corder… We were at the little angling club on pirate day. It was a great day!

Tim Moose Bruce… Dave Gurr lived opposite us in Little Common. About that time he bought a little Gilera motorbike. He then got the nickname “Flying Jesus”!

Violet Brown Decision and Spyke – Aquarius 29th Jan/1st Feb 1972

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Anyone remember seeing Violet Brown Decision?

photo supplied by David Paterson. (before Dave Smith joined)

supplied by David Paterson

Dave Smith… I was in Violet Brown’s Decision. A Mecca band no tamla.?

Matt Carter… In reply to David Smith, Dave, my father in law was also in, Geoff Wigley?

Dave Paterson… Hi Dave, I was the drummer

Dave Smith… I knew that

Dave Paterson… The above coloured photo features Dave Smith at the far right and was taken back stage at the Lyceum Ballroom in the Strand. The other was  just flyers we had made. Sadly there are only two of us left from the original VBD me and the lead singer Dave Seaton.

Jon Camp… I was in the band too!!!

Lyn… What happened to Paul Bennett and Trevor Brown.

Dave Smith… Lost contact with Trev

Sue Seward… Sue Seward (nee Thomas) I knew the boys well in the sixties. Used to sit in to practice nights in Trevor’s mums (Violet Browns) sitting room in Southbrook Rd, Lee. Then was also at all their regular Sunday night gigs at The Dutch House, on Sidcup Rd, enjoying their great renditions of The Four Seasons classics. (some of the most memorable times of my life). I would love to have an update on the boys, especially Trevor (who I dated for a while), Dave and Paul. I still have an original flyer with the Seaton- Paul Management details on the reverse

James Woodhead… Sadly, my grandfather Trevor Brown passed away in 2001 after contracting pneumonia during treatment for asbestosis.

Deborah Ford… (in reply to Lyn) Sadly, both Paul and Trev passed away. Trev, my stepdad, in March 2002. And Paul a few months after. Dave Pattison, my mum Marlene said to say hello. She’s sorry she lost touch after Trev passed. She’s now living in Spain. It was her that found this site but she couldn’t find how to respond.

Deborah Ford… (in reply to Sue) Trev carried on playing in bands for most of his life; The Wranglers, Return Flight and finally The Jaguars. He married my mum in 1988, his second wife. They have a daughter born in 1987. Sadly, Trev passed away in March 2002 after a short fight with asbestos cancer. Paul and Trev stayed close over the years. Paul also continued singing, including backing Cliff Richard and joining Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch around 2000-2001. He was also on his second marriage when he sadly passed in August of the same year. Dave Seaton was doing well last I heard, which was probably at Paul or Trev’s funeral. My mum would have loved to write you back and talk about Trev. She still misses him so much. But she couldn’t work out how to reply so asked me to.

James Woodhead… Sadly, my grandfather Trevor Brown passed away in 2001. Paul Bennett sang at his funeral.

Sue Seward… Hi James, so sorry to hear that. Quite hard for me to get my head around the fact that Trevor was a grandfather as he was a young single guy when I knew him ! Anyway thanks for letting me know, and I hope you have many good memories of your grandfather.

Sue Seward…  Hi Deborah, Thank you so much for the update, but so very sorry to learn that both Trevor and Paul had passed away. Please do pass on my sympathy to your mother, I can appreciate that she still misses Trevor, he was such a great guy. I have lived in New Zealand for many many years but hope to visit the UK again once this COVID pandemic subsides , and have promised myself a nostalgic trip back to all the old ‘Violet Browns Decision’ haunts, I guess they will have changed greatly, but I’m sure my happy memories of those halcyon days will flood back, as the sixties were such a great era. I notice that there are no posts about Dave Seaton ! Wonder if he remained in the music scene as Trevor and Paul obviously did.

Ian Summerlin… Hi don’t forget me I was on the BBC recordings all the gigs two weeks on Southampton pier the Lyceum and unit thirteen with the girl singers, Dezo Hoffman’s photographs that had to be done twice. Did you do the Buckingham palace gig …… then I left and came back to stand in for a few gigs and you had replaced seagoon with a new singer. I’m the one with the golden curls in the Lyceum picture Ian Dicky, Dwight Summerlin known to you as Joe. Check out Dwight Chesham rock reverb nation. Cool

Dave Smith… I’m Dave Smith far right with the strat. Do you remember Maggie at the information centre before we did the pier Southampton. Shanker has 5 daughters. You were very noisy finishing the toilet at rehearsal. Nice to here from you

Ian Summerlin… Hi Dave, Ian dicky Dwight Summerlin here .Was everyone called Dave. ? Whose shanker ? he deserves a medal !! was Maggie one of the girls at the party on the pier. ?? I recall in the daytime going to the Isle of Wight in a boat on skies Looking round QE2 and playing golf On my 1st trip to an Indian restaurant I I had an egg and bacon, the wrestling and the Scottish drummer in the antique shop with a whoopee cushion !! Nice to have a trip down memory lane Merry Christmas to you all.

David Seaton… Hi to everyone Dave Seaton here still alive and kicking and retired, but still involved with music part time coordinating venues and representation. Hope you are all OK, any phone numbers and we could catch up stay safe you all

Debi Brown… Hi Dave, Good to know you’re still alive and kicking. Mum’s living in Spain now. Has been there for 15 years or so. Myself and my kids (they are 28 and 30 now with families of their own) moved to Scotland in 2008 and Donna lives in Liverpool. Next March will mark the 20th anniversary since Trev passed. Can’t believe where those years have gone. Glad to hear you’re still involved with the music industry and enjoying life. Mum is on Facebook Marlene Brown, if you want to look her up. All the best, Debi. (Trev’s step-daughter)

Cherry Stones and The Kinks – Finland 1965

supplied by Lloyd Johnson. All photos © Spanna Mo

Photo 1. Cherry Stones. Rehearsal time. Finland Tour. 1965. Photo 2. “Look I can fly… wheeee” “Spanna… you’re an idiot”. Photo 3. Cherry Stones Finland tour poster [1965]. Part of the tour – as opening band for “The Kinks” [ Spanna is the dorkie guy on the right ]. Photo 4. The Kinks watch Cherry Stones rehearse. Photo 5. Ray and Dave Davies of The Kinks. [sound check]. Lennart, [Cherry Stones lead guitarist], watches from behind the drums.

Lloyd Johnson… Spanna Mo/Andy Mowbray is from Hastings/Silverhill and we left Hastings together late 1964 and moved to Sweden…..

Spanna Mo… Here are some recently unearthed photos of our band “The Cherry Stones” touring Finland in 1965, as the opening act for The Kinks. The image with Ray and Dave Davies [our guitarist Lennart Wahlström in the background], is from the sound-check before the gig in Turku Concert Hall. The members of Cherry Stones are.., Spanna Mo, [Aka Andy Mowbray] singer, Mats Huddén – vocals and guitar, Lennart Wahlström – guitar, Rolf B Karlsson – base, and John Sze-drums.