Music First Festival – The Oval Hastings 26th 27th May 2018


Matt Thomas… Booked my V.I.P ticket already lol

Slik plus Screemer – Hastings Pier 22nd Jan 1977




slik record

cuttings supplied by Sarah Harvey

Peter Thomson… I avoided Slik, but Mrs T and I had our first proper date at a gig headlined by Ultravox.

Pete Fairless… Slik, costumes by Lloyd Johnson, if I’m not mistaken…

Lloyd Johnson… Yes! They did buy the baseball stuff from us in Kensington Market…

What Song or Songs Do You Really Hate?

Terry Corder… I’ll name 2 if I may. House of the rising sun and a whiter shade of pale. Oh, and peggy sue. Oops, that makes 3.

Phil Gill… Brown Eyed Girl.

Eric Peckham… Anything and everything by the Carpenters. So middle of the road, it should be run over.

Terry Corder… Brown eyed girl. I hate that one as well and Freebird.

Michael Wilson… Anything they play over and over again on Heart Radio. Especially ‘Galway Girl’ by Ed Sheeran.

Alan Esdaile… Loads but Mr Blobby comes to mind.

Eric Peckham… I just want to stick a bullet in my head every time I hear that one.

Terry Huggins… Anything reggae or ska, most punk rock and anything that’s played too often.

Eddie Caffrey… Apart from the obvious ones -long haired lover etc O Lori by Alessi …sooo annoying!!!

Peter Thomson… Y Viva Espana or Una Paloma Blanca. Got me thinking what my problem is with Spain now…

Rick Pentecost… Sweet home bloody Alabama and Freebird

Simon Page… Boo Boo Boo! Rock Me Amadeus by Falco. Life Is Life by Opus.

Peter Antony… I don’t know… I mean there are the obvious ones. But to tell you the truth, I’m probably not that happy with the current top 5, whatever they are this week.

Richard Wood… “Bohemian Ratshit” – pompous, pretentious glam-rock at its worst.

Mandy Wright… The birdy song!!

Eddie Caffrey… Right on Mandy as it falls into the silly category Long haired lover….combine harvester….mr blobby….tellytubbies….bob the builder….

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Who remembers school puddings?

Eugene Hughes… Chocolate crunch and custard was sooooo good.

Mick O’Dowd… That was my fave! My Mum tried everywhere and everyone to get hold of a recipe for it! She did but it wasn’t quite the same. Custard was also a fave with many seconds. I call it institutional custard.

Allyson Breeds… “Tea leaves and Dripping” I don’t think I would like it now though, much too sweet

Julie Findlay-jones… Chocolate sponge chocolate sauce

Roger Simmonds… How about frog spawn i quite liked it😁

Jan Warren… Yuck!!

Trisha Ann…  I still like it now

Liz Dees Dianto… Chocolate crunch and pink custard yum

Jan Warren… I actually got the chocolate crunch recipe from one of the school dinner ladies so my mum could make it for us!!

Mick Turner… “Lovely Grub!”

Jan Warren… Loved school puddings!!

Mark Randall… (This always prompts a list of ‘no, it was brilliant ‘ ) ,but …
At junior school such was my loathing of Gypsy Tart, my Mum wrote a note excusing me from eating this sludge ( though the accompanying apple was allowed )

Anita Brett-everest… I make that for Bryan

Peter Webb… Loved them although fifty years ago I remember their sago, semolina, tapioca and rice pudding with brown skin

Wendy Weaver… Didn’t have school dinners after I was about 7 or so when the school secretary (who was my cousin) had a large snail in her cabbage so i missed the puddings

Alan Pepper… Now you’re talking ! What about Jam Sponge with Coconut topping and Custard ? That was my favorite at Junior School .

Lyn Humphrey… There was always more custard than was required…… Mind you, chocolate tart & ‘cream’ was a good one. Never had it frequently enough, though.

Jan Deane… Yes loved the jug of different flavoured custards to go with the sponge puddings – chocolate , strawberry, mint – and also the pink rice pudding. All delicious!


Who can remember making a go kart or similar?

Phil Gill… Me. My Grandad gave me loads of help though

Roger Simmonds… Me too also a board and an old roller skate happy days😁

Peri Ann Haste… I did too Roger with a Beano annual strapped to a roller skate & went hell for leather down Ebenezer road while my sisters looked out at the bottom for cars – Luckily in those days there were hardly any

Chris Jolly… I always wanted to build one but sadly never got round to it…

John Warner… Won the soapbox derby in Mote park, Maidstone two years running. Me pushing, Paul Lewer steering, the reason we won was that we had 12 inch pram wheels on the front and full size bicycle wheels on the back.

Mick O’Dowd… Of course. Who didn’t have one. Made with what ever you could scrounge.

Dave Nattress… Yes, seems like they were really common back in the day, as were most importantly, old dumped prams that we could take the wheels and axles from. Living on a hill on a quiet road with hardly any parked cars and only a few cars passing by and a footpath close by – pedestrians only – gave us plenty of opportunities to run the go-carts. A bit of old rope to steer the front moving axle – attached to a cross member of wood with bent over nails. Trying to remember how the brake worked – somehow it was a piece of wood fixed to the body with a bolt that allowed it to pivot against one of the rubber tyre of the rear pram wheels?

Phil Gill… Brake? Brakes were for soft kids.

Dave Weeks… just used your ‘Blakeys’ Phil – spectaular at night.

Mick O’Dowd… Brakes! Wot brakes? My dad actually fixed some tin to the heels of a pair of shoes so that I could slow down while steering. I sounded like these cycle nuts clicking along when I walked!

Wendy Weaver… I don’t remember any brakes. On the other hand I didn’t live in hilly Hastings

Pete Prescott… Oh yes ! I remember these. But I never had one OF MY OWN ! Too little at the time. I rode in my brothers.

Music & Fashion – The Wardrobe, Fab Boutique, Chelsea Girl & Others in Hastings.


supplied by Nick Prince

Anyone remember The Wardrobe boutique?  This had an entrance in York Gardens and was part of Wards. Also have fond memories of Huckels, The Fab Boutique and Cyril Savages. Any others?

Nigel Ford… Underground, and I think I got my Parka from Millets in 1969…I too remember all the others Nick.

Dave Nattress… What about the Trading Post for the ex.Army gear!! But for the early 70′s smooth phase, yeah, used to come over from Bexhill to Fab Boutique and Huckells for sure. But then broadening it right out, Kensington Market for the Afghan Coats, scoop neck T shirts and Loon Pants.

Matt Thomas… Scorpio

Caz Simpson… Was the Fab Boutique owned by on of the Fisher brothers? Brian? If so the ladies part do it was called She in Queens Road.  She was quite high up Queens Road, I think it was upstairs to Fab. Very small but lovely clothes.

Jim Breeds… Yes, bought loads of clothes in there. And Fab. Great days for huge butterfly shirt collars.

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Eddy Ferret Hot Jazz – The Royal Oak Whatlington late 1978.


photo supplied by Cliff Wootton.

Sid Akem piano, Adrian Underhill guitar, Den Wootton drums, Roger Carey bass guitar.

Roger Carey…. We did a Thursday night residency from late 1977 which I think finished at the end of 78. Whereupon Adrian set us up at The Kings Head Old Town in 1979 with a year long Tuesday gig with many guests. This proved a great success and often packed out.

Alan Esdaile… Anyone else remember playing in the Eddy Ferret Hot Jazz?