Zing-A-Ding revue July, Grand Beat Dance Hastings Pier 8th July 1967

Kay Lobb… This is the first time that I have seen the poster for the Summer Revue on the pier ‘Zing a Ding’. I was a dancer in it (my only professional engagement!) and loved every minute. Sadly we didn’t have the audiences to support it being on for the whole summer season. However we were able to go backstage on the Sunday night to meet Cat Stevens, and watch his entire show from the wings.
Wish I had photos to show from that time.

Ritz ABC Cinema, minors song and more


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Yvonne Cleland… fab

Andre Martin… That was a venue that should never have been sold off for a Supermarket – the trouble was in the late 60s people just did not go to the cinema as in earlier days, and some of these palaces just did not pay.

Philip Meston… I saw many films there, not to mention ABC Minors!

Peter Pursglove… I  think the video recorders did a lot to kill off the cinema sadly ,I used to love the cinema ,early sixties my half day off from hairdressing in Tower Road i used to scoot round and catch 3 shows he he i remember 6 cinema’s then ,2 in st leonards and 4 in hastings

Nick Prince…The ABC Ritz was profitable at the time of closure, as to was the Orion. Although you are quite right, in general, cinema attendences were falling.

Dennis Torrance… Were all palls together last film on abc le mons steve McQueen I think went there most weeks to see a film with my parents during the week. The organ that came up in the stage there the badges 3d each ice poles and the talent shows.

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Hastings Pier Rock Concerts – July and August 1976

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Chris Sambrook…. I remember the Stranglers supporting Frankie Miller, this was really before the Punk thing exploded. They were more the Doors than Punk. Frankie Miller was great, glad I got to see him. Judas Priest were so loud they made my Loons flap.

Martin Richter…  the Stranglers were a cut above many *punk* bands – great musicians ?

Who was a cub/scout or brownie/girl guide?

Jane Hartley… Girls Brigade!

Martin Stringer… I did my time in uniform

Glenn Piper… Stripes don’t count

Dennis Torrance… 1st Hastings boys brigade drummer in Hastings and bexhill carnival and followed my dad and brothers into it . Our old headquarters in such a state when I last saw it Portland steps

Jane Cranfield… I used to be in the Cranbrook Brownie’s and then Girl Guides,god that was years and years ago now

Willie Wicking… That brings back memories great times

Julie Findlay-jones… Me until I smashed the window with a football and was asked to leave, was so scared to tell my mum and dad I still got dressed in uniform and went out as usual for a few more weeks then told them I didn’t want to go any more.

Caz Simpson… Brownie then Girl Guide

Ian Watling… 8th Hastings Scout, still in the movement now

Chris Meachen… Bob a job week! I remember mowing lawns and doing washing up for this..

Virginia Davis… Brownie and girl guide at All Souls Athelstan Road

Colin Bell… Yup, cub & scout, did many bob-a-jobs

Jeanette Jones… Briefly a Brownie, not for me!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Yes, Brownie for 3 years living in Malta – loved it, then joined Girl Guides, not for me!

Alan Esdaile… I got my collectors badge, for my collection of beer mats (long since gone). Used to knock on the pub doors when they were closed and ask.

Dave Nattress… Both – well cubs and scouts, brownies and girl-guides wouldn’t let me in back then. But…in these liberated times I suppose anything is possible. Dib, dob, dob wasn’t it or something like. I recall Bob-a-Job very well. A bunch of ‘erberts going around the posh houses and bungalows in and around Little Common, Cooden and Bexhill. All great innocent stuff!!

Michael Wilson… 1st Bexhill. Cub and Scout.

Barry French… In 1963 I was a 10 year old Cub in Brentwood Essex. My first “client” during bob a job a job week was for a lady who wanted a load of old orange boxes chopped up for firewood, plus she wanted her guttering unblocked on the outside toilet. Somehow I managed to break down the boxes with the axe she provided, (without loss of limb). I then climbed a rickety old step ladder (again provided by the lady), while carrying a bamboo cane (not actually provided by the lady but found by me laying in the garden). When I reached the summit I proceeded in poking the moss & other debris along the gutter into the down pipe (with the cane) in the hope that the next shower of rain would clear it all. I was there for a good two hours & all for a shilling!!

Rolling Stones – Hyde Park 5th July 1969


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Philip John…..Going through a pack of press cuttings i found this Archive account of the Stones in Hyde Park back in ’69. I think it really catches the changes taking place at that time.
I remember I was there with an old school friend, Paul Dobson who later developed the RSD Sound system company. We travelled up from Cheshunt Herts by train, I was wearing a pair of curtains my mother had brought back from India, poncho style ( think Clint in ‘A Fist Full of Dollars’,) over a purple shirt, jeans and fringed boots, I really thought I looked the business till we got to the park and found ourselves surrounded by thousands of very cool London groovers who could spot out of towners right away.
That aside we had a great day, the sound wasn’t all that good but this was the Stones live in concert and me and Paul along with thousands of others were part of it.
Anyone else got memories of that concert ?

Alan Esdaile…..I was there. Loved King Crimson. I remember wearing my Woodstock armband which I got from Atlantic Records for joining the uptightoutasight club and a hippy bell round my neck!

Anne Wells……I helped run the uptightoutasight (Atlantic/Stax appreciation club) while working for Polydor (incorporating Atlantic, Stax etc) in London in 1968-69. Probably posted off your armband !(as only 3 of us ran it). Also went to the Stones Hyde Park concert.

Alan Esdaile…..Excellent, Anne. Its bizarre what triggers these odd memories. I even remember the record that was sent to me – Brook Benton Rainy Night In Georgia. Coming back to the Stones gig another great band that does not seem to get any mentions nowadays is ‘ Family’. They were really  good.

Redstar Richter….not me – but my partner is in the official film 🙂

John Wilde….Family, great band Alan, saw them many times, thanks for the reminder.

Geoff Peckham… I missed the Stones’ one, but went to the Blind Faith concert at Hyde Park. Also on the bill were: Donovan, Ritchie Havens, Third Ear Band and the ubiquitous Edgar Broughton. A fab day out

Wendy Weaver… I  was there. Long way for the stage. I remember the cargo nets up to the front of he stage and bouncers throwing girls back into the crowd.

Paul Coleman… I was there. If I remember right the “security” were hells angels recruited for the job?

Alan Esdaile… Yes remember the hells angels.

Tony Court-holmes… yes

Ennio Morricone R.I.P.

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Steve Sampson… Brilliant music on the spaghetti westerns

Marcus de Mowbray… Imagine Spaghetti westerns without Morricone’s scores….no atmosphere.

Steve Cooke… Great composer. He will be missed.

Dennis Torrance… Such sad news his music in his films and other works he did . I especially enjoyed His scores in The good the bad and the ugly Fist full of dynamite also known as Duck you sucker and so many more Condolences to his family and friends and RIP Ennio music had lost one of the best .

Andy Ives… My favourite composer of film/tv soundtracks absolutely gutted

Colin Bell…Scored one of my favourite films of all time.’Once Upon A Time In America’ amongst many others. RIP

Dennis Torrance… I believe Clint Eastwood said without Ennio music in his early western film career he made the films what they were

Alan Esdaile…brilliant composer, wonderful pieces of music.

Pop Festival – Pett Village 1973 – who remembers?


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Ian Mantel… My parents owned the Country Stores in Pett Road at the time, they were not amused I seem to recall

Geoff Peckham… I remember this very well. Nice vibes. Factory played – I don’t recall who else. I believe it was run by Kenny Marten, a great character – a brickie from London and habitué of the Nelson. It was a free festival, well we certainly weren’t paid and Kenny chastised us for thanking Tony Shipley for providing the beer at the end our set – he’d charged for it! Good times!

Andy Qunta… Great memory, Jaffa!

Pete Fisher… “Pop music pouring from amplifiers…a continuous beat beat beat”…and a young woman who took her clothes off…what is the world coming to…I must have missed this one unfortunately…

John Wilde… Great fun and good vibes. Factory were tight!

Tony Court-holmes… John you were on a monkey bike

Angela Frances Gardner… It was a wonderful weekend I’ve still got lots of photos.

Photos now at the top of this post. Thank you Angela.

Bob Gregory… Just about remember this , had some laughs with a Mr Dave Garland at this venue or what i can remember of it.

Pete Prescott… I think I’ve finally found it!  I’ve been asking for years about Woodstick. My first trip to Hastings. I wonder how many people were there that I’ve come to know ? We played on the Saturday afternoon.

Phil Gill… Although this video is primarily Stallion at Reading Festival in 1976, it also contains footage of the Tich Turner/Tony Bridger/Steve Kinch version of the band at the Pett festival.

Tony Court-holmes… yes i went there

Martin Blackman… I was there, I seem to remember someone asking me to be a car parking attendant, which wasn’t a great idea considering the abuntant amount of hallucinogenic drug abuse! great little festival though.

Cliff Richard and The Shadows – Ritz Cinema Hastings 2nd March 1962

Peter Thomson… Interesting (for me) to see Helen Shapiro’s tour dates, which include my current home town of Peterborough. A year later she was on a similar tour, when she again appeared at The Embassy theatre here, supported by The Beatles. This was the first of their two appearances in the city, the second as headliners, and older locals still reminisce fondly of those days. The Embassy still stands, by the way.

Alan Esdaile… Helen Shapiro was at the ABC Cinema Hastings on the 28th November 1962 and Cliff and The Shadows were back again on 27th March 1963.

Janet Brophy… Saw Them, Good Old Cliff & The Shadows

Mark Randall… Tony Orlando, later to be in Dawn ( Knock Three Times, Tie a Yellow Ribbon)

Mick O’Dowd… Billy Fury came along after.

Peter Webb… Marty Wilde.

Hastings Stadium – Festival Of Music The Kinks, Dave Dee, Geno Washington, Arthur Brown, 28th August 1967

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Alan Esdaile….Another great find, Andre. Did you go to this gig? I’m sure I remember lots of people complaining in the following weeks Observer about fans walking over their plants and pissing in their gardens?

Andre Martin….Yes you are right – I think that Pilot Road Residents petitioned the council to try and get this stopped, or something to prevent any further similar activities, I not sure if I have that copy, but will try and find. I don’t think I was at this because I have no memories, stories to tell.

Mick Knights….Was also there, felt sorry for the people who came from london and had to find out the hard way how far it was from the station to the Pilot Field, only then to find out there was no bar and of course no idea where the nearest pub was, seem to remember the Beaconsfield had on of their best bank holidays!!! Arthur Brown really did steal the show, it was the first time I heard the story of the kind woman and the snake

John Wilde…. I was there, with flowers in my hair! it was a great day for us locals. I was one of those that added “a mystic flavour” to the event.

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