The Valiants – The Adur Pub – Portslade 1979.

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photos by Marie-Louise. supplied by Colin Norton

Colin Norton… I lived in Switzerland between 1975 and 1996… On one of my trips back to the UK in June of 1979 I met up with a bunch of old mates in a Pub. After a little ‘liquid refreshment’ we decided that it might be fun to put together an instant band and play a couple of gigs. We found a willing venue (The Adur Pub in Portslade) and the next weekend we played two gigs playing mainly rock’n’roll stuff that we all knew (Just as well because we didn’t have time to rehearse).  Anyway, here are a couple of photos from that event. The line-up was: Colin Jenner – Vocals/Guitar, Ken White – Vocals/Piano, Tony Langford – Bass/Vocals, Steve Denyer – Lead Guitar, Colin Norton – Drums. On a sad note … I am the last surviving member of this line-up which was known as The Valiants for the gigs on June 15th and 16th. They were all dear friends and I miss them.

Patricia Maslin… you speak of Tony Langford on bass.  Is that the same Tony Langford who was in The Black and Tan Group.  I’m asking on behalf of his son as Tony (his dad) has now passed away, and I wondered if the photos you posted were of him with the beard.  It would be nice to show Chris (his son) if it was the same Tony Langford.

Colin Norton… Yes, it is most certainly the same Tony Langford that was in the Black and Tan. In fact, I met Chris Langford in September so I am pretty sure that he knows about these photos.

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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Chilli Willi and The Red Hot Peppers plus Strife – Hastings Pier 15th June 1974

autographed poster supplied by Peter Houghton

Pete Houghton… Both Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers and Strife were bloody fantastic great concert by both bands.

Phil Gill… Chill Willi were fabulous. Great country style guitarist, who I talked with afterwards and who was happy to talk guitars for ages. He gave me the best advice ever – always practice first thing in the morning and it sets up your fingers for the rest of the day. He was right, been doing that now for 45 years and it still works for me. Funny how a chance encounter can change your life so much.

Pete Fisher… Maybe that was Philip Lithman – read in wiki he’d been over to San Francisco before the band formed, and went back there after they split…I think you can hear a bit of West Coast maybe even Grateful Dead influence here…lovely guitar anyway, oh and good advice BTW – wish someone had said that to me – evenings after work not always the best time…

Mick O’Dowd… Chilli Willi. Excellent! Bongos Over Balham. Excellent album!

Pete Houghton… yes it’s an Excellent album

Nick Patching… Mick, Pete Thomas on drums (from Seaford) who went on to hit the pig skin for Elvis Costello

Grimms – Eastbourne College – March 1972

Who remember Grimms (Bonzo Dog/Scaffold/Liverpool Scene)?

Mick O’Dowd… Remember the College was renowned for putting on “alternative” type bands. Martin-Casson put on Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoious and went with Paul Casson to see them. Good stuff.

Alan Esdaile… Yes remember we used to book a lot of groups their and Alberto.. were great. Still got their rider somewhere.

Michael Gibbs… I saw them in Brighton

Mick O’Dowd… Yes Alan. They were good. Wasn’t the rider something like a copy of the Dandy & Beano and a Brillo Pad? In contrast to Alex Harvey whose rider made it impossible to book them so MCA turned them down.

Alan Esdaile… and nipple stimulators Mick and more! They put on a good show though. Yes some riders were a none starter and having negotiated the price, some big name groups had to be cancelled because they then asked for us to supply full pa, specialist lighting systems and then they wanted an extended stage!

Who remembers Exchange Travel in Parker Road, Hastings?

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I worked there for five years in the 70s! It was a great place to work!

Rachel Rayburn…Yes I also worked there for a while in the 70’s. Remember Jose Fernandez?

Leigh Wieland-Boys… very well, he was such a lovely man! When we’re you there? We’ve had a couple of reunions over the years. I was there from 74-78 Malta Admin then Secretary – who else do you remember? Fred Vines was Reservations Manager then

Rachel Rayburn… It would have been 1973/74 I worked in Reservations on the Malta section.

John Mcewen… Yep, lived in Parker road from 69 for 11 years. Mum’s still there.

Graham How… Apparently, I worked there too… but it was in the studio!

Terry Pack… It would seem that the real question is ‘Is there anyone who doesn’t remember Exchange Travel, and didn’t work there at some time or other?’

Chris Connell… My Mum worked in the canteen. She made cakes and scones and even helped with cooking the staff Christmas dinners.

Dave Nattress… Me Terry, Ha Ha!! One of those places, where so many worked like so many in and around – somewhat naturally I suppose, but I had many friends who did work there and knew of the place well. It was a very large operation. I suppose in a while it will be who did NOT work at Hastings Direct!!

Graham Sherrington… Ive been in the Airline Industry for over 40 years started in 1977 and I can tell you THOSE WERE THE DAYS!!!!

Jane Kilby also Burmingham… I used to work there from 81 until they went under!!! X

Bookham Ally… My old boss, John Kilroy, from my days at the Singapore Tourist Board in London was at Exchange.

Mandy Wright… I worked there from 1984 until the end , reservations, Bonanza and accounts. ( occasional we had such fun. Xx

Judith Monk… My Mum worked there Betty Hadfield.

Alan Esdaile… Pat, our late bookkeeper at Masons worked there for many years. I also looked round the empty building a number of times, as they were desperate to get rid of it  but with so many officers and limited head room it wasn’t suitable and too costly to turn into a warehouse. It’s now Ore Valley Sussex Coast College.

Peter Thomson… I remember it well as Parker Road was quite close to my home, but never worked there. While in IT Ops at Ashdown House, our ICL Support Engineers also covered for the computers at Exchange. Living in Peterborough, it rang a few bells when Thomas Cook went under last year.

Pete Banham… I worked there 1978-83. I drove one of the ‘union jack’ staff mini buses. I did a lot of running around for Gordon McNally and Sylvia. Used to drive his collection of lovely old motors about. It was a fun firm to work for.

Graham How… I did! Great times working in the studio with Cliff Brooker.

Anita Medhurst… I worked there too for 6 years with Graham How and Cliff Brooker for the first year and with Leigh Weiland as she was then. I didn’t appreciate it at the time but it was a great place to work.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Anita, they were great days xx

Sue Maylam… I worked there from 1981’ish to 1984 and remember Loretta, Little Liz and Big Liz on the Hawaii Desk, Bob Spooner, Lucy, Jean and Ann. I went with Jean and Ann and another lady (whose name eludes me) to Cyprus in 1984 on a trip to check the hotels out that we featured, for the next years’ brochure and met Mrs Vanna Anatolito in the Cyprus Office. My boss was the Spanish chap, Jose. Lovely memories.

Ivy & the Features -Beat Time 1964

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supplied by Colin Fox and Colin Norton

Colin Fox…..Ivy and the Features, played several gigs around Sussex in the 60´s. I remember Ivy was from Kingston near Lewes and they used to practice in Uckfield,

Robert Searle…..Another classic picture Colin

Andre Martin…..Laurie did he not come from Lewes ? I  am sure that Laurie was one time member of the group from Eastbourne called SKANDELLE who did a lot of work for me 1977-79 including Coombe Haven Caravan Park for a Summer season. Touch of the old Eastbourne Beat Scene, with Lawrie on Lead.

Colin Norton……Hi Colin, Thanks for posting this photo. Yes, we used to say that we were from Uckfield because we were based in the Hideaway Coffee Bar in Uckfield although none of the band were actually from there. We played a lot in Eastbourne (Diplocks, Pier Hotel) in 1964 and used to see the Spooks regularly.

Colin Norton….Hi Andre, Lawrie Broadway was from Ringmer, Nr. Lewes but currently lives in Eastbourne. He took up keyboards sometime in the late Sixties but has recently reverted to the guitar. I am not sure if he was in a group called Skandelle but could have been.

Andre Martin…..yes knew him well back in the days before he took up the organ and played in several groups, the in mid 80s decided to branch out and become more Bar/Cabaret entertainer, knew he did do some work for Butlins in this field. he was a member of the group SKANDELLE with Debbie Lee James as the vocalist.

Colin Norton… Above is an old newspaper clipping from June, 1964 – Mid-Sussex Times. It’s funny to think that we were once 17 and 18 years old but it must be true because it says so in the newspaper .

Maxi Priest – Downtown Saturdays, George Street, Hastings 8th August 1985

lp image: discogs.com

Colin Bell… That term ‘live on stage’ has always amused me. I don’t recall ever appearing on stage ‘dead’….some might disagree with that of course………

Kevin Hilton… Although some acts have ‘died’ on stage.

Tony Davis… I’ve certainly died in front of an audience at some gigs. Fortunately the good far outweigh the bad

Mike Vawdrey… But you could be live off-stage – like the late Little Richard, Marion Williams and bluesman Albert Collins who used to go walkabout with his massively extended guitar flex – were Health and Safety informed ? !

Steve Mann… I was there that night

 

Whichwhat and Beat Syndicate – Hastings Pier 14th June 1969

Alan Esdaile… Don’t remember this band, does anyone? Apparently came from Nottingham and sound interesting… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqZalgKd0SQ

Alan Parker… Very 60s sound, especially the keyboard. like it, where are they now? , what are they doing? wonder if thay are still playing!

Mick O’Dowd… Remember The Beat Syndicate but Whichwhat?

Teenbeats with Simon Fuller – Air Canada check in desk and pre tour interview.

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supplied by Teenbeats Facebook Page.

Alamo Leal… Young Huggie. Had some great times with him. Blackman’s brother on the far left?

Mark Gilham… Nice to see a photo of Dave

Peter Fairless… Just like it was yesterday!

Martyn Baker… Here’s a colour balanced image of the fab 6.

Steve Sampson… So young ! … those were the days