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
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!
photos supplied by Willie Wicking
Willie Wicking… Not quite as far back but the Carlisle 1980 when the Mods took out the windows always remember the Dave Henry summer student discos upstairs
Matt Thomas… I can’t remember but did they have the disabled parking bay at the side in those days?
Willie Wicking… Think that came later there was a large gravel car park to the left
Alan Esdaile… remember the gravel car park. Before that they had amusements machines their.
Matt Thomas… Where were the downstairs toilets then?
Andy Pilkington… where the traffic lights are now, used to be disabled loo by Carly backdoor, and stairs down to loos, and there was a bustop shelter there at he front
Tim Moose Bruce… Great times. The local custom car club used to have meets at the Carly and all their cars in that carpark. Dave Henry Roadshow was one of the best in the area at that time along with the Labrath Roadshow which played rock stuff when there was bands upstairs.
Andy Pilkington… Was in there at the time lol chatting drinking smoking next windows at front half beach lobbed at the windows,Ron and Flo got anyone who had a bike to bring them into the pub,mate had a rd 250 kicked it over to get it in and the crank sheared!.many years later got to meet one of the mods now rides a lovely motor bike,he admitted he was one of the mods there doing it …..how times have changed, Flo passed away 18yrs ago dont know about Ron
Willie Wicking…Great times eh
photo Willie Wicking
Andy Pilkington… Continued…As for the discos, we had fun there at those discos, once we bumped a kids 50cc moped up the stairs to one of there fancy dress discos we went as bikers, met a wonderful swedish student who we reconnected on FB she found me! lol fundays good days.. and Willie missus still not forgiven you taking her through Winchelsea arch on the back wheel!!!! lol….got any old pics of the castle bars and by any chance one of woody and harley with his side car he is looking for a pic as lost em all
Chris Grainge… I swear I can see me in this picture ?
Sandy Max… Also before they stupidly built old people’s flats next door! No.disabled parking bay back then
Andy Pilkington… dont knock them ,it was them that told the Council to go do one when they tried to shut it ,as one old lady put it,we get to see nice bikes,we feel safer and it was there before flats were built
Ian Johnson… Do you remember the Reggae sound system that used to play upstairs on Thursday nights called Fugitive
Helen… It’s really nice to hear that the old folk helped keep it open. I know the petition helped too. Unfortunately, years later, some of the flats residents tried to get the place shut down. Fortunately it didn’t work. However, it’s now sadly been a while since it’s been the Carlisle.
Tim Moose Bruce… Still got the T shirt!
Merv Kennard… I did many gigs upstairs in the seventies, always a good night.
photo supplied by Peter Gladwish
Peter Gladwish… RIP Dermot
Linda Day… Oh no bless him x
Terry Drinkwater… Sad news.
Andy Caine… Very sad! X
Mark Harris… How sad
Jon McCallion… Very sad news.
Pete Prescott… Very sad. Lovely guy. X
Phil Gill… Oh that is sad news, he was a nice chap.
Pauline Richards… Oh dear. Have known him years. So sorry for the children
Russell Field… The gentleman bassist. Top man. Funny as hell.Very sad indeed xx
Ken Hatch… Lovely guy and a good bass man, sad news.
James Westlake… He filled in for us when Ken was away, great bassist.
Liane Carroll… Oh no. Very sad. So sorry to hear this xx
Keith Brian Goodall… One of the best
Martyn Baker… Oh what a shame he’s gone now. He was a fabulous bassist, and as lovely a bloke as you could meet.
Mark Pepper… So sorry to hear this sad news , love to Steve, Ben and Sophie xxx
Lloyd Johnson… R.I.P. Dermot….from a fellow Ore Youth club member…
Andy Knight… RIP Dermot, good Bass Player and not bad with a golf club
Jane Hartley… Lovely man and musician. Love to the family xx
Trevor Spears… Good friends since our early teens in Hollington, played lots of gigs together he will be missed, RIP mate!
Kathy Harding… What a shock to see this today, such a lovely man xx
Stuart Moir… Star man with Centre Page, played with us for many years and we even got him into singing lead vocal on one song, always a reliable bass harmony as well as one of the best local players
Chris Howard… So sorry to hear of Dermot’s passing, a great guy he took my place in Centre Page when I left the band. R.I.P.
Barry French… So sad, we have lost a real character of the Hastings music scene. A versatile musician & a lovely guy. Barry & Ness.
John Harper… Very sad news. We’ve lost a kind & so modest a gentleman of the music scene. He always seemed to underestimate his abilities although he was such a talented & versatile bass player. A truly lovely guy.
Jacqui Gibson… So sad to hear
Alan Esdaile… Do you remember the football pools? Having to be very quite on a Saturday when your dad was listening to the results.
Paul James… Ahahahahahahaha my stepdad always played the pools, never won anything
Gerry Powell… Forfar 4, Fife 5 . . . . my dad did them in the 60’s and let me do a line. Still do a line “on-line”. Spot the Ball was also introduced by Littlewoods and at work as a syndicate we did it weekly in the early 70’s and I came away with over £400 which went a long way to pay for my first new car, a Ford Escort Mk1 1300E in Daytona Yellow. I had to do 500 “x’s” in a small square template and around 8 others did the same so we did not duplicate. It worked.
Kevin Burchett… my dad was in a syndicate at British Gypsum when i was a teenager i think there was a bout a dozen in the syndicate and they won dad ended it up with £290 it was quite a lot of money in them days and we all got new bikes from Lappys in queens road and we rode them home to netherfield
Yvonne Cleland… Oh yes! Every Saturday. Didn’t dare speak!
Mick O’Dowd… Yep! Always brings to mind the old Spike Milligan sketch( I think) or it might have been Michael Bentine reading the results.
Helen James… Had to check them with my Dad
Alan Esdaile… Michael Bentine, Mick.
Peter Howard… I used to pick a line for my Gran. She won £100 in about 1969 but my Grandad wouldn’t let her cash the cheque because he didn’t want the bank manager to know his wife did the pools
Dave Nattress… Indeed, my parents did it for years and it was a major operation with several companies holding their own draws. Littlewoods in Liverpool? I think was Mega and another was called “Zetters” – I think – only recall this because it was a strange name/word. Parents won a few quid now and again. Spot the ball I recall also.
Lyn Humphrey… I also recall having to be quiet at 4.50 pm. Just after I started my first job, my Dad won first dividend, & we began dreaming….only to find out that the small pools companies paid out far less. His share was two grand, which was still nice, but not life-changing (& I was so looking forward to life-changing).
Mark Eason… Not “quite” a memory of mine being “quiet” back then.
Karen Sweatman… My dad promised to take us to Disney if he won. I was old enough to realise that 37 and a half pence wasn’t enough. My sister wasn’t and cried for hours
Dave Nattress… Hi Lyn old friend, well, we’re about as old as each other are we not! My parents won a few small amounts not life-changing for me either. Still life’s been good enough without riches so far!
Pete Prescott… I remember my dad doing the football pools every week.
Joe Knight… About 1983 i stopped
John Warner… Got 8 draws once received £125, sick.
Lyn Humphrey… Hi Dave — Yes, I too have managed without the riches thus far, but I wouldn’t mind trying some…..though I’m not sure what life-changing would be, now!
Mick O’Dowd… My parents promised me a train set if they won. 10 years of waiting for a train that never arrived (Where’s Sarah Harvey when you need her!) I finally bought my own when I started work.
Pete Prescott… Oh yes. Dad would spend ages on it.
Alan King… but did he let you ‘check the pools; ?
Wendy Weaver… If you listened carefully you could predict the result by the inflections in the announcer’s voice. We use the same numbers we used for the pools on our lottery ticket – not a lot of luck still. I won £30 on the pools and bought a Sega Master System with it. Graham and I used to stay up half the night trying to beat one another at Sonic the Hedgehog
Tony Court-holmes… so would my nan never won a penny
Kevin White… My Mum and Dad used to do the pools every week, Dad used to collect the money from door to door on Wednesday or Thursday night in the Hollington area on behalf of Vernons pools. I used to go with him when I was little. I remember they had, what would have been a massive win one week, i think it was about £125.000 but unfortunately for them, so did half the country, they ended up winning 19/6 when it was shared out between all the other winners, that is Nineteen shillings and sixpence. Or about 97.5 new pence in today’s money.
Andy Guainiere… Yes, always a big night for dad with the pools coupon.
Colin Bell… Having to be quiet after watching Mick McManus and Kendo Nagasaki punch the crap out of the other wrestlers (well pretend to!)
David Francis… I remember waiting for Doctor Who to come on and we couldn’t talk because my dad was reading his pools coupons watching the Scottish third division Forfar 5 Fife 4 etc
Steve Thorpe… I had to get the pink edition of the Evening News which had the results of the football and horse racing in it.
Kev Towner… I was always really disappointed that the scoreline: Forfar 5 – East Fife 4 never came up!!
Yvonne Ellis… Very fond memories of this
Oliver Leonard… I think they still exist do they not?
Mick O’Dowd… Port Vale 1. Coventry lost! Apologies to Spike Milligan!
Chris Pook… I used to do a ‘pools round’ in Ore Village in the eighties. Some people would do one line with the same numbers every week and others would stretch to 4 lines with random numbers. Nice little job once a week for about £3!
Rick Bonner… 80s days.
The 3rd disc in the set is the previously mentioned ‘live recording’ taped at Manchester University (supporting Manfred Mann’s Earth Band) and given the recording restraints of the time is remarkably good, it captures the band in fine form (love the ‘Hendrix’ licks) mostly made up of new material at the time it did include a great version of ‘Willowing Tree’s from the Riley, Riley, Wood & Waggett album. And what about that album title? hardly jumps off the sleeve does it? I have a horrible suspicion somebody said something along the lines of ‘Crosby, Stills & Nash’ that’s cool man lets do that with this album. enough said! Eventually the band transferred to the main label and carried on til the mid 70’s before going their separate ways. Its a fact that there is more 60’s & 70’s music available to listen too today than there was then, incredible but true, so many albums never saw the light of day for so many reasons and some rightly so but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Shape Of The Rain and plugging a gap in my musical knowledge. Grapefruit Records have done their usual sterling job on the presentation of the set and the 24 page booklet contains many evocative photo’s and pictures of vintage poster’s and sound quality is excellent. Enjoy.
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Tag Waggett… thanks for your kind words and thanks for an excellent review. Tag Waggett ( drummer) SOTR
Colin Bell… Hi Tag, good to hear from you, i hope i did your album justice, stay safe & well
Bill Griffiths… the first eight live tracks were recorded at Alfreton Hall on 2nd May 1970 on a Tandberg 1541 mono recorder and a Shure microphone . I was fortunately able to find a position at the back of the hall in an elevated position above the audience. the hall itself is not large being the remains of a former stately home of the Morewoods family, now a wedding venue. A couple of tracks were not included on the cd, possibly to leave room for the Manchester set.
Tony Davis… Really interesting piece Colin. As you say many lost bands of the late 60s and early 70s are now coming to light and bringing hidden gems to life.
Colin Bell… Thanks Tony, the review i posted yesterday of the 3CD set of bands covering The Beatles has some great stuff on it, which may well interest you, Cheers.