Jack The Lad – Hastings Pier 15th March 1975


jack the lad

supplied by Sarah Harvey

Alan Esdaile….Very good band ‘Jack The Lad’ . I think it was the remains of ‘LIndisfarne’ after they split up. Also we put them on at Eastbourne Collage.

Andy Gunton….I saw them a few times myself. Good band & yes, some of them were in Lindisfarne beforehand.

Jim Breeds….I  have a couple of Jack The Lad LPs. Great stuff. “It’s Jack The Lad” CAS 1085 and “The Old Straight Track” CAS 1094. Both LPs from 1974, bizarrely. They must have been on a roll! Billy Mitchell, Simon Cowe, Ray Laidlaw & Rod Clements. Rod Clements founded Lindisfarne with Alan Hull. When they broke up in ’73 he founded JTL.

Thanks to Jim Breeds for finding this rare cinema ad from 1974….

Peter Thomson… Remember that one fondly. Excellent gig.

Jim Breeds… Wish I’d been at that gig.

Catsfield Steamers rehearsal


supplied by Paul Dengate

Paul Dengate… I have this picture to hand, taken after the time I ran the Box. It’s a Catsfield Steamers rehearsal: Kevin Hoad on drums, John Burgess (later vocalist with Better Days), Brian Chainey just visible behind John, Jane Downes and myself (playing the Gibson SG mentioned in a post on this page a few days ago). Umpteen other Steamers would also have been there.

Yvonne Cleland… I used to work with JB. He’s now the rector at Fairlight church. Catsfield Steamers were a cracking band.

Paul Dengate… The Steamers are still playing, though not so often since Will, Jane, Jo and myself left at the start of this year

Tim Moose Bruce… I like the Plastix on the graffiti o the wall. Remember them as a Bexhill punk band.

Andy Caine… Hi Paul, is that the SG I bought from you?

Paul Dengate… Yes

Grundy, Jinks & members of The Weathermen, Centre Page & Hillstreet. Tudor Rose 1997


supplied by Peter Millington


supplied by Bobby Posner

Bobby Posner… Can you name all my old friends and groups?

Redstar Richter…. Min?

Myra King… Nigel Davies, Clive Davies

Andy Qunta… Looks like dear old Dermot Murphy, front row right! Dave Easton front & centre! Now I need to start looking more carefully!

Barry Newton… I can see King, Rod , Kirk and Greg

Terry Pack… Terry, Ginger, Trevor…

Mark Harris… Was that at the Tudor Rose?

Peter Millington….Yep Mark it was – the gig went from 12:00 midday to 12:00 midnight – live music and laughs all the way. I have to say we kinda faded after 9:00pm though LOL. This was a private party (same as previous picture of Grundy) upstairs in the Tudor Rose, where the entertainment came from musician friends and free – bless ’em all. GRUNDY (Clive Davies, Bob Posner, Kirk Ronchetti, Nigel Davies RIP) JINKS (Rod Trowell, Trev Spears, Terry Chedzoy, Kevin Hoad, Peter Millington) Plus members of THE WEATHERMEN. CENTRE PAGE, HILLSTREET (Chris Sayer RIP, Paul Burton, Kingsley Trowell, RIP, Tony Bird, Stuart Grimes, Stuart Moir, Rev Stockdale RIP, Dermot Murphy, Pete Gladwish, Dave Easton, Greg Pearce, Pete Shaw, Dudley Trowell. The best “Jam Session” ever – a great afternoon enjoyed by all. Every musician, bar a couple perhaps, were playing in the ’60s and have played on the Pier many times between 1961 and 1990. Most are still playing in various groups in and around Hastings, unless of course they’ve moved on to a higher calling RIP.

Robert Searle… Great picture of some smashing blokes

Peter Millington… Second Photo. L-R Back Row = Paul Burton, Stuary Moir, Pete ?, Kirk Ronchetti, Terry Chedzoy, Peter Millington, Kevin Hoad, Chris the Banjo? ? Trev Spears, Clive Davies, Bobby Posner, Nigel Davies, Rod Trowell, Stuart Grimes. L-R Front Row = Kingsley Trowell, Greg Pierce, Chris Sayer, Dave Easton, Rev Stockdale, Dermot Murphy. Great afternoon of busking and drinking upstairs at the Tudor Rose, St Leonards May 1997.

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A Wishbone Christmas cassette 1988 with Keith Emerson

Supplied by Pete Prescott

Tony May… And yet ANOTHER local compilation I knew nothing about!

Kev Towner… News to me – a Wishbone Bash?

Pete Prescott… It was the brainchild of Neil Cartwright. Had fun doing my bits. I still have this and the first one (Hollycopter Christmas)

Neil Cartwright… A true Prescott special: https://soundcloud.com/neil5856/christmas-morning

Alan Esdaile… A GREAT track.

Kev Towner… Definitely gotta get this in my collection of Hastings music.

Neil Cartwright… Kev, I’ll post a few tracks on Soundcloud, then you can download as many as you like. It was a student-based project (Special Needs Dept) where students either performed, wrote, or did a workshop with a local performer. Pete came into college and he worked on a couple of tracks with the students – this being one of them. He then recorded this live with Jez Gillett (4-track Tascam).

Carlo Friggeri… What about K.Emerson’s involvement?

Neil Cartwright… Keith Emerson’s involvement? OK. Keith booked us to play at his son, Aaron’s 18th birthday party. This was back in October. It was a fantastic night. Keith brought across his then current band, ‘3’, and we all played together. Pete and I stayed behind afterwards for an hour or so – singing, dancing, playing, generally fooling around (Pete can give details), and I told him about the project we were doing, and asked if he’d like to be involved. He said ‘yes’ enthusiastically and invited us over to his studio. He said that he was also working on a Christmas album, and that his favourite carol was ‘It Came Upon the Midnight Clear’. Mine was ‘In The Bleak Midwinter’.  Anyway, when I phoned him a week or so later, it was clear that he was talking about Music Therapy, and as valuable as it would have been, it wasn’t really appropriate for the kids that I had, so we declined the offer. He did, however, send us a card with his best wishes. When the project was completed, we were lucky enough to secure an interview on Southern Sound FM (or was it Radio Sussex??), so we drove over to Brighton. We listened to the radio going across, and a total coincidence – Keith was being interviewed about his Christmas album in the slot before us. Of course, Keith’s name meant nothing to the students, but imagine the feeling in the car, when after Keith’s interview, they played our version of ‘The Coventry Carol’, saying that we would soon be joining them in the studio too. It doesn’t quite end there, because as we were walking down from the car-park to the studio, Keith was just coming away. He (surprisingly) recognised me; he stopped and spoke with us, asking the students if they’d enjoyed the project. Then he and wished us the best of luck and went on his way. And basically, that was it. No, he didn’t play on the cassette, but Jez did a great homage to his style in out version of ‘In The Bleak Miwinter’. (Anna Madge from The Mobiles did the vocal.)

Carlo Friggeri… Thanks, Neil, great story


Pink Fairies and Gracious – Hastings Pier 12th March 1971


pink fairies


ticket supplied by Pete Fisher

Alan Esdaile… Didn’t it annoy you when you handed in your prized ticket that you wanted to keep for a souvenir and they ripped it in half. Gracious were a Great band.

Geoff Peckham… I agree Gracious were a great band. Saw them at the college and was mesmerised by the lengthy pieces and the mellotron. Factory supported them twice on the pier, this one included.

Mike Curtis… I have two of their LPs. Worth quite a bit I believe – but I’m not parting with them…..

Dave Nattress… Whilst the memory is SO SKETCHY on this, I went to this concert, either at the college or one of those on the pier – such a long time ago. I had a gig poster for many, many years on my bedroom wall when I lived at my parent’s house, of what I think was a pier gig or all-lighter maybe with definitely Gracious, Pink Fairies and 2/3 other bands. One was “Strife” possibly another was “Total” but I’m sure it wasn’t “Total Strife” (as a band name). I think Factory were maybe one of the other bands on the line-up – sorry Geoff – I went to many of your gigs but it was such a long time ago!! Anyone with better memories? I so, regret losing the poster and unlike so many have not hung on to gig tickets etc.

Martyn Baker… I remember helping STRIFE (from Liverpool?) on and off the pier with their equipment (on the pier trolley). Their roadies got us in the gig for free and also promised to get us a drink too, but that never materialised – could be because myself, Paul Guimbeau and Chris Wood were only very young.

Gary Kinch… I remember the Gracious album, I seem to remember Steve had it and maybe 1 or 2 mates had a copy.

Alan Esdaile… Still got both Gracious albums which have been played to death.

Geoff Peckham…  I’ve just discovered that Factory were playing this night too! A quote from Andy’s diary: “March 12th at Hastings Pier for £5. Last minute booking for Hastings College dance, backing Gracious and Pink Fairies. Only 1 45 minute set. Fairies almost booed off. We got good applause from crowd of about 400. Encouraging reactions from people.” I remember it fairly well. The Fairies were quite stoned. I had a chat with one of Gracious’ roadies. He was articulate and posh sounding and was about to resign after a gruelling tour of W. Germany. We’d find out about that sort of thing later!

Iain Cobby… I remember Steve yo bro, coming back after catching Gracious doing a sound check on the pier. He said they were really good like an early Genesis with lots of Mellotron and pomp. Years later I bought a double CD with both of their opus in one . Bit disappointed. perhaps they were better live?

Geoff Peckham… I know what you mean, Iain. I bought the same CD, having lost the LP years ago, and although some of the magic’s still there, there are some fairly cringeworthy bits; eg the words in “Dream”. But nothing matches actually seeing them live at Hastings College in 1970. I thought they were amazing. I’d never heard live mellotron before, and the long pieces were so engrossing and riveting; a new experience for this impressionable 17 year old!

Andy Qunta… Fabulous!

Bernard Goffredo… I went to that gig probably with Pete Fisher

Lee Evans… The Fairies were one of my all time favourites …

Iain Cobby… I can see the influences Geoff. I just love Amulci and Howard. Great prog tracks. Great band, Factory!

Phil Thornton… would have loved to have been at this one ! – I loved all 3 bands !! – imagine hearing ‘blood red Sun’, Walk don’t run and Time Machine on the same night !

Martyn Baker… I wasn’t allowed to go. Mum & Dad said no way, as I was 12. Wanted to though!

Ken Dodd dies


Alan Esdaile… A REAL STAR. Very sad news.

Dennis Torrance… R.I.P. Sir Ken Dodd sad news indeed condolences to family and friends

Samuel Freeman… Very sad a true Legend

 Glenn Piper… Very, very sad, a true comedy legend RIP

Chris Meachen… Bloody sad, what a great bloke he was..

Derek Hall…  I am one of a small minority, I know – but I never found him remotely funny and failed to see how others did. Ah well . . . .

Chris Meachen…. As a comedian he wasn’t my cup of tea either, but I respected his professionalism, work ethic & how grounded he was..

Ernest Ballard… IF you went to any of his shows you would see a true entertainer who loved every second of his performance

John Warner… One of the greatest comics ever, saw him live many times. No swearing, no dirty jokes

Roger Simmonds… Very sad such a funny guy!!

Jim Hobbs… The end of an era. A sad loss on a wet Monday morning. RIP.

Iain Cobby… My fav Doddy joke; “what a day, what a day for going up to the Russian embassy and saying, is Lenin?” RIP Ken.

Peter Brazier… Tears for souvenir’s aren’t all that’s left us, ours memories are filed with Happiness the greatest Gift that we Possess! RIP Dear Doddy

Mark Andrew Porter… tickle your poms

Terry Hardwick… RIP the joke machine . Brilliant

Matt Thomas… Hated working in the White Rock Theatre when he was performing – I wanted to go home lol

Andy Qunta… What a great character & fabulous entertainer! RIP.

Paul John Mears… So sad. Loved his music

Alan King… Where’s Me Shirt

Dave Nattress… Wife and I did see him at the DLW Bexhill a good few years back. It really did go on and on and on. He was great but the seats gradually got totally painful. I think it went on for getting on for 3 and a half hours.

The Yetties -The Black Horse 13th March 1979

Alan Wood… Great venue ,sometimes iffy groups

Wendy Weaver… I was there😀. Been to many of their gigs since. They retired about 5 years ago and Pete Shuttler sadly died in September 2014. Bonnie is still talking and singing about our beloved Dorset

Iain Cobby… the Catsfield Steamers played at Jo and I’s wedding in Beckley many years ago! They were fantastic and made the day.Shine on!

Medicine Head and Factory – Hastings Pier 12th March 1976

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ticket supplied by Mick Mepham,          review supplied by Sarah Harvey.

Tony May… A personal appeal here for some help from you all. I am looking for pictures of the band Medicine Head which appeared in the local newspapers from their Hastings pier gigs during the 1970’s. One particular picture is said to include my friend, Simon Griffiths (otherwise known to a lot of you as Karl) who was a bouncer on the pier for a short time in the background. I do not have many pictures of Simon (only those from the Bexhill Observer of 1977) so would really appreciate any of him from any time period. If anyone here can help I would be very grateful.

Andy Qunta… Wow! 40 years to the day! I don’t really remember this gig, but I’m sure I wasn’t thinking that 40 years from now, Factory will be about to release their first album!

Steve Kinch… I don’t recall ever playing with Medicine Head… then again, I don’t remember what I had for breakfast.

Peter Fairless…. As well as the 12th March 1977 they played in September ’74, too. What a great band!

Jim Munday… Yes, but not very good at sums… 

Chris Meachen… Nice blokes, one of the very few acts that bought us a drink for dragging their gear on…

Gerry  Fortsch… That was a bloody long haul to get your gear on the pier, I remember it well.

Chris Giles… Medicine Head great group …enjoyed watching them and their music brilliant …had forgotten I’d gone and seen them