Love Bucket


supplied by Chris Baker

Chris Baker, Pete (Bill) Willshire, Brian (Bear) Williams and Bob Shipway. Hastings Pier.

Mick O’Dowd….Is this the same Pete “Fats” Wilshire who once lived  at “Fat’s Pad”  in Old London Road and formed a band with Me, Twidge Partridge, Tim Purcell etc?

Chris Baker….Yup! That’s him! Batty Bill as we used to call him then, married my sister Di. He was a great bloke

Barry Newton….Worked with Bill at Redifusion and social services for many a year also knew Di

Transistor Radio memories

Gary Kinch…..been thinking about his old tranny, Transistor Radio that is 😉 . My parents got it for my 13th birthday in 1970. For a couple of years I used to take everywhere tucked into my coat pocket. The earphone which was one of those mono pink things with a glass ear piece was always stuck in one ear’ole or the other. 208 on the medium wave was the station of choice….The music was ‘kin brilliant, such a diverse selection. Hits that I particularly remember hearing on that tranny: Band of Gold Tears of a Clown Lets stay together My sweet Lord 25 or 6 to 4 Lola  Let it be All Right now Abraham, Martin & John Let’s work Together  …..just some. As I remember Luxembourg used to fade out somewhere between 9 and 10 PM. Was there some Jamming signal used? I can’t remember all the deatils but I do remember the music. Happy new year to all.

Barry M Dyke…..DLT did The Aquarias once…..But perhaps we shouldn’t mention that…..

Andre Martin….DLT aka THC [The Hairy Cornflake] the trouble is where does one stop, you will soon not be able to even mention Noddy !!

Gary Kinch…..Yep, remember Kid Jensen and Tony Prince on the old tranny

Jim Breeds….The 208 signal faded in and out because of atmospherics Gary. The jamming was restricted to the pirate stations. 208 was not a pirate. At night the radio waves do not propagate the same way that they do during the day. I used to have my “tranny” (same clarification needed as above!) on under my pillow when I was supposed to be asleep. And yes to remembering those DJs mentioned above bot on Luxembourg and later on Radio 1.

Alan Esdaile…..Used to listen to Radio Luxembourg, London & Caroline. Likewise my transistor was constanting stuck to my ear and din’t want to miss any new records and took it with me everywhere. I think back to hearing tracks like ‘Days of Pearly Spencer’, ‘Itchychoo Park’ , ‘Angel Of The Morning’, etc. A number of stations used to fade in and out and then go completely dead. The only problem being, if you had the radio under the bed covers, it would suddenly blast out in the middle of the night! I think it was Radio Essex that used to appear from time to time?

Andre Martin…..One station that you could sometimes pick up in the cold weather winter months was AFN – American Forces Network, they had a transmitter in Holland that relayed to the US in the low countries from their main studios in Frankfurt and from the US – that was throughout the 60s.

Sarah Harvey….Do you remember the ‘208 Power Play’…. on the hour every hour…. a new record every day featured. My transister spent most of it under my covers with me listening to Kid Jensen’s Dimensions from 1 am! School rather got in the way those days.

Andre Martin….Here are a couple of memories of Radio Luxemburg and the 208 Roadshow that came to Hastings on 1st August 1975 and the local press write up about ” The Royal Ruler – Tony Prince”

John Wilde…..Radio Lux was the best. Many long nights spent tuned to 208.

Mick O’Dowd…..Luxembourg was the first station I got into even thought the quality of the signal was erratic. I remember Horace Batchelor’s amazing infrared draw. Send details to K-E-Y-N-S-H-A-M that’s etc.Didn’t the Bonzos make a song called that? Also Garner Ted Armstrong and his nightly sermon on Caroline. The “Kiss In The Car” licence from Johnnie Walker. The Emperor Rosco hijacking the Jamo Thomas classic ” I Spy For The FBI” into Rosco For The FBI. The emotionally moving time when the end of Caroline was near with the story of Caroline sailing up the Thames to adulation and freedom was broadcast. Anybody got a recording of this? What about you Kev the Witch? I believe you are quite knowledgeable on Pirate Radio.



Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Jim Breeds…..I have an album (“When Pirates Ruled The Waves”) of old clips of the pirates – that famous bit about caroline sailing up the thames may be on it. Will have a look tomorrow.

Andre Martin….I think that the sailing up the Thames coincided with the 1970 elections, when Caroline returned to the airwaves using it old wavelength, and the message was VO by Johnny Walker. Be interested to hear again.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everyone. Looking forward to catching up at the next SMART coffee meet, Friday 10th January, 3.30 at the White Rock Hotel.

Julie Findlay Jones…..Happy New Year to you Alan. xxx

Gary Kinch…..Oh yes!!!…….Hapy new year to you and all.

Andre Martin….Have a good one matie and see you next week

Leigh Wieland Boys…..Happy New Year to you too, Leigh

Graham Burfield……Happy New Year

Geoff Peckham….Yes, a great 2014 to all x

Eva Neuke…..Happy New Year to you, Johnny! May the next year be good to us!

Jeanette Steve Jones…..Many thanks & Happy New Year to you too. Won’t be around for the January meeting, but … Please let me know the date of the February group greet:)

Andy Qunta…..Same to you, Alan! Cheers!

Sarah Harvey….Happy New Year!

Mick O’Dowd….Happy New Year to all my fellow anoraks! See y’all at The White Rock Hotel on the 10th! Be there or be square as they say! Fab!

Hastings past gigs – memories wanted for new magazine

A new magazine is being launch shortly by Andy Gunton and one of the features will be a series of articles about past gigs in Hastings, that have been memorable, eventful or interesting in some way.

The first gig covered will be the Sex Pistols on Hastings Pier, supporting Budgie, on 3rd July 1976. So if you were at that gig, have your own memories, good or bad, please let Andy know. Also if anyone out there has photo’s, flyers etc from that gig.

Other obvious future contenders include Jimi Hendrix & Pink Floyd (Syd Barrett’s last gig).

If anyone else has suggestions as to which other gigs to cover please contact :