Battle of Hastings – 14th October 1066 – stamps first day cover 1966

who’s still got a first day cover?

Dave Nattress… I have actually Alan – exactly like this one and many more first day covers of the era and for some time after.   For some reason stamp collecting was something many of us did when not train-spotting Ha Ha!!.  Sticking stamps in to albums with those little tiny transparent things called stamp hinges – which I later learned ruined the value of the unused or mint stamps!!  Still got a load somewhere possibly worth a few quid.  Thankfully girls and music took over and became bigger hobbies!

Roland Clarke… I’ve got a few, my Aunt used to design some of them and she would send them to us.

Pauline Richards… Have mine to the museum

Val Shoesmith… Me

Kathy Wood… I have a pile of them. Have used them as gifts to philatelists across the world

Josie Lawson… I had all of those first day issues Alan. When I had my first fall, someone threw out all my stamps plus first day issues. Maybe if ever someone finds them, a lot would have my name on the envelopes, some may have my other name on them, I would be very grateful for their return. But they may just have been thrown in the rubbish. What are treasures to some, may just be rubbish to others

Jim Breeds… I was always proud of my handwriting.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I have two albums full of First Day Covers dating back to the mid-sixties

Nick Webb… Yep me too most not worth the value of the stamps now

Tony Court-holmes… but we lost

Mick O’Dowd… Who remembers where they were and what they were doing at the time?

Jenny Power… Me

Alan Esdaile… I remember Priory Road School were selling lots mail order.

Colin Norton… I seem to remember a cancellation stamp that said “Hastings – Popular with visitors since 1066′ or did I imagine that?

Coco Pops…now I will have to find mine

Neil Partrick… I’ve got a lot of the stamps….and there are a lot. Beautiful designs. Obviously stamps get a lot less use in the UK these days but why do they often have to look like sh**? The Xmas ones have been nothing but crummy sticky tokens for yonks

Coco Pops… Yonks Sir yonks I cannot be arsed to look it up!

Andy Wright… My 12th birthday! My dad got me the stamps and the battlefield mark, but sadly only on a manilla envelope. Of course l still have I.

Jenny Power… I have!

Combe Haven Caravan Park swimming pool 1973

Shared from Jeff Pitcher

Jeff Pitcher… Posted 50 years ago, July 1973. Combe Haven Caravan Park. ”Weather has been smashing so far, going to do a spot of shopping.”

Dave Weeks… We used to sneak in the pool at night ( when we were slim enough to squeeze through the turnstile).

Stuart Moir… Changed a lot since then .

Kevin Burchett… I was lifeguard on that pool for 1 season around that time but cant see myself in that picture

Leigh Mitchell… I worked in the bars at Coombe Haven during the summer seasons 1974, 1975 & 1976! Hard work but great workmates!

Patricia Burgess… My parent had 3 caravans there and I met my husband, one of the Talismen , when staying there in 1963. Where did they put the pool ?

Jo Turner… Worked one summer thee mid 70s

Peter Houghton… I worked there around that time in the Main Club House, worked in the morning then went home in the afternoon and started about 6pm till it closed around midnight and was brought home

Andy Wright… I used to go up to their TV room and watch TOTP because I wasn’t allowed to watch it at home in ‘69.

Kevin Burchett… If it had been the year before I would have been the lifeguard on that pool great job i met my 1st wife there

Dum Dum Boys – Oasis Club Rye early 80’s



photos supplied by Barry French

Barry French, Judith Clarke, Neil Cartwright, Den Wootton and Andy.

Anyone remember the surname of the keyboard player?

Judi Clark… Found this site by accident as thought I saw Martin Stringer walking past the hairdressers in Silchester Rd yesterday, so Googled him and found that sadly he’s no longer with us. Nor Robin Heggie – another talent lost – and Steve Demetri. I believe that’s Andy Ellis on keys. We remained friends for many years but, sadly, he’s gone, too, 20 or so years ago. He suffered a brain injury from a motorcycle crash (pillion) which eventually took him some years later. Anyway, I was up to 3am absorbed by the family trees of the bands I was connected to. There was a shout out from Andy Knight on one of the posts. Don’t know how to get in touch, but maybe site admin can pass on email? I’ve been off the scene 30 years or more but it did prompt some fond memories. I’m alive and well in Bexhill. Big love to you all.

Nastassja Kashevsky… yes, it is Andy Ellis. He played keys in the Decorators with us!

Barry French… Great to hear from Judi! She did a brilliant job fronting us Dum Boys & composed some fine songs. My favourites were “The wind is crying” (Hope Ive got the title right) & a horror parody of “And then he kissed me” called “And then he bit me” So sad about Andy, he should have had long life of fun & gigging in front of him.


Teenagers and Jukebox – Hastings 1960’s

supplied by Roy Penfold 

Roy Penfold… This news clipping came up in the Historical Hastings group Any ideas as to venue?

Phyllis Mendenhall… Could it be in Dimarco s along teddy boy walk which is where the Carlisle’s is.

Lloyd Johnson… It maybe The Oyster Bar that was in Robertson Street in the 50s…that’s where the Ted’s hangout…

First In and Last Out (Filo) and buses High Street, Old Town, Hastings.

Photo: Peter John Morris. British Roadscene

Peter John Morris… Hastings in Trolleybus days

Chris Meachen… I remember buses coming the other way having to mount the pavement. Almost hard to believe that this was a 2 way street, & the main road through the old town..

Tony Court-holmes… used to live at 103a

Linda Gowans… An elderly fisherman told me (in about 1960) that you should have seen the traffic jams with horse-drawn waggons in the High Street!

Steve Hamilton… 52a here! Vague recollection of buses and arguments on the road. Arguments still around today no doubt!

Mick O’Dowd… Its hard to think High Street was two-way. I know there were a lot of close calls but nothing too serious I recall!

Claire Lonsdale… And there’s my old house on the right. Lived there for 17 years.

Peter Ellingworth… Photo taken in 1955 I believe, possibly the same day as the Pump House one shown previously. The guy that took it has this on the Historical Hastings site with an explanation. Unfortunately I can’t quite see the TB reg no., or from my records I could see what happened to this particular TB after closure of the Hastings system in 1959. Am I correct for the TBuses, at least in latter years, there was a traffic light control system for one vehicle only at a time working at each end of the High Street automatically activated by passage of the buses themselves?

A chance to get BBC2 in Hastings – launched on 20th April 1964

advert 1964 and 1965. Can you remember watching it, when it was first broadcast?

Paul Crimin… We could never get BBC2 on our tele. I think it checked out bank accounts before it would allow people to watch it. It was too posh for us anyway. lol.

Mike Waghorne… Redifusion Tv had it I think ?

Mike Cope… Television, Television? Eee thy were Lucky Lad! We only had’t Puddle end ‘ot’ Garden…

Jane Hartley… We didn’t have it til much later.

Barry French… My Dad bought a space age looking indoor Ariel (All loops & angles) that was guaranteed by the TV shop salesman to pick up BBC2. Well it did to a point, but every show looked like it was filmed during an Antarctic blizzard (Massive white dots flying around the screen) My dad moved the Ariel all over the room to try & get a decent picture but to no avail. In the end he said something like ” Sod this for a game of soldiers” and chucked it in the bin.

Alvin Stardust – Hastings Pier 19th April 1974



autographed poster from the gig supplied by Peter Houghton

ad supplied by Sarah Harvey. photo 1: Alvin Stardust in AVRO’s TopPop (Dutch television show) in 1974 source AVRO, photo 2: Jennie with Alvin on the pier supplied by Jennie Tocock  

supplied by David McLean DJ Gremlin’s Rockin Stompers

Sarah Harvey…..I didn’t see Alvin Stardust on the Pier because I wasn’t into pop but was dragged to see him by my daughter when he appeared during one of our stays at Butlins in Bognor…. I have to say that he was excellent and he rocked! Just shows how pre-conceptions can be misguided.

Alan Esdaile…..Remember this gig, as I did the disco. It was really packed and he was late coming on. For the first 5mins all you could see was a spotlight on his massive ring covering his leather glove.

Peter Fairless… Coo, coo….

Yvonne Cleland… He only did about three numbers, didn’t he?

Cindy Goodhand-Knight… I saw him at the Rat Trap in Maidstone when he was Shane Fenton and the Fentones !

Barry Arnold… I think I was at that one.

Jennie Tocock…. Alvin on the Pier, 1974, being interviewed by a certain young news reporter!!

Jill Lawrence… I was there lol!!

David Medcalf… My wife was at the gig on Hastings Pier 19th April 1974, she still sings the songs HaHa

Jacky Mattelaer… I remember going to this!

Mick O’Dowd… Didn’t he appear at The Beer Festival on The Oval once as well?

Ian Price… I did a karaoke of my coo ca choo,but the way I wore my black glove, holding the microphone and moving ,went down better than me singing!

Pete Houghton… I was there and Alvin and the Band signed my poster for me afterwards

Gerry Fortsch… He always put on a good show.

Neil Curtis… Better as Shane Fenton , lol