Freddie Starr White Rock Pavilion Hastings 1st May 1983

Barry Newton… I seem to remember going to this, great laugh

Dawn Leaney… I went to this , l was only 22 and had front row tickets. I spent the whole show hoping that he wouldnt pick me out for ridicule

Colin Bell… One of the funniest guys i ever worked with, it was impossible, he made me crack up multiple times every time i went to speak!

Jacquie Hinves… What a super nice man Freddie was. X

Peter Thomson… Saw him just a year or so earlier at Kings. One of the funniest shows ever.

More Colin Bell photos. Hastings Caves setting fire to his hands 1970/71 and working with Freddie Starr

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supplied by Colin Bell

Alan Esdaile… Just noticed that’s the back of my head in the first photo. Colin’s setting his hands on fire with lighter fluid and giving me bad ideas. When I did it, I left my hands alight too long, blisters with yellow puss come to mind!

Mick Mepham… A yellow cat Alan?

Andy Qunta… Never forget how much fun it was lugging gear down to the Caves! The sound down there was interesting too! Echo….echo…..echo…. & “natural” reverb!

Mick O’Dowd…. A real rock venue! I agree Andy Qunta it was a long trek especially in inclement weather, but a great venue I promoted & played at several times. It’s rumoured that the Stones played a private gig here in early 60’s. The walk was as nearly as bad as the trek up the Pier to The Happy Ballroom!

Yvonne Cleland… <groan>

Jim Breeds… So *That’s* why there are no hamsters in the caves!

Alan Esdaile… Did a number of gigs in the Caves. Always had lots of helpers to lug the gear in but they all disappeared when it was time to pack up! A bit of a walk and worse then the pier as no trolley. All the leads and cables ended up covered in sand stone. Saw lots of great gigs here, remember seeing The Jazz Caverners a few times and The Breathers did an excellent gig.

Peter Gladwish… I will never forget playing at the caves several times during the early 70’s with ‘King-Rod’. Fabulous place to play but it’s not the gigs I remember…….it was getting the gear in and out!!!

Mick Turner… He was the Last of the Comedians. He was Brilliant!

Jan Warren… Oh, Freddie Starr, Loved him

Burke Shelley from Budgie R.I.P.

Budgie founder and bassist Burke Shelley has died aged 71.

The news was confirmed by his daughter on Facebook. In a message on the Budgie fan page, she wrote: “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my father, John Burke Shelley. He passed away this evening in his sleep at Heath Hospital in Cardiff, his birth town. He was 71 years old”. Budgie were founded in 1967 by Shelley, Tony Bourge and Ray Phillips and went on to release 10 albums over an 11-year period.

Chris Meachen… Oh, that’s a damned shame. Had some great times with him & the band…

Clare Bennett… Sad

Huggy Leaver… Remember them being supported by the Pistols i think, great band, sad RIP

Allan Mitchell… This Is Really Sad News I Saw Them On Hastings Pier Early 80s A Great Man will Be Sorely Missed R.i.p Burke

Alan Esdaile… Sad news. All the band were really nice guys and should have been bigger than they were.

Iain Cobby… RIP Burke, great band and really underrated. saw them supporting Genesis on the Pier in the 70’s and bought the Album

Tracy Birrell… So sorry to hear. I saw them on Hastings Pier.

Does anyone remember Sloopy’s disco just off Piccadilly Circus?? asks Jim Miller

Jim Miller… Does anyone remember Sloopy’s disco just off Piccadilly Circus??

A photo would be good to post on this page, if anyone has one?

Alan King… hang on…

Ross… The outside is shown 50 minutes into the 1970 film, Die Screaming Marianne.

Carol Cakir… I Used to go to Sloopys 73/4/5, before that went to a large disco upstairs via a big staircase maybe it was in the Lyceum premises further along the same side towards Leicester Sq called Bumpers there was a big neon sign of a lace up sports type of boot on the wall outside , sounds improbable I know but it was definitely there ! Also Tiffany’s, Sundowner , Samantha’s & Crackers , Studio Valbonne ( Monday night was showcase night in Valbonne different acts )Stopped for a couple of years then returned to Tiffany’s and Samantha’s 78/79 Noel was the DJ in the EType, Ozzie in the other dance floor room. Nice to read about everyone’s good memories!

Peter Waltman… this is a picture of a BRIGHTON club SLOOPYS from the early to mid 70’s NOT as stated a club in London, it is at the Town Center end of Dyke Road and about 50yds up from the Clock Tower & Churchill Square, I would have to wait outside the place when picking my Sister up from her Saturday night out there… it has changed names many times since the 70’s & closed down in about 2011, buildings still there but I don’t know what it is used as these days

Val Harrison… I worked as a part time waitress in Coventry St.Piccadilly Sloopys, not the Sloopys in the photo here. It was below ground dark and dingy but a great laugh and good dance scene. I met many celebs there. Down the road was Maximus Leicester Square. So many great discos back then, The Hippodrome in Leicester Square, Tramp,
The Candy Box, Roaring Twenties.

Eric West… Ross, I was at Sloopys every Friday for years, it then changed to Cerrys night club. It was small inside but had a massive atmosphere. At first only a few of us went there, but after it changed to Cerrys we use to fill the place, just our crew alone with a few other people. The music was first class dance tunes, Crown Heights Affair Far Out was the best dance track ever, I went into myself deeply when dancing to this tune. Best nights at this place. We even took Paul trouble Anderson with us. Late 70s was the best. Met Horace Carter there as well. Great dancer. Wondering if anyone can add to this.

Val Harrison… Thanks Eric, Sloopys Coventry Street. The door was manned by Robert Trotman and manager Kevin French. Another guy named “Goose” was like a care taker/cleaner. Sloopys was below ground, down the stairs, through a door on the right..Small dancing stage on the right side of the entrance and on the left was tables and chairs then up few stairs to the bars and alcove seating. On Coventry street’s main road there used to be an emporium selling, silver jewellery, records, kaftan etc called “kleptomania” with a K. Gosh! Although London is big anyone who worked in this area and Coventry garden pretty well knew each other. Great fun times.I met many celebs.

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.

Angela Carswell… I worked there in the late 70’s early 80’s. The name Graham Sherringham rings a bell. I was a PA and worked for an accountant (short with glasses) who had a French wife,can’t remember his name, There were two sisters one called Nicky? and Ali? one was so funny, she was very tall with curly blond hair and her younger sister worked there too. Another girl called Leoni Watson. I moved from London to buy a flat and this was a great place to work. I had a great time. I live in Sydney Australia now.

Pete Banham… Angela, I think the accountant guy was Mike Flenley. If you have a brother called John I went to school with him in South London.

Angela Carswell… Yes, it was Mike Flenley. Yes, John is my brother and he went to school in South London! What a small world.

Judith Monk… My Mum worked there, Betty Hadfield.

Heidi Scaddan… Hey, I used to work in rhe accounts department 1988-1990….
Some colleagues where Mandy, Angelica, David…. good times there sometimes as well … greetings from Germany 🙂 Heidi

John Mcewen… I do. I lived opposite in the late 70s.

 

Route 77 tour Pat Travers, Doctor Of Madness, Tyla Gang – Eastbourne Winter Gardens 3rd March 1977

Simon Lokes… Saw the tour at Canterbury, an odd mix of bands, Doctors of Madness were great, probably ahead of their time

Andy Gunton… I’m pretty sure I saw this tour in Tunbridge Wells. Saw Pat Travers a few times around then. Great live act.