Steve Demetri, Stallion, – Hastings Pier & Car


supplied by Phil Gill

Andy Qunta….Well, the one on the left & the two on the right, have demonstrated to me more than enough skill to warrant the term “musician”, but I can’t speak for, or even recognize, the others. Now, where are my glasses?

Phil Gill…..That’s Willie Lau, Steve’s resident kung fu expert and house guest for the summer. He filmed the Reading Festival gig that’s up on Youtube. Nice guy, funny and a great night person, good to be around. He’s next to his girlfriend Debbie. Steve’s wearing my hat, more normally sported by John Petri, a hat which is by coincidence, three feet away from me now. Still has the beer can ring-pull chain around the brim. Lucky it didn’t blow off into the sea.


supplied by Phil Gill

Phil Gill…..Here’s a colour pic of John Wilde from the same day

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Chris Meachen….Steve with his Lotus Europa;- a bitch to get in & out of, but so cool…

Andy Qunta….Fabulous! Great times!


Teenbeats – more classic photos

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supplied by Ken Copsey/Teenbeats Facebook Page

Paul Thomas, Eddy Mays, Ken Copsey, Huggy Leaver, Dave Blackman.

John Wilde….Hastings most stylish band.

Perri Ann Haste….A very Young Dave Blackman R.I.P. x

Terry Pack….I liked Dave very much. It was a terrible shock when he died so young.

Andy Qunta….Lovely fella!

Pete Prescott….and a really good singer ! had a way of drawing people in.great loss.wish i had known him more.

Philip Meston…..I knew Huggy when I was at Hastings College – way before he became an actor…Not forgetting the Plastix!

Ralph Town….My old school chum Paul Thomas  I think I taught him his first chords.Last time I saw him he told me he,d stopped playing due to nickel allergy.Hope he,s tried stainless strings now


End Of The Pier Show – Repeated on BBC2

Really good news!  ‘The End of the Pier Show’ featuring Hastings Pier and its amazing story is being repeated by the BBC in a network slot, in HD.

It’s a great advertisement for the project and why it is so worthwhile investing in it. If you know any waverers then please do encourage them to watch it. And for yourselves please watch it and enjoy being part of such a compelling enterprise.

It will be broadcast again on Sunday 16th March 2014 on BBC2 at 17.30.

Philip Meston….Made a change to see something in the media that is positive about Hastings too. Long may it continue!

Hastings is the most musically sophisticated town in the UK – The Argus 5th March 2014

Hastings is the most musically sophisticated town in the UK

 People living in Hastings are the most musical, a new study into musical sophistication suggests. The residents of the East Sussex town were judged to have the highest level of musical sophistication, followed by West Somerset and North Dorset.The study found that musical skills and ability are not evenly distributed across the population and are linked to a person’s profession, education level and their average income.

Published in the PLOS ONE journal, the study carried out by researchers from Goldsmiths, University of London and BBC Lab UK, found a correlation between how musical people are and the average income of the area where they live.Learning to play an instrument is strongly linked to household income with the highest level of musical training being found among the inhabitants of the City of London, Cambridge, York, Cherwell, and Oxford. However, the inclusion of low-income regions in the ‘most musical list’, such as Hastings and areas of Wales and the West Country, prove that high income and musical aptitude were not always linked.

Dr Daniel Mullensiefen, lead researcher on the project from the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, said: “It was fascinating to be involved in this study – the largest of its kind ever to be undertaken – and it was exciting to map out for the first time how musical expertise is spread across an entire nation.”The most intriguing result for me is to be able to see on a map how musical skills are related to social conditions of our modern lives.”

“Perhaps the most surprising result was the relationship between income and musicality.”With a couple of exceptions, people who lived in postcode areas with a higher average income performed better in the music ability tests. The next question we’re going to tackle is the cause behind this relationship.

More than 94,000 participants answered questions on their musical background and musical habits and took part in a range of objective musical tests. Although the tests were not solely based on a person’s ability to play an instrument, those with musical training had a clear advantage on the listening tests where they were asked to do things like remember distinctive tunes. The study also found that musical sophistication is generally highest in early and flexible periods of life such as during school and university, and is also higher in certain professions such as the media or education.But hope is not lost for those struggling to master an instrument. The findings also show that inherent factors such as gender and ethnicity explained very little in terms of the musical sophistication of individual participants.   The Argus

Gary Kinch………..we already knew that didn’t we folks

Pete Fisher…..don’t know about sophisticated, but it was great to grow up in a town where so much music was happening, and at a time when some of the best music ever was being produced (60s/70s), and to have people around me who were also totally obsessed with music!!

EELS – De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill Thur 19th June 2014


EELS are an indie rock band run by singer-songwriter Mark Oliver Everett. Everett, who more commonly goes by the name E, is the only permanent member of EELS, bringing in different collaborators for his rock and chamber-pop compositions. Known for their spiky humor and confessional bent, E’s lyrics often touch on depression, doubt and mortality while at the same time offering glimpses of hope amidst the despair. EELS have had flashes of mainstream appeal, but largely they remain a critically acclaimed band with a strong cult following.

The new EELS album The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett will be released April, 22, 2014. Visit for more info!