Ritz – Black Horse Music Festival – 26th to 29th May 1995

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photos & poster supplied by Pete Prescott

RITZ, with John Laidlaw, Neil Cartwright, Martin Stringer,  Andy Knight(Drums) &  Paul Dengate.

John Laidlaw….Eeek!

Paul Dengate… Just thinking, Neil and Andy and I played with two bands that weekend – Chaser and Ritz. Then realised that Garry Blakeley probably played with nearly everyone on the Saturday!

John Beeching… I don’t think he left the stage all day, should have been sponsored for the marathon.

Bumpers – Island Sampler compilation LP 1970

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Side 1
1. Every Mother’s Son by Traffic
2. Love by Bronco 
3. I Am The Walrus by Spooky Tooth
4. Jesus, Buddha, Moses, Gauranga by Quintessence 

Side Two:
5. Thunderbuck Ram by Mott The Hoople
6. Nothing To Say by Jethro Tull
7. Going Back West by Jimmy Cliff
8. Send Your Son To Die by Blodwyn Pig
9. Little Woman by Dave Mason

Side Three:
10. Go Out And Get It by John and Beverley Martyn
11. Cadence and Cascade by King Crimson
12. I’m Reaching Out On All Sides by If
13. Oh I Wept by Free
14. Hazey Jane by Nick Drake

Side Four:
15. Walk Awhile by Fairport Convention
16. Maybe You’re Right by Cat Stevens
17. Island by Renaissance
18. The Sea by Fotheringay
19. Take Me To Your Leader by Clouds

Chris Giles… I loved this LP ..one of the best, I thought of the Island samplers and have still got it

Dave Nattress… I remember this one well, a couple of friends had it. Stand out track for me – first time I heard it was “Oh I Wept” by Free (off Fire and Water). Already had Tons of Sobs and Free but got F & W on vinyl then and on musicassette for the Ford Anglia I had back then! Still got both as well as the first edition, remaster and special edition – and pretty much everything Free did. Free what a fabulous unit. Paul Kossoff (RIP) such unique guitar work. Actually the first time I heard many of these artists!

Martin Stoggell… The artwork you got on those big covers.

Saxon & Tygers Of Pan Tang – 24th May 1980 Hastings Pier

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Andy Baldock….I was at the Saxon gig and met them afterwards,also the following year @ Brighton Centre

Tim Bruce…..went to that one. was veeerrryyy loud….. Afterwards I drove home but could only tell if the engine had stalled by the ignition light on the dash as my ears had shut down. That was one loud gig!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I was there that night!

Iain Cobby… Great band Saxon….. I was there with Brian Setchfield. Tigers with John Sykes on guitar what a gig

Alan King… who needs Spinal Tap ?

Who remembers playing a game of shove ha’penny?

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Alan Esdaile… I think the first time I played it was at The Angel pub on the West Hill.

Judy Atkinson… I’ve got a board but no pennies or ha’pennies. Great pub game. My dad said they used to make the boards from the old wooden toilet seat covers

Reg Wood… We still play at home.

Kim Thompsett… Used to have shove and darts night at the Sussex. There was a league, it was serious stuff!

Carol Paffett… Still play

Jane Hartley… We had a board at home, still got the pennies somewhere. Played a lot in the Langham too.

Kathy Wood… We got our board out a few weeks ago, had forgotten about it for years

Nathan Honey… Loved playing this with grandad! Good memories

Leigh Wieland-Boys… My parents still have one!

Tony Bowles… Leigh, so do I but don’t have any pennies

Karen Sweatman… Still play this with in laws at Christmas

Mike Waghorne… 50 years ago !

Martin Stoggell… I’ve got one of them. But no one to play with.

Dawn Leaney… There is still a shovepenny league between pubs in Hastings that play on a thursday eve .. not so many teams as there used to be , unfortunately not many younger people are playing so few and few each year. Xx

Tony Court-holmes… used play it all the time all the pubs in the old town used to have a table. The Nelson was the best. Tony Shipley taught me how to play

Val Shoesmith… We have one.

Stephen Moran… I have very fond memories of playing shovepenny in the Nelson during the late seventies!

Pete Houghton… I used to play it when i used to go in my local pub

John Warner… had one in my pub!

Colin Bell… Used to play it with my dad at The Fountain St. Leonards, long before it was a music venue and still a traditional pub, good memories

Read moreWho remembers playing a game of shove ha’penny?

Hastings International Folk Festival 22nd May – 25th May 1987

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supplied by Mick Mepham

Also appeared Titus and Friends,  Blowabella, Ralph McTell, The Kipper Family, Barry Dransfield, Cecil Sharp, Ashley Hutchings, Bonnie Shalijean and loads more. Gigs at various venues and events took place throughout the town.

Robert Searle… Saw Tom Paxton at the Congress Eastbourne .The place was nearly empty ,so embarrassing for him and the audience. A really nice folky who i liked in the early sixties.

Will Cornell… I’d do anything to be able to see Blowzabella. They’ve played S.America a lot, but nary a nod to the ol’ USA. On my top 5 list of faves. Oh well, I do correspond with one of the guys quite a lot on matters re: Hurdy Gurdy!

Who remembers playing Bar Billiards?

Alan Esdaile… remember playing this in The Provincial Hotel Havelock Road.

Colin Fox… Many times in the Crown Eastbourne

Martin Richter… what a game ! sadly missed

Reg Wood… At the Langham

Joe Knight… Use to be one in the Wheatsheath pub in Bohemia Rd

Jan Warren… Also remember “shove ha’penny” in the pub too!

Jim Breeds… Very popular in the Jenny Lind in the 1970s. Then the landlord (Ron French) swapped it for a pool table. Not the same fun!

Mike Mitchell… Used to play in The Oddfellows Arms..

Maz Marriott… My husband still plays in the league for the Jenny

Michael Wilson… The Fountain St Leonards.

David Edwards… Used to love bar billiards tho’ very few pubs have them now. But I believe the Jenny has one.

Sandy Max… Still play in the Nags Head! I think they got their table from the Fox when it closed. Much more skilful than the ubiquitous American Pool played in most pubs. I believe there may still be a Bar Billiards league?

Pete Prescott… Used to play this a lot ! Great game !

Pauline Richards… Yes. My grandparents used to own the Langham pub and my grandfather used to let me play for free.

Ian Mantel…I used to play at The Princes, now Pissarro’s. The table was in the corner where they now put the drummer on a Friday/Saturday night

Samuel Freeman… Played there good table

Read moreWho remembers playing Bar Billiards?

Who remembers The Golden Hind Pub Havelock Road Hastings?

Tony Davis says… Was looking through SMART the other day and saw some photos of Steve D and it took my mind back to the days when I worked at the Golden Hind. Started me thinking if anyone has any photos of those days circa 1979-1983. If you’ve got any photos, stories or thoughts lets see if we can get a thread up and running on SMART.

Alan Esdaile… Any photos or memories, please feel free to post.

Graham Belchamber… Remember the pub and I’ll have a think through the old grey matter!

Peter Fairless… Yes, I remember it, very well!

Mike Mitchell… I met my wife in The Golden Hind. Sticky carpet and video juke box. That’s the pub not the wife.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Went to the Golden Hind most weekends before going nightclubbing! Worked in Havelock Road & often popped in at lunchtimes too. Loved that place – lots of good memories!

Jane Dorsett… the good old days leigh……..x

Peter Fairless… Wow, those town centre pubs!

Read moreWho remembers The Golden Hind Pub Havelock Road Hastings?

Who still has Fray Bentos Pies?

Peter Fairless… Haven’t had one in ages

Alan Esdaile… likewise haven’t had one in years, used to love the pastry.

Peter Checksfield… occasionally buy one for the pastry – the filling nowadays tends to lack any solidity (more like gravy with bits in it)

Jane Cranfield… Brings back childhood memories i used to love these pies and the puddings,still do when i remember to buy them lol

John Scaife… Still got a some in the Cupboard (Different Flavours)

Paul Huggett… Back in my bedsit days a Fray Bentos steak and kidney pudding boiled in the tin, a can of processed peas and a packet of Smash constituted a hearty meal

Alan King… luxury

Paul Huggett… sometimes I made gravy, but mostly just huge dollops of tomato sauce.

Steve Fox… They were revolting, as a child I thought I didn’t like pie but it was just them!

Graham Bradley… Always had a couple of these in the cupboard always tasted great after leaving the Astral or Prinnys etc at 2am in the morning

Alan Wood… Had a vegan one last week ,bloody lovely, wife had steak and kidney ,she normal !!

Chris Garrod… YUK! Horse meat.

Alan King… these days I eat the pastry and leave the meat for the cat (what meat ? I should say leave the gravy for the cat). have you got any fingers left after removing the lid ? always keep some superglue and plasters handy before attempting to open (especially at 2:00 am after a drink). I always thought it was a town in Argentina, but it’s actually in Uruguay.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… We had a chicken one last night….🤢 it was disgusting! Ended up binning it & ordering a Dominos pizza

Pauline Richards… You can still get them in the pound shop Peter

Nicola Dobson… Not much meat in them now

Robert Coe… I thought I liked them back in the day, but tried one recently and it was gross. No meat just gristle, yuk

Ricky Adelaide… Oh yes and the steak kidney pudding

Jim Quinn Mcg… Offfft ..minging ….

Paavali Mears… I liked em but knew someone who used them as door wedges

Roland Clarke… Bit of a guilty pleasure. I avoid them a little these days as I’m not sure that they are good for you.

Mick O’Dowd… One of the worst tins ever to open safely but the wait is worth it. Have often resorted to a screwdriver and other tools!

Peter Fortsch… Oh Yes !

Lance Collins… Diet of campers !!!!

Genny Marsh… Love them , it is the pastry top. Steak and Kidney is the best

Nicola Barfield… Oh yes steak and kidney

Florence Foster… Got one in my cupboard

Pete Houghton… Yes love themand still eat them now got a couple of tins in the cupboard

Andrew Moodie… Just the pastry, not the mystery meat within.

John Sydes… Love em, just make sure you follow the instructions.

Jeff Pardan… There is not as much meat as there used to be Most of it is gravy .I won’t be buying any more .!!!

Colin Gibson… Oxymoron there I think, or is it a tautology?

Alan King… who cares about Frey Bentos ? Soylent Gregg’s will be opening soon ! Hip Hip Hoorah

Tim Moose Bruce… There was a restoration of a lightweight Villiers powered bike in Classic Bike back in the 80s. The owner used a Fray Bentos steak n kidney pudding tin for the rear light assembly. These bikes were made to a price and they probably got the tins from the Metal Box Company who made them.

Pete Fisher… Was with two German mates on the west coast of Ireland in ’93 and their VW hippy van broke down in the middle of nowhere. They fixed it by making a washer out of the lid of the tin of vegetable soup we ate for supper…got them back to Germany…