Who used to make and have fun with a balsa wood glider?

David Edwards…The ones I made always self destructed!

Ernest Ballard… Still do. But the propellor and elastic band ones were too expensive for us

Leigh Wieland-Boys… My brother…the amount of times I got hit in the face by one of these….Oh how he laughed!

Jane Cranfield… I remember these my bothers always made them but yes they didn’t last long in trees, over hedges or under cars lol x

Roger Simmonds… Me also balsa wood and paper covered larger flying models great fun.

Mick O’Dowd… Mine very rarely got past the maiden flight!

Julie Findlay-jones… Still do with my grandchildren, they sell them in the pound shop.

Dave Nattress… I’m with Mick O’Dowd, hardly got one past a maiden flight.  Worse though, rather more recently, the little battery powered, remote operated helicopters, great for the kids for a couple of flights then prang and they’ve had it.

Lyn Humphrey… Me & my brother used to see who could chuck them the furthest, until they broke. We laugh now at how competitive we were. But I laugh more.

Paul Slidel… Who remembers Jetex model engines?

Lyn Humphrey.. Yep, Jetex model engines–I seem to remember fixing one to a model boat. Tremendous acceleration, though only for a fairly short duration.

Paul Slidel… Yes, had one on a plane I built, never saw it again!

Rediffusion colour television advert – August 1976

Judith Monk… Got my first colour tv from them as a result of this ad!

Roy Penfold… Fond memories (not) of working for them when they became Granada and removing all of the big 26″ valve sets for upgrade to the ‘new’ transistorised ones….

Tony Stevens… I DID WORK FOR REDIFFUSION REPAIRING TV BACK IN THE 70S

Ian Quinnell… Lots of memories from working there in the 70’s. Workshop was HOT in the summer (esp ’76!) and cold in winter when heating failed, but coffee topped up from a bottle of rum and scotch helped

Nigel Ford… I wonder if the (redundant?) cables are still underground all over the town? How many towns had Redifusion, was it a southern thing only?

Roy Penfold… Many of the cables are no-doubt still in-situ. I have noticed a couple of houses that still have the outside boxes, although painted over now.
There is a website at http://www.rediffusion.info that states they were global! Tony and Ian probably can remember my uncle (now deceased) – David Turner who worked as one of the techs. He was a bit of a strange one and disassociated himself from everyone in the family when his mother and father had passed on. I only found out that he was working in the same firm as me (on Ponswood) when I had left and had to collect his possessions from Brighton hospital once he had passed away. The house is still in my family – my parents, Mick & Gill (David’s sister) now live there. It was like a time-warp back to the 1960s when we first opened the house up to clear it out and sort things for probate etc.

Ian Quinnell… I was at Rediff from 1971 to 1977. I have a vague notion about a Dave Turner, seemed to be a bit of an odd character.but can’t be certain. However, I remember a Bill Penfold – was he related to you Roy?

Barry Newton… Good times working out of Ponswood. I think I did 7+ years with mainly a good crew. Worked Hastings, Rye, Eastbourne and Lewes, happy days. We liked to think of ourselves as erection speciatists, LOL it also had a good social side

Martin Richter… can you ask them to come and get their box – it’s still on the wall

Jacqueline Marsh… Do any of you remember Ron Kettle? he was a manager who came back from Hong Kong and ended up managing the Southern Region, based I believe in Ponswood. I seem to remember going there to collect him in the car when his was being serviced.

Josie Lawson… I rented a Rediffusion TV From a shop in Ore village…

Tim Moose Bruce… Used to work at Buss Foods opposite Rediffusion site at Ponswood. I remember an incident when the night shift were working at one part of the building while at another part,thieves were helping themselves to stuff! I think they tried to break in to the Buss food retail shop that night too, and some other places on ponswood got hit too.

Yvonne Cleland… We got our first tv from Rediffusion in Robertson Street! Used to have to go there every week for the payments. I remember when they first displayed colour tvs! They later had a shop in London Road, St. Leonards, as I remember.

 

Talking of Kazoos. Who used to play one or maybe still does?

Andy Morrison… Had one as a kid, great fun

Dennis Torrance… About the only thing I could play lol third man theme good to see

Jeff Belton… I used to own one of those . Can you still get them ?

David Wilkinson… and then there’s a jew’s harp

Phil Little… Steve Waller always used to play one onstage.

Arthur Sutherland… Comb and tissue paper.

Joe Knight… The same

Eddie Larnerd Lane… I still have one somewhere

Joe Knight… Izal toilet paper and a com

Arthur Sutherland…  It is about all Izal toilet paper was any use for.

Joe Knight… even newspaper was better 😂 have a good day!!!!

 

Edison Lighthouse – Hastings Pier 10th August 1973.

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Sarah Harvey… This day August 10th, 1973. Hastings Pier. Edison Lighthouse are widely regarded as a one-hit wonder, with only two songs entering any chart worldwide: “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)” and “It’s Up to You, Petula.

Alan Esdaile… Tony Burrows sang with lots of other groups and also charted with Brotherhood Of Man and White Plains.

Mick O’Dowd… Aah Edison Lighthouse. I’ve been to countless shows where there is someone who claims to have been in Edison Lighthouse from Butlins to Spain. If all were true they must have been a very large group!

Sue Beattie… Oh I loved Love Grows by Edison Lighthouse

Mick O’Dowd… Love grows on my rosemary’s nose was the alternate lyrics!

Skid Row, Graham Bond & Pete Brown – Hastings Pier 10th August & 17th August 1972 & memories of Gary Moore

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supplied by Mick Mepham

Phil Gill….Gary Moore had already left by this time and Adrian Fisher had stepped in.

Gary Kinch….Was there. Good gig…….so was Stray, Stackridge and Genesis. 50p a ticket, same price as 4 pints of bitter (12p Jenny)

Martyn Baker….Also. See Genesis Live! 60p!

Chris Meachen…..I sang ‘johnny b goode’ with skid row at that gig, & was invited to join the band!

Pete Fisher….the dawn of shredding – you’d have to go to John McLaughlin to find a guitarist who could play that fast back then .I’ve been combing my scrapbooks etc from back then recently, and I was at the Skid Row gig – featuring a very young Gary Moore, I think he was actually only 18, playing amazing guitar…I was also at the Stray gig, and still have a Stray badge – they also played the Pier 25.03.72, supported by Factory! When I get time I’ll post a list for 71/72/73, and some original tickets/photos!

Yvonne Cleland…I was in the front row for the Gary Moore Band, so can confirm that one. Don’t know why, but my memory is telling me he was the support act for someone, but my memory could easily be wrong.

Terry Pack…I got to know Gary quite well when I was recording at Morgan with The Enid in 1977. He was recording with Jon Hiseman’s band, as was Don Airey. Morgan had 4 studios in the same large building, with a central space containing a bar, where we used to meet for a drink and a game of pool. Heatwave were also recording there at the time, and I beat Rod Temperton time and again at darts. Gary was very shy, and very self-conscious about the scar on his cheek, which is why he always had his hair across his face. I met him a few more times at Blues Festivals during the 80s and 90s when I was playing with Johnny Mars.  He was a fine player.

Phil Gill….The Gary Moore Band played the pier with Vinegar Joe in 1973. Vinegar Joe had Robert Palmer and Elkie Brooks, but Gary was the man for me. Steve D and I were “Entertainments Secretaries” on the college Students Union and had booked them, so we were on the pier when they sound checked. Gary Moore had just left Skid Row and was touring his Grinding Stone album, great band, two guitarist and keyboards. He sound checked by playing You Don’t Love Me from the Allman Brothers live album, playing Duane’s solos almost note for note. It couldn’t get any better – one of my favourite guitarists playing a song from my favourite album.
I had to sort out time slots and stuff with him after the sound check, and I mentioned that he’d obviously studied the Allmans’ live album. He was pleased and surprised I’d noticed the reference, and I spent a great half hour or so with him in the dressing room discussing the Allmans, Duane and guitars – common ground, we were both fans. And Skid Row; I was a fan, Roger Carey had turned me on to “34 Hours”, so we talked about that and he happily answered a lot of my questions about the band and that album. He had a Gibson SG that night and I asked what had happened to his Les Paul from Skid Row – stolen, he said, but he really liked his replacement SG, then handed it to me…“Here you go – try it out and see what you think….”.  I was 17, he was 21. He could’ve just told me to clear off, but instead he gave me something to remember. He just loved talking music and sharing time with another young player to talk guitars. What a gent, what a memory.

Andy Clarke… And what was at No 2, Queens Rd?

Mark Hardwick… see Genesis for 60p…not bad

The Kinks – Hastings Pier 6th August 1967

Flyer supplied by Lloyd Johnson. photo from Fanclub television show, in 1967 Photographer: W. Veenman

*Pink Floyd did not appear on the 20th August 1967 but replaced by Unit 4+2. The date was rescheduled for 20th January 1968*

Carol Arnold… AHHHH saw unit 4 plus 2

Heather Smith… went to see them at the White Rock Theatre a few monthes back, may be 8 monthes ago they where good, great music

Mick O’Dowd… What a line-up! If only possible today. Orange Seaweed were also support for Jimi Hendrix.

Ken Copsey… Believe this was Syd Barret’s last gig with Pink Floyd?

Peter Fairless… The rearranged gig in January ’68, yes, Ken

Mick O’Dowd… Does anybody know of anything of Orange Seaweed?

Martin Richter…  like the Dave Dee – not enough room on the poster!

Crazy Paving , Love Affair – Hastings Pier 9th & 10th August 1969

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supplied by Sarah Harvey

Keith Veness… Was there for the Love Affair was only 16

Jacqueline Hillier… Was also there for Love Affair ..Great Memories

Andre Martin… That Sunday Club I think was promoted by Frank Shalor from Eastbourne.

Mick O’Dowd… Steve Ellis was a great singer & frontman

 

Samisen Return to Rock A Nore – The lost recordings 1976

Sarah Harvey… Recorded at THE BOX in Silverhill. Samisen ‘Rock-A-Nore’ in 1976!! The background to this song was actually based on Conan Howard’s (Bass Guitar) story about where he lost his virginity rather than any sentimental connection with the iconic Hastings area. I am a prog rocker at heart and I write songs and have done since the 1970s…..and here is the proof!! In the 1970s I wrote many prog rock songs, and most of them were in the epic prog-rock style. In those days that’s what you did as a band. One day I will rework them and perhaps perform them…. who knows. This video depicts the various line-ups of my very first band SAMISEN. The song was recorded at THE BOX in Silverhill in 1976!! ‘Rock-A-Nore’ is a prog rock piece written by Sarah Harvey and Conan Howard based on Conan’s story about where he lost his virginity rather than any sentimental connection with the iconic Hastings location.
– Graham Barrett (Vocals – RIP)
– Sarah Harvey (Lead Guitar – Happy Maureens)
– Ralphy (Rhythm Guitar and backing vocals)
– Bernie Smirnoff (Drums – Kingbathmat)
– Conan Howard (Bass Guitar)
I am proud of the songs I have written down the years

Jan Warren… Me too Sarah, I am Prog and Psychedelic Rock too, I remember meeting you at the SMART meet in Hastings, hope to meet you again soon!

Conan Howard… sorry SARAH, you only helped to write this, as it was my original idea.. CONAN HOWARD , as proved by all the bass work.. now go to the back of the class and sit on the naughty step you bad girl … love Conan x

Sarah Harvey… Conan has become such a grumpy old wotsit in his old age 😂 I did say we co-wrote it and ok, if you want the rights to the original idea I won’t get my lawyer on to you this time. 😜 xxx

Peter Thomson… Always enjoyed hearing (and watching) you lot knock this one out.

Conan Howard… must admit though Graham Barrett did come up with all the words,, good old Graham ,bless you where ever you are now. WHAT a Hoot  SARAH ,good stuff indeed . all meant in good fun.. I have the right to be grumpy at 70 years old , what else is there? love Conan xx

Missing Persons – Only A Friend – 1980

Recorded at Park Gates studio, Catsfield, Sussex (August 10th 1980). Produced by Ike Nossel, Mastered by Martyn Baker.
Song & Vocal – Stephen Winterbottom,     Guitar & Backing Vocal – Martin (Hawk) Luckhurst,
Bass – Martyn Baker,    Keyboards – Ashley Pepper,    Drums – Kevin Hoad.

The Humperdinks – 1966 and reunion 2012

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supplied by  Hastings Groups from 1958 to the present.

Baz Cooper, Ray Brown,Mike Bradley, Colin Tapp and John Kingdon.

Colin Tapp… Thanks Alan I like this photo must be about 50 years ago , great memories.

Andy Knight….Played with John in Freeway in 1970, great singer but he had put the gun away by then. ps were the clothes from FAB boutique?

Andre Martin…..Could well have been provided by Brian Fisher !!

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The Humperdinks reunion gig at The Hazlitt Theatre 2012 — with Baz Cooper, Colin Tapp, John Kingdon, Mick Bradley , Mike Nixon & Colin Norton.

Andre Martin….Well known in Hastings and around during the early 1960s – credit please that we did produce some good bands in those days.

Leigh Wieland-Boys….Amazing! Johnny Kingdom’s band played at my brother’s wedding in 1974! I remember him well! Hello John!

Baz Cooper… We got those clothes from a boutique in Hastings, but I don’t remember the name of it.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Johnny Kingdon & his band played at my brother’s wedding in 1974!