The Pied Piper – Manor Road Hastings – 1974

Who remembers The Pied Piper pub?

Jim Breeds… Nope! It must have been bad for the children of the area!

Richard Turner… My dads band playing Thursday

Pete Millington…  Yep! SPYKE played there regularly in the mid 1970s

Alan Esdaile… Did someone say Crispian St Peters played at this pub?

Pete Fairless… Don’t know, but they used to play out at the end of the night with Bob & Marcia version.

Virginia Davis… Yes. My grandparents lived a few doors away. Spent many times in there with family

Dawn Leaney… Oh yes.. had good times there , dancing to the disco.. l think it was on a Friday night!

Tony Davis… Yes. I ran into the guy who managed him and he played there opening night

Jacquie Hinves… Yes , I do!

Terry Hardwick… I used to do the disco with Tony Murray his Dad Ted and his Mum Carol ran it .

Samantha Blake… I remember the pub x

Jo Turner… Yes, Lizzy and I often went there

Roy Penfold… Became The Manor in later years I believe…

Sandy Max… I only knew it as the Manor

Pete Brazier… I know for certain that his Record was lol

Ralph Town… Regularly pissed in there from 1975 to around 1979.

Ken Copsey… My grandads local when we lived in St Mary’s Terrace.

Tony Court-holmes… yet another old pub there used to be so many up that way but not any more

Merv Kennard… yes remember it well. played there a few times. landlord always wanted to flip a coin for double or quits before paying.

Ronnie Lane & Slim Chance plus Mike Storey – Hastings Pier 21st June 1975

ads supplied by Sarah Harvey, Ronnie Lane photo 1975 (venue unknown) Rik Walton  Mike Storey photo supplied by Clive Richardson from the gig at Hastings Pier

Peter Fairless… …how come?

Mick O’Dowd… Nice one Sarah. Keep em’ coming!

Peter Fairless… Love it!

Steve Cooke… He has to be one of our most underrated songwriters! Went way too soon.

Dennis Torrance… Was there fantastic night

Pete Fisher… Would love to have been there, but saw him with The Faces at Reading in ’72…great documentary here…

Glenn Piper… I remember the Ronnie Lane gig 😀 brilliant

Martyn Baker… Me too Glenn. Ronnie’s songs left a lasting impression on me that night. Once heard, never forgotten.

Pete Houghton… I was there and it was a great night

Who was your favourite band as a teenager?

Eric Peckham… Status Quo.

Glenn Piper… Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Steely Dan.

Pete Prescott… Free Led zep Deep purple Santana Wishbone ash Humble pie Grand funk railroad
Black Sabbath Yes Genesis Audience Faces Who

John Coleman… Queen, deep purple, thin lizzy and Golden Earring!

Phil Thornton… The Who, Genesis, Jimi Hendrix.

Andrew Reid Mcduffie… Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Audience, Yes, East of Eden, King Crimson, Vangelis, Mike Oldfield, Free, Rush, Zappa, UK, Genesis, Al DiMeola, Bruford etc. Hmmmm…….they kind of still are. Went off and did the jazz and classical and avant garde thing but ended up returning home to the bands that first turned me on. ….

Gareth Huggett… Queen

Martin Curcher… I got into Punk so it would have to be the Sex Pistols…

Janet Rennie… T rex , slate, the sweet

Lloyd Johnson… Johnny Smith and The Chevs, The Talismen. Not forgetting The Confederates and The Red Coats.

Ian Brown…  Slade

Roy Trunchion… Quo

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Continental College, Witch Doctor Dance Floor & HiFi Ad – Andre Martin


Andre Martin….The Continental College, was in the old Pitmans College buildings and they ran a Sunday Night Youth Club, a way of getting their resident students to mix with locals, this was first a Jazz Club, but by 1962/3 The Confederates we almost the resident group – Pete Millington for info

The Witch Doctor


The famous Witch Doctor Club floor

Hi-Fi Club


All info & cuttings  Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Peter Millington…..I played as a member of The Confederates in both. The Nest Club was at the very end of Trinity St. and is still a coffee house although the music in the Nest Club days was downstairs. The Contenental College had live music for the students (to keep them in rather than mix with the dodgy locals I think) every Sunday afternoon/evening. That would have been in 1962/3- great fun for us starting out with our ambitions to become a big group ha ha

Caz Simpson… Witchdoctor, I’ll never tire is seeing this.

Mick O’Dowd… Remember it Well.

The Piper, Norman Road, St Leonards – New Music Venue opens 22nd June, 2019

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The Piper…‘The Piper’ Arrives – A new unconventional grassroots music venue and pub opens in St Leonards. With an increasing number of small music venues closing down across the country in recent years, it gives us great pleasure to announce the arrival of The Piper, a brand new grassroots music venue and pub set to shake up the music scene in St Leonards and Hastings from 22nd June. Located on Norman Road, The Piper occupies a previously much-loved music venue ‘The Norman Arms,’ which closed down a few years ago, much to the disappointment of the local community. In need of full restoration, new owners Chris Barnett and Andy Barker took on the project to create what will now be the only grassroots music venue in St Leonards, hoping for the establishment to once again become a cornerstone of the community, providing live entertainment for local residents and beyond.

Owner Chris Barnett, who has worked in the music industry for over 30 years managing bands, record labels and music events in across the UK will be booking up-and-coming eclectic and alternative national and international artists from a variety of music genres to play at The Piper.
Owner Chris Barnett says: “In my youth, thanks to small venues and good promoters, I was lucky enough to catch bands like the Manic Street Preachers, Pulp, Oasis, The Verve and The White Stripes long before they broke. As hundreds of small music venues continue to close, this is becoming less possible and I hope to change that for the residents of East Sussex and beyond with the opening of the Piper.”

The venue takes its name ‘The Piper’ as a gentle nod to the debut studio album by English rock band Pink Floyd, and the only one made under founding member Syd Barrett’s leadership, ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’. Syd Barrett, actually performed his last ever gig on Hastings pier with Pink Floyd 51 years ago, and to mark the venue’s opening, internationally respected sculptor, Suzie Zamit from Hastings will be creating a bust of the erstwhile singer’s head to be displayed in the pub.

The Piper will be open throughout the day, from from 10am until 11pm Sunday to Thursday, and 12am on Friday and Saturday, at the management’s digression.

The Piper address: The Piper, 1 Norman Rd, St Leonard’s-on-sea TN37 6NH

Colin Jefferys… Anyone remember a pub called the Pied Piper.  Run by Ted and Carol ?

Pete Fairless… On the West Hill?

Tony Davis… Used to be The Manor in Manor Road

Clifford Rose… I used it at the weekends 77-80

Chilli Willi and The Red Hot Peppers plus Strife – Hastings Pier 15th June 1974

Pete Houghton… Both Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers and Strife were bloody fantastic great concert by both bands.

Phil Gill… Chill Willi were fabulous. Great country style guitarist, who I talked with afterwards and who was happy to talk guitars for ages. He gave me the best advice ever – always practice first thing in the morning and it sets up your fingers for the rest of the day. He was right, been doing that now for 45 years and it still works for me. Funny how a chance encounter can change your life so much.

Pete Fisher… Maybe that was Philip Lithman – read in wiki he’d been over to San Francisco before the band formed, and went back there after they split…I think you can hear a bit of West Coast maybe even Grateful Dead influence here…lovely guitar anyway, oh and good advice BTW – wish someone had said that to me – evenings after work not always the best time…

Mick O’Dowd… Chilli Willi. Excellent! Bongos Over Balham. Excellent album!

Pete Houghton… yes it’s an Excellent album

Nick Patching… Mick, Pete Thomas on drums (from Seaford) who went on to hit the pig skin for Elvis Costello