Curzon Cinema St Leonards closes in January 1977

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Derek Clemans… I went to see Slade in flame there.

Dizz Corinne Ryder… me too!

Peter Houghton… Didn’t they used to call it the flea pit?

Alan Esdaile… That was The Orion, Pete.

Nick Prince… no the Curzon was the best in the borough at the time of closing

Janine Anne Scott… My Grandma was an usherette there in the 60s.

Dennis Torrance… Sad when it went Remember wet winter Sunday afternoons in there with old girlfriend they used to bring tea trolley around great service and some great films

Alan Esdaile… remember the tea trolley. Used to get the old film posters from the manager.

Christina Prentice… My auntie Winnie took me there to see escape from witch mountain!!!!

Mike Mitchell… Ah that wonderful tea trolley pushed along by a lady in a checked nylon house coat. Tea always came in cup *and* saucer no less!
And the manager was always standing outside in dinner jacket and bow tie to greet you. Happy days!

Nick Prince… The Curzon closed seven days after the Penguin did. A week later, the White Rock Pavilion showed its last film. It wasn’t uncommon to get several films a year there

Kevin White… My dad was a projectionist there in the 50’s or 60’s.I used to get in free as a kid as he knew the manager at the time. Mum used to send me down there with some sandwiches during the summer holidays when I was getting on her nerves,bless her cotton socks.So quite often

Ralph Town… I saw a re run of “Man who fell to Earth” in 77 too.I got press book,poster,photos THE LOT!

Hastings holiday town of contrasts 1972 – BFI Player

Watch Hastings – holiday town of contrasts – BFI Player – click on link….

https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-hastings-holiday-town-of-contrasts-1972-online?fbclid=IwAR39nbA6a9xOW41q2MC4rGesLNak1MJGbEU2eeWav3JLoWD0owAhlyvY2d0

Lucy Pappas… Whenever I see these old Hastings films, I expect to see myself. I was definitely there somewhere!

Dawn Leaney… I was 11 in 1972.. oh the memories! Remember those wed evenings in the park with the fireworks!

Jo Turner… What a great video. Not seen that one before.

Jacqueline Marsh… Always looking for any members of my family

Ralph Town… The chap driving the train….remember him and the chap in the caves,the guide.I think he was a magician too.Anyone remember any of these characters?

Andre Martin… The Caves Guide had been a Police Sgts in the Hastings Force before he retired. Also he was a good old fashion Childrens Entertainer, used to get him along to my daughters Birthday Parties in the early 80s. Les Finch very nice man, booked him into many parties over the years.

Alan Esdaile… Likewise Ralph, remember a lot of the faces and the guy from the caves.

Tony May… Such a lovely, emotive film of the Hastings I remember as a kid and wish we still had. I know some things are better today but just look at how much community interaction there is in this film! People had a true sense of belonging then and I think it shows…

Geoff Peckham… The Jazz Caverners in the Caves with Roy Martin singing and, if I’m not mistaken, Min playing alto sax behind him.

Mick O’Dowd… Nice to see the coaches on the Stade and no Jedwood or whatever it was called. Where is the Conquerors Stone now?

Ernest Ballard… I remember Roy Martin and his Jazz Caverners

John Kitcher… My dad was in that band. Trumpet Pete Kitcher.  I remember going over to the caves on a saturday night in the 60s watching them play . There was a bar down there

 

Radio Caroline – 14th August 1989 supplied by Gerry Powell

Gerry Powell… Hey, it’s that time of year again! Now 30 years on.

Christina Prentice… Miss that….used to listen in bed when I was at school!

Kevin White… me too!

Peter Houghton… I used to listen to it in bed with my headphones on

Alan Esdaile… I used to listen in bed, before headphones were invented!

Peter Houghton… I had a TV with an ear piece so I watched the at night

Wendy Weaver… So did I

Di Robinson… While at college in Clacton we hired a boat to take us out to Radio Caroline to advertise our Rag Week. We also took lots of written requests. They played most of them 😊. My request was something by the Mammas and Pappas- can’t remember which track!!!

 

Marine Offences Bill – 14th August 1967 by Andre Martin

Andre Martin…. Thought for today – For those who remember – today say the end of many of the off-shore radio stations, under the Marine Offences Bill – 14 August 1967 was the date and our choice of music supplier was restricted by Government Application of the Law – a sad day. Would radio in this country have been any better if Radio Caroline, London etc had been given broadcasting licences and allowed on land !- Big L closed down at 3.00pm but Radio Caroline kept going. Here are some memories from the Big L Final Day.

Cathy Knight… I used to Listen under my bed Covers on my Which Would now be a Retro Transistor Radio 📻 to Radio London … I Could not pick up Caroline …!!!

Radio Caroline ‘319 Special’ Fun Bus – Hastings 1978

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photo Peter Messingfield.                Supplied by Kevin Carlyon

Kevin Carlyon…. See top left window

Andre Palfrey-martin…..I think this also came to Eastbourne – Kings Country Club – somewhere I have the press cutting from the Eastbourne Local paper, as this was arranged by myself and Alan Parris the Assistant manager.

Jim Hobbs….Good to know Caroline is still on the air.

http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/#home.html

 

SMART 51 Coffee Meet

New people welcome to join us

Mick O’Dowd… Remember. Post, copy, share and print-off and put down the sweetie shop! Also make a paper plane and spread the word. Let’s try & beat the 50th Meet turnout. (Unfortunately Alan’s not bribing us with canapes this time!)

Alan Esdaile… Ian Mantel has supplied us with a pile of rare promotional and white label cd’s, on behalf of and raising funds for St Michael’s Hospice. These will be available on the day and offers welcome. Here’s a sneak preview…

Samantha’s Club – New Burlington Street. What clubs and venues do you remember in London? Tiffanys Club and Gullivers People chat.

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All images supplied by Colin Bell

Colin Bell… I was looking for something in my archives (I must organise them one day!) and came across this. I was struck by the artwork and how creative it was then. Samantha’s was in a basement off Regent Street and I was introduced to it on a night out with Clem (from the Foundations) and Jimmy James, from memory  it was around late 1969 early 1970. A great place with soul bands appearing and the D.J. ‘booth’ was the body of an E Type Jag (very swinging sixties). Drinks 2/6d! You could get well pissed for a coupla quid! I was lucky enough at that time to have the use of a mate’s flat in Berwick Street Soho, ideally placed to go to all the great clubs. Many hours spent at the Marquee, Whisky-a-go-go, the Flamingo, Middle Earth and Hatchetts in Piccadilly, a great club over 3 floors with a chill out bar level, a restaurant with a glass wall overlooking the ‘disco’ floor. I’d be interested to hear any memories of this period from other Smart members? Great times and great memories…………..

Alan Esdaile… Happy days in Wardour Street at The Marquee. Also the Speakeasy. Also remember auditioning bands at Tiffanys nightclub in Shaftesbury Avenue and a club in Piccadilly with the disco on the top floor, mirrored lift and the club had records stuck to the wall. 100 club, Roxy, Ronnie Scotts etc.

Peter Fairless… Went to some dodgy, some good clubs in London. Some were very dodgy but very good! Can’t remember all the names but most of those listed above.

Steve Gage… My mate Ray was a bouncer at Samanthas where are you now mate??? 🙂

Mick O’Dowd… Went to The Q Club in Paddington after seeing James Brown at The Rainbow in the 70’s I think. JB turned up after we got there and jammed with the band. Awesome!

Read moreSamantha’s Club – New Burlington Street. What clubs and venues do you remember in London? Tiffanys Club and Gullivers People chat.