Nobody remembers their first download but everyone remembers their first album

shared from cover band central

John Coleman… Genisis Live

David Miller… John, that’s a great way to kick things off….especially Hogweed, good and loud!

Roy Short… Dark side of the moon

John Mcewen… School days Alice Cooper.

Stephen Moran… Out of the Shadows

Trevor Jones… Lonnie Donegan ,skiffle album about 1958.

Colin Bell… Del Shannon, God bless him!

Paul Cullen… The Byrds.

Alastair Thompson… Abbey rd the Beatles age 8 in 71. Cool

Jan Deane… Every Picture Tells a Story – Rod

Patricia Burgess… Adam Faith, LP still have it here on Canada

Jason Stainer…Songs From The Jungle Book by The Jungle VIPs – I had a record player before I started school. Bought the album at the cinema. First single I bought was I Taut I Taw a Puddy Tat by Tweetie Pie. I still have them both, and they still play.

Roger Carey… “Well Respected Man” – a compilation of songs by The Kinks on the Marble Arch label. It was a present from my late sister Anne in 1968.

Mike Curtis… Roger, I’ve still got it!

Geoff Peckham… Me too! Favourite track: Don’t You Fret.

Roger Carey… That’s great! “Don’t you fret” – very original song! There was a follow up Marble Arch Kinks compilation called “Sunny Afternoon ” – had another bunch of great songs which I listened to endlessly! Liane and I used to do one from this disc called “I gotta move” and there’s another unusual one called “Sitting on my Sofa”!

Graham Sherrington… YES ALBUM still have a CD in the car

Mike Curtis… I’d rather not count “Sing Along With The Chipmunks”, which was a Christmas present. But I’ll own up to the next one “With The Beatles” which cost me 32/6d. Still got it.

Phil Gill… Please Please Me The Beatles

Judie Struys… Deep Purple in Rock. My first wage packet

Margaret Trowell… Beatles Abbey Road

Mark Randall… Don’t Shoot Me… Elton John

John Coleman… I remember my very first 12”single! NutBush city limits!

Keith Veness… Tommy The Who

Adam Seigel… Thick As A Brick – Jethro Tull

Alan Pepper… Motown Chartbusters Volume 3 in 1969. And the first single was Longshot kick the bucket by the Pioneers. When I was 14 !

Richard Porter… I have never downloaded any music.

Colin Norton…. The Shadows

Mandy Wright… I think it was .. All mod cons by The Jam

Nigel Ford… “Between the Buttons” second hand when in the second year (about 13 yrs old?) for 12/6 from a prefect at Bexhill grammar off the school for sale board, still have it in good condition. I lent it to a third year who bullied me a bit and surprisingly got it back!

TW Vaughan… Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

Gerry Fortsch… I think it’s still downloading?

Derek Clemans… I went to buy Maggie May by Rod Stewart but asked for Maggie and didn’t realise until I got home that I had bought Maggie by Redbone.

Nick Bloomfield…’m feeling really old now because mine was ‘King & Queen’ by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas. The great single ‘Tramp’ was on this one..


Hastings Beatles Day on-line Sunday 11th April 2021

Come together and be part of Hastings Beatles Day 2021.

This year it will be an online festival. If you would like to perform please email Find out more at

The featured acts for Hastings Beatles Day 2021 Online include:
James Burton
Day Slippers
Pepe Belmonte
Pete Prescott
Old Town Ukulele Group
Claire Hamill
Tony Sambrook and Liz Darbyshire
White Rock Youth Theatre & Tiddlers
Mark Rodrigues
Daniel Earwaker
Tim Hoyte
Mackerel Sky
Jason McNiff
The TR5s
Joe Clements
Jess Llewellyn
Louise Driscoll
Vic Payne
Anna Page
with more to be confirmed.
Purchase your Eventbrite ticket here:

Pete Prescott… I hope everyone gets behind this. We have to support all local events.

Crass, Poison Girls, Annie Anxiety, Conflict – Hastings Pier 13th June 1981

shared from David McLean DJ Gremlin’s Rockin’ Stompers



Poster from Tony Ham                   ticket Dave Gates

poster from ?

Tony Ham….Conflict also played that night.  It was a brilliant night, I’ll never forget it.

Mark Richards… & yeah i bet it was!!

Tony Ham… I like that Conflict were obviously added after the tickets were made and someone has just written them in on this one, they weren’t mentioned on mine. Not a bad line up for £1. Thirty five years ago today, I feel old

Kev Towner… Can’t remember why I wasn’t in Hastings for this. Possibly at Uni. I’ll never live down missing this.

Martin Richter… I remember it well ;-

Lauren Gower… Still got my ticket

Alan Esdaile… Used to sell loads of Crass records. I think we got our stock from Rough Trade. We were part of The Chain With No Name and submitted sales figures for the indie chart. Mind you margins were poor for us, the records had pay no more than… printed on the sleeve. Some were around 76p retail if I remember and probably trade price was around 70p.

Tony Ham… To me mainly!  I’ve still got all my records, price and code stickers still on them too.

Martin Richter… we used to get ours from “rough trade” – buy the NME on a Thursday – look at their advert – send off a letter and cheque and they arrived on Saturday morning

Claire Venner… Yep, me and my mates were there.

Sheida Kamkar… Oh yes was there with Claire Venner

Tony Ham… I’ve got it on CD

Tim Kerrell…I was there luv the CRASS

Martin Richter…  I was lucky enough to see them twice 🙂 Xtra! was a great anarchist rag – the paper for the armchair anarchist and F@CK was good fun too – those were the days

White Rock Theatre – Easter 1991

Sandy Max… I’d love those ticket prices these days! They.get a half empty theatre because many locals are priced out. Why don’t they consider cheap standby tickets as the London theatres do to sell the empty seats? A.full theatre makes for a much better atmosphere

Dennis Torrance… I missed button moon and the moon monster lol

Daryl Perkins… Took my Button Moon obsessed 4 year old to this!!

Carol Ann Bolton… I’ve been to Button Moon, followed Mr Spoon to Button Moon…etc

Mick O’Dowd… Went to see The Commodores. Good band but Lionel had already left. They didn’t miss him though.

Trapeze – Hastings Pier 2nd April 1977

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ad supplied by Sarah Harvey. ticket and sleeve supplied by Eric Cawthraw.

Eric Cawthraw…..Anyone else there who stayed to see Trapeze on the pier when they finally turned up late?

Andy Qunta….Love Trapeze! Don’t think I saw them though. Don’t know why!

Eric Cawthraw….The gig was held on the Pier Pavilion as it was then called. The date: Saturday 2nd April 1977. I can’t remember who was the support on the evening, but I do remember being at the bar and a whisper going around that Trapeze couldn’t make it. I’m not 100% sure if it was formally announced that they had cancelled, but ultimately most of the large crowd drifted away. They were definitely the headline. The ticket says Trapeze plus support and Disco. A few of us hung on [probably to sink another ale or two] and we then got word that they were turning up after all. As you know, in those days the big trucks drove right on to the pier and their’s was pretty big as I remember – especially as they were only a 3-piece by then. They had done big tours in the US, so playing to so few must have seemed weird. The thing is, the band treated it as a bit of a party and the atmosphere was great – a real buzz. The set was mainly based on the ‘You Are the Music, We’re Just the Band’ album. I think their guitarist – Mel Galley died a year or two ago….yep, we’re all getting older! My old mate John Storer was there that night, he may want to add to this – or put me right if I have got part of this wrong. My memory is pretty good, but it was 37 years ago!

John Storer ….I have only the vaguest memory of this gig, Eric, but definitely remember that you persuaded me to go. This was 1977 and I was only listening to punk by this time LOL. Do remember thinking the band were great and I do now have three Trapeze albums (two of which are both called, confusingly, “Trapeze”). Must dig them out to have another listen. This post does suggest to me another thread …. bands that never turned up at the Pier … Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers and Thin Lizzy immediately spring to mind.

Clive Richardson… Also no support band turned up but Trapeze where fantastic. Are you still in contact with Simon Pont, Eric?

Steve Kinch…. Glenn Hughes, most definitely the greatest voice in rock. And Trapeze, one of the most underrated funk/rock bands. MMEB were on the same bill as GH a few years ago – even though he was suffering from a throat infection – he sounded tremendous. Never got to see Trapeze though.

Mick Mepham…..Missed them….. I now have most of their albums and am thoroughly hacked off that I never saw them. Black Country Communion are/were excellent with Glenn Hughes on vocals and Joe Bonamassa on guitar, but I would love to have seen Trapeze. Hey ho ….

Eric Cawthraw…. (see above) the first is the concert ticket for Trapeze – with part of the LP cover, as this shows the set that they played; the second is just the ticket on its own. I see that there is now a promotional poster on your website as well. Clive says the support didn’t turn up either that night – that rings a bell, probably why I don’t remember one!

Chris Meachen….. must have been there, but remember little or nothing of this gig.. Think I must have been in the bar too long before they arrived….

Tony Court-holmes… rings a bell

Rock Night 5 with The Lost Boys, The Bombshells and Huw Lloyd-Langton – Marina Pavilion 1st April 1995


supplied by Pete Prescott

Pete Prescott… Remember this one well ! Beki sang with the Lost Boys. Mr Langton was on another planet and  had to be forced off stage. The Lost Boys had a good night !

Karen Sweatman… Beki and the Bombshells were absolutely brilliant. I spent many a happy evening boogieing with those guys. Fabulous memories 🙂

Pete Prescott… They were a great band. Wonderful days.

Martin Richter… before the Lost Boys lost their hair !

Tony Court-holmes… still got mine and its getting longer

Does anyone remember Battersea Fun Fair? asks Colin Bell

photo Stewart Townsend. Cover from the 2020 book. More details…

Colin Bell… After recently watching the film, ‘The Day The Earth Caught Fire’ which featured lots of memories of Battersea Fun Fair, I wondered who else has memories of this fair?

Robert Carey… Worked right on Queenstown Roundabout in 60s and always over there. Great fun.

Paul Crimin… Sure do!

Steve Thorpe… Went there as a kid, I remember the high level walk through the trees and the water splash

Alan Esdaile… I remember going on The Rotor at Battersea funfair and probably about 9/10 years old. Excited to tell my mates at school and explaining it went really fast, then you got stuck to the wall when the floor disappeared. No one believed me!

Phil Little… Used to visit Battersea funfair when I first moved to London in 1972, it was one of the cheapest things to do.

Jane Hartley… I remember going as we had friends in South London, can’t be more specific though!

Colin Bell… The best thing for me was the Schweppes Grotto with its four caves ‘air’ ‘fire’ ‘earth’ and ‘water’ i’ll never forget crossing over the ‘molten lava’ in the fire cave, it was all magical for a 10 year old. The tree walk at night was amazing with its illuminated ‘dragons’ ‘pixies houses’ and animals etc. Then when you had seen all that next to it was the Guinness Clock with all its animations, a version of which came to Hastings seafront opposite the entrance to Robertson Street in the 1950’s. Different world but brings back so many happy memories in this grim time. Stay safe and well everyone x

Rick Pentecost… I went there a few times when I was very young. I loved it! Was there a Guinness Clock,- or did I imagine that?

Nicola Dobson… Yes my dad used to take me there..loved it and the roller coaster

Peter Houghton…My partner comes from Battersea And he used to ride the rides before the fun fair opened. And he used to work on some of the stalls + worked in the cafe there

Janet Horton… I had relatives in Middlesex at the time, it would be 1964 and I was 10. They took me to the fun fair, and I went in the grottos. Magic. It was funny at the time though, because I didn’t know you glowed purple and this woman came walking towards me. I thought she was a ghost, lol. Then she said, look at your own clothes and I was glowing purple. I remember it so well, we all laughed about it for ages.

G Tatton… In reply to Colin Bell, Yes I do 1969, School trip for a week in London.
Last night was spent at Battersea fun fair. My favourite was the motor boats three times on them. There was a governor on them below the accelerator, needless to say I wound mine down on one of them. We were under orders not to use the big dipper, because of our age. I’m watching , “Up The Junction” at the moment with Susan Kendal. The movie is from 1968. All about Battersea.

Dennis Torrance… Used to go there a lot late sixties with mates apart from the Big Dipper remember the gondola ride with mates there holding on tight to boat then seeing the walls go around we all cracked up lol