Who remembers J Lyons & Co. Ltd 15 Wellington Place, Hastings?

photo source: unknown. first photo… Lyons’ Cafe in Broad Street, Reading, Berkshire, 1945

We all have happy memories of Dimarco’s but who remembers J Lyons? Where Nationwide Building Society is now, could not find any Hastings photos (unless anyone has any) but looked similar to the above with baker cake shop at the front and restaurant/cafe on two floors. 

Tony Davis… Remember it well. My mum worked there as a cleaner and I often had lunch there during school holidays. I remember that they used an ice cream scoop to serve mashed potatoes

Roy Penfold… Visible in the background https://historymap.info/…/Round-the-town-tour-bus-at…

supplied by Roy Penfold

Alan Esdaile… Used to go in with friends, on occasional Saturday lunchtimes, with pennies from the old town arcades. We would have the cheapest thing on the menu which was chips peas and gravy and take it upstairs to eat.

Jackie Hersee… I remember them

Chris Meachen… Remember going in there with mum, it was very plush, with claret coloured drapery & gold trimmings.. sometimes the upstairs was cordoned off with a thick gold rope hung from shiny metal posts..

Phyllis Mendenhall… My mum was a nippy in joe Lyons I remember she took us in for coffee one morning and had to be on our best behaviour ,and I can still smell that coffee

Trevor Unwin… I remember it well , used to love the fruit & jelly sundaes, that used to be on show in the window.

Planets – Mins studio 1974

Paul Edmonds, Chris Meachen, Paul Waite, Les Norman, Min

Gerry Fortsch… I was friendly with min and then lost contact, can someone tell me what happened to him please?

Glenn Piper… Sorry Gerry, but Min died several years ago now, heart attack I think

Gerry Fortsch… I remember he enjoyed life a lot, as did many of us at the time, thank you.

Martin Richter… simon medhurst ?

Harry Randall… Is that Min on the Clarinet? Went onto Sax?

Chris Baker… Min always played both Sax and Clarinet AFAIK. He was an excellent gold and silversmith too. Loved him.

Peter Norman… Never seen this before but that could be my brother Les Norman in that photo…? I know he played the guitar back then, next time i see him i’ll ask! 🙁 Sadly he’s not on facebook.., 🙁 I believe he also played in a group called “SUS” or something like that!

Alan Esdaile… t must be him Peter, as it says he was in Suss in the write up, underneath the photo. It would be great if you could get some comments from him about the group.

Pete Fisher… On seeing this I thought that guy on the drums looks familiar…nestling among my photos of Pueblo (taken by Chris Meachen), the photo I’m posting below has puzzled me for decades, as I couldn’t remember who it was. It must be around ’73/’74, but I only vaguely remember we might have experimented briefly with having two drummers, and I guess it was Paul Waite. Maybe Bernard Jeffery, Roger Carey or Phil Gill could fill in more details…

Bernard Goffredo… Yes I remember doing a gig at the college and we experimented with two drummers, and definitely was Paul on the other kit

Chris Meachen…  Ye gods, I’d completely forgotten about this.. Used to bump into Les in record shops a few years ago, but not seen him in ages.. (nor anyone else in these pics..). Yes, one of my pictures, but further details completely escape me.. If I manage to find that sequence of negatives I might be able to add some context…

Phil Gill… Paul Edmonds on the far left. Pete, we played a couple of times in the college basement, where the band was you and me on guitar, Roger Carey, and two drummers, Paul Waite and Bernie Jeffries. No idea what we called the band.

Jan Warren…  I remember Min, nice guy

Sam Davies… you know I’ve never heard of this particular band so this is fascinating! Does anyone know if there are any recordings of Planets? It’d be great to hear my old man playing some clarinet. Also, where was this studio? I don’t recognise it.

Chris Meachen… no recordings, I regret, but the studio was actually your grandfather’s, & was upstairs in a building next door to St Clements Church Hall in Croft Road..

Jan Warren… I lived in Queens Road and Middle Street in the early 70s and I remember Min, he was a friend, bless him

Chris Meachen… Weirdly, I bumped into Les Norman yesterday evening, doing his Aldi shopping.. Can’t have seen him for a good 20 years, so a nice surprise..

Stephen Fletcher… The other guy in photo is Paul Edmunds you didn’t mention him

Chris Meachen… Haven’t seen Paul Edmunds since the late 1970’s when we worked together at Arbuthnot House.. He changed his surname to his dad’s, – Wojciechowska, (pronounced ‘voy-ge-hoff-ski). Always regret losing touch with him & many other mates…

Stephen Fletcher… Anyone know if Paul Edmunds is still around or if he moved away?

Cherry Longley… I used to go out with Paul Edmunds, Sus was the group he formed with Paul Waite, Les Norman another near neighbour of Paul’s who lived around the corner, younger guy can’t recall his name, and sometimes Chris Beaumont used to play keyboards. They used to jam in his music room at his parents bungalow in Park View. Happy times, lots of gigs and trips to all over to see Hawkwind, Pink Fairies, etc etc. Cherry xx

The Upstarts – The Pig In Paradise Hastings 1987/88


photo by Madelene supplied by Roger Carey

Roger Carey… The Upstarts, Dave Trigwell drums, Roger Carey bass/vocals, Liane Carroll keyboards and vocals.This was our rock band though we played jazz together as well.

Tim Moose Bruce… I remember a previous band that Liane and Roger were in back in 85 called Green For Love.

Liane Carroll… My lovely friend Pinky Rawsthorne just sent me this pic of me, Roger Carey and Dave Trigwell, who sadly passed away yesterday. Wow. 1987. Pig in Paradise! Xxxx

Orpington to Hastings Walk photo 1968

Anyone remember taking part in this? I remember pirate radio keeping us going on the journey. Looks like the following year they did it from Hastings to Orpington.

Colin Bell… Yes, I did it with 4 friends, I remember stopping for a rest at the pub carpark at Johns Cross to check the blisters! Did 3 ‘training walks’ to work up to it. Rye and back was one and it pissed down all through when I got home all the blue dye from my new denim jeans had turned my legs blue! What was I thinking..happy days..lol

John Austin… My brother Michael Austin, the first Hastings walker to make it home !

Chris Meachen… My mum used to be involved in the support for these walks, possibly dishing out refreshments. I remember people covering their socks in soap, which was supposed to help prevent blisters..

Glynn Brown… I did it two years running and I’m in that photo somewhere. Each year we did training runs and I was one of those caught in the rain as Colin said above.

Chris Giles… I did it when I was 13 I think so would have been the year before 1967…but I did it from Orpington to Hastings finished at the oval

Kevin Ellis… tried it in 1966, stopped with a mate that packed in at about 26 miles. Succeeded in 1967 and again in 1968 to better my time! (13 hours including 30 mins break!). Then went to Uni, never to do it again unfortunately

Jon McCallion… Julie is in the photograph front row by the side of the girl who has black trousers on. She remembers it well great effort by everybody

Sandie Carlyon… I did this. Think it was 67. Sat down at Westfield and another walker got me up and I finished. It was pirate radio kept me going.

Alan Esdaile… The same Sandie, it was the pirate radio that kept me going.

Chris Giles… it was definitely pirate radio that kept me going…all night especially

Graham Sheridan… does anyone know who the other two people are with me (I’m the one with the letter in my hand) from the 1967 walk?

Clive Richardson… Its me with Robin Hughes.

Sandie Carlyon… I did it Alan. I think it was 67 Orpington to Hastings finishing at the Oval. We then went to Ore for hot food at the school there. Me and my friend had a radio and listened all night to keep us going. I remember Death Of A Clown was one track played a lot. My friend didn’t finish but I did. I’ve lost my certificate though.

Reg Wood… I did it in 1968 after the three training walks. No one there to meet us when we finished so had to walk home!

Paul Sleet… I did it.

Martin Jones… Great to see this, thanks for posting.  I fondly remember making the whole distance in 1966 (the first of these walks, if I recall correctly). Much slower than Kevin, but I was a slightly daydreamy 15-year-old!

Jeff Belton… Great pictures Alan, two things where are u in the picture ? And before I moved down to Bexhill I used to live in Orpington .

Alan Esdaile… Yes I’m in the photo but difficult to point out.

Sandie Carlyon… did this in 1967. Pirate radio was brilliant. Death of a clown was one song. All you need is love another. Don’t know what happened to my certificate. Wish I still had it. Remember the patch we had to stick to our clothes so traffic could see us. Great memory.

Graham Sherrington… will have to find the 66 and 67 certs. Or was in 67-68. 11hrs 55 mins one of them.

Alan Esdaile… Graham, you were a lot faster than me. I think I got back to Bohemia around 12 lunchtime next day.

Graham Sherrington… I was fit as f in those days Cross Country, in the School Athletic squad, football swimming. now I’m efed both knees gone put on weight etc 😟one of the commenters here said someone helped her I think it was me. I know I helped someone I tried to keep them paced.

Rye and the Quarter Boys – anyone remember?

Clive Richardson asks… does anyone remember Rye and the Quarter Boys? A great rock jazz group with brass section from the 1970’s?

Steve Boyce… I was the guitarist from 1981-1982. I appeared on the single “Fantasy / Private number”. I still have my copy (no, it’s not for sale). We weren’t so much jazz as soul, very much in the Stax mould.

Graham Bates… … and I was the drummer! If anyone has any live recordings, please let me know.

Kevin Williams… …..and that’s me singing. The production is very much of it’s time but I still love it’s ‘live’ sound.

Dave Nattress… Rye and the Quarterboys!! Just back-tracking a bit and found your single – Private Number. Now I thought the original was great – I still do, but yours is just wonderful – better. Love it. Won’t be the last time I play it.

Kevin Sheppard… In reply to Kevin Williams. Is that Kev who worked at the London hospital? I went to a few of your gigs at the college hall and the place down the canning town flyover long gone now

Karen Mc Kernan… I just found a copy of this belonging to my dad !

Mike Tomlin… ………… and I played keyboards. In the band from start to finish!

Vivien Mead… I remember watching you in the green rooms Bristol. Great band

Radio Caroline advert with Georgie Fame 1967

Stuart Moir… My first pop station from the ship in the North sea

Pete Houghton… Great pirate Station from the 60s and used to go up Galley Hill and flash the car headlights

Judy Atkinson… Pete, hope you don’t do that today

Tony Ball… Saw Georgie and the Blue Flames at the Winter Gardens Eastbourne

Judy Atkinson… All part of growing up … I was listening when the ship sank

Trevor Jones…Blimey. I worked as a rock singer for Reg Calvert in 1963-1964 then met Oliver Smedley in early 70s. I recall running up 34 flights of the Barbican to his flat cos I was scared of lifts. Some very famous people there and fantastic wine .The rest is a blank.

Ray McVay & his Orchestra and Spyke – ITT KB Social Club White Rock Pavilion 10th Jan 1975



supplied by Pete Millington https://pet842.wixsite.com/confeds-to-jinks

Pete Millington… Audience at the ITT Dance held at the White Rock Theatre on 10th January 1975 – My sister Jane is third from right front row (is in front second from right!) I recognise several other faces but not their names – any ideas?


The Rhythm Method, Harry & The Boys and Dogs In The Garden – White Rock Lower Hall 1980’s

Anyone remember these?


Nadia Compagnone… Barry Ewing top right.

Tony May… Not sure but is the black guy, Pat Valentine? He was in loads of bands back then and was super talented. Was rather ‘driven’ though so often left groups because they weren’t taking it seriously enough. Haven’t seen, Pat for years – I wonder if he finally made it?

Xilo Pan… I still see Pat around. ..he’s ok. ..yes, very talented

Mike Mitchell… If that’s Barry top right, then that’s got to be Wally bottom left

Martin Richter… Jimmy Lewis ?

Xilo Pan… Yes it’s Jimmy …rip…Sue on sax ..Andy on drums ..I drummed for them for a while too ..still see Woley and Baz. ..

Martin Richter… they were a great band crikey – I didn’t recognise Wally !