The Spooks – circa 1964


supplied by Hastings groups from 1958 to the present

L-R Colin Fox, Chris Putland, John Atkins, ? John Brooker. — at The Pier Hotel, Eastbourne.

Robert Searle….Colin Fox proper Fender man

Will Cornell….So….THIS is where the Cramps got the “font” for their logo!

Pete Fisher…..AC30s rule!

Squeeze – video recorded Hastings Pier 1995

Tim Bruce….Saw Squeeze on the pier in 1978. They were the support band for Dr Feelgood.

Pete Fairless….Lovely! Perhaps Glenn and Chris will come and play for the reopening?

Bobby Walker…..Squeeze played their first gig at Hastings Pier in 1977, third on the bill to Eddie & The Hot Rods and The Radio Stars. It was around the time their first EP, Packet of Three, was released.  A truly great gig.  Remember seeing them play the Pier at least three times. They are still a fantastic live band and I must have seen them about 30 times now

Pete Fairless…Yes, Squeeze were one of my favourites, too!  Does Bobby have a date for that gig? I have no record of Squeeze playing the pier in 1977. Squeeze supported Eddie & The Hotrods and Radio Stars on Hastings Pier, as part of Straight Music’s ‘Life on the line’ Tour, on Saturday, 18th March, 1978. They returned as support to Dr Feelgood, on Saturday, 14th October, 1978.

Phil Thornton….Great video ! this needs to be pushed at the right time to help the Pier, promote it and make it a success ! it could (should !!!) become a very attractive venue for some medium profile tours and one off gigs. The Pier’s musical history is a fantastic selling point. Of course getting the right infrastructure to support that level of gig needs to be in place. Has anybody thought about getting someone like ‘Udderbelly’ ( South bank seasonal venue ) onboard ?

Pete Fairless….I  have no idea, bring on the sunbathing purple cow!

Bob Walker….I bow to Pete’s better knowledge over my age-addled memory LOL … that gig was definitely the first time I saw Squeeze, so must have been ’78. Last time I saw them was about 15 months ago when they recorded every gig. At the end of the encore, they trooped off stage, into the foyer of the concert hall, and set up shop selling the double live CD of the gig I’d just seen … was astonished at the production value considering the gig had only finished 10 minutes before I had the CD in my hand. they also threw in a bonus CD “Another Packet of Three” … three new tracks they had recorded in the studio.


The Disc Jockey – cutting from 1975


Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection

Diane Knight…..Fond memories of “Big Al’s” and ofcourse Tony “the hair “Harris !!!

Philip Meston…..Ah, Tony; the massive Rod Stewart fan. I used to give him a lift to work & probably heard him sing along to most of Rod’s airplay!!

 Ralph Town…..indeed Phil.I loved your Vauxhall Viva

Philip Meston….You used to be a massive T Rex fan…

John Storer…..Where are you now, Tony Harris? Very fond memories of his 18th birthday … me, Tony and Rob Gallop were heading off into the Old Town to meet up with others but decided to stop off at The New Central for a drink first, as I knew the landlord pretty well. Rob was 19, I was 20.  When we entered the pub, the landlord (Carl?) wasn’t there and the woman behind the bar refused point blank to serve us because she said we were all under age. It was the first time I’d ever been refused service in a pub. I think we eventually persuaded her to serve us but it was an inauspicious start to what turned out to be a bloody good night.

John Wilde….I frequented the DJ and purchased many many great records and laterly casettes there. It was always an enjoyable visit. I clearly remember John Lennons Tw Virgins poster and many others displayed for our visual feasting.
I didnt know how “Big Al” died and I am saddened to learn the facts. He was an extraordinary man and historicaly one of Hastings own. Thank you Al for being the conduit to my own musical growth. A hero.

Chris Baker…..Alan was a lovely bloke. Always smiling and happy to see customers in his shop. I remember they had a branch in the Old Town in High Street and being a little averse to spending money they would make a phone call first thing in the morning and leave it off the hook all day. He would whistle and shout down the phone to attract the other shop’s attention and only pay for one call a day. Those were the days!

Andre Martin…..That sounds like the business man AJ – but a nice one at the some time who would do all he could to help us get started – RIP.

Alan Esdaile…My parents bought me a pair of maracas from The Disc Jockey and that was down to seeing Mick Jagger with some.

Andy Baldock…..I practically lived in that place in the late 70’s early 80’s.RIP,Big Al

Perri Ann Haste…..I bought my first Vinyl albums in there – still have them all in the loft going back to the early 70’s.

Forcefield, The Cast, Marz around 1986??


supplied by Pete Prescott

Redstar Richter….kate davies – bless her

Dave Kent….”These days, The Observer prints pics like these to persuade vulnerable people to fit extra locks. I hope no children look at this, they’ll have to sleep with the light on for at least a month. “Gallery” was released in 1986. Other musicians were: Mick Burt, Mick Hutchinson (he of Clark-Hutchinson), Ernie Bloch-Sage, Billy surname-forgotten, Carl Turner, Gary Blakeley. Engineered by Clive Drew-Clifton who was driven to the edge of insanity by having to record countless versions of “Multi storey car park”. I think we may have been the reason that Clive decided to restrict his studio to voice-overs.”

Mick O’Dowd…..Worked with Dave at John Humphries. Hi Dave! Knew Keith from Unnormality. Still got the Cast tape with the legendary “Multi Storey Carpark”. They don’t write them like that anymore!

Mick Mepham…..ndeed Redstar, Kate was a good friend. She came to the Marz gig in Rye which is where I met my old mate Iain Ward, whose funeral I’ll be attending on Monday. That was our 3rd and final gig! There just weren’t enough venues for a band like that. That was also the gig after which my back went bang! Ahhhh, memories ……

Redstar Richter…..certainly a lovely lady – despite her quirk for leather jackets and (what I believe the youngsters call) *rock* music!

Pete Prescott & Geoff Whitehorn – jam 1999

geoff whitehorn


all photos supplied by Pete Prescott

Pete Prescott & Geoff Whitehorn (If, Crawler, Procol Harum) one off jam -1999 in Ropley.

Andy Qunta….Cool!

Peter Shaw….Reminds me of the Chris Cozens do at his home for his birthday! Plus Tezza Terry Pack and moi!!  Great guitarist that Geoff!!