Matthew Ellis – Am I ? album photo by Dave Trodd in Alexandra Park and Fairlight Hastings 1971

Supplied by Dave Trodd

Dave Trodd… The cover photo I took in Alexandra Park and the inside cover photo was taken in Fairlight.

Alan Esdaile… I see Berfort Holt Designs were involved. Interesting musicians on the album. I think this is on another album of his but a great track Avalon…

 

Hastings Carnival original poster 1973 featuring Gary Glitter supplied by Phil Gill

supplied by Phil Gill

Phil Gill… OK folks, this is an ORIGINAL 1973 poster, not a reproduction, advertising Hastings Carnival and Gary Glitter show in Alexandra Park. It’s in top condition, no fading at all and was acquired by my then wife to be, in 1973, when she attended the show. Fairly sure there will be some collectors on here – anyone know what it might be worth, taking into account that the star turn may now be somewhat tainted?

Sheila Maile… I was there in the park.missed last bus home & started to walk .got to Battle & got picked up by police.had 10 yr old brother with me.they thought we had run away from home so they gave us a lift back to Netherfield

Phil Gill… Here’s a question…does the Gary Glitter aspect make it more, or less attractive to a collector?

Alan Esdaile… I would think a lot less. What might be worth trying is to contact Omega Auctions as they seem to get the best prices at auction for music memorabilia. https://www.omegaauctions.co.uk

Steve Blackman… Went to that show!

Tony Court-holmes… missed it living in the States at the time

Martin Curcher… My first gig at the age of 8. Family ticket was a Pound and 1.50 at the gate

Mick Turner… Great Show,even though it rained in the evening. I liked his music and he played on even though there was a danger of being electrocuted, had to admire him for that

Peter Howard… Spare a thought for my mate who got a Rolf Harris tattoo in the 90s, on his leg thankfully, and he never goes to swimming pools

John Gale… Peter, “Can you tell what it is yet? ”

Mick O’Dowd… I was billed in the programme as Stage Manager (Hastings). Spent the previous night in a caravan with Chris Gentry backstage as security. We didn’t need it as there was the mother of all storms . Played footie with the Glitter Band when they arrived in the afternoon. Nice bunch of guys.

Tony Pettifer… I was in one of the support bands talking to the Glitter band after wheres Garry off chasing 14 year olds ha ha ha but now

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I was there!

Janet Cruttenden… I was there selling Fanta and Coca-Cola from a wooden hut seem to remember it rained hard

John Mcewen…Was there that night. Pi**ed down.

JS Bythesea… According to my sister, Jan Cash, she went to the concert, and grabbed a sequin from GG’s costume. Sadly, Jan died in 2019, but her legacy of colourful stories lives on.

Nick Webb… I was there

Willie Wicking… Was there he was my hero loved the Glitter band left halfway through but could hear every word out my bedroom window in Three Oaks

Mike Waghorne… Light & Bitter !

Mick O’Dowd… Here it is!

programme supplied by Mick O’Dowd

Tony Pettifer… I still have this program

Colin Bell… Another piece of memorabilia i didn’t bother to keep a copy of for myself…..duh…

Nigel Ford… Blimey!….I thought Mammoths were extinct by then…. any pictures?

Anyone remember the aviary in Alexandra Park Hastings?

Alan Esdaile… Anyone remember the aviary in Alexandra Park Hastings?  Any photos?

Sean Fox… Yes was still there in seventies

Paul Merison… Yes. Definitely there late sixties and early seventies.

Dennis Torrance… Remember it well, was quite a large area of birds large and big, liked it

Lesley Bowles… I remember it fondly and always think of it when I walk past that area

Daryl Perkins… Def there in the 70’s

Diane Leigh… Sure it was still there later then 60s

Jenny Power… Yes there in the 70’s

Kathy Wood… Yes, we moved here in 1973 and I remember going down there. Pets corner was great too

Peter Brazier… I think it closed in the mid to late 70’s as I remember taking photos with my first camera! I got it at the Grove school fete and jumble sale!

John Busbridge… It used to be over the stream near just past the block of toilets opposite the bandstand.

Barry French… I worked as a gardener in Alexandra Park during the early 1970s & remember the Budgerigar aviary well. Also during this time one of the lakes near the bowling green was home to a pair of Australian Black Swans.

Patrick Turner… Yes remember it well and l worked as a kid on the boating lake in my summer holidays good time come in number 9 your time is up.

Steve Cooke… Remember the aviary well from living in Lower Park Road as a nipper. Still think of it now when I walk through.

 

Hastings Carnival Beer Festival – Hot Pursuit Alexandra Park 14th July 1983

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poster and photo of Hot Pursuit supplied by John Williams

Featuring Sunstroke, Hot Pursuit, Jazz Caverners, Sturdy Beggars, Dr Miller Needs A Brain, Louis & The Bitterhalf, Telham Tinkers and Brian Boru.

John Williams… My old band in the Park – Hot Pursuit comedy show band. Featuring Derick Macey, Terry Tollan, John Williams, Patrick Green and Daniel Bruce Tollan. That’s me with the tambourine god takes me back, red suits.

Folk Evening – Hastings Carnival – Alexandra Park 19th July 1975

Peter Thomson… Yes, I was there. I recall Graham Barrett and Dave Kent were there also, amongst many others. Great evening.

Pete Prescott… wish I had seen this man live. wonderful artist ! Check out “the Bantom Cock ” brilliant !

Peter Thomson… I know comedic standards have shifted with time but he has to be responsible for some of the least PC lyrics. “I love a good bum on a woman, it makes me smile”. How sad that I’m not allowed to find this funny any more.

Hastings Carnival 1973

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supplied by Hastings Old Town Traders via Matt Thomas

Maureen Fuller… 1973 was the year l was Hastings Carnival Queen the Carnival Parade started from the Bathing Pool with a band leading the way and all major stores had floats Debenhams, M&S ,Philpots,Wards, KB electicians and more to the fountain roundabout and then up Queens Road to Alexandra Park for fireworks and dancing

Status Quo – Hastings Beer & Music Festival – Alexandra Park Hastings 1st July 2006

 

supplied by Barry French

Who remembers going to this?

Nigel Goodman… Sat at home with windows open listening

Sandra Cunningham… Yes brilliant night xx

Dawn Leaney… Remember it well!

Virginia Davis… Yes. Went to all three nights that year.

Tony Davis…  I went with my wife Claire and think i spent most of the evening bouncing up and down with my hands on her shoulders. Very short set from what I remember but did enjoy it

Graham Belchamber… Yes excellent night

Mick May… Yes good night

Wendy Weaver… Very short set but brilliant. Danced a lot had a really good night.

Keith Veness… We were there Great night

Mike Mitchell….  Seem to recall the crowd were still calling for an encore as their bus, watched their bus leaving…

Steve Thorpe… Was there, they played some tracks from Rockin all over the world I seem to remember

Here’s a short clip from Andrew Clifton

Clifford Rose… Yes – I took my son and he become a Quo fan.

Conan Howard… I could hear them in St Leonards that night , I sat in my back garden and enjoyed it.

Y Front Run Alexandra Park Hastings and Y Front Run gig – The Clarence Silverhill St Leonards – Sunday 23rd September 2018 in aid of St Michaels Hospice, Cancer Research and Prostate Cancer

Sarah Harvey… Approx times….
12.00 hairy jack acoustic r’n’r. (Inside)
1.30: the happy Maureen. (Outside)
2.15: hairy jack acoustic r’n’r. (Inside)
2.45: cushty unplugged (outside)
4.15: stormy t + the bluesman lane (outside)
5.45 Liane Carroll (outside)
7.00: the kavemen (inside)

Fireworks – Alexandra Park Hastings July 1969

Who remembers going to the firework display in Alexandra Park?

Janie Lowe… Yes i remember i lived in st thomas road west hill and used to walk down to the park. to Queens Road. My Mum and Dad had a printing business in Whitefriers Road

Dennis Torrance… I sure do remember old stage green and cream covered and fireworks on far side

Paul Slidel… I remember it well!

Jim Breeds…  I remember standing at the gate in Lower Park Road selling entrance tickets in the early 70s. I worked for HBC and if memory serves me right, I earned 50p in overtime each night that I worked. For context, I think beer was about 10p/pint (again, if memory serves me), so well worth doing.

Terry Corder… Me!

Josie Lawson… I do…

Mick O’Dowd… Went several time and once got told off by my Mum for being home late. She told me that next time I must be home by 10pm. I went and the fireworks didn’t start until 9.30 so I caught bus home and missed them. When I got home Mum asked how they were I said because I didn’t want to incur her wrath again I had come home at agreed time and missed them. Never again was I given a “firework curfew”!

Sarah Harvey… Towards the end of this video on my youtube channel shows some of the Wednesday Night parties in Alexandra Park. It shows dancing on the lawn and the fireworks at dusk…

Nigel Sherwood… Gay Gordon’s and March of the mods I thought we’re favourites on the night