Rockaires & with the Rocking Devils Swanscombe. 16th July 1976 and chat on Talisman

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all photos and cuttings supplied by John Breeds. Ticket supplied by Andy Knight.

Bryan Baker (Lead Guitar), Andy Knight. (Drums), John Breeds (Bass Guitar) and Dave Alderson (Vocals).

John Breeds….The line up pictures are at Swanscombe appearing with the “Rocking Devils” (pictured) and the “Flying Saucers”

Joe Knight….cool!!!

Chris Baker…..Somehow Andy Knight manages to look cool, even with that hairstyle!

Yvonne Cleland…..Like the drape coat, Andy

Dave Alderson… The photo with us and the rockin devils was at Stanford le hope rockers w/e there was also sandy ford and the flying saucers.im still in bands ie lucky strike for 15 years the switchblades and a current band

John Breeds… Dave Alderson (Vocals), John Breeds (Bass), Bryan Baker (Lead and Vocals) and Andy Knight (Drums). Rockaires was a Hastings based band . Andy left soon after these photos were taken and he was replaced with Dave Johnson (who Peter Millington would remember), and we remained with this format until the Rockaires finished in 1978.

Tony May… Brian Baker used to be in a band called ‘Talisman’. They had a single and album out called ‘Sounds in Our Minds’ ( I think). I met Brian years ago, he did some kind of teaching later on. I recall. I also saw his AWESOME vinyl Rock N’ Roll collection once!

Alan Esdaile… This one Tony?

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John Breeds…. The LP was recorded at Riverside Studios in Chiswick , with a collaboration between Bryan Baker and Mark Swift of all the numbers except one. It was recorded with Bryan Baker (Guitar and Vocals), Chris Baker (Keyboards and some backing vocals), Dave Johnson (Drums and some backing vocals), John Breeds (Bass and some backing vocals) and Charlie McCalliogh (tenor Saxophone.)

Freeway, Sam Tripp and Factory – Summer Rave Hastings Pier – 10th July 1971

Freeway Poster 1971

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poster supplied by Andy Knight, ad supplied by Bob Shipway

Andy Qunta… Wow! Those were the days! I remember Freeway & Sam Tripp! Great stuff!

Simon Walsh… And Factory too!..Great band.

Andy Qunta… Freeway were great! Sam Tripp too!

Bob Shipway… What a Summer Rave line-up!

Ross Holter… Freeway great band and then Shaft

Bob Shipway… Indeed! I was playing in Sam Tripp with Al Turner (vocals), Jeff Hobson (guitar) and Ollie (drums) that night. I can’t remember if this was before Shaft with Dave Shaw, Colin Pearce, Andy Knight and Jim Beadle or afterwards. Either way it was a super night.

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photo Andy Knight, Roger Carey, Pete Prescott, Joe Rytlewski.

all cuttings & photos supplied by  Pete Prescott

Phil Gill….I have absolutely no remembrance of owning anything even vaguely like what I’m wearing in that picture and apparently I appear to be drunk. I don’t have clue what I was wearing. It looks like I was dressed as a town crier. Apart from that, everyone in that photo is pissed.

Diane Knight…..sorry to disappoint you Phil , but you did …I was there !!!!  I think you and Andy were in your silver jacket ..new age mode !!!

John Laidlaw…..Phil, I remember you wearing that jacket.

Pete Prescott…..What a good looking young thing! It looks like me and jo are having a dump! The newspaper cutting was taken at jo’s wedding.you did wear that jacket.there are people you can speak to.its a common problem with players !  I was more concerned about your trousers !

 

The Jukes – Live At The Palace Bars Hastings 1987

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supplied by Andy Knight

featuring Andy Bannister, Andy Knight, Phil Gill and Rick Mead.

Nicholas Randall… Jukes LP live at palace recorded Hastings sept 1987 at pig in paradise
Dont know much about the band but its amazing album

Phil Gill… they were a bunch of drunken ruffians who set up a tape machine at a gig and made a record out of the resulting noises. (And thanks for endorsing the album!)

Tarquin publicity photo

supplied by Bob Shipway

Bob Shipway… As it’s Tony’s birthday, what better time than to share our ‘walkerprints’ poster of the relatively short-lived band called Tarquin (after Tony’s horse what else!) The photo was taken early-ish on a Sunday morning with all of us the worse for wear from our gig the night before. After the photos were taken we adjourned to the pub where Andy and I met two young women one of which, in due course, became my first wife! Good days – good times!

Graham Burfield… I remember that picture from when I worked in his shop think it was on the wall somewhere

Mike Waghorne… Is that the Bob Shipway that I was at Hastings College with in the late 60’s/ early 70’s doing electrical engineering course ?

Bob Shipway… Hi  Mike, I suppose like a lot of us inwardly I feel no different from the time we were at college but outwardly I’ve been raced and rallied a tad too much! Life is good up in sunny Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Hope you’re keeping well.

Alan Esdaile… Tony Bird, Andy Knight, Tarquin, Paul Dove and Bob Shipway.

Pete Prescott… Great photo. I like Andy’s tash. Very Robert Redford !

Terry Pack… Tempted to ask ‘Why the long face?’ but I’ll resist the urge. I think I once ‘rode’ Tarquin as far as The United Friends one Sunday morning. I was terrified. My one and only time on horseback.

 

Shaft – Mk1

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supplied by Bob Shipway

Bob Shipway… Shaft Mk1 (L-R) Pete Shaw, Andy Knight, Colin Pearce, and Bob Shipway. Not sure of the date or location.

Andy Knight… What were we doing, you look v happy on drums! Dave and I singing, mad or what, Jim hiding, looks like Hastings Pier to me or maybe Lees Cliff ?

Bob Shipway… yep very happy indeed. I thought it may be Hastings Pier. Yes, mad, and good, times. I can remember swapping onto drums so you could sing at the front on a couple of songs but can’t for the life of me remember what they were.

Alan Esdaile… Rare to see Andy out front. Does look like the pier.

Robert Searle… Remember seeing Dave and Shaft at the Regent

Andy Knight… Will look that date up, not sure about Pete Shaw, prob Dave?

Ritz – Black Horse Music Festival – 26th to 29th May 1995

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photos & poster supplied by Pete Prescott

RITZ, with John Laidlaw, Neil Cartwright, Martin Stringer,  Andy Knight(Drums) &  Paul Dengate.

John Laidlaw….Eeek!

Paul Dengate… Just thinking, Neil and Andy and I played with two bands that weekend – Chaser and Ritz. Then realised that Garry Blakeley probably played with nearly everyone on the Saturday!

John Beeching… I don’t think he left the stage all day, should have been sponsored for the marathon.

Freeway – and the pier zooquarium triodome talk 1970

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photos supplied by Andy Knight, cuttings supplied by Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection

John Kingdon (Voc), Dave Shaw (Voc), Jime Beadle (Bass), Colin Pierce (Gtr), Joe Milligan (Tenor Sax), Ron Milligan (Baritone Sax), Clive Pearson (Trumpet), Andy Knight (Drums).

some great pictures of Freeway. Taken around 1970 on Hastings Pier.

Yvonne Cleland…..Bonitas! That was the name I forgot.

Philip Meston….. I remember Bonita’s, but not the Freeway Show Band

Andy Qunta….Great band! Freeway were great, and very ambitious with the brass section! 

Ralph Towns… I remember the zoo that was in there .I think a copy of the Bayeux tapestry was in there for a while and I remember seeing a Dalek in there but what the hell that was doing there,I don,t know.

Len Smith… Freeway with Dave Shaw singing. Bonitas gig was 1971.

Ian Plater… Is that the same john kingdom, that had J K’s burger world in Eastbourne.

Tony May… Aside from the musical history side of things this picture is a rare shot of the old Hastings Pier and an attraction I was too small at the time to remember? If anyone knows more about it I would be interested to hear more. Any chance the photo owner would allow me to use it for an article in ‘Hastings Town’ perhaps?

Mick O’Dowd… This was the old Triodome that graced the Pier for a while. It was used for various events including the Zooquarium and a skating rink (can’t recall if it was ice or roller). I believe it was moved to Warrior Square Gardens after The Pier.

Jim Breeds… The Triodome was originally built to house the Hastings Tapestry to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 1966. It features on several postcards that I have too.

Natasha Kaschevsky… Later used for Amusements around ’76 – ’78, I used to work in there in the summer holidays

Alan Esdaile… I’m sure at one stage it was suggested that The Triodome be rehoused on the Ladies Parlour West Hill with The Tapestry.

Andy Knight… Tony, you are welcome to use it.

Tony May… Thanks for the info Jim and for the use of the photo Andy. If any of the band have any memories of playing the Pier or can give me more info please e mail it to unseated.tony@gmail.com. Thanks!

Flanko Fin Barr… The Good times

 

Shaft – Graffiti photo 1971 and promo photo.

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photos supplied by Andy Knight

featuring Bob Shipway, Colin Pierce, Andy Knight, Jim Beadle and Dave Shaw. The graffiti photo was taken in Alfred Street, St Leonards. Is that Daisy on the wall?

Robert Searle… I remember seeing Shaft play at The Regent St Leonards. Dave Shaw was with me in a band called Foxy with Colin Fox and Les Harding.

Yvonne Cleland… Yes looks like Daisy graffiti!

Bob Shipway… Happy (and great fun) days!!!