Gifford Boyd camera centre, Robertson Street, Hastings. photo by Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

photo © Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

Oliver Leonard… That red Peugeot 309 has long been scrapped

Angela Gardner… I bought my camera in the many years ago.

Jeremy Harrison… Very reasonable prices at the time. They sold Russian and East German cameras before the wall came down.

John Mcewen… I got my zenith E in there in the mid 70s. Still got it!

Jeremy Harrison… John, they introduced so many people to serious photography. Doing mail order and advertising in the big magazines I thought GB would last forever.

Chris Meachen… I  used to be in there on an almost daily basis, so much so that they would allow me to borrow gear to try out. I still have the cameras & lenses I bought there in the 70’s..

Jim Breeds… Chris, I still have a camera that I was bought from there when I was 8 (1962).

Stephen Moran… me too Jim, I bought a Zenit E and later traded it in for a Pentax ME Super!

Peter Fairless… Stephen, I did exactly the same!

Stephen Moran… Brilliant Peter! I still use my 35mm camera!

Ken Apps cycle repairs and Clive Vale Hotel Ore Hastings photo by Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

photo © Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

Phil Gill… Pop into the pub for a quick one whilst he mends you puncture.

Nick Prince… I remember it well

Jim Breeds… Looking decidedly grotty now! 🙁 (Image from Streetview). Clive Vale Hotel also seen on the right in Nan’s photo.

Alan Esdaile… Remember it. Went in the Hare & Hounds further up the road and nearly got run over a few times, as the door went straight out into the road.

Stuart Moir… One less pint may have made a difference Alan

Harry Randall… Remember Ken Apps when he had his shop on the corner of Menzies rd as a boy often went for spares and learnt a lot sad when he moved to Ore

Pauline Richards… And Pat Halliwell had a cafe along there

Merv Kennard… Did a few gigs in the Clive Vale Hotel.

Alan Esdaile… I remember coming to a couple Merv

Lloyd Johnson… I remember building a track bike out of found bike bits from a bombsite/ disused ground with stuff dumped on it. Ken Apps made me a pair of steer horn shaped handle bars out of gas pipe and I painted the whole bike different coloured patterns with humbrol paints.We use to ride them through a track in Coghurst Woods in the 1950s…

Mike Mitchell… Lloyd, I used to ride that track through Coghurst Woods late sixties. A great ride down the hill with minimal brakes – as long as we didn’t meet anyone coming up the track!

Andy Clarke… If I remember right Wayne Spears worked there and took it over after Ken.

Roger Simmonds… I remember it too !

David Edwards… Although the sign said Ken Apps every one ran the name into one and called it Kenapps’s shop

Chris Meachen… I  remember being fascinated watching him build wire bike wheels from the basic parts.. A proper craftsman.

Edward Adams… remember it well ken apps used to live in the same block of flats as me in chiltern drive

Mark Harris… Opposite my Nan and Grandad’s VG store, C & M Harris!

Tony Court-holmes… when Ore had pubs

Roger Simmonds… All the good old shops and craftmanship mostly gone now!

Mick O’Dowd… Spent many visits to Ken Apps shop as he was so knowledgeable about bike probs!

Robert Wren… Spent many hours peering through the window and dreaming of all bits I would love to buy. He was always very helpful and didn’t always charge but I did buy various bits over the years. I also remember his Hillman Super Minx he would drive to work and park across the road on the rough track. I think the colour of the car was a sort of copper or gold.

Roger Carey… Great shop- many interesting businesses in Ore over the years..Ken Apps was the place to go to keep your bicycle on the road! Seem to recall he discouraged unnecessary modifications….

Paul Huggins… Fond memories from back in the day…when Electric Ray had the Clive Vale

Alan Esdaile… Can remember cycling down Malvern Way with my brother, on our bikes, when the new roads were being built!

Pauline Richards… And Charltons sweet shop

Andy Clarke… Loved the pet shop across the road too.


York & Crypt Bars, Orion Cinema and WHSmith Hastings photo by Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

photo © Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

Pauline Richards… Was it the rubber shop just out of sight?

Alan Esdaile… don’t know if it was the rubber shop but if you mean coming down the road next to WH Smith, at this time it was ‘Jax’.

Pauline Richards… Oh. I thought it was either rubber coat shop or criterion cafe. Was Jax a boutique

Alan Esdaile… woman’s clothes shop I think?

Oliver Leonard… is that in the 80s?

Matt Thomas… I would say about 77/78 with Star Wars showing at the cinema

Wendy Weaver… Look at that car! I had one of those

Jan Warren… Which one Wendy? the Citroen DS? – beautiful cars!!

Angela Frances Gardner… ‘The Flea Pit!’

Tracy Birrell… I remember this well in the ’70’s.

Dennis Torrance… My mum worked there Orion cinema in late sixties pass she had greatly used by me and my mates . Got beer by pub next door smuggling it in there and leaving bottles in there . Next morning my mum got home Bad temper about louts drinking in there and beer bottles. I had to turn my head away as first I started laughing got told off but she never knew it was me and my mates . Feel terrible about it now but thanks for the photo which triggered the memory

Nick Prince…

Star Wars showed at the Classic in Queens Road for six weeks in 1977 and didn’t screen at the Orion until 1978, when the Orion ran it on three different occasions, the last of which was an eight day run, which finished on August 31st, 1978, the day it closed. It should be noted that the Orion was still profitable but due to the barring system at the time, the Orion could only get one release in five first run in Hastings, with the Classic getting the other four. The 1/5 bar of new releases to the Orion was infact put in place when the Curzon in St Leonard’s shut in 1977. The Curzon itself having the 1/5 bat before. Prior to January 1977 and for as far back as I know, the Orion had no new releases and in a previous proprietor’s words…. “This is why we show sex!” No one asked for a lecture on the film barring system in Hastings in the late 70’s but you got one I could go back to the 60s and earlier. Lol

Malcolm Mitchell, High Street, Hastings closed photo by Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

photo © Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

Phil Gill… Class outfitters

Martin Richter… all the army boots you could eat

Glenn Piper… veritable Aladdins cave of curiosity’s and lots of boots & great coats

Lucy Pappas… Bought my very wide leg sailor trousers from there! Loved Malcolm Mitchell x

Phil Gill… Lucy, You could have washed them before you turned up at the youth club wearing them though.

Lucy Pappas… Phil, I apologise for the fishy smell. Thinking about it, that would have been when we first become friends, 50+ years ago….

Phil Gill… I didn’t mind fishy, it was the beer stains from some Norwegian sailor’s night out.

Bruce Zebedee… Great shop

Colin Wells… Malcs bootique!!

Pete Blomfield… Datsun 100a or 120y?

Jeff McCall… Great shop, bought a purple parker from there, it had a bullet hole in it!

Gerry Fortsch… I remember that they sold every thing so one day I asked for a torpedo and they came up with one.

Fred Marsh… I wonder what some of our dfls would have made of it

Lloyd Johnson… Fred, Hastings is my home town.I moved to London in 1966 I went Ore youth Club with Patrick Mitchell who’s uncle owned MM .I opened my own shop/stall in 1967 in Kensington market a year later.In 1973 I was buying similar items that we’re sold in Malcolm Mitchell’s the High st,Baldocks and Winters shoe shop in George st.,Cyril Savages in Kings Road and Apps shoe shop in Silverhill by that time the stock I remembered from the early 60s was considered vintage clothing. I remember. buying an amazing W11 leather dispatch riders jacket from MM which I wore during my Art school days at The Brassey Institute above the Library in 1961/62…I guess you could say in some ways all those shops including MM were a great inspiration for me during my time. in the clothing business as was the whole teenage experience of growing up in Hastings with The Pamdor, Fiesta ,the trad jazz at the caves and the groups on The Pier. I think it is nice to see some new small innovative businesses bring some style to the town. The DFLs’ as you seem to call the creatives from London that have chosen Hastings to make their home. Several friends from London have moved to Hastings and St.Leonard’s and I think they contribute extra style and entertainment to the Town…..

Mark Syrett… Top shop

Mike Waghorne… Top clothe’s shop in the late 60’s Malcom’s boutique we used to call it !

John Mcewen… Best work boots ever!

Dave Nattress… Even us Bexhill boys knew Malcolm’s Boutique, always on the tourist may with the Trading Post

Jim Breeds… April 2021 view (Google Streetview)

Alan Esdaile… Jim, hasn’t got the same smell as the original photo!