Luv80s -a celebration of 80s pop culture! De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill 25th August 2019

more information… https://www.dlwp.com/event/luv80s/

Mick O’Dowd… Don’t dismiss Dr & The Medics. Saw them at Butlins a few years back and was very surprised. They are rockers and very personable on stage presence. They played a medley of their greatest hit! Dr said it won’t take long!

Anyone remember a 60’s Bexhill group called The Spirits?

David Betts asks… I was in a band called The Spirits,in Bexhill in the sixties and would like to track down any pictures that anyone might have or memories.Band line up was me,Dave Betts ,lead guitar,Colin Watford vocals, Dave Neal bass,Johnny Orchard rhythm guitar and Dave Gibbs drums.Hope this might ring some bells.

Alan Esdaile… Not Johnny and The Spirits, Dave, who supported The Rattles on the pier?

David Betts… No sorry not them.

Dave Nattress… The Spirits – sort of. Bexhill. Dave are you the brother of Sue Betts? Went to school with Sue from infant to Downs Secondary Modern and my old dad, long gone was a friend of Jack Neal who I think was Dave’s dad. Pretty sure Sue had an older brother who played guitar. Also, what I definitely remember is a graffiti of “The Spirits” on a wall by the Downs Secondary School – girls side back then. It was there for a long time – early band graffiti like I say, faced out by the footpath that led to the kitchen/dining room. All, a very long time ago.

David Betts… That’s me,Sue still lives in London Rd the graffiti was on the old railway arch.

Phillip Earle… I’m sorry to tell you that Dave Neal passed away at the end of last year after a long illness.

David Betts… Sorry to hear that,Dave and me were schoolboy buddies an knocked around together. I remember a Stuart Earle and Earle’s bakery, any relation?

Laurie Cooksey… Dave Betts was in my class briefly at B’hill Down Boys’ School and I remember he lived in a white weatherboard cottage in Belle Hill, just above Barrack Road, long since demolished. The Spirits were the first live band I ever saw and it was on the same Sat eve that Brian Poole and the Tremeloes performed their 1st single, ‘Twist little sister’ on Thank Your Lucky Stars. The Spirits’ gig was at Victoria Hall, Town Hall Square, Bexhill. The Spirits’ painted name remained on a brick wall next 2 the Downs Infant school until not that very long ago. Hope that’s of interest. I’d love 2 meet up with Dave again. Best wishes, Laurie.

Sarah Whites… The Spirits…what a band!! Often had ‘gigs’ in halls around the town and in Sidney. I especially remember them playing in the hall opposite St Peter’s in the Old Town. The mid 60’s were very special!! Does anyone remember the monthly ‘Beat Raves’ at the De La Warr?? I think organised by a very enterprising Malcom Christmas??…. Some fantastic bands. Long John Baldry, The Foundations?? The Spirits were very close to my heart and very very sad to hear about Dave Neal. Dave Betts, I think had a sister called Marie who was a professional dancer in London?? I remember the graffiti….the band had a very strong and loyal local following.

Tony Court-holmes… i think you mean sidley not sidney thats a hell of a way to go for a gig

David Betts… Still searching for pics of the band from that era if you ever come across any,let me know.I still get down to Bexhill at least once a year.

Jane Kenyon Bell… I remember the Spirits and went to school with the Betts and the Christmas’ as mentioned above at Bexhill Downs. I saw Long John Baldry there (actually a search on him led me to this page). Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of the Spirits.

Adam Ant – Friend Or Foe 2019 Tour – De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill 3rd December 2019

Music legend, Adam Ant announced “Friend or Foe” tour and is coming to the Pavilion this December.

More information... https://www.dlwp.com/event/adam-ant/

Paul Crimin… Gonna be there!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Used to love a bit of Ant music! Saw him live in 1980/81, would be interesting to see again

Dennis Torrance… At Bexhill there’s a great lot of people to see there some good names from the past . Hastings what’s happening some great free bands to see in the old town new town. Would love to see a covered area on the pier music to suit everyone prices that everyone can afford am I asking to muc

Christopher Cross – De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill 3rd November 2019

Christopher Cross made history with his 1980 self-titled debut album, winning five Grammy Awards, including—for the first time ever—the four most prestigious awards: Record of the Year (for the single Sailing), Album of the Year, Song of the Year (also for Sailing), and Best New Artist. More information and tickets… https://www.dlwp.com/event/christopher-cross/

Salvation Sunday – mp3’s update from Martyn Baker

Martyn Baker… I’ve had a few enquiries about our 1980’s Bexhill/Brighton band, so here are ALL of the recordings. Feel free to download – or ignore of course! Comments welcome – even if you think we were shit.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vcgcxt28t593357/AACFcYetQPRyQEj8B2CuqEdCa

Redstar Richter… thanks – they were a great band 🙂

Andy C… Thank you, Martyn, and the rest of the band. I loved several live performances in 1987, and knew there must be more recordings than had seen the light of day. Great music, such a shame it didn’t get further. It took years to even find a copy of Cold Grey Eyes, but there’s a whole wealth of treasure here! Thank you so much for sharing! Andy

John Wilde… Yep, fond memories of a great band. Where are you all now?

Julian Wells… Thanks very much for sharing the content. It gives me a warm feeling to hear these songs again minus the crackle & pop of my vinyl copies. I noticed that “Not in Chains” isn’t included which was one of my faves!

Al Stewart – Hits & Misses with his Electric Band The Empty Pockets – De La Warr Pavilion 6th October 2019

He will be playing selections from his deep catalogue along with favourites Year Of The Cat, Time Passages, On the Border, Nostradamusand Roads To Moscow. The Scottish-born singer-songwriter has released nearly 20 introspective and lyrically powerful records featuring brilliant backing musicians (Jimmy Page, Phil Collins, Richard Thompson, Peter White, etc.). His biggest platinum successes, Year Of The Cat and Time Passages, were released in 1976 & 1978 respectively. He’s had several top 20 singles, including the above-mentioned titles, as well as On the Borderand Song On The Radio.

For tickets and more information… https://www.dlwp.com/event/al-stewart/

Petrol/fuel filling stations. Anyone recall when their car was last filled by an attendant and where? asks Dave Nattress

Dave Nattress… We all used to have our vehicles filled by attendants, then increasingly fuel stations became serve yourself, but can you, and SMART readers recall when they were last “attended to” in this way, and if so, when and where was the filling station.  I’ve used a mass of filling stations for a long, long time, but I actually can’t recall the answer to my own question.

Alan Esdaile… I remember some used to clean your front windows as well and always polite.

Dave Nattress… Indeed, the fuel station attendants used to wipe your windscreen even ask about checking tyre pressures and oil.  But, “progress” has stopped all of that.  Also, there are very few petrol stations compared with years ago.  Take the A21 for instance – a good few have gone.

Dave Weeks… Gran Canaria last March

Tim Moose Bruce… Smith and Humpheries in Sidley still do attended fuel.

Lyn Humphrey… I might be wrong here, but I believe the last time my car was filled up and had all the checks done, was in the States, sometime in the 1980s. An attendant rushed out and began cleaning my windscreen almost before I’d stopped! Never had that happen before.

Pat Sleet… Western Road St Leonard’s circa 1990

David Edwards… Certainly common in Spain but Guestling Garage up till 20 odd years ago by a really helpful Welsh fella.

Mike Vawdrey… A filling station on the outskirts of Alsager, South Cheshire just a month or two ago. Still there and still attended service when I drove past the other week having (shame on me ) filled up at Asda…

Dave Nattress… Dave Weeks…are you “The Dave Weeks” used to work in the Cont. a million years ago? Used to play guitar? u used to be in there a lot with various mates and girlfriends – well only one at any one time I mean! If so, good to meet you again, if not apologies….

Dave Weeks… Yes Dave Natress . 1600E too. Still around and still enjoying playing. I trust all is well with you.

Wendy Weaver… In Wareham about 3 years ago.

Barry Newton… Just outside Barcelona about five months ago

Ernest Ballard…  Near St Austell Cornwall 4 years ago by an old man owning an independent garage. His sweet counter stank of parafin too inside and was like going back in timeif you didn’t let him fill the tank up full he wouldn’t serve you at all for wasting his time ha ha

Dave Nattress… Well Mr Weeks – delayed reaction from me as usual, great to make your acquaintance again – sort of – via this website…how did you remember the 1600E!! I was some mug to flog it. I got a company car and my old man was moaning on about me having the 2 cars so I bowed to pressure and sold it.  Duh!!!!   And the company car was a Fiat 131 Mirafiori that Graham Hill used to advertise on TV.  Anyway, I hope you are well and maybe bump into you some time.  The Cont. – a long, long time ago!!

Leigh Weiland-Boys… Along the ridge when it was 37p a gallon!!!

Pauline Richards… If only!!

Jeda – Bexhill Band 1986 and Forcefield write up and local gigs.

Phill Wood – Vocals, Steve Spencer – Guitar, Malcolm Leeves – Keyboards, Brian Barker – Bass, Rick Portsmouth – Drums. Never fulfilled their potential. Where are they now?

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Cutting supplied by Pete Prescott

Pete Prescott… I remember Jeda.

MM0SDK… Surely this is the same “talented keyboard player and vocalist” Malcolm Leaves who is still missing to this day. Went missing in 2006 from his home in Bexhill On sea, East Sussex? So sad. Where are you Malcolm.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/8236902.malcolm-leeves/
https://www.missingpeople.org.uk/help-us-find/malcolm-leeves-06-007684

Dave Weeks… Norman Norman at the Royal Sovereign. Happy days.

The Average White Band – Person To Person Tour – De La Warr Pavilion 26th September 2019

The Average White Band are widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music.  Best known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit Pick Up the Pieces the band’s strength actually lay in their consistently accomplished song-writing, stretching across several gold selling albums and multi- grammy nominations for the legendary Atlantic Records.

For tickets and more information… https://www.dlwp.com/event/average-white-band/