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 Alamo – photo around 1973 and The Queens Head Ad Bexhill 1972

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photo supplied by Peter Millington around 1973.

Yvonne Cleland… The Queen’s Head!

Alan Esdaile… I think this was Bob Smith’s country & western band.

Myra King… Yes it was the Alamo Alan, Bob Smiths country and western Band.

Joe Knight… Must at least retired 5 times to my knowledge last time at the COMET PUB

 

Let’s Go To The Hop – Harry R & The Jump Jets De La Warr Pavilion 5th Oct 1983

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supplied by Pete Prescott

Tim Moose Bruce… Was this the band who’s singer ‘s name was Norman D Ferrys?

Phil Gill… I played bass on that gig. I think we did three of those shows and they were always fun.

Colin Fox… We also got booked for a few private parties as well. One at Herstmonceux castle, the pub in Catsfield and Kings club in Eastbourne.

Pete Prescott… We also did the Valbonne club in London with Sam Fox. P.J.Proby was there (Looking rather odd in a tartan hat with fly fishing hooks stick in it). I’ve got a photo of that night. I’ll dig it out. I had to learn 48 rock and roll songs in one week ! We then cut that down to 24 and concentrated on those. Had some fun gigs.

Stuart Moir… Loved every minute of those gigs, sang backing vocals with Colin Fox and  Chris Howard. The girl dancers and the whole stage setting was 1st class. I’d love to see the photo at the Valbonne club, covered backing vocals with Colin Chris and Dave, it was a powerful 4 voice line up

Chris Howard… Loved every minute At the Hops, we put on a great show.

Stuart Moir… Loved performing on these with Chris Howard, Colin Fox, covering backing vocals behind Dave beano Easton and Peter Prescott on lead vocals, met some of the dancing troupe at Ray’s memorial do in East Hastings Angling club, that was an eye opener, it was great to see some of the remaining guys

Catherine Ireland… We were the dancers on that show, they were great fun

Chris Howard… These were great days I loved them.

Pearl Easton… I was half my age had a lovely time dancing the night away

 

Stackridge – Hastings Pier 27th September 1972 & Bexhill De La Warr with Stallion 16th November 1975

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ticket and poster supplied by Mick Mepham

Terry Pack…. was too young (14) to have gone to the Pier to see Stackridge in 1972. I went to a lot of gigs between 73 and 76 before I went pro, after which I almost never went again for many years, being too busy playing myself. I really enjoyed the gigs on the pier, often enjoying the support bands more than the headline acts.

Phil Gill of Stallion….At the De La Warr I remember playing bass and 12 string at that gig – we had an idea for a Genesis type song and if Mike Rutherford could do it, then… It was also one of the last gigs Stallion played with Tony Bridger on guitar. I was also present at the Stackridge pier gig and remember it as big fun.

Terry Pack.…That was one of the first times, if not the very first time, that I heard you play, in that case, I suspect, although I might have heard you on a gig or two in Hastings before that. As you know, I can’t remember very much about the distant past! I don’t actually remember the De La Warr gig, I just recall going to it and enjoying it. That was a good period for music in Bexhill, usually a bit of desert for gigs that weren’t Centre Page.

Michael Mepham…. still have one of the Stackridge dustbin lids. They were for the song Let There Be Lids (dustbin ones) Hurrah!

John Wilde….Yep I performed with Stallion this night.

Martin Waghorne… Great night @ the De La Warr. Can’t believe it was only £1:00.

Lucy Pappas… Goodness! I’d forgotten all about Stackridge but I was definitely there!

Tony Court-holmes… i was there very odd night so lets do the lids

Mick O’Dowd… Saw Stackridge at Wembley Stadium with Elton John/Beach Boys/Eagles/Chaka Khan & Rufus and many more. Think it was about 1972.

Pete Fisher… 21st June 1975…I was there! Must have missed them, as I remember the first (and best) band was Rufus…left after two songs from EJ, who was definitely not the act to follow the Beach Boys…

Mick O’Dowd… No he wasn’t Pete. Stackridge were early on. Beach Boys had the weather (sun sun sun) in the afternoon and Elton played “Cpt Fantastic” album track by track( a dirge) and lost the crowd. When he played the hits the place cam alive!

 

 

 

Music By The Sea – a talk by Stephen Moran. Wed 28th Sept 22 De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill at 6.30pm.

Join musicologist Stephen Moran for a nostalgic exploration of our region’s live music scene; the venues, artists, and traditions that shaped the identity of Hastings, Bexhill, and beyond from 1960-1985, and their resonance today. This relaxed event is held in the Café Bar, which shall be open for drinks. After the talk, DLWP Head of Live Programming Ed Frith will chair a short Q&A with Stephen, followed by music selected by Del Querns of Music’s Not Dead, inspired by the period featured in Stephen’s talk.
for tickets and more information go to   https://www.dlwp.com/event/music-by-the-sea/
Alan Esdaile… Looking good, well done Stephen.

Alfie Bass – The Polegrove Bexhill.

Alan Esdaile… I took this with my first camera. Dad said go and ask him if you can take his picture? So many people around him and I was very small, managed to squeeze through the crowd and pulled on his shirt and he turned round very angry and I took the photo!

Lyn Humphrey… Wow, Alfie Bass, one of my early comedy heroes! The DVDs (above) show two of the comedies that were ‘must-watch’ TV in the ’50s & early ’60s. I’ve got both of them–great memories! When was the Alfie Bass photo taken, Alan?

Alan Esdaile… Not sure Lyn, could be 1959/1960, I remember everyone towering over me! Yes they were very funny but afraid proberly forgetten by many now.

Pauline Richards… I remember him. He played Bootsie in Bootsie and Snudge

 

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.

David Gibb… So pleased to find this Dave. I joined The Spirits together with Johnnie Orchard, or perhaps he introduced me to you. We were at school together at Bexhill Grammar. (Sadly, I found out a few weeks ago on a nostalgia trip, the school is now nothing but a row of iron railings.) What great times with The Spirits. Sadly I have no pictures of the band either. I joined Tony Kenward’s band the Defiants in Eastbourne with Noel d’Abo after leaving your band. We eventually toured Europe for a few years, changing bands from time to time, as was normal at the time, but I finally left the music business in 1968. It was the most amazing time to be young and playing music. Every town on the south coast, and many villages too had umpteen live music pubs or clubs or theatres, and if we weren’t playing we would be watching one of the other local bands. Just great to see you are still around Dave. I now live to the west of London, but long retired, so do get in touch if you would like to meet up for some “Do you remembers” (My answers are likely to be ‘I don’t think so’ though.)

Sue Maher… The Spirits! Takes me back to my teenage years! I remember Johnny Orchard used to help me with my art homework at Bexhill Grammar School. Great memories!