Regal Theatre – St Leonards-On-Sea Eddie Calvert and Billy Cotton 1950’s

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Nick Prince…  Eddie Calvert was Monday 25th July, 1955 for entire week and Billy Cotton was Monday 8th August, 1955, for entire week. Some of the big names that appeared during the final year of the Regal, London Road, St Leonards. Just imagine who may have appeared there had it survived into the 1960’s Over the years the greatest stars of the era appeared on its stage, among them were Louis Armstrong, George Formby, Gracie Fields, Vera Lynn and Duke Ellington. The Regal closed on 8th September, 1956, when owned by ABC. It has dubious claim to fame of being the first cinema in the country to blame television for its closure. Ocean House now occupies the site.

Mick Knights… Now I do remember my folks taking me to see Eddie Calvert at the Regal, no idea how old I was, probably eight or so, which must also means he was the first ‘named’ artist I ever saw!!!!

Charles Bryant… Was interested to see where the old Regal theatre once was in Hastings (Ocean House) as I have just aquired from a local table sale, three old Regal programs from the 1950’s and was interesting to see that Morcambe & Wise appeared there in 1952.

Gordon Armstrong… Cliff Richard and the Shadows played at the Regal Cinema

Wakey Wakey…….who remembers sitting around the wireless listening to the Billy Cotton Band Show?


Photo © BBC.  Source: Josephine Fowler The Yesteryears Revisited

Colin Norton… “Hey you down there, you with the glasses”

Jim Hobbs… Sunday’s have never been the same as when I was a boy listening to his show.

Dennis Torrance… My mum used to listen to his radio show and she loved it also memories as a kid for me

Clifford Rose… I remember him. His signature tune was Somebody Stole my Gal.

Jon McCallion… I do, then it was dripping on toast . The minstrel show , the Saint , Sunday night at the London Palladium.

Colin Fox… Oooooh toast dripping and Marmite

Paul Morfey… How long ago was that?? Dont tell me!!

Alan Esdaile… Toast, you must have been posh Jon, we had to make do with bread and dripping. Paul, Sunday lunchtime show was between 1949 and 1968.

Colin Fox… My dad used to toast the bread in front of the fire.

Jim Hobbs… Eeeeee, luxury!

Paul Morfey… We only had bread and pull-it !!?!

Andre Martin… Generally around 1.30pm/2.00pm on a Sunday Afternoon after Family Favourites

Colin Fox… …..and during the week Workers Playtime

Wendy Weaver… We were very posh, we had jam. Billy Cotton Bandshow reminds me of washing up after Sunday Dinner. It was preceded by 2-way Family Favourites – great show

Colin Fox… Sundays remind me of the house smelling of cabbage

Chris Meachen… Remember it well, listening through the separate speaker underneath the redifusion telly..

Dennis Torrance… Oh what happy days lol my mums telly 405 and 625 lines push in button bbc2 and forever getting up to turn over lol

Mick O’Dowd… Wakey! Wakey! Proper sunday roast dinners. There was also 3 & even 4 way Family Favourites at times! Wow!

Andre Martin… I am sure that one more than one occasion BFBS[British Forces Broadcasting Service & BBC] linked London:Koln:Cyprus:Aden:Singapore for specials ie Christmas.

Alan Pepper… Yes that does bring back memories on a Sunday ! Also remember The Clitheroe Kid ? And later on TV after Sunday night at the London Palladium , 77 Sunset Strip ! I think ? In black and white.

Pat Burgess… Wow what memories, Family favourites, and now I live in Canada. How about Take it from here, Dick Barton, Journey into Space…

Mick O’Dowd… Kookie, lend me your comb! We know a song about that don’t we children.

Nigel Sherwood… Clitheroe Kid , The Navy Lark and Around the Horne used to love Sunday radio