Centre Page – Yelton Hotel Hastings – Christmas Eve 1997

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Karen Sweatman… This was Christmas Eve. Centre Page appeared on Christmas Eve in the Yelton for a few years on the trot.

Andrew Reid McDuffie… Hold on……Is 1997 a long time ago now???

Karen Sweatman… Still seems like yesterday to me!

Andrew Reid McDuffie… Me too!

Dizz Corinne Ryder… I remember them from Mr Cherry’s in St.Leonards!

Gerry Fortsch… Dave was in hospital with my dad and they stayed friends. I knew him from The Suspect.

Robert Searle… Nice to see another photo of Dave Easton Centre Page

Angela Jordan… My Nan and grandad worked there years ago

Lance Collins… Worked a few times with Centre Page. Good days.

Mick O’Dowd… Loved that place. Good bands/atmosphere and a really great selection of people and assorted weirdos!

Karen Sweatman… I’m delighted to say that I fit the weirdo category!

Lance Collins… We have all grown up to socially acceptable responsible adults

Dave Nattress… Played the Yelton once with The Prisoners. Good gig. Dear old mate, Andy Leaney – (RIP) broke a string and then cut his finger, somehow, blood everywhere but like a trooper kept playing. But then Seasick Steve used to do well with 3 strings!

Gerry Fortsch… Always take new skin to a gig.

Sundowners Club – Light Fantastic, Centre Page, Marmalade – Eastbourne April 1976

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Sundowners Discotheque – Eastbourne. Light Fantastic, Centre Page and Marmalade April 1976. Remember seeing lots of bands here, always a great night.

Chris Coleman… spent a lot of my misspent youth in there lol

Jane Hartley…  Nipped over there after the pubs chucked out and got in before they closed the doors!

Virginia Davis… Forgot about Sundowners. Used to go a lot

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Saw lots of bands there & also, across the road at Kings Country Club – although that was more ‘cabaret’ style artists & comedians. The Barron Knights, Tony Bennett, Mike Reid, Freddie Starr to name but a few!

Charlie Ball… Sweet sensation !…. Used to love the Sundowners, Good fun

Alan Esdaile… Sad Sweet Dreamer Charlie. I think I saw them. I remember seeing Mud and The Real Thing at The Sundowners.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Yes! Saw them too Charlie! Did we go together?! Lol ️xx Great times! Oh to be young again, eh, Mr B?! ️xx

Paul Austin… Reflections of my life by Marmalade… One of my favourite songs of all time!

Mark Gilham… I played opposite there at Kings Country Club in a cabaret band when I was a 17 year old student!

Jane Dorsett… saw lots of bands at sundowners, had my 18th birthday at kings country club, at will be 40 years ago tomorrow. were has all the years gone, love to do it all again.

Colin Bell… Did some djing there and first saw The Drifters at Kings C.C. over the road, when Johnny Moore was the lead singer, a really lovely guy with a great voice. Im sure Andre did some djing there too?
Or has my memory gone wonky…!

Read moreSundowners Club – Light Fantastic, Centre Page, Marmalade – Eastbourne April 1976

Centre Page Saturdays Discotheque – Carnival Party 18th August 1976

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Chris Coleman… I was there, was you ?

Tont Court-holmes… i remember falling down the stairs or was i thrown out for being drunk its all a haze now

Will Hadfield… Best time ever!!!

Alan Pepper… Yes Will got to be the best year for Music Fashion Weather Nightlife etc !!

 

February Frolics – 558 Entertainments – Footloose, Loggerhead, Beez Neez, Priway Music Road Show, The Piranhas, The Teenbeats, Centre Page. The Carlisle 1979

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Tim Bruce….I went to the Footloose gig. Loggerhead if I recall were a prog type band playing their own material.

Mick O’Dowd… Here’s on of my gigs from 1979. Footloose were a very good band in the Thin Lizzy mould if I remember rightly. I know the drummer was called Will but I don’t remember any other names. Can anybody help with names/pics? The following night Will actually played drums for Beez Neez because Mark Harris (now a Likely Lad)( He was then as well!) got held up and couldn’t get to the gig. Will did an excellent job. What can you say about the Piranhas/Teenbeats gig. Then there was those stalwarts of the local music scene Centre Page whose line-up over the years reads like a whos-who of local talent!

Peter Millington… There’s a job for you Mick – create a family tree of who’s played in Suspect/Centre Page over the 50+ years they’ve been entertaining the locals and the not so locals.  Group family trees are a complicated business – I’ve just finished one for myself which goes from the CONFEDERATES – SPYKE i – SUSPECT – SPYKE II – JINKS I – EVOLUTION – JINKS II with all the members comings and goings. Not very adventurous with names were we? 53 years non-stop so no complaints!

Iain Cobby… Yes, I was the bassist in Footloose. Will on Drums (cant remember his surname) Brian Setchfield on vox, Guitars were Tony (Vic) Bridger RIP and Harry Randall. Good times were had with a mixture of covers and our own stuff. We did record one with two Saxon covers. I think we went on stage to Widors toccata in F. Such pomp!

Dave Nattress… I still see Brian Setchfield quite often along Cooden Sea-front. He walking his dog, me walking mine, and we often walk along chatting about all those old times, bands and characters. Brian was in Boulder a parallel universe to Damaris and they morphed into Footloose. Mick Kemp and Tony Barraclough played in both bands. Boulder actually earned money doing weekend gigs. Really glad you’ve “signed up” Iain – catch you soon. Loggerhead’s bassist was Steve Watson who later joined up with Mick Bridgeland, Andy Leaney, (RIP), and me in The Charts. Mick, Andy and I had been in The Prisoners for a year or two with Robin Heggie. Robin joined the Hollywood Killers and I think it was then actually Steve Watson joined us.

Mike Mitchell… I remember that gig: The Piranhas and The Teenbeats…a great night. And I found a silver Parker biro on the benches too.

Colin Fox… I like THE GENTLEMEN OF POP under Centre Page.

Mick O’Dowd… Will from Footloose took over the drumkit from Mark at this one. It’s ok Mark Harris, he was still sitting at the back!

Mark Harris… I think you might be right Mick about Will deputising.

Chris Pook… Think that was the only gig you missed Mark. Agree Mick, Footloose were a great band – Dave Neal included!!

Ernest Ballard… Piranhas Great Band

 

Grundy, Jinks & members of The Weathermen, Centre Page & Hillstreet. Tudor Rose 1997

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Bobby Posner… Can you name all my old friends and groups?

Redstar Richter…. Min?

Myra King… Nigel Davies, Clive Davies

Andy Qunta… Looks like dear old Dermot Murphy, front row right! Dave Easton front & centre! Now I need to start looking more carefully!

Barry Newton… I can see King, Rod , Kirk and Greg

Terry Pack… Terry, Ginger, Trevor…

Mark Harris… Was that at the Tudor Rose?

Peter Millington….Yep Mark it was – the gig went from 12:00 midday to 12:00 midnight – live music and laughs all the way. I have to say we kinda faded after 9:00pm though LOL. This was a private party (same as previous picture of Grundy) upstairs in the Tudor Rose, where the entertainment came from musician friends and free – bless ’em all. GRUNDY (Clive Davies, Bob Posner, Kirk Ronchetti, Nigel Davies RIP) JINKS (Rod Trowell, Trev Spears, Terry Chedzoy, Kevin Hoad, Peter Millington) Plus members of THE WEATHERMEN. CENTRE PAGE, HILLSTREET (Chris Sayer RIP, Paul Burton, Kingsley Trowell, RIP, Tony Bird, Stuart Grimes, Stuart Moir, Rev Stockdale RIP, Dermot Murphy, Pete Gladwish, Dave Easton, Greg Pearce, Pete Shaw, Dudley Trowell. The best “Jam Session” ever – a great afternoon enjoyed by all. Every musician, bar a couple perhaps, were playing in the ’60s and have played on the Pier many times between 1961 and 1990. Most are still playing in various groups in and around Hastings, unless of course they’ve moved on to a higher calling RIP.

Robert Searle… Great picture of some smashing blokes

Peter Millington… Second Photo. L-R Back Row = Paul Burton, Stuary Moir, Pete ?, Kirk Ronchetti, Terry Chedzoy, Peter Millington, Kevin Hoad, Chris the Banjo? ? Trev Spears, Clive Davies, Bobby Posner, Nigel Davies, Rod Trowell, Stuart Grimes. L-R Front Row = Kingsley Trowell, Greg Pierce, Chris Sayer, Dave Easton, Rev Stockdale, Dermot Murphy. Great afternoon of busking and drinking upstairs at the Tudor Rose, St Leonards May 1997.

Read moreGrundy, Jinks & members of The Weathermen, Centre Page & Hillstreet. Tudor Rose 1997

Centre Page with Rev at The Yelton Hotel – early 2000

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Another great photo from Josie Lawson.  Josie’s cousin Rev was the keyboard player. I would think this is Centre Page with the much missed Dave Easton anyone confirm.

Colin Fox… Dermot playing Bass.

Peter Gladwish… Yep! ‘Centre Page’ with the incomparible Dave Easton on vocals. I was the drummer when Rev was in the band, before my time with ‘Looking Back’. Two great bands!

Josie Lawson… This photo was taken when The Entertainer mag was around as I wrote about this with my cousin and they published it. I called the poem I think “My long lost cousin”. I don’t know if copies of the mag were ever kept but unfortunately a lot of my research etc were thrown as I explained to you due to ill health.

Colin Fox… The last time I saw Rev he was having a drink at Cooden Beach Hotel. He had really long grey hair and beard.

Josie Lawson…I think that may have been before he passed which was 23rd December 2004 sad days. Last time I saw Rev my cousin he said even though I have all my disabilities to follow my heart and dreams as I could make it.He said he followed my creativity within the Mags.It was so good meeting him again after all those years.Just by chance I heard his name when the band took a break.I heard his name and knew and he realised too and so a hug was had.Would be great to have the poem again.I have many floppy discs with many of my poems but that is where they Are at the moment until I can gain access.

Anyone help Josie with copies of The Entertainer magazine?

Colin Fox… That’s correct Josie. Everyone loved him even though he some problems.

Paul Burton R.I.P.

Very sorry to hear of the death of popular local musician Paul Burton. I did not know him personally but saw him play many times. Much loved and will be missed by many people here.

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Andy Qunta… I  also saw Paul play with Centre Page, but unfortunately didn’t know him personally. RIP.

Mark Harris… I’ve known Paul for years, very sad news

Karenann Clarke… R,I,P

Stuart Moir… R.I.P my musician friend we will all miss you ..

Terry Pack… I’m sad to read this. A very nice bloke. RIP, Paul.

Susie Prescott… RIP xxx

Neil Cartwright… Only knew him as an Estate Agent – but a very nice guy.

John Wilde… Thanks Paul. Journey on.

Mike Raxworthy… That’s a shock! Will miss seeing him about, always greeting me with a smile and never too busy for a bit of a chat. Very sad news. R.I.P Paul x

Mick O’Dowd… Again I knew of him but not know him although I have worked a lot of times when he played with Centre Page etc. and only saw him a few weeks back at The East Hastings Angling Club. He was a great musician and this is a sad loss to our musical heritage.

Andre Martin… RIP Paul one of the Old Brigade.

Barry French… So sorry to hear this sad news. A true gentleman & lovely guitarist. Barry & Ness French.

Rick Sellens… Saw Paul play in the sixties. Met him last year after doing some guitar repairs for him . Nice bloke.

Peter Millington… Nothing can prepare one for losing a close friend and now there’s a big void that can never be filled. I had the pleasure of playing with Paul in several groups over the years, The Confederates, then Spyke and more recently The Scratchers. He was a singer, guitarist, comic, and one of my best friends since our meeting in 1962. He’s now at peace, free from pain and contributing to the heavenly Rock and Roll orchestra I’m sure. His funeral will be at 2:00pm on 3rd February 2015 at Hastings Crematorium.

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Stuart Moir… What a wonderful send off for Paul, I am sure he was looking down with a big smile on his face, and what a brilliant response from all his friends in music everybody played and sang their hearts out, love you all !!

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Joe Knight…  a great send oFF well done all!! WELL DONE GINGER DONE PAUL!!! “PROUD”

Mick O’Dowd… Extremely good send off. It was an amazing non-religious service but said everything. We had tears. We had laughter and also dancing! It was the most moving funeral I have ever been to. Well done to everybody involved in the planning and execution of this event. You did him proud.

Stuart Moir… Well said Mick, I think Ginger needs a big round of applause for everything he did to make the event go smoothly, also a mention to Simon Shaw for the PA and his contribution as a musician.

Peter Millington… Paul Burton, as usual, raised the height of the bar yet again. He now has the credit of organising his own funeral service and “wake” which was the best that I’ve ever attended. Acting as his organisational agant for the event I must congratulate and thank every musician that took part. One of those events that everyone wished wouldn’t end. As always Paul, you’re a difficult act to follow. RIP my very good friend – Ginger