Dartford YMCA – Johnny Mason, The Gobstopper, Mighty Machine, Christie, Sabotage, Chris Gentry – January 1973

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Mick O’Dowd… All together now Y-M-C-A…!!!!! Is Chris Gantry an alias of Gentry.

Peter Fairless… A top DJ, clearly, Mick.

Mick O’Dowd… I think it’s Chris Gentry in disguise Pete. More to the point who are THE Christie?

Peter Fairless… Something to do with THAT Yellow River?

Mick O’Dowd… Don’t they hail from San Bernardino?

Andre Martin… Bloody Printers never could spell !

 

SMART chat show on Carnival FM Friday 5th August 2016 with Chris Gentry & Alan Esdaile

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Thanks to Andre Martin for the SMART chat last night on Carnival FM 87.9. Don’t forget Chris Gentry is back on the radio on Sunday 7th August 2016 5.00pm – 7.00pm. In the meantime don’t miss the retro show tonight 6th August 2016 – 8.00pm – 12.00pm with Sarah Harvey and Tony Davis.

Andre Martin… Have a great Carnival night with Sarah [break a leg] and Tony playing memories of the bands & music of our time in this town.

Sarah Harvey… Carnival 87.9 FM and also online this evening. The Hastings Retro show featuring some of those bands that appeared in and around Hastings in years gone by including local bands such as Die Laughing, Jinks, Spyke, Expandis.

Carnival Fm Radio 87.9fm – 30th July to 7th August 2016

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Andre Martin… Chris Gentry Show, quite a mixed selection this year – Sunday early evening The Wine Show, Monday 8.00pm TimeMachine has a wizz round the musical world. Friday 8.00pm SMART, 9.00pm-12.00 The Weekend Starts Hear, and last Sunday 5.00pm – 2hours of anything goes !!

Tony Davis comments… Carnival FM is back on air for Hastings Old Town Carnival week. We start transmitting on 30 July 2016 until 7 August 2016. Tune in to listen to some great sounds with shows from Andy Knight, Dawn Wildman, Richard Stack, Andy Gunton, Sarah Harvey and myself, Tony Davis along with a host of others. I’ll be on air on Monday 1 August at 1pm until 4 pm and then every weekday afternoon at that time. Then on Carnival Day 6 August, Sarah Harvey and I will be presenting a retro show featuring music from bands and singers that have played in Hastings over the years. Same format as our Hastings Rock show except this time we’ll be featuring more mainstream music. Please listen in on 87.9 or stream the broadcasts via the internet. Look forward to hearing from some of you whilst I’m on air.

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Andre Martin… The Team is waiting for the start of this years Carnival FM Broadcast – Starts Saturday July 30th 2016

Sarah Harvey… On Carnival Night…. share your memories. Do you remember when the carnival started from the Bathing Pool and ended up at Alexandra Park? Tony Davis might but I couldn’t possibly comment 🙂

Alan Esdaile… Looking forward to it Sarah. Early memories of the carnival were, remember seeing and waiting for the old woman on a real horse. How about playing America Horse With No Name. Now that’s messed up the playlist!

Iain Cobby… Good luck you guys! Sorry but I’m down here in Cornwall so won’t be able to be there or hear you, but thanks for the publicity for my bands song “Autumn Song” which is now included on this months free CD in PROG magazine. Without you Tony and Sarah ………… well. Album now being finalized, title “Hark, a Vagrant” watch this space.

Heidi Franklin… Gary Glitter in the park!

Sarah Harvey… Tina and her Boyfrends in the Park…… who remembers them?

Alan Esdaile… Don’t forget to tune in on Friday 5th August 2016 for The Chris Gentry Show. 8.00pm – 9.00pm chat about SMART and 9.00 -12.00 The Weekend Starts Hear.

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Here’s what Chris was up to in 1975.

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Gary Glitter – Hastings Pier 1972/1973

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Andre Martin….just thought that I would mention, FORTY YEARS ago this weekend

Martyn Baker… Yep, I was there (later in 1973) , aged 14, and I must have even have bought a ticket – (we all used to swim out to the end of the pier with a bag of clothes to evade the ticket barrier in those days – but only in the summer). I remember it being a great show too. Shame about Gary Glitter.

 

Chris Gentry DJ (Andre Martin) Kings Country Club 1974

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Janine Anne Hemsley…..I remember it well .

Joe Knight…..GREAT PLACE!!

Andre Martin…..These were taken Summer Season 1974 in the small building next to the new club that was being built by Ray King, when that Opened the whole scene changed and we then could deal with 2500 on a busy night. I have just worked that out – These photos are 40 years old !!

Ian Hargraves….You have not changed much!

Polly…  I was just thinking about Kings Country Club and realised I have no surviving pictures of my life there. Before Janine came along I was the girlfriend of Colin and we came to Eastbourne together after Colin left the Eric Delaney Big band. Meridian was named after the local knicker factory where we came from. Pete Brent was guitarist, Barry Goacher was the drummer, Colin Hadley keyboards, Steve Devine was saxophonist. There was also a trumpeter called Keith Bolton and his wife Paula. When we first came Colin was part of the Mick Urry band. After Mick and the band parted Meridian was formed. I have many happy memories of Ray taking us for dinner on our birthdays in his Rolls Royce,as Colin was the youngest member of the band. I also remember the band who played downstairs and one of the members Laurie Broadway, who was a mate. Eddie was the entertainment manager and Lenny was one of the barmen. I remember Pete Bonner well, as we had a party at his house once and I threw up all over his prize roses! Those were the days!

Janine Anne Hemsley… Polly are you there ??? xx

Jane Hartley… Kings put on great shows, saw many a big act there. Sundowners over the road, we used to belt over the marshes after the pubs chucked out, to get there before they shut the doors! Not to be recommended kids!!!!

Mick Knights… Kings was a bit too posh, ( which really means they wouldn’t let me in) it was the Sundowners every time.

Alan Esdaile… Agree with Mick. Used to go to the Sundowners. Saw The Real Thing, Mud & The Troggs among others.

Colin Norton… We (The Rebels) were one of the first bands to play at the Sundowners. It was quite a small building at the time. When we were playing somewhere else in Eastbourne in the evening till 11 pm. We would go over to the Sundowners and play from 1 am till 3 am or something like that. We played for steak and scampi 🙂 …. Oh, and fun as well 🙂