Gutsy pop from Missing Persons June 1979

Martin Richter… Chris Sambrook ?? I never knew this – Hi Chris 🙂

Richard Turner… My uncle Chris Turner 🙂

Ken Copsey… I remember that hat! I think that’s the one he was wearing in the picture I have of him in th Teenbeats van. Lovely bloke.

Chris Meachen… Somewhat prophetic article.. Who would have imagined he’d inflict the spice girls on us all..

Harry Randall… Chris Turner sadly missed I used to play with him as a kid in short trousers and then later he played Bass for a while in Footloose!

Mick O’Dowd… Didn’t they feature on the legendary Safari album “Uppers On The South Downs”?

Alan Esdaile… Yes Mick.

Ken Copsey… That’s right Mick. It goes for quite a few bob on eBay due to the legendary South Coast Ska Stars track on it.

Richard Turner… Just looked for that album on eBay not many about

John Breeds… I have happy memories of being in the same band as Chris Turner (pictured). He was on rhythm and I was on bass.

Alan Esdaile… from May 1979….

Jim Breeds… Were they ever found!?


Cracked Mirror at Maidstone Girls Tech School 14th February 1980

cracked mirror group

cracked mirror chris - cracked mirror 2 cracked mirror singer joe cracked mirror

all photos © Colin Winn. supplied by Tim White

John Wilde… Is that John Stiles on bass? Joe should be a Rock God.

Gary Kinch… It’s Chris on drums. Great shot.

Nigel Ford… Did I see their album is worth a bit?

Chris Sambrook… The singer is Colin Winn, Steve Smile was bassist, both from Maidstone, Joe Rytlewski from Battle on guitar and me Chris Sambrook from Hastings on drums.

Tim Moose Bruce… Loved seeing Cracked mirror. Got the album still. Great record.

Harry Randall… Allo me Chris Sambrook owes it anging?

Ernest Ballard… Joe, So young

Slayve – 1983/1984





supplied by Mark Little.

Paul Tanner, Steve Simpson, Val Orringe, Mark Little, Chris Sambrook.

Mick Mepham….Excellent!!! Paul was with me in Mars in ’86 and I think I played with Mark too but can’t remember when exactly, it might have been more like ’87 ish. I don’t believe I ever had the pleasure of playing with Chris….

Gary Kinch…..Top Bloke is Chris, haven’t seen him for a while

Chris Sambrook…The band were influenced by Rush around time of Moving Picture or beyond. Why i was wearing a Fireman’s helmet and blowing a “Duck call” is beyond me.

Mick Mepham…It’s a good look though Chris …….

Stevie Simpson… Saw Chris for the first time in 30 something years last night over at The Carlisle in Hastings, hardly changed

Terry Hardwick… Those H H speakers they weighed a ton

Val Orringe… Well, well, well. Searched to find out how the very talented Paul T was doing and found this. A quantum reality time ago. Still have the tinnitus as proof! My memory is of the sell out at the Tivoli, Eastbourne.

Martin Richter… Dr marvin suggs

Eddie Hazell – 1953 to 2013 by Chris Sambrook


EDDIE HAZELL  14th December 1953 – 17th September 2013  by Chris Sambrook.

My good friend Eddie Hazell passed away on 17th September 2013. He was for many years part of the Free Beach Concert for RNLI. He was adopted as the Captain of Tents and Gazebos, mainly because he was the only one who could erect these strange things in a matter of minutes, where as there would be a lot of head scratching and reading the instructions over and over. He also was a keen photographer and became the official photographer for the Beach Concert. He came down to the beach concert this year to help erect the tents. Although clearly suffering the ravages of radio therapy he insisted on erecting the tent for the PA. He was persuaded not to, but this was typical of the man because he cared. Eddie’s family and executors have kindly given me access to the pictures he took over the years. have been given access to the photo’s for publication on behalf of the Eddie Hazell Estate. I also would like to pay tribute to the volunteers and musicians who are no longer with us who have helped to make this event unique for 25 years.


Maria Bessant… Lovely to see we still have all his photos and CD,s of concerts and also fire work night’s and drag racing

Maria Bessant… My best brother ever at rest with my loving husband Stephen Bessant. Miss you so much.x

Sid Saunders… I worked with Eddie at Subberfields garage when he was a young lad and went to his funeral with other ex staff members.

The Pullbacks – Pete Prescott & Chris Sambrook – The Carlisle Hastings


photo: Pete Prescott

The band were called ‘The Pullbacks’ and had Joe Rytlewski on guitar and Martin Richter on bass.

Tony Qunta….The drummer from the first proper band I was in in Hastings with Andy Q!

Pete Prescott….i could get radio 4 on that haircut.its outside the carlisle around 1990/91 its Chris and Joe rytlewski was on guitar.i was passing and invited up to sing (probably) natural born woman.we were also joined by Richard (not sure of his 2nd name) the drummer of caravan.he was the landlord of a pub the lost boys played at in ashford.nice guy.good drummer.i used to love watching Chris play.he always put so much into his playing.

Yvonne Cleland…Phil Little was the drummer after Chris. Jez Gillett used to do vocals and keyboard for the Pullbacks when he didn’t have a gig with the Lost Boys.

Chris Sambrook – Bands I Have Seen On Hastings Pier

The first band i saw was Manfred Mann was around 1966 when i was a 12 year old kid. To follow on i saw the Kinks, Dave Dee, Dozy, Mick and Titch, Small Faces,the Who, Pink Floyd,  and Hendrix as part of the Sunday Club. At 13 i was right at the front facing Hendrix and his Marshall stacks. The bugger gave me tinnitus, but despite the whistling which i still have, i wouldn’t have missed it for the world, at the tail end of the 60’s The Who played Tommy on the night of the first Moon landing which is quite appropriate. Going on into the 70’s there were so many bands that played before fame or obscurity. To list them will take a long time but here goes, no year in particular, but the bands i saw. Stackridge, String Driven Thing, UFO[if memory serve me well a gig organised by Hastings College with the original line up, then with Bernie Marsden and then with Michael Schenker, Genesis, Budgie,ELO, Curved Air, Nazareth,Status Quo,Ten Years After,Steamhammer, Hawkwind, Wild Turkey, July, Gracious,Blonde on Blonde, Edgar Broughton Band[all nighter], Principle Edwards Magic Theatre,Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, The Winkies, Barclay James Harvest,Rare Bird went funky[Polydor tour],UPP [produced by Jeff Beck who was in the Bar], A Sounds Special tour with a free disc which i still have somewhere, Jon Hiseman’s Tempest,Babe Ruth with Bernie Marsden[him again] Groundhogs, Robin Trower booked but his first album was selling in the States and cancelled. Thin Lizzy booked but also cancelled, Argent, MAN & Deke Leonard’s IceBerg[Happy Daze Tour], Quicksand, Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come,Clancy,The Herd[late 60’s when Frampton was the Face of 1968}, Golden Earring[truck went through the decking], Gary Moore supporting Vinegar Joe [Elkie Brooks and Robert Palmer], Gong[Steve Hillage], Def Leppard, Magnum, Tigers of Pantang, Ginger Baker Gurvitz Army, Strife,Stray, Medicine Head, Spencer Davis Group with Ray Fenwick. the Kult[Bexhill band],Osibisa,Procul Harum, Frankie Miller with the Stranglers supporting, then the Stranglers when they went mega],Saxon, Supertramp ,Supercharge. Zebra[ Liam Genocky on Drums. I think i have just about finished. Not forgetting the Open gig at Hastings United Football Ground, August Bank Holiday 1967 with the Kinks, Geno Washington, Winstons Fumbs, Orange Bicycle and Crazy World of Arthur Brown.

Chris Sambrook

Andre Palfrey-martin….Yes I recall the Who playing Hastings Pier on 20 July 1969 – almost at the same time as the lunar Module was landing at Tranquillity Base for their historic visit – came home and the BBC were still running reports from Kennedy Space Centre. Those were really exciting times.

Andy Qunta….Great memory you have, Chris! I saw most of them too, so thanks for the reminders! Hope you’re well, btw!

Michael Mepham….Blimey Chris, what a cracking bunch of bands! I missed quite a few of them but it’s great to be reminded of the quality of bands that used to play in Hastings. Most of all, a big Hurrah for your memory!!

John Storer…Remember Status Quo encoring with a scorching version of The Door’s “Roadhouse Blues” which I thought was better than the original. The Sounds Special tour was Boxer + Moon + Crawler if i remember correctly.
The Gary Moore / Vinegar Joe gig was on 5th May 1973 (my 17th birthday – I got drunk on vodka and lime, the on-trend drink of the time)

Pete Fisher…..superb listing Chris! I was at most of those gigs too, from The Who in 1969 until mid ’74 when I moved to London….

Martin Banks… One missing band from the list Chris, Esperanto, great music and stage show. I still play the album.

Jan Warren… Wow Chris, that’s some list!!

Static Emotion – 1969


supplied by Chris Sambrook

Featuring Chris Sambrook, Tony Qunta, Andy Qunta & Dave Austin.

Andy Qunta….Wow! Never expected to see this fab card again! Thanks, Chris Sambrook!  Well, I know we played the Gun song, “Head in the Clouds”, because I remember Lol Cooksey saying that was one of the main reasons he wanted to have a band with Tone & myself – just so he could play that song! Hopefully that wasn’t the only reason! Probably not, because Factory lasted over 6 years! Chris Sambrook seems to have a very good memory, Maybe he remembers more songs than I could! Hope so!

Chris Sambrook….Hi Andy. Head in the Clouds was and still is a great track. Besides Head in the  Clouds I believe our set list at that time included Nights in White Satin,Crossroads, Communication Breakdown. I’m sure we also played a song from Tons of Sobs, can’t remember which track now, its all a bit hazy. Static Emotion was the first band I played in and probably a bit out of my depth [no change there then] but it was  great experience.

Andy Qunta….. Thanks for adding to the Static Emotion setlist! I do remember playing those songs now! I think the song from Free’s Tons Of Sobs could be either Walk In My Shadow or The Hunter perhaps! Great fun playing all that stuff with you Chris!

Here’s The Gun track they were talking about…..

Martyn Baker… Love the 4 digit phone number. Everyone in Hastings must have known almost everyone who owned a phone in those days!

Andy Qunta… There must surely be photos of the band somewhere, but I don’t know where!

Eddie Hazell – Beach Concert Photos


With the beach concert due at the end of July (30th & 31st July 2016 on The Stade) time to revisit previous years with many great memories in the photos from the late Eddie Hazell.  The photos (many we have not seen before) will start appearing on the SMART site soon. As before not sure on some of the names, please feel free to fill in the gaps or advise on any errors.