Shaft – Graffiti photo 1971 and promo photo.

Shaft 1971

Shaft Poster

photos supplied by Andy Knight

featuring Bob Shipway, Colin Pierce, Andy Knight, Jim Beadle and Dave Shaw. The graffiti photo was taken in Alfred Street, St Leonards. Is that Daisy on the wall?

1970’s advert Shaft & Valhalla Disco – Christ Church.

Robert Searle… I remember seeing Shaft play at The Regent St Leonards. Dave Shaw was with me in a band called Foxy with Colin Fox and Les Harding.

Yvonne Cleland… Yes looks like Daisy graffiti!

Bob Shipway… Happy (and great fun) days!!!

Nick Patching… I played with Dave in a band called Burnt Ice. RIP Dave.

St Johns Wood – 1969/1970

St. Johns Wood

supplied by Colin Fox

L to R: Ray Harper, Colin Pierce, Dave Shaw, Robin Sargent, Colin Fox and Rod Pittam sitting below.

Robert Searle….Nice one Colin

Andre Martin….Found this from my Hastings Pier Files


Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Peter Millington…..I make the date as being 7th February 1970

Rob Sargent… I remember the photo session, on the beach just below the Wish Tower. Hope you’re all still rocking and enjoying it as much as I am.

Lynne Norris… I found this site accidentally and it triggered many memories of my teenage years and some really good music. I remember The Spooks and 4-Bidden well when they played upstairs at Club Continental. As a 16-year old, I absolutely adored Dave Shaw and I was beside myself when we moved to Burrow Down and Dave Shaw and his family lived just over the road from us at Den Hill.  Dave had this big old tank of a car and he would give me a lift sometimes.  I am pleased that he kept on rocking and am I sad to hear that he has passed away.

Freeway – and the pier zooquarium triodome talk 1970


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photos supplied by Andy Knight, cuttings supplied by Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection

John Kingdon (Voc), Dave Shaw (Voc), Jime Beadle (Bass), Colin Pierce (Gtr), Joe Milligan (Tenor Sax), Ron Milligan (Baritone Sax), Clive Pearson (Trumpet), Andy Knight (Drums).

some great pictures of Freeway. Taken around 1970 on Hastings Pier.

Yvonne Cleland…..Bonitas! That was the name I forgot.

Philip Meston….. I remember Bonita’s, but not the Freeway Show Band

Andy Qunta….Great band! Freeway were great, and very ambitious with the brass section! 

Ralph Towns… I remember the zoo that was in there .I think a copy of the Bayeux tapestry was in there for a while and I remember seeing a Dalek in there but what the hell that was doing there,I don,t know.

Len Smith… Freeway with Dave Shaw singing. Bonitas gig was 1971.

Ian Plater… Is that the same john kingdom, that had J K’s burger world in Eastbourne.

Tony May… Aside from the musical history side of things this picture is a rare shot of the old Hastings Pier and an attraction I was too small at the time to remember? If anyone knows more about it I would be interested to hear more. Any chance the photo owner would allow me to use it for an article in ‘Hastings Town’ perhaps?

Mick O’Dowd… This was the old Triodome that graced the Pier for a while. It was used for various events including the Zooquarium and a skating rink (can’t recall if it was ice or roller). I believe it was moved to Warrior Square Gardens after The Pier.

Jim Breeds… The Triodome was originally built to house the Hastings Tapestry to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 1966. It features on several postcards that I have too.

Natasha Kaschevsky… Later used for Amusements around ’76 – ’78, I used to work in there in the summer holidays

Alan Esdaile… I’m sure at one stage it was suggested that The Triodome be rehoused on the Ladies Parlour West Hill with The Tapestry.

Andy Knight… Tony, you are welcome to use it.

Tony May… Thanks for the info Jim and for the use of the photo Andy. If any of the band have any memories of playing the Pier or can give me more info please e mail it to Thanks!

Flanko Fin Barr… The Good times


The Cossacks – Eastbourne Rhythm Group early 60’s.

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card supplied by Rob Sargent, photo supplied by Len Smith

Anyone remember this group?

Len Smith… Far right is Ross Holter, next to him on bass is Dave Shaw (before he took up vocals), Terry Saunders, Ian ? and Eric Marshall.

Rob Sargent… Another blast from the past…The Cossacks circa 1960/63 Ross Holter rhythm guitar…Dave Shaw Singer….Rob Sargent drums. Ross can you remember who played lead and bass? First gig The Star Inn, Star Road Eastbourne, then onto greater places like The Pier Hotel Eastbourne and Diplocks Bar!

John Godfrey Gale… Love the telephone number “Eastbourne 640”!!!

Colin Fox… I was told that Dave Shaw played bass. I remember seeing them at Diplocks. I was playing at the Pier Hotel and popped round to Diplocks in our break. We, (the Spooks) poached Dave Shaw who became our singer. When the Spooks folded Dave and I joined 4-Bidden, and later we got a keyboard player from Battle, Chris Kaday. We later changed the name to St Johns Wood, Kaday left and Rod Pittam became our keyboard player.

Lynda Whatley… Such good old days Colin – !

Ross Holter… Original line up Terry Saunders on drums Eric Marshall on lead (Watkins rapier) me on rhythm Dave Shaw bass Neil can’t remember his name singer, he left and Barry Parks sang for us.

Tony Ball… I was aware of the Cossacks but never got to see them.

Foxy – Bexhill British Legion – circa 1996


supplied by Hastings Groups from 1958 to the present

From left to right Les Harding, Dave Shaw, Robert Searle on bass and Colin Fox.

Robert Searle….”Good mates”

Stuart Moir… That was the time when Dave Shaw wasn’t able to stand for any length of time due to illness but like us all the show must go on, RIP Dave you were a great singer.


The Spooks – 1964


supplied by Colin Fox

In Worthing at the Sussex Beat Group Championship. The Spooks came first in the heat but were beaten in the final. The Alexanders and Tony Kenward and The Defiants, both from Eastbourne, also took part. L to R: Colin Fox, you can just see the drummer, (John Atkins with dark glasses), Dave Shaw, Chris Putland and John Brooker.

Peter Millington….Well I wonder who won? The attached photos explain what a great night the final was at Elizabeth Hall, Eastbourne, at least it was for a Hastings group – The Confederates. L-R Tony Goodman, Ginger Millington, Dave Saunders, Johnny Conroy and Trevor Spears



The crowd at the Evening News Sussex Beat Competition. All supporting their favourite groups – Circa. March 1964


all photos supplied by Peter Millington

Peter Millington…Another cutting with more details of the finalists. The Evening News National competition in London didn’t materialise. The Four Pennies appearance was changed from Portsmouth to Broadstairs and they didn’t bother to turn up!!!! The Confederates had to do the gig on their own, great fun? Four Pennies fans were a bit p****d off to say the least.

Alan Esdaile….Can you remember what you spent the £50 on Pete?

Peter Millington…..Split 6 ways including our manager/driver/van owner, (£8.00 each with £2.00 in the kitty, no not the cat). My share put towards my HP payments for the new blue Fender Precision Bass and the Vox amplifier. No change left for pleasures of the flesh unfortunately LOL