Queens Road Hastings 1970’s painted by Derek Clemans

painting by Derek Clemans

Derek Clemans… I came across an old grainy black and white photo of Queens Road from around the 1970s I am guessing and was inspired to paint it in full colour. It has been a labour of love… I would love to hear any stories that anyone might have if I have sparked a memory or two. Or did you work in any of these shops.

Nick Prince…  I remember it well. Great photo

Dizz Corinne Ryder… Great picture! Loved the Wimpy, had forgotten about Timothy Whites though!

Ian Mantel… 1979, BSM driving lessons with Johnny Stuart (local DJ) then a Wimpy for lunch, every Friday.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Great picture…think I might be the girl in the red dress with the umbrella making my way to Wimpy’s

Pauline Richards… Oh I do miss Wimpy. We used to go after work on a Saturday. Sorry but can’t get used to McDonalds! Apart from the fact they never get my order right it just hasn’t got the taste.

Andy Qunta…  Love it!

Alan Esdaile… Excellent.

Peter Fairless… I remember that Wimpy, also that you could park right outside!

Martin Brown… blimey you might be correct that says Wimpy in Queens Road

Tim Moose Bruce…  Bit I remember about Queens Road in the 70s. My brother bought a B&O hifi system from a shop which is not shown in this picture but not far away, cant remember the name of the shop. It was the time of the miners and power workers strikes and all unnessesary lights etc had to be switched off to conserve power. This included any electrical goods powered up for advertising and demonstration. The shop owner demonstrated the hifi after shutting the shop, turning off all the front lights and pulling down the blinds, then playing the stereo full volume!

Mick May… was it Rumberlows

Leigh Wieland-Boys… My parents also bought a B& O system in the 70s, (it was from a shop in Queens Rd, could well have been Rumbelows), which I ended up with when I moved to London in the 80s, sold it on in 1986 for a tenner!

Tim Moose Bruce… Might have been. I remember it cost about 200 quid.

Anita Brett-eveerst… I had a Saturday job in the Wimpy

Dennis Torrance… Wimpy the best

Gavin Hide… On weekend leave I would have few drinks in Images then go to Wimpy for burger chips then home

Alan Pepper… Yes brings back happy memories from the early seventies . Lovely portrayal mate ! Those frankfurters in Wimpy were to die for . Would spend a lot of time and money in the Record shop (Disc Jockey) further on down just out of the picture. How about a stab at Trinity Street when we had busy days down by the old Observer Derek ?

Dave Nattress… Love the picture, fantastic old names!! A cross between Graham Clarke and L S Lowry. Leigh, could indeed be you or Jane D heading for Chelsea Girl, on the corner opposite side of the road nearer Havelock Road. I remember the Wimpy and one in Bexhill and Eastbourne and just about everywhere. Read an article very recently, there used to be 500 in the UK now there are 80. Also, I remember when you could park outside anywhere or everywhere, not 15 miles away and have to get the train or bus into town!

Pauline Thwaites… I loved the wimpy , I remember having a coconut milkshake in there every week along with a burger as well x

Cherry Longley… Worked in that branch of Boots as a Saturday girl last year of school and during my college year. Remember Trueform for shoes, Posners for trendy fashion and of course Chelsea Girl. My aunt worked in FADS where M&S is now.

David Kent… Someone I know had a hamster called Bollom.

Richard Samuel… Any chance of selling prints ?

Derek Clemans… Prints are always for sale most of my work has been professionally scanned by a local printer incuding this one.. The finished image is on a hard cardboard and is done to a high standard. I usualy stick to a 16″ by 20″ because it as a standard size frame in ESK or elsewhere.Any other size can be available. A 16″ x 20″ signed print comes out at £45.

Nigel Ford… Tim… Currys just out of frame to the left. I remember parents buying us the Dansette Tempo (cheap version, – still here in the loft) for us there mid 60’s. Nice memory Derek, thank you.

Derek Clemans… Richard is still interested in buying a print. I have sent you his email address.

Jeff McCall… would really like to see a picture of this facade before the extensions and shopfronts were added is anyone had one.

Wellington Place Underpass Hastings – painting by Derek Clemans

© Derek Clemans

Derek Clemans… It is an old one I know but it is still a favourite.of mine. I was walking back from an evening in the old town and watched this posh bird walk past this homeless person. He asked,” have you any change”, she looked at him with disgust and made a derogatory remark. His head went down. I then bought him a McDonalds and sat and spoke to him. He is still homeless to this day but I have befriended him and often help him. He is too long homeless now to now go back to a ,”normal life”,but he is happy.

Kevin O’Doherty… good karma to you

Paul Cullen… It shows that there are still good people out there.

Derek Clemans Hastings and St Leonards 2020 calendar

all images © Derek Clemans

Derek Clemans… Great Christmas gifts. Still only £10. If it is a christmas gift then it can be signed by myself the artist and can be personalised. Stock is going down but I did start early this year. I Love my beloved Hastings and will continue to paint it in all it’s glory.xx

Please contact Derek on facebook messenger – or happy to pass on any enquires.

Dave Nattress… Really nice, will get one for myself let alone as a gift for someone else. All for supporting local efforts like this.