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Martin Curcher… There should have been a gig with Marmalade, Jam and Bread which concluded with Hot Chocolate in Sandwich
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Anyone remember Jon Royle?
Chris Coleman…. Was called Music Machine Disco. we did a lot of work for Martin Casson in the early days
Alan Esdaile… Remember it well Chris and so does Andre. Great times.
Neil Steadman… I do too!!!
Stuart Moir… Brilliant band van, we had the long wheel base version and did many miles up and down the motorways during our Centre Page years, I could get back from Folkstone to Hastings in under the hour after our gig at Neros, admitted it was 3am in the morning
Chris Coleman… Stuart, I took Raven to Neros a couple of times lol
Colin Fox… Stuart, 3am eh? probably had to drop a few girls off first, like we did. Nudge nudge, wink wink, know what I mean guv?
Michael Humphrey… How much for the transit
David Edwards… Looks like a life on Mars time warp
Jamie Goddard… That’s amazing!!!
Pete Prescott… Great photo !
Keith Veness… 1972
Trevor Unwin… Remember him well. Was in Bournemouth with him.
Barry Upton… So real at the time
Andy Qunta… Great pic!
David Wilkinson… East Sussex reg.
Martin Richter… impressive line-up !
Patricia Lloyd… Loved kings
Julie Morris… Often went on a Thursday night – loved it!
John Scaife… Peter Gordeno -Commader & The Pilot of Sky 1 (Submarine in UFO)
David Edwards… Imagine Ella Fitzgerald like a diamond atop a pile of also tans, Kings certainly pulled out all the stops there!
Jim Hobbs… Fair comment, but to give them their due, the others on the line up were big UK stars in their day.
Tony Court-holmes… Andre and i worked there
Cliff Bennett… What a programme!!!!????
Colin Creagh… Just look at the names
Terry Pack… The sad thing is that most ‘entertainment’ in Eastbourne is unchanged in 45 years. The Devonshire Theatre has pantos and Agatha Christie, the Congress has bands from the 60s, comics from the 70s and orchestral music from the 1800s, and the Bandstand has tribute bands all Summer. The idea that a musician like Ella could do a week long residency these days… if only.
Richard Cripps… Mum and Dad owned a chalet there, spent so many memorable years there from the age of 8  until it closed. Had the opportunity to see sooo many stars of the time there… and then across the road to the disco. Any one remember Nan on reception? or Barry the house drummer?
Michael Williams… I lived at Kings, as my father was public relations officer, I remember him introducing the acts on stage including Sandie Shaw, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck , Dusty Springfield and loads more. My father had an album with him shaking hands with all the stars before he introduced them on stage. That would have been the sixties.
Robert Searle… Clark-Elsom Collection,who remembers them? What ever happened to Graham Clark, the bass player?
Perri Ann Haste… I used to go there in the Mid to late seventies – always had a great time! – happy days… those were the days eh
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…!
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Linda Holter… Remember Kings Country Club so well had some great nights out there.
Leigh Wieland-Boys… Loved going there!
Willie Wicking…. Remember my first firms dinner there in 1976 the Stylistics were playing seems like only yesterday the last band I saw there was the Glitter Band
Ricky Long…Those were the days played with several bands there always had a great time happy memories.
Pat Fears… Remember seeing the Three Degrees there!
Paul Coleman… Jimmy Jones seemed to be a regular. Saw him lots of times there – including his “gentlemen only” evening. Terrific times. It really was “The Showplace of the South”.
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Ricky Long… Ricky Norman Sound with Marcus Hinsby Norman Bennett and Ricky Douglas
John Harper… Blimey, those were the days! Great to see you guys again. We were on the same private functions, hotels and clubs circuit so our paths would cross many times. Lots of venues have closed since then.
Ricky Long… Hi John nice to know you are still about, hope all is good with you regards Rick
Bill Grace… Very suave Rick
photos and menu supplied by Andre Palfrey-martin collection
Andre Palfrey Martin… I have dug around and come up with the attached photos from Thursday 27 July 1978 – One is HRH talking to the girls before the show in the Foyer of Kings Country Club, Eastbourne and the other was taken with HRH and I think it was Sheila Ferguson doing the ” bump” – this image of HRH was flashed around the world within hours and made newspapers everywhere.
Alan Esdaile… Could it be Andre in the background on the first picture?
Andre Palfrey Martin … It could well be, I was working that night, and quite on the cards I would have been backstage, security had almost shut down the whole building, we had to be at the club by 6.00pm a good 2 hours earlier than usual, once in you could not get out ! however in the club itself, I could go anywhere as usual, so its on the cards that could well be me. I am sure that I would have had my hair and beard trimmed for the night, and would of course been in some form of formal attire. It was a great night. The Girls were really terrific people, but I still cannot remember their Tour Managers name, I think it was Richard …something, I do however recall that I had to give up my dressing room that night for him to use, I had to share the resident bands room with them.
Trevor Walker… My wife and I were there ! Good times were had at Kings ! Show Place of the South !!!
Jacqueline Marsh… I was there about half a dozen seats away from Charlie, he was absolutely drooling over the 3 Degrees !
Andre Martin… Your quite right about Prince C this was the famous shot that went global when he visited the club for the Prince’s Trust.l must dig out the original and have close look at this presentation line up,all I can remember was that was next to Sandy Croft in the second row it was 40 years ago