Pete Fairless… Whatever happened to Jon, anyone know?
Alan Esdaile… I did see him still driving around in his van, a few years ago.
Martyn Baker… Another early camcorder video has just shown up (courtesy of Steve Caterall – Soundsville international, who got in touch with Alan Esdaile). This was the band in front of a tiny audience of about 50 – fresh from their support slot at Wembley with Level 42 in front of about 12000. Oh well, that’s how life goes.
S J Warner… Is there a song called Not in chains?
Martyn Baker… Not a song title, but maybe a line from one of Steve’s songs? I’ll have to check.
supplied by Mike Mitchell
Mike Mitchell… The Dicemen were mentioned by Andy Knight so I thought I’d get this out of the cupboard. Anyone else got a copy?
Lesley Bowles… I had one cos I used to work with Nick back then
Andy Knight… I have just found a 30 minute recording of the Dicemen dated 1982, I think I recorded a gig at Falaise Hall or was that a dream
photo: Phil Sellens
Stuart Moir… Then along came the PC brigade and complained that they were mal nourished badly treated and didn’t want to do what was asked but if that was the case the donkey would have been able to object by stopping and we all know how hard it would have been to make it move
Colin Fox… I think they also said that they had to get insurance in case anyone got hurt.
Dizz Corinne Ryder… I used to spend my pocket money on them and the trampolines!
Tony Court-holmes… did not like
Wendy Weaver… I remember where they used to stand – my dog used to make straight for that area to roll in the poo and then we’d have to take him straight home for a bath
Pete Houghton… It’s was a shame it stopped the were treated with respect as someone said if they did not want to move they would not and they walked on sand
Nicola Barfield… Omg bring my childhood back from when we came from Germany to here to see nanny donkeys shops etc on pier the old bathing pool distant memories such a shame bring fun revenue to the town in a positive way
Jack Irving… Poor donkeys.
Kev Carleonis… Pure cruelty
Coco Pops… The Chimps were bad enough I never saw the poor Donkeys.
Photo Bob Mitchell. shared from Hastings and Area Past and Present Facebook page
HAPP… It’s 25th March, 1988 and the well-known army surplus store Malcolm Mitchell’s in the High Street, closed. It had opened in 1946. The photo was supplied by Bob Mitchell who wrote “Anyone remember my Uncle Malcom’s shop in the High street where my dad Tom worked with him and the other brothers? Great days.”
Pete Fisher… Bought my fire service greatcoat there, and my first electric guitar, a no-name solid body for ten quid…
Lynda Whatley… I remember it well – it was just along from Judges who baked AMAZING Bread !
Lucy Pappas… Great shop!
Tony Court-holmes… if born in the old town all of us. Piles of boots left one side and right the other and if you wanted laces you had copper wire we never had it so good
Jacqueline Marsh… I loved going in there and having a nose round, so many amazing things and so cheap too. It always had a dry musty smell, think is was from the old uniforms and rubber on things. Wonderful shop. Judges were famous for their Nelson cake, made up of stale cakes and loads of sugary stuff, they were always such a treat
Russell Field… Loved that shop !
Dizz Corinne Ryder… I remember the “old” musty smell when I passed the shop and all the ex-army boots and clothes piled up. think they found a secret room off the main shop area when it was sold.
Alan Esdaile… I can still smell it by just looking at the photo!
John Busbridge… I bought a flying hat in there 50 odd years ago and I still wear it in my vintage car. Also bought a Military Flute and Fife which I’ve still got, I was learning Nights in White Satin!
Jacquie Hinves… The Moody Blues. I can’t forget that song! I was sweet on a guy called Lesley Sharpe. His dad owned the Volvo dealership/ garage in Silverhill. Oh memories! Loved it. So many smells and memories.
John Wilde… I clothed my funky self from Malcolms.
Angela Frances Gardner… I bought my boiler suit from there
Jonathan Mendenhall… remember it well
Pete Brazier… I Remember with great joy all the things I got from there, and there were a few things I remember missing out on cos I couldn’t get back in time before they sold out ”Great Times!”
Jeanette Jones… I had a very warm all wool nurses cape from there
Joe Knight… Brilliant band in the 80s
Leigh Wieland-Boys…. Went to this but unfortunately they were unhappy because everyone was chanting “Geno” – they walked off stage!! Came back on again but with attitude! Still liked them though.
John Austin… I was there !
Chris van Rock… He was paranoid from drugs … brilliant passionate genius but troubled genius who made one of the best albums of 1980