Big Beat Reunion 22nd Oct 1988 – Hastings Pier with Screaming Lord Sutch

all photos © Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland. Poster supplied by Pete Millington.

Screaming Lord Sutch with Cliff Bennett, Tommy Bruce, Cynthia Payne and others.

Matt Thomas… I spot Nan & Jenny

Lloyd Johnson… On the right of the photo…Nan & Jenny with the glasses….

Jim Breeds… So, did Sutch have a place in Hastings, or did he stay with others when he was in town. I need evidence though, so don’t say yes because you once read it on Facebook. I want to hear from you if you know for a fact and where

Kev Towner… Jim, I was always under the impression that he stayed with Lord Tivers when he visited Hastings

Judy Atkinson… I think I was there that night – certainly saw him on the pier, just can’t remember when

Colin Tapp… Great photo. Nan


Style Promotions and Entertainment Agency & Simon Hanny 1985

Lance Collins… Brings back memories. I use to DJ with Terry years ago. Style 04 Disco

Tony May… I was with Style Promotions when working at Stylus and D.J’ing up at Flamingoes in Queen’s Rd.

Terry Tollan… Was our agent too back in the day Black Velvet.

Tony Ham… The Dekorators, used to see them playing in Rye. Used to go on Terry Avann’s coach trips to WWF wrestling, also remember seeing wrestling he put on on Hastings Pier.

Nastassja Kaschevsky… We played some good gigs there Tony, happy days!

Tony Ham… The place next to the police station.

Nastassja Kaschevsky… You’re right, it was Ma Beeton’s.

Mick O’Dowd… Terry Alan was also DJ Terry Avann who was a regular at Pebbles Night Club Winchelsea Beach in the 80’s. Anyone know if he’s still around?

After Sunset Roadshow 1980’s/90’s

supplied by Martin Prior

Brian Lowther, Stella Prior, Chris Knight and Mick O’Dowd

Mick O’Dowd… More likely in the 90’s. The twilight years of my music life. Sadly only 2 of the pictured quartet are still with us.Chris Hood was Chris Knight and I was Mike Day. Subtle eh!

Alan Esdaile… I remember spotlights like that. You all look a bit smart. The doctor will see you now!

Lance Collins… I still use spotlights like that on my Retro Roadshow

Looking for photos of Roddy from the Dave Holt Quintet asks Dicky Walsh

Dicky Walsh asks…
Does anybody have any photos of the Dave Holt Quintet? I’m particularly interested in pics of my late brother Roddy playing with them, in order to identify the make of his guitar. He would have been with the quintet during the late 70’s and early 80’s I think.

Stephen Moran…. Hi Dicky, I’m currently doing research into the popular music histories of Hastings and I have been accessing original copies of The Hastings Observer from 1960-1985 at The British Library. The Dave Holt Swingtet performed regularly in and around Hastings in the 70’s and probably the early 80’s. They also used the name Dave Holt Quartet. I found the article and photo attached from the 26 January 1974 copy of the Observer. Dave Holt on guitar says he is looking for a rhythm guitarist and vocalist to complete the line-up, so it’s possible your brother Roddy may have joined later when they became the Dave Holt Quintet. I’ll do a bit more research and if I find out more I’ll be in touch.

Alan Esdaile… Stephen, I got a clearer one somewhere, I will repost.

Ian Williams… I think the guitar in the photograph is a Harmony H75?

Tony Bird… it is a Harmony H77 , built between 1960 and 1970when production ceased

Ian Williams… I thought the H 77 was cherry red, whereas the one in the picture is sunburst?

Dicky Walsh… Ian Williams thanks for you replies. The guitarist in the picture is Dave Holt, but I was interested in the guitar my brother used when he played with the Swingtet, probably a little later than the photo shown.

Colin Fox…

Stephen Moran… Hi Dicky I searched through my Hastings Observer archives this morning and I wasn’t able to find out much more. The only new photograph I could find was of Dave Holt who was also a jazz promoter talking about a forthcoming gig in Amsterdam. You probably know this but there was quite a thriving jazz scene in and around Hastings during the 60s and 70s. The Dave Holt Swingtet played regularly at The Black Horse jazz sessions, The Yelton, The Fairlight Cove Hotel, Prinnys as well as Falaise Hall. There were also jazz nights in the Yorkshire Grey, Mr Cherries, The Caves and Capels. The first gig I can find was on Saturday 8 July 1967 when they played with the Jazz Caverners at the Regent Hotel. It’s likely that your brother played at many of these sessions. Because the Jazz Caverners were also contemporaries of The Dave Holt Swingtet and they sometimes played together there may be a former member of the Jazz Caverners who may be able to answer your question. I’m sorry I couldn’t be more help but if I come across anything new I will be in touch.

Dicky Walsh… thanks for this Stephen. We knew the caverners well, and spent many an evening in the caves in the summer months during the early 70’s. Roddy played with Dave Holt later on, at the Black Horse, Telham amongst other venues.


Anyone recognise this lady from the Thomas Cook Advert in the 1980’s? asks Colin Fox

Colin Fox… I wonder how many people recognise this young lady in the Thomas Cook advert of the 1980s. She’s is/was from Hastings and went out with a guitrist who lived there.

Stuart Moir… from the Harry R and the jump jets days, “Kathy”

Pete Prescott…She’s an amazing dancer. All the girls were lovely. You guys did a fantastic job on backing vocals. I was bloody useless at those then (not that I’m much better at it now!) Wouldn’t it be great to go back and do it all again

Colin Fox… Pete, I always had great respect for your vocals Pete, every note spot on, and as Tom Jones would say “I like the tone of your voice”. I believed you had a voice that would have gone down well in the US.

Stuart Moir… Pete, It would be so nice to see all the people who are still around and able to perform, obviously all the lead vocals would down to you, Colin and Chris are still active on fb so they would still be good for BVs, I wonder how many of the girls are still dancing at their various homes with their grand children he he , I hold such lovely memories of our days with HarryR as I’m sure you do, I’m in touch with Pete Shaw regularly as we share a passion for Porsche but not so much Ray as he is the other side of the Thames border and I’m not sure if he’s a fan of Facebook but I’m sure he’s still making his guitars sing as they used to down South, I know Phil is still on the band scene but playing a brilliant lead guitar rather than the bass as he was in the band, anyway I’m glad your still active and performing well as per the Beach Concert blues brothers set, look forward to catching up face to face .

Steven Singleton… Kate Moss ?

Colin Fox… She’s also in this photo that I took at the Conservative club Bexhill in the 1980s, on the far left.

photo: Colin Fox 

Stuart Moir… That photo was taken at the Bexhill club at one of the rehearsals. They were our dancers at the Harry R and the jump jets concert at the De la warr pavillion . We were only talking about the gig we all did together, Colin, Chris and me on backing vocals, Pete Shaw on drums Phil Gill on bass guitar Ray Fenwick on lead and I think Revie Stockdale played keys for that one, lead vocals were Dave Easton and Peter Prescott, a brilliant band that we could have sold anywhere .

Colin Fox… Private party, Herstmonceux Castle

photo: Colin Fox 

Pete Prescott… Good Times

Chris Howard… The beautiful Kathy.

Lyn Humphrey… Kathy Collins went to Bexhill Downs Secondary School in the mid/late ’60s. She was also in an episode of ‘Doctor in the House’, in 1970, when (in the programme) she thought she’d become engaged to the show’s star, Barry Evans.

Paul Coleman… The girl in the pic i believe came from Bexhill but may have moved to Hastings. I saw her many times in Bexhill & I think her name was Cathy Collins. I could be wrong but I thought she went to school in Bexhill?

Stuart Moir… Kathy with a K was her name she was a Bexill girl initially married to a local accountant whos name escapes me .