Jake Thackray – Hayloft Folk Club (Fairlight Cove Hotel) 2nd November 1974



Barry Dyke….OK, I know it isn’t the pier, or even a rock act, but back in the mid 70s Gill and I saw Jake Thackray in The Hayloft bar at Fairlight. Afterwards we had a pint with him in the bar. He was a lovely chappy, as brilliant a raconteur as he was a humorous song smith.

Phil Thornton…. was at that gig !

Barry Dyke….We were sat behind a pillar and went up to him in the bar afterwards to thank him for the show. He asked us where we were sitting and when we told him he immediately apologised and bought us a drink.

Jim Breeds….I was at that gig too!! Unless Jake appeared in The Hayloft more than once? I didn’t get a drink though!! I loved his songs. Well, I got a drink of course. Or six. Just not paid for by Jake. Almost certainly that was the night he insulted my tie. “Did you wear it as a bet?” or something like that. What was I thinking of, wearing a tie to a folk club!? Great night. “Shhh!! This is a folk club!!” was a popular saying at The Hayloft by various members of the audience if one dared to speak to a friend or go to the bar at the back to buy a round.

Pete Prescott….carol and i listen to his best of album often.its brilliant.the bantom cock is our favorite.


Geoff Peckham… ..or wear a loud tie Jim?! What a fantastic month!

Yvonne Cleland… Those first two weeks!

Chris Giles… I went there.

Andy Qunta… Impressive names there!

Neil Cartwright… Brilliant. Saw him a few years later (??) at the Black Horse – in the garden, I think.

Matthew Ellis – Am I ? album photo by Dave Trodd in Alexandra Park and Fairlight Hastings 1971

Supplied by Dave Trodd

Dave Trodd… The cover photo I took in Alexandra Park and the inside cover photo was taken in Fairlight.

Alan Esdaile… I see Berfort Holt Designs were involved. Interesting musicians on the album. I think this is on another album of his but a great track Avalon…