Who remembers having an outside toilets as a kid?

Darren Holmes…. 58 Blackman Avenue!!!

Virginia Davis… That looks like my great grandparents house. Spiders as well !!!!!

Sandie Carlyon… My dads house. Just like Steptoes loo.

Nick Prince…..

Jan Warren… Aaaaaaarrrrrgggghhhh, the “torture” paper?! – well, it was either that or newspaper, hahaha, happy days!!

Mark Asseenontv Scutchings-Stevens… With most of it on your fingernails…….

Chris Meachen… We lived in a house with an outside loo, much like the above until I was 6.. I was always fascinated by the various coloured snails that inhabited the place. Was bloody cold in the winter, & you used a pot indoors unless you absolutely had to go outside…

Paul Morfey… My grannys house in Brede, makes me think how things have changed and how few realise!!

Paul Huggett… Yup, Romney Marsh in the 50s. We had no electricity, mains water only arrived in about ’56, and no dustbin collections; a dry pond near the house (much of which was built from asbestos, by the way!) had all the tin cans, bottles, batteries for the radio etc chucked in.

Joe Knight… Stopped all your fears of spiders 😂😂 Also the expression (DON’T FORGET TO PULL THE CHAIN )😂😂

Pete Prescott… The cold seat in winter. It was like sitting on ice. All I remember is shivering. I was very young and petrified of going to the outside loo. My father caught me having a wee out of the back door when I was five. He was very understanding. Such a lovely man. He knocked the wall down and made an entrance from the kitchen and then bricked up the outer doorway. It was then an INSIDE loo ! There’s “posh”

Alan Esdaile… My dad also did the same Pete and knocked through and blocked up outside. A lot less spiders, snails and woodlice.

Pete Prescott… I used to use the toilet paper to trace the maps I was obsessed with. My school books were full of maps and (izel?) Paper. Terrible toilet paper.

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Who remembers playing over the West Hill rocks in Hastings?

Alan Esdaile… photo, me and my sister.

Bernard Goffredo… Spent a lot of time there when little

Cris Kennard…. Yes but didn’t tell mum and dad.

Linda Lowcock… me too !!

Lucy Pappas… Yes, despite being told not to!

John Gale… Always over there,,, its a glorified toilet these days,,,,, I was shocked a few years back, went to have a look and it was full of all sorts of 💩. And stunk. ,,,,, real shame as it was a real adventurous little place ,,,, with hint of danger,,, actually very dangerous

Dennis Torrance… I played there as a child no fear of danger look at it now it scares me called that area bats cave expect other s called it different

Lloyd Johnson… Use to play over there with Alan And Johnny Mitchell in the mid 50s and with Kenny Comfort,Melvyn & Lynn Grant…remember Melvyn managing to climb to the cave on the left…

Despo Hawkins… Yes , it was our back yard

Jeanette Jones… Yes

Michelle Coco Selmes… Yes I lived in the houses opposite and knew every rock!

Julie Morris… I worked in the West Hill cafe as a teenager and had to phone for an ambulance several times because of accidents on the rocks!

Phil Gill… Yup, every Saturday after ABC Minors.

Anton Ludwig… Yep, and the little caves in old town

Matt Thomas… Spent most of my teenage years over them, my name is scratched in one of the rocks somewhere

Monica Bane… Yes what was the game? One to three I see you?

Helena Kingshott… Meeee

Steve Fox… Oh yes! Used to live in Hill Street

Colin Bell… Looking at the photo now, i can only repeat my previous comment, how didn’t i die, jumping from one rock to another with my mates as a kid!

Mick O’Dowd… Same here

Jacqueline Marsh… Same here, my mum and dad would have gone spare if they knew what me, my sister and our cousins were up to on those rocks. I couldn’t do it now!!

Ralph Town… Yep,my mum was on valium after she saw me climb down there. Interestingly, the rocks seem to be developing large amounts of bracken,which,I assume means no one climbs them now.

Colin Bell… They’ve probably got more sense than we had Ralph, i wouldn’t trade places though! Being glued to a PS4 or whatever doesn’t appeal the same.

Ralph Town… I just think they’re a bunch of snowflakes.I never got hurt but a friend of mine sprained her ankle badly. The only part that really put fear in me was down the far end behind the Deluxe. It must have been 100 foot fall round the back of those amusements if I slipped but there was a huge cave, under the castle, that I would always use as a den. Few friends came with me due to a very thin ledge to get to it. Lovely view tho.

Yvonne Ellis… Yes!

David Edwards… Used to go from Priory Road school lunchtimes, remember someone took a tumble and we were banned after that.

Keith Veness… Remember it’s overgrown now

Paul Slidel… Yep, great fun! Lived in Portland Place when I was around 11-12 years old, so this was my playground!

Kev Carleonis… Yep

Steve Thorpe… Used to climb them during school outdoor pursuits lessons and the smaller ones on the Silverdale School playing field.

Dave Nattress… Definitely –  used to take my two daughters Katie and Emily there and walked around on top and carefully jumped from rock to rock.  They were fascinated.  Always a touch bothered about falls as they would have been about 10  and 8 but we were careful.  I remember them complete with teletubby backpacks.  The Red and Yellow ones.  Dipso and Smelly Winkie or whatever their names were.  Remember it well.

Patrick Turner… We used to climb up to the cave regularly. My friend Micky Hodges fell and broke a bone, can’t remember if it was arm or leg.

Cule Tulo… Yes! Lost a few friends over there !

Barry French… Moved from Essex to Hastings in 1967. On my first trip to the Old Town I climbed on the rocks, went on the bumper cars & had chips & ice cream (separately). I thought I’d arrived in heaven.

who remembers The Guinness Clock – Hastings 1950’s

photo source: unknown

Thanks to Graham Coco Pops for finding this.

Mike Guy… I remember the one at Barry Island – tidy.

Sandie Carlyon… I do. Dad used to take us watch it. This was one of 7 that were in different sites around the UK. I would love to know what happened to it. It was on the seafront near the end of Robertson Street.

Colin Bell… So did mine Sandie, sadly all the clocks went back to Guinness and were eventually destroyed, apart from one which I believe they have in their museum in Dublin. Thanks for posting Alan, many memories.

Ian Cramp… Which year was this in Hastings?

Colin Bell… Around 56/57 I think Ian.

Ian Quinnell… I remember going to see this. I must have been 4 or 5, so it was late 50’s

Alan Esdaile… Remember it well. I must have been around 4 and as Sandie says, it was on the seafront near the end of Robertson Street. I think it was also on display near the pier.

Jacqueline Marsh… Oh yes great memories. There also use to be a photographer nearby with a monkey. I can remember having a photo taken. Great times

Colin Bell… Some footage of another Guinness Clock from around the same time period as the Hastings one was on display.

Richard Brimm… I do every year it was brought to the village fete at Bodiam Sussex

Monica Bane… Oh yes I too remember that wonderful clock as a small child!

Mick O’Dowd… What a treat this was. It came back for a couple of years or maybe more.

Wendy Weaver… I remember the one in Bournemouth Pavilion Gardens. The original was made for the Festival of Britain in Battersea Festival Park in 1951. There will be another Festival in 2051. See you there????

Colin Bell… I’d love to think so Wendy..but i’ll be there in spirit!

Who remembers Sainsbury’s in Wellington Place Hastings? (store photo is Peckham branch)

photo: Sainsbury Archive

Tony Court-holmes… early 50s? Nationwide is there now i wonder if the tiles are covered up behind the new walls

Jacky Mattelaer… I remember it like this in the 60’s, my Gran used to take me in there. I was fascinated by the way they rolled the butter on the marble counters. Great memories

Pauline Sims… Me too Jacky. I can just about remember the smell too when you walked in, mostly bacon – mouthwatering

Judy Atkinson… Not Wellington Place, that was later. This was the original shop in Castle Street where Nationwide is now. Remember going in there with my mum (early 60s) & buying bacon & butter. Beautiful mosaics & marble counters

Patrick Lewis… Remember it well from late 50’s into the60’s. Gala pie and patted butter.

Jackie Hersee… I remember it

Virginia Davis… I remember it from mid to late 60s like this

Gary Benton… I loved going to Sainsburys as a kid, the wonderful smell of cheese and smoked bacon as you walked in, the professional smart looking staff in their uniforms. Why did we ever loose amazing shops like this? I suppose its what they call progress, its very sad.

Claire Hamill… Oh wow! How could anyone get rid of something so glorious? Just think what the centre of Hastings would look like if we could have held on to those beautiful oldshops? And facades? Criminal decisions!

Bernard Goffredo… Definitely agree on that

Dave Boutwood… Yes, I (Wendy) worked there (Hastings branch) with my friend Kate. Must have been 1965-66. We worked Fri evening, after school for late night shopping and all day Sat. That photo brings back memories, we loved it there and had fun. Also, with our white overall, we had to wear a white headscarf (tied like Hilda Ogden’s), which was a bit embarrassing for us teenage girls!!! 😂😂😂 Great photo. Wendy xxx

Lesley Bowles… Dave, Wen, I remember all the lovely tiles and the great smell in there! Xx

Yvonne Cleland… Oh yes, exactly like my memories. My mum used to take me here when I was a toddler. How lovely to see it again!

Roy Marven formely Syrett… remember going with my nan to order her xmas turkey

Martin Richter… and not a self-serve checkout in sight

Peter Bridger… Oh yes, loved the tiles, and smell of raw meat, strangely!

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Who remembers the Coach Park and Uncle Tom’s Cabin – The Stade Hastings early 50’s

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Peter Houghton… Yes it was nice to see all the coaches down there and Uncle Tom’s Cabin was always busy in the summer

Tony Court-holmes… happy days then the bastards took away the coach park

Virginia Davis… I remember the fair being there during Old Town week every year in the 70s

Wendy Weaver… The usual mismanagement.

Jack Apps… The Wishing Well aaaaah

Merv Kennard… the mine.

 

What smells take you back to your childhood?

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Pete Prescott… All that. Tarmac. Bluebells.mothballs.bonfires. the sea. Cigar smoke. Lavender. Ink. love that smell !  Damp. Brylcream! The smell of musty village halls

Max Marriott… Knights Castile soap, 4711 cologne my Nan used to wear

James Johnson… school crayons

Barry Newton… Horses being shod

Ernest Ballard…  1,3,7. And Greek bread baking in Cyprus

Ian Mantel… Grandad’s shed, coal tar soap

Arthur Sutherland… Your Aunties perming their hair

Wendy Weaver… Freshly mowed grass.

Phil Gill… Vomit and sawdust in the school corridor. Vick.

Yvonne Cleland… Nice. Laundry boiling in the gas boiler every week, liquorice, cabbage, the rosin on my violin bow, plimsolls.

Clifford Rose… The grease on those old green electric trains we used between Hastings and Brighton.

Julian Jules Carter… Fog

Jim Breeds…  I don’t think my childhood is over yet!

Martin Richter… white pepper in mash ?

Alan Esdaile… The Beatles chewing gum with cards, dad boiling the bones from the butcher   for gravy, home made vegetable soup in the pressure cooker.

Alan Pepper… Church ( yuk ! ) . Pencils . Real gravy ( yummm !! ) . Real shandy . Hop garden . Shoe polish.

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What is your earliest music memory?

Tim Anderson… Another rubber tree plant!

Matt Thomas… Popcorn

Lyn Humphrey… Probably Perry Como, ‘Catch a Falling Star’ or ‘Magic Moments’, or Tommy Steel ‘Little White Bull’. Pretty cool, huh?

Clive Richardson… Remember the theme to ‘A Summer Place’ from the tv programme. Can’t remember anything about the programme but still love the track, to this day.

Alan Esdaile… remember my dad getting an old 78 wind up gramophone after an auntie died, with lots of 78’s including Laura London He’s Got The Whole World Is In Hands. Also remember singing along and copying Frankie Vaughan movements on the television  to ‘Tower Of Strength’.

Steve Thorpe… Roy Orbison ‘Oh Pretty Woman’

Chris Meachen…The laughing policeman on 78, & Elvis ‘wooden heart’ on a wind-up gramophone.

Mick Knights… The first single I bought was yackity yack by the Coasters, much to the dismay of my parents.

Jon McCallion…Love my wind up gramophone Alan, still play lots of Sinatra Dean Martin Elvis Presley and Duke Ellington sounds really good.

Glenn Piper… She Wears Red Slippers on an old 78 at my maternal grandparents place

Coco Pops… Radio Luxembourg! my big sister blaring it out of her bedroom! circa 1960’s

Paul Morfey… Frank Ifield yodelling

Will Cornell… Watching Dick Clark and “American Bandstand” I could not figure out how the dancing kids flipped their arms to twirl their partners without the arms ripping out of the sockets. I give that memory a “4” outta “5”, Dick.

Mick Bolton… My grandad playing Beethoven’s Appassionata piano sonata. I was 3 at the time – in 1951. And hearing the theme tune to Listen With Mother every day on the radio.

Eric Harmer… Family favourites on Sundays.boring songs

Alan Pepper… One song that still haunts me today is Moon River by Danny Williams . I think that was the first music I can recollect from when I was about four or five playing on the wireless ! Every time I hear it now gives me shivers in a nice way though !

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Do you remember Penny for The Guy?

Betty Austin… Oh yes good clean honest fun !! X

Dennis Torrance… Remember I was done up as a guy as a kid, sat in Queens Road and went boo to passers by thanks for the memories

Malcolm Sharp… Dennis was that you yer bugar lol

Linda Crane… Good fun

Tony May…  Would LOVE to see kids taking part in that now. These days they are either on their phones or getting up to no good!

Julie Findlay-jones… Does anyone still do this, it was such fun , the anticipation of wondering how the guys going to turn out and how many penny’s your going to get.

Jane Hartley… We were in the Observer with our guy one year!

Pat Fears… Probably not safe these days !!

Janine Anne Scott… Happy days

Jeff Belton… Remember when I was growing up, used to love making a GUY for bonfire night. Great fun !

Alan Esdaile… If you wanted fireworks, you had to go out and earn some money from your guy. Not a cheap football as a head, as people did in later years. Old clothes stuffed with newspapers, our pitch used to the Whitefriars Pub, Priory Road, as did well when people got of the bus.

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