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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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!

Paul Black… According to my cousin, the Guinness Clock was travelling display that was in Hastings for the summer of 1955.

Pete Brazier… this one! There were others! I haven’t seen a pic of the one I remember

Wendy Weaver… I think there were about 12 of them or so.

Who remembers the meat mincer?

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Inspired Village… Before minced meat was a supermarket staple, who remembers it being made at home with a trip to the butchers and one of these?

Steve Thorpe… I had one in the eighties.

Mike Waghorne… I often remember having to use one helping my mother in the kitchen when I was around 4 or 5

Stuart Moir… My mum had one of those, I used to put mud in it

Judy Atkinson… I still have one of these. Used to mince the leftover cold beef or lamb with onion & carrot for cottage/shepherd’s pie

Pat Fears… yes, me too.

Keith Rodway… Still use one

David Edmunds… You could buy mince from the butcher these were used mainly for mincing Sunday roast meat to make rissoles or shepherds pie

Paul Slidel… Yes, I remember them well. Usually used for leftover roast meats to make shepherds pie yum

Martin Stoggell… Still got one I think.

Tony Court-holmes… my nan had one

Glenn Piper… Oh yes

Pauline Hillier… Yes I do

Harry Norcliffe… The bacon slicer always fascinated me.

Faith Brooker… One of my jobs.

Margaret Fletcher… My mum had one

David Natan… Me To

Yvonne Ellis… Yes

Serena Jackson… Left over lamb for shepherds pie on a Monday

Alan Esdaile… Mum and dad had one. Lots of leftovers put in it but shepherds pie used to taste much better then!

Colin Bell… They used real Shepherds in those days……..

Jacquie Hinves… I have one of those mincers in my cupboard. It was granny’s.

Janet Brophy… My Mum & Dad Had One Of These

Dave Nattress… Yes, my Mother had one of these when I was very young exactly the same as this. Funny enough for the first time for ages tonite’s tucker is home made shepherds pie, good home cooking from the Chief Chef on a rotten windy rainy October night. Meat already minced these days.
That’s the end of the good news, bad is the dog still has to go out – not that she minds the rain!

Judy Atkinson… Alan, buying ready minced meat is not the same as mincing your own cooked meat. Also you need to mince the carrots & onions to go with it

Ray Binning… We still have one. It’s still used occasionally.

Alan Vale… years ago got one at a car boot £0.50 I think long gone now

Rick Startin… Yep, I’ve still got the one we had when I was a kid

 

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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Childhood Meals, Eat It or Go Without! Was this true in your house?

childhood meals

Dennis Torrance… Very much so for me Sunday was a Day all sitting at table and everything had to be eaten before we could get down had thing about lamb after that after having it every s Sunday lol

Wendy Weaver… NZ Lamb was the cheapest meat – and then the Common Market came along and the UK wasn’t allowed that anymore. Difficult to feed the family as other joints of meat were too expensive. Kids didn’t understand the dire straights parents were in and that there just wasn’t anything else, so if we are of an age we all remember this☹️

Jim Breeds… New Zealand lamb wasn’t affected by the common market and is still in the shops today, mores the pity. Support British farmers

Dennis Torrance… Sorry not a lamb lover beef was dearest then but never had chicken or turkey yes came from poor parents but still did not want lamb rather eat spam liked that great fried

Angela Frances Gardner… I remember my brother Mike Gardner sitting all afternoon at home and school in front of a plate of cold congealed food and me rescuing him by throwing the food away! He would never have eaten it! I remember a time at my school having to swallow disgusting gristly meat with water as the nuns made you eat everything on your plate!

Liz Dees Dianto… Yes I remember that very clearly.The whole school went down with food poisoning once as well, when we were all forced to eat rice pudding !

Dennis Torrance… School dinners I remember mostly ok chocolate crunch but liver and onions a no for me but had to eat it totally wrong

Alan Esdaile… Who remembers bread and dripping sandwiches? Used to enjoy them but sounds disgusting now.

Dennis Torrance… Bread and dripping sandwiches had them at the time my mum consider it a treat for me but really like banana sandwiches still do.

Paul Redfearn… Yup.

Andrew Clifton… Bread and dripping. All the time Alan.

Wendy Belton… You have made me want bread and dripping sandwiches now 😉 and my late mother used to make beef suet puddings and bacon dumplings! Those were the days.

Keith Cowper… With a strip of Bovril of course

Tony Davis… Used to have jam and banana sandwiches – loved them. Do remember not eating dinner and it being served up again for breakfast the next morning. We used to have a bowl of dripping and I used to like the jelly that formed under the white fat.

Martin Stringer… Yes. I remember my mother asking my father if he would like dinner. He asked what the choice. She replied yes or fucking no.

Geoff Fordham… Too true!!

Alan King… eat it cold for breakfast or keep going without

Peter Millington… I wasn’t allowed down from the table until I’d cleaned my plate. I was often there at tea time where my dinner was reheated and re-plated. No pudding for me and giving it to our dog under the table only happened once! I can still remember the corporal punishment 🤢 Didn’t do that again!

Ralph Town… My favorite(not) meals were parsnips,bread and dripping sandwiches,bread and butter pudding and swede.OH the wonder that was my childhood lol.

Mick O’Dowd… Yes

Yvonne Ellis… Absolutely.

Keith Veness… Yes

Carole Prescott… Yes but mum tried to give you things you liked. She was a very good cook. The horrible experiences were at school. I hated greens but you had to finish everything or you couldn’t leave nor could the others on your table. I was always getting into trouble with those who wanted seconds. My father jokingly said “if you can’t eat something put it in your purse”. I took him literally and put the greens in my shoulder purse. My mum was furious with me the following day when she went to put in my clean hankie and dinner money! But soon saw the funny side when I repeated what he had said.

Colin Bell… That’s brought back some horrible memories of school dinners Carole, i hated beetroot still do! ugh

Alan Esdaile… I liked school dinners, or maybe it was the deserts!

Richard Downer… Chocolate Semolina here Carol. Forced to eat it at school. Looked like sick and smelt horrible. I obliged and was sick, there and then

Pete Houghton… How very true

Nicola Barfield… Very true xx

Mike Guy… Yep – that was the joy of mashed spuds, good for mixing & hiding; nowadays I eat the lot anyway & it’s a joy.

Tony Court-holmes… remember it well everything boiled with no taste

Robert Fisher… not as bad ,but i hated the smell of cabbage cooking

John Beeching… We never got the choice of going without. “You’ll eat it and like it.” I was a rebel, I ate it but secretly I didn’t like it. Small victories.

did you have a fireplace like this?

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Inspired Villages… No exposed brick or fancy log burners, this is what a proper fireplace looked like back in the fifties, who had one like this?

Jim Peckham… We still have one but I built a new one over it

Gerry Powell… I’m not boasting but my house in London had two! Coincidentally a builder has just bought the house next door and today removed the same.

Deborah Ewing… Still have four of them in my house now. One with a parkray coal burner in it x

Jackie Hersee… We did

Graham Matthews… Had some of those.

Paul Huggett… EXACTLY like that Alan!!

Mark Hallam… Used to have one

Martin Waghorne… Yep ripped it out.

Linda Day… Yes hated it, well gone

Gary Benton… Alan, do you remember that ugly thing Cheryl & Paul had at Ashburnham road? Paul loved it, not so sure Cheryl did?

Lloyd Johnson… We had almost the same one in Clifton road ,Ore…

Rowena Christodoulou… We still have one like this

Lance Collins… And a toasting fork

Jacquie Hinves… My nana did in Barley Lane.

Alan Vale… We had one until I removed it

Elaine Stock… we had one very similar

Ray Binnning… Almost the same as that one.

Jacqueline Marsh… Have taken many out over the years of buying and selling houses

Martin Stoggell… Looks awfully familiar

Fred Marsh… yes, with a clock on the mantlepiece with all the bills stuffed behind it

Carol Ann Bolton… We’ve still got one.

Tony Court-holmes… love them

Robert Fisher… my late father in is infinate wisdom ripped them all out.

John Coleman… Still got one!

Diane Leigh… Had one when moved in got hot water when fire alight now got brick fire place back boiler was taken out when central heating put in.

Patrick Biggs… Were they all cream and brown

Sandra Thompsett… Ours was

Michael Barrington… Still have two of them

Alan King… where’s the fire guard ?

Tony Court-holmes… in the fire station

Sophie Ash… Had exactly the above design. Without it, the room is now both bigger and happier.

Who used to have an Esso Man badge?

 

Colin Bell with his badge Eastbourne Pier

Diane Leigh… My god yes forgot about him.

Phil Gill… Yup, all designed to make their leaded environment polluting product seem all cuddly and nice. And we knew no better at the time.

Colin Bell… I feel guilty now Phil, i’ve still got the wee little man somewhere……

Graham L. Hall… Still got one of these

Jenny Power… I’ve still got one as well !

Dave Weeks… And a tigers rail. Green shield stamps and World Cup coins no doubt

Jim Peckham… I’d love to get a key ring now lost all mine years ago

Tony Qunta… Yes certainly did!

Mike Waghorne… Remember the key rings and the esso tiger’s tail !

Alan Esdaile… You look very trendy, Colin.

Colin Bell… Thank you! i’m not sure what ‘look’ i was going for ‘fashion victim 1961’ maybe, but now i look at it….maybe it was quite cool ! I always thought my lovely Nan here looked like the ‘Queen Mother’!

Lyn Humphrey… Still got one.

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.