Kids playing in the mud back in the day.

source: Jim Tamburro. photographer: unknown

Marcus J Lamb-Bentley… Brilliant

Pete Prescott… Yep ! 1st war Trench systems at the bottom of the garden !

Dave Weeks… Pete, and an electric fence just to make it fun

Paul Cullen… Absofragginglutely

Gaynor Lewry… Yes my brother and I made mud pies dug big holes my mum would go out every night and fill them in for the next day !!!

Stuart Moir… Definitely and that’s why we can cope with all the bugs, good immune systems

Paul Huggett… Oh yeah, a Romney Marsh dirt track for numbered up toy cars given the stock car treatment

Joan Ann Cooper-fenner… Yep

Kate Recknell-Page… No we didn’t cos our back garden was used for growing all our fruit & veg but we did have a meadow outside our back gate so played there or Cranford park which was just across the road- such happy days xx

Rose Biela… Sister and I dug big hole in the garden looking for treasure. Realising we got carried away, started digging it in and couldn’t quite fill it in so put a small branch over it to hide it My mother was not impressed when her foot sunk in it

Eileen Meegan… Yes! I was usually climbing a tree 😆 defo ferrel.

Greg Musgrave… Out at dawn back at sunset and if wasnt in before the street lights switch on i would get a thick ear

Keith Flanigan… Yes, growing up in the 50s. Quite right Pete Prescott. My Father told me about trenches in our back garden, where we used to live in Eastbourne. More likely used for jumping into, when the Luftwaffe came across the English Channel to bomb the South of England during WW2

Rose Biela… Keith, we had an air raid shelter in London we used to play on it climbing over the top. We were not meant to go down it but sometimes sneaked down the ladder. My family had been in it most nights during the war and there was a bit of a tingle down the spine to think of that. By time we were kids Grandma used it to store veg pre fridge days

Edward Adams… yeah

Keith Flanigan… And being told if we did deep enough, we would reach Australia. Did we believe them? Maybe we did.

Robert Fisher… Good Days.

Julian Jules Carter… Oh yes!

Andy Qunta… Absolutely! Hour after hour, day after day!

Jim Peckham… Yep

Chris Wood… I’m bloody sure one of those little tykes is me.🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 The stories I could tell…the best one was when I tried to jump offer a trench being dig for a new sewer system and didn’t make it so fell into two foot of very muddy water, had to be rescued by my dad with a ladder, we lived on a small estate and all the neighbours joined my dad in his rescue. I emerged COMPLETELY covered in mud with about ten parents in hysterics at my plight….I ran away and hid behind a fence in my garden…. It took half an hour to find me and THREE baths to get me clean

John Ward… Noaaaw We didnt have as many toys as that , the odd defused hand grenade and a Mills bomb which my mum kept as an ornament on the mantel piece, and that was about it.

Keith Flanigan… Found four Live Lee Enfield .303 rifle bullets near the old army Firing range on the Crumbles Eastbourne. Took them home, ripped the tips off the casings using pliers and a hammer. Cordite in my Mother’s empty hinged, metal Dunhill cigarette boxes. Then set fire to them. Clouds of white smoke everywhere.

Rose Biela… Keith, yea war stuff was always turning up gas masks and other army stuff things made out of old bullets My dad still wore an army jerkin and beret for most of the sixties

Elsie Wilcox… Yes, we used to watch one of our neighbours kids eat worms. Lol

Ian Johnson… Yep

Willie Wicking… Defo

Brian Hepburn… Yes

Martin Curcher… The kid on the right looks a little like me back then

Mick O’Dowd… You had to make your own entertainment back then. The weather always seemed to be fine and you spent your day outdoors doing proper kids things. I had my Dinky/Corgi toys excavating and dumping on my pretend building site. Oh heaven!

John Warner… 100%

Tracy Birrell… Yes definitely. Still a wildling…

Beki Milton… Yep xx

Mick Burt… Oh yes !!

Stephen Glayzer… Absolutely

Jane Hartley… Yes

Hastings Traditional Jazz Band – 1959?

photo credit unknown. Source: facebook West Marina to Hastings Pier

WMTHP… Were you a Hastings Trad Jazz fan in the 50s/60s? You may recognise some of these people on their way to play on the Pier. They were from the Hastings Traditional Jazz Club I believe? Hastings 1959

Mike Waghorne… Bit early for Min

Monica Bane… The Dolphin jazz band

Tony Court-holmes… my mum god rest her followed the jazz bands round Hastings

Caroline Moor… what a fantastic photograph……

Mike Vawdrey… With four clarinets and three trumpets/cornets visible plus the headgear I would guess this to a New Orleans style marching band perhaps made up from members of several different aggregations. Just a theory..

Carl Spencer… Pretty certain that’s Pete Treger with the beard on trumpet. Should also have had Chris Watford on clarinet, but none look like him. Neither does it look like Brian Hills, who dropped in to play from time to time.

David Dickerson… does anybody have any memories of my good Army friend Peter Cooper – trumpet player

Lloyd Johnson… Pete Treger with the beard, Sloppy Joe Sweater and summer bus conductors hat. There was a country line bus company called ‘Dengate Bus Company’ all the conductors wore linen jackets with those hats. it always reminded me of Benny Hill!..they had leather money pouches and wooden blocks with springs to retain the individually printed tickets…they parked in Wellington Square at the beginning of the route before heading of to the countryside.The buses were old and 1930s in cream and light green livery….very ‘Darling Buds of May’….Happy Days!…

Bodega Bar & Orion Cinema Hastings

supplied by Leigh Kennedy

Nadia Compagnone… Can anybody date this? Thanks.

Alan Esdaile… I would think early 60s?

Graham Sherrington… 1860’s it’s OLD

Leigh Kennedy… Nadia, late 1950s , possibly early 1960s. By the mid 60s it was renamed Fortes Wine Bar, and later the York Bar..

Mick O’Dowd… The traffic is still coming down Cambridge Road

Lloyd Johnson… This is how I remember it in the early 60s….

Dennis Torrance… My mum worked part time in the Orion 60s tried blowing up the film posters to find out roughly year but still quite blurred.

Margaret Trowell… My dad worked in the Bodega bars 1965/67 ish

Tracy Birrell… Oh yes…..

Jacquie Hinves… That’s brought back memories! We as a class travelled from St. Richards school to watch The Prime of Miss Jean Brody” What a flea pit. Happy days!


who remembers Jepsons Robertson Street Hastings?

Alan Esdaile… Who remembers Jepsons? I remember very posh staff, that would give you a dirty look and shout don’t run, WALK, as you teared up the wooden stairs to get to the wonderland of the toy floor at the top.

Pete Fairless… Didn’t you have to go to a cashier with a ticket, pay, then go back to collect your item? Bit like the butchers!

Pauline Richards… Pete, remember that in Mastins

Alan Esdaile… yes I’m sure your right Pete. The person serving you (or should I say the person watching you in case you pinched anything) they wouldn’t take the money but told you to take it to another counter.

Pauline Richards… Yes remember it. It had the most wonderful wooden staircase

Pete Fairless… Which is still there – it’s an ice cream parlour, now Pauline

Marcus J Lamb-Bentley… I still have trains and track. I set it up now and then to clear motors

Ralph Town… I actually bought a 1/72 Spitfire kit by Revell in there.It was moulded in pale blue plastic and was a mk9, I think.

Colin Bell… Have very fond memories of my Nan taking me in there to choose a toy for Christmas. Remember the staircase well.

Fiona Evans…. Wonderful shop

Glenn Piper… Oh yes, loved Jepsons

Roger Carey… I remember Jepsons now you have put it up! The great toy floor via the elevator or stairs, think it had bicycles and scooters as well? Oh yes , stairs, not elevator- just seen that others remember the stairs as well!

Chris Meachen… One of my favourite shops as a child, absolutely loved the place.. Came to appreciate the stationery department downstairs when I got older & interested in art & graphics too..

Nigel Ford… Yes, the staircase, went off both ways (?) but toys to the right(?). I think I got my BAYKO building extra parts there in the early 60’s that weren’t in the standard sets. Never got to get the parts I really wanted though, like MECCANO! Incidentally I recently acquired a catalogue showing that Bayko was made by the Meccano group, which I had not known until then.

Peter Fairless… Wow! I inherited BAYKO from my brothers. It was metal rods and plastic bricks. Not sure where it went, charity shop, probably, like the train set!




Regal Theatre St Leonards-On-Sea – 17th September 1951

I expect this is Hylda Baker spelt wrong? Have you seen this in the programme… Professional gentlemen expecting telephone calls or messages are requested to leave particulars at the Box Office.

Jim Breeds… HSLO 15th September 1951, Same newspaper, review of the show in the following week’s paper. “Hilda” in all of them.

cuttings supplied by Jim Breeds



Did you used to have to ask to get down from the table?

Alan Esdaile… Always

John Gale… same here and God help me if I didn’t

Dawn Mann… Yes most definitely, and couldn’t get down without clearing the plate. Xx

Perri Ann Haste… As kids we were always in such a hurry to get down & Rush off to play we shortened it to ” Get down please! ”

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Always

Lloyd Johnson… yes! always…

Julie Findlay-jones… Yes and I’d be in trouble if I didn’t

Carole Prescott… Yes

Martin Stringer… Yes.

Rosmary Hughes… Yes and no elbows on table

Pete Prescott… Yes

Heather Sidery… Yes

Pauline Richards… Definitely!

Helena Kingshott… Definitely yes

Paul Cullen… Absolutely

Marcus J Lamb-Bentley… Yes. I still wait until everyone has finished. I don’t begin eating until the other person has started either……and I demand everyone has drinks and condiments before we start as people leaving table after irritates me unless it’s host who may be checking food (normally me)

Colin Bell… Absolutely.

Mick O’Dowd… Yep!

Ron Tennant… Yes!

Richard Downer… Every blinking time

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Who remembers Theaker Chemist?

Fiona Evans… I remember the one at York Buildings.

Martin Richter… medicinal countdown ? one from the top, please Carol ?

Malcolm McDonald… yep, remember it well…

Jim Breeds… The Ore branch was where Laycocks now is. I still think of it as Theakers sometimes!

Andy Qunta… I think I remember the Ore branch too.

Mick Turner… Was there a Theaker’s at the bottom on the corner of Mount Road just below the Post Office back in the fifties?

Nigel Ford… Used the Hollington one at times rather than the local Battle chemists for gentleman’s needs…..and not just the weekend either!

Tracy Birrell… I used to shop there sometimes. They had lovely old fashioned remedies and beautiful glass chemist bottles in the window filled with colourful liquid.

Alan Esdaile… I remember the glass chemist bottles. We had Boots and Timothy Whites and others but always thought of Theaker as a real chemist.


Anyone remember the skiffle group Jeanagers?

Lloyd Johnson is looking for any photos or information on skiffle group Jeanagers. This is all I could find from 1957…

Jeanagers Will Be in TV Show On Saturday there was a capacity audience at the Brighton Hippodrome for the second heat In the Carroll Levis Discovery Show, In which the Skiffle Group from Hastings were taking part. They were all a little tense and nervous for they realised that win in this competition would mean an ITV date in the Carroll Levis Show. Once on stage, however, the group never hesitated and their version of The Cotton Song” was so popular that the audience started applauding before the group had finished singing. The Jeanagers had a shock, though, when another competitor scored more points on the recorder than they did. They were not disappointed for long because after the show Carroll Levis asked them to sign the contract to appear in his programme. This will tele-recorded one Sunday this month and the actual screening on ITV will be on the Wednesday immediately following.
Lloyd Johnson… Brilliant! Thank you for finding this Alan….I always remembered what the groups wore when I saw them .The Jeanagers who were pupils of Hastings Secondary School for Boys/Priory Road school played in front of the whole school one morning at the end of assembly thanks to Mr Henshaw the headmaster showing interest in them and of course being extremely proud of them therefore allowed the show. They looked great for that period of time, I think it was around 57/58.They wore black jeans with black western shirts with white fringes which I think one of the Mum’s made. They reminded me of The Cisco Kid and Hopalong Cassidy because of the black and white themed stage wear.

The United Players Band – anyone remember these?

supplied by Tony May

Tony May… Here is one for our ‘older members’! (lol) I’m having a sort through due to Lockdown and came across this business card in amongst my Grandfather’s things. Does anyone remember ‘The United Players Band’? I suspect they may have an association with the Salvation Army and date from the 1950’s but I could be wrong…

Can you help with the band members?

supplied by Jim Breeds photo from Teresa Briffitt

Jim Breeds… Does anyone recognise the band members or know where this photo was taken?

Teresa Briffitt … “This is my mum singing with a band somewhere in Hastings, don’t know what year, but wondering if anyone recognises the band members x”

Janine Hemsley… Fabulous photo

Alan Esdaile… Jim, do you know the name of her mum and who the band was?

Jim Breeds… Her Mum’s name was Ivy Bridger, maiden name was Long. She doesn’t know the name of the band – that’s one of the things she was hoping to find out. Sax player identified as Bill Murphy. Singer is Ivy Bridger. Still looking for the name of the band.