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 www.facebook.com/HAPP1066/ 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.

1950’s/1960’s living room in the uk – do you remember it looking like this?

photo source: unknown

Mike Mitchell… Ah the Magic Robot game! I loved that one

Garry Wonfor… Most of it for sure…. But A FITTED CARPET…that was a luxury….. We had a rug, surrounded by spotlessly clean and highly polished floor tiles. Fabulous.!!!!

Faith Brooker… Garry, One word for you…lino…

Lloyd Johnson… Just like our living room at 67 Clifton Road..

Roger Simmonds… Reminds me of my mum and dads house !

Colin Bell… Blimey i’m 8 years old again…i’ve still got my Magic Robot game!

Will Cornell… ‘ve only visited the UK…not lived there. But here’s what I spot: how in the world do ya’ll keep warm with those tiny fireplaces?

Alan Esdaile… we all had similar fireplaces in the 50s/60s Will.

Will Cornell… The ones you have in your living rooms look kinda like the small bathroom gas heaters we have in older homes with natural gas built in the 40s-50s. Yeah I know I know. “there goes another ‘Everything’s bigger in Texas’ braggard”.

David Edwards… Will, by body heat snuggling in close with the other buggers up close to the fire.

Ian Quinnell… WOW….back to my childhood. The tiled hearth and surround, mirror on the chimney breast, standard lamp, but mostly the 3D picture plate on the wall.

Chris Meachen… Very much like the living room of my childhood.. At least we still have a mirror over the fireplace…

photo:Chris Meachen

Gaz Linch… The hideous flying ducks,a must in every Victorian front room, including ours

Alan Esdaile… my dad used to make those circular plaster wall plaques (in the first photo) and sold loads to the neighbours. Always looking for one of his in the second hand shops.

Judy Atkinson… What’s the square transparent thing between the tv and the pedal car? Everything else is very familiar

Faith Brooker… Judy, I think it might be a protective screen for the front of the TV…

Pete Prescott… I remember those days.

Lyn Appleyard… The robot board game….I swopped my toy telephone switchboard for the board game. Fascinating. All of them plus something not on there was an Easter egg box which gave me joy…more even than the egg……..does anyone remember the plastic toys free in cereal boxes? Hours of fun until Tiddles our white cat grabbed it 🐈 dusappeared under the garden hedge and bam! I never saw it again 😭 EVER 🙄 😊🤔 She was a beautiful dignified cat….and is now acknowledged as Whylie Tiddles lol

Ray Harper… Is that square thing a sort of lens that you put on the TV screen to make it bigger?

Mike Raxworthy… Ray, I thought it was make the picture ‘colour’ ???

George Harmer… Blimey I thought that was the front room at my mum and dads.

Mick O’Dowd… The Magic Robot! Never had one as a kid although I always coveted those that did. Someone brought me one a few years back and it’s still in the cupboard. Also had a red version of the pedal car.

Roger Simmonds… The room was only warm by the fire other side was always cold as I remember!

Sue Seward… Think the square glass thing on the floor is in fact a magnifying screen for the TV ! I remember an aunt had a set up like that and as hardly anyone in my family could afford a TV in the 1950’s we would all crowd around to watch the ‘Black and White Minstrel’ show. Oh how times have changed.

 

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.

Film posters High Street Hastings – 1950’s

supplied by Graham Kelly

Alan Esdaile… Trying to work out what the music poster is?

Lloyd Johnson… Which one is the music poster Alan?….two Cinema posters, one Carnival Week, a fire brigade one and before the party on the steps…

Alan Esdaile… The one that looks like a guy in a pork pie hat and blowing a trumpet??? but perhaps its something completely different?

David Kent… it looks like the trumpet is held up to his ear. Johnnie Ray?

Ian Quinnell… Where was this photo taken? I can’t seem to place it

Roy Penfold… High Street. Salters Lane is to the left of the picture.

Mick Knights… Bottom of the steps from the Croft, when I was a school it was a scrap metal yard.

Ian Quinnell… I just hope the old established pubs can survive, they are so much at the heart and soul of of the Old Town.

Paul Coleman… Looks like a burglar to me? Hammer in hand climbing a ladder? Nah! That must be the fireman. So what’s the music bit?

Tooth fairy who remembers?

Matt Thomas… 50p

Alan Esdaile… Can’t remember but do remember if we had a loose tooth, my dad used to tie some string round it and tie the other end to an open door, then slam the door!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… My Dad did that once thinking it would be funny, it traumatised me! 6d (sixpence) was the going rate when I was little

Joe Knight… 6p. Gas to put you to sleep

Ian Mantel… Sixpence = 5p

Nicola Allan… I was told the tooth fairy only collects the top 2 and bottom 2 at 20p a go! I think I missed out when all my mates were raking it in for all of their milk teeth 😂😂 at £1+ per tooth! With inflation and 35 years later, I give £2 per tooth, but I may be a kinder parent and do all, instead of the front 4! Lol

Andy Ives… 5p/1shilling

Doc Racer… 6d

Den Bray… 240d in a pound===== a shilling was 12d===== twenty shillings in a pound —–

Yvonne Cleland… 6d

Eric Harmer… Along time ago. I think it was one groat

Andy Qunta… Yes. Sixpence, I think. Or thickthpenth, depending on how many teeth you’d lotht!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Yeth, of courth!

Dennis Torrance… Tooth fairy best option bad times at Dentist in my youth had loose tooth on trip to school dentist . Pushed me back in chair and pulled it out nothing given then told me to stop crying no wonder our generation had fear of dentists

Roger Simmonds… Me too 6 d

Julie Findlay-jones… My granddaughter’s still put their teeth under their pillows,they get £1 per tooth.

Alan Parker…  it was sixpence in my day , nowadays I put them under my pillow so that I can find them in the morning when I get up

Chris Giles… 6d or a tanner

Wendy Weaver… A threepenny bit. (but I AM old)

Sue Bennett… A shilling

Sandy Max…  6d per tooth. Nowadays my grandsons expect £1 a tooth!

Linda Joy Lemon… Sixpence….

Pete Prescott… Ha ha ! I left an I.O.U. under one of the girls pillow. She was not a happy bunny. I think it was Poppy.

Sylvia Sinden… 6d

Sam Wallis… 50p

Patricia Burgess… 6 pence, now it’s $4 canadian

Rachael Brophy… Still happening in our house it’s a, £1

Neil Cartwright… 6d

Gin Genie… I wrote a note, that my mum still has, asking the tooth fairy to leave me 10p instead of 5p if she could afford it.

Linda Hayes… 3d and I treasured every one

Trisha Ann… Thru’penny bit

Janet Brophy… Mine was { sixpence} per tooth, it was great

Clifford Rose… 6d

David Edwards… It was a tanner

Victoria Diaz-Fernandez… 2/6d

Stuart Moir… Old sixpence = 2,5 new pence

Ian Luck… Sixpence

Liz Dees Dianto… 2p

Alan Esdaile…  I’m pretty sure that the dentist used to give us a lollipop when he finished on our teeth?

Eric Harmer… For repeat trade Alan

Chris Jolly… Guaranteed income!

Tim Moose Bruce… If a tooth came out at a weekend and we were skint, we told the child involved that the tooth fairy only came weekdays due to regulations imposed by the NUTF. (National Union of Tooth Fairies)

Chris Giles… I once forgot to put a £1.00 under my child’s pillow when they’d lost a tooth….I had write do a tiny letter with tiny writing pretending it was from the tooth fairy… Saying she had been so busy

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

supplied by Keith Hayes Facebook Hastings & St Leonards Pictures & Videos 

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.

Peter Higgs… my nan owned Toms Cabin in the early 70s . Margaret Cook Galloway

Eric Harmer… was a gas apprentice then and put the gas pipes in there with old towner Jimmy Curtis

Glen Aylard… The Day’s When you could park in Hastings Old Town

Mick O’Dowd… The days when the Council used to ENCOURAGE visitors especially in coaches!

Alan Esdaile… look how many coaches!

Mick O’Dowd… What’s the word for a lot of coaches? A cluster maybe?

Stuart Moir… Exactly, the decision to stop coach and bus parking on the Stade was the killer for all the old town businesses.

David Kent… Are you sure all those coaches weren’t there because they had broken down?