Haze 13th Jan and Sweet 20th Jan – Aquarius 1973

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Haze photo supplied by Robert Searle                                                                         

Ticket supplied by Diane Leigh, autograph is on the back of the ticket

Robert Searle… Back left is Robert Searle on bass, Les Harding guitar,Colin Rotheroe guitar. Front is Les Pennock vocals Bernie Marchant vocals and Dave Funnel drums. Bob, Les Harding and Colin Rotheroe backing vocals. Got my trusted Fender bass in my right hand. Hated those steps at the back of Aquarius where we bought the gear up but had a great night. We also did the Cobweb before the Aquarius opened. John booked us.

Robert Searle… Saw the Sweet at the Aquarius.Ive heard bad reports of the Sweet but that night , they were brilliant.Their playing was just as good as say Deep Purple ,their vocal harmonies were fantastic. That night at the Aquarius proved how good they were.A great rocking group with great vocals.

Alan Esdaile… I was at that Sweet gig and we were packed in like sardines. They were very good.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I was there too, remember it like it was yesterday!

Robert Searle… A real great thumping backing ,great musicians.Vocals were fantastic with Andy Scotts high vocals were unbelievable, real professionals.

Chris Giles… I saw Sweet at the Aquarius …my friends dragged me along…. I wasn’t keen to see them… I was shocked they were brilliant one of the best acts I’ve seen.

Barry French… I was knocked out by Sweet at the Aquarius, I was expecting a pop band, & if my memory serves me correct I think they opened up with a WHO medley.

Matt Thomas… Too young but got sweets autographs

Ian McGilvray… Great Band. My favourite

Ronald Burgoyne… That must be when we saw them Mac

Ian McGilvray.. I think it was Ron. Great band with excellent harmonies.

Merv Kennard… that was a good night, so was the dlwp gig last December.

Saturdays Discotheque & opening night 1975 – George Street Hastings

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supplied by Hugh Beeching

Martin Richter…. saturdays

Clare Bennett… I remember dancing a lot in Scalliwags

Jules Stretton… Hastings seafront my parents used to party there ! X

John Storer… Definitely Saturdays …. we had our joint Stag & Hen night there in August 79

Yvonne Cleland… Reminds me of Bonitas or Aquarius…

Margaret Fletcher… Not Saturday

Rilka Brignall… Looks like saturdays to me

Peter Millington… Could that be Chris Glazier spinning plastic – Scalliwags perhaps?

Kevin Burchett… its definitly not scalliwags its saturdays

Alan Esdaile…  Thinking now this could be Aquarius which was what Saturday’s was called previously in the 70’s.

Kevin Burchett… Its Saturdays because of the lights no one had lights like that in Hastings then or now

Phil Gill… Could be the one at the back of Wellington Square that’s now a curry house.  It was always too loud for meaningful conversation, so I just used to listen to the music. If you listen carefully, you can spot the little disco funk references Steve and I worked into some of the Stallion songs. It’s very subtle, but it’s there. We were very cheeky. Well, two that spring to mind…listen to the bass and drums on Arsony in the UK, which is basically sped up disco funk followed by a 50s doo wop chorus. And on the live version of Cobra, we referenced Oops Upside Your Head.

Alan Esdaile… Was the club in Wellington Square called Courtneys?

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Supplied by…. Leigh Wieland-Boys via Kevin Burchett

Kevin Burchett… heres another pic from the opposition Saturdays lol.its a promo pic from the 1975 opening. with the lovely Leigh Wieland-Boys

Peter Millington… I recognise the waitress – anyone know her name?

Leigh Wieland-Boys….It’s me Peter! Lx

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Inside Saturdays Nightclub George Street Hastings 2019

supplied by Maureen Fuller Hastings Old Town Traders Facebook page.

Jill Lawrence… I remember it as Aquarius !

Jim Breeds… I remember it as both

Eugene Hughes… Me too. I can remember carrying Steve Maxted’s speakers up those stairs. Would need a conveyer belt today.

Martin Richter… I was assistant manager there in the 80’s – among other places !

Paul Bryant…

Martin Richter… Paul, name and shame

Sandra Bryant… I was there when it was the Aquarius

Alan Esdaile… Remember it well. Does anyone know what it is going to be now?

Maureen Fuller… spoke to builders today they are only repairing front of building as dangerous cliff is pushing front of building out not doing anything inside

Alan Esdaile… Thanks Maureen, its been empty now for ages and surprised no one has done anything with it.

Carol Arnold… saw Hot chocolate up there !

Leigh Wieland-Boys… me too! Worked up Aquarius as glass collector & Saturdays as cocktail waitress! Happy days

Tony Court-holmes… reopen? I was thrown down the stairs by a bouncer

John Beeching… I don’t remember it at all, but then there is lot about the seventies I don’t remember

Jacqueline Marsh… Is that the old roller skating rink I remember going there as a ten year old and learning to roller skate and dance on skates, my big achievement was skating backwards. Not sure if this was the same place? anyone remember the skating rink upstairs?

Maureen Fuller… Yes it was I used to go every Sat morning

John Busbridge… I remember it quite well, went there on my stag night in the snow! Half of my mates didn’t make it due to the snow! That would have been in February 1983.

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Aquarius Club, George Street, Hastings circa 1973 – Tony Howard photos.

All photos © Tony Howard

Peter Fairless… Wow, a proper venue! Never seen it like that before.

Anne Murray… What was the nightclub that burnt down called?

Lucy Pappas… Anne, Are you thinking of the Hi Fi?

Anne Murray… Yes that could be it. I remember being outside and my friends brother was one of the fire crew!

Jacquie Hinves… Happy days spent there.

Lucy Pappas… Wow! I don’t remember it being like that!

Martyn Baker… It was the first club that I had ever heard proper seamless DJ mixing between dance tracks. I was 16 at the time, and it totally knocked me out!

Glenn Piper… I only went in once, and that was to work on a Budgie gig

Stuart Moir… Played that stage many times, lovely memories of my band mates above

Judy Atkinson… Used to go Thursday nights – Steve Maxted on his trapeze!

Reg Wood… Judy, Me too. Great memories.

Tony Davis… Had some fun nights there either djing or drinking

Kathy Harding… I met my husband there in 1972

Vivienne Gibbs… My father worked on the doors back in the day

Ian Watling… Fond memories, great place, thanks for posting

Mick O’Dowd… Saw some class acts here including Centre Page!

Clare Bennett… It wasn’t my sort of place don’t think

Christine Giles… Saw The Sweet there and Lindisfarne

Mark Randall… Would this be where I saw Haircut 100? Was it at some point called ‘Thursdays’ or some such ?

Merv Kennard… Worked with Tony from early 70s. Haven’t seen him for a few years. Hoping to be at next meeting with another newbie.

Robert Searle… Sweet were top notch, fantastic vocals and great backing, a harmony rock band.

Christine Giles… Robert, they were I was surprised

 

Raven – Saturdays Discotheque Hastings February 1977

Shaun Pont… Second right, Paul Ray

Len Smith… Believe line-up is ?, Dave Hacker, Paul Ray & Alan Davies.

John Kitcher… Paul Ray I played with many times.

Chris Coleman… Second from left Dave Acker

Mark Little… Paul Ray, Dave acker

Alan Davies… L to r Aus Tony, Dave Hacker, Paul Ray and me

John Stafford… ‘Tony’ is Tony Saxton (Bass)

Paper Dolls 5th Oct and Paper Lace 28th Sept – Aquarius 1973

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supplied by Nick Prince

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Paper Dolls Photo – Dutch National Archives, The Hague, Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANeFo), 1945-1989,   Paper Lace  Photo –  Beeld En Geluid Wiki – Gallerie: Toppop 1974

Tony Qunta…Used to love the Paper Dolls!

Andy Qunta… Me too! Have that song on my iPod!

Tony Davis… I was the DJ for Paper Lace with the International Strip Show. I was allowed to keep my socks on though!

Robert Searle…I saw Paper Lace at the Aquarius, I spoke to the drummer/lead singer. He said they were only being paid a wage, you could tell, he was smoking No6 ciggies