Happy Christmas and very best wishes for a healthy 2022

A Very Big Thank you to everyone for the great support during the year and especially to the people that regularly post and keep the SMART page alive. Also to everyone that turns up at our coffee meets and also tune in to the radio shows. Another tough year but SMART is still going strong. We always need more old photos and cuttings that would be of interest and haven’t been posted before. One photo, can be so special for lots of people. It is a sad time for many but I hope some of the postings keep the happy times and memories alive. Best. Alan

Mike Curtis… All the best to you too Alan!

Kathy Wood… Happy Christmas Alan

Cris Kennard… Thank you Alan for all that you do throughout the year.

Pauline Sims… Thanks for all you do! Happy Christmas Alan

Dennis Torrance… That’s nice and Happy Christmas

Merv Kennard… Happy Christmas to you and yours

Linda Delana… Thank you so much! ❤️ Merry Christmas

Julie Findlay-jones… Merry Christmas and happy New year to you from me and my family Alan xx

Julie Morris… Thank you for your contribute too Alan – it’s much appreciated.

Nathan Honey… I knew that was grandads painting as soon as I see it!

Geoff Peckham… Season’s greetings and all the best to you Alan! x

Leigh Mitchell… Happy Christmas Alan

Perri Ann Haste… All the best to you too Alan & seasons Greetings

Wendy Weaver… Happy Christmas Alan

Andrew Clifton… Thank you Alan and Merry Christmas to you too. x

Colin Bell… Happy Christmas mate, i know the effort you put in, well done on another year.

Linda Crane… Merry Christmas x

Phil Little… Happy Christmas, Alan

Ricky Long… Same to you Alan have a good one all the best ?

Yvonne Cleland… Merry xmas Alan and all SMART folk! xxx xxx

Jane Hartley… Happy Christmas Alan, hope to see you next year at an Old Gits meeting

Stephen Moran… Wishing you Alan and everyone in the SMART group a very Happy Christmas. Thank you and SMART members for all your help with my research into the popular music history of Hastings. I wouldn’t be able to do it without your support, I’m very grateful.

Glenn Piper… Happy Christmas Al

Peter Houghton… Wish You A Happy Christmas And a Happy New Year Yours Pete

Chris Jolly… Merry Christmas Alan… see you in 2022!

Sandie Carlyon… Happy Christmas Alan. Love Kev and Sandie Carlyon

Mick O’Dowd… All the best to you Alan in what has been a challenging year but you kept the group going. Well done Mate.

Lance Collins… Happy Christmas

Steve Maxted… and to you Alan, enjoy

Jacqueline Marsh… I enjoy reading and seeing all the things that you post happy Christmas to you and all xxx

Colin Norton… Thanks for all you do, Alan! Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and yours!

Pauline Richards… And you x

Andy Qunta… Same to you, Alan & all the SMART people!

Keith Rodway… All the best Alan

Paul Coleman… Happy Christmas to one and all, & may we all keep going ’til the next one!

Dave Nattress… Best wishes Alan. The website we all needed!! For me initially it was the music scene locally that was so appealing racking my brains which bands etc. I’d seen and where and when but broadened out to include so much about the town and local area the site and participants bring so much more!

Alan Pepper… Happy Christmas Alan ! And to all. Here’s a cracker joke – How does Good King Wenslas like his Pizzas ? Deep pan , crisp and even.

Tracy Birrell… Thank you for all the memories. Happy Yuletide to everyone. May you have peace and health.xx

Mike Raxworthy… Have a very Merry Christmas mate. Thanks for the Soul Party advert on the back cover of your SMART news letter!

Dave Trodd… Really enjoying the website – it’s bringing back so many memories and love meeting old friends – and new friends – at the meetings. Looking forward to the next one. Well done Alan and wishing everyone a happy new year for 2022.


Very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year

Very best wishes to everyone for the Christmas period and the new year and hoping 2021 is going to be better than this. Well it can’t be any worse!  A Big Big thank you to everyone who has supported SMART and kept the site and me going over these difficult months. The last SMART coffee meet was way back in February and then we had one booked for April but had to cancel due to Covid. Well looks like the next few weeks will get tougher and tougher. Here’s hoping we can all get back together sometime in the new year. As always still looking for more old photos and cuttings with a connection to the Hastings area, to keep the page interesting. Please feel free to post to the facebook page or email over to me, with as much detail as possible. Lots of love and whatever happens, they can’t take away our memories! Take care and stay safe xx

Chris Jolly… Have a FAB Christmas Alan! Take care sir… xxx

Steve Amos… Happy Christmas Alan!

Maureen Anderson… Merry christmas

Andrew Clifton… Merry Christmas Alan.

Jacqueline Marsh… Happy Christmas, keep up the good work, we all enjoy your postings

Kevin Burchett… happy christmas Alan missed seeing you this year

Pete Prescott… Have a wonderful Christmas Alan.

Wendy Weaver… Happy Christmas Alan. Hope 2021 will be better than 2020 and that we can all meet up again. xxx

Pete Houghton… Happy Christmas Alan Hope You Have A Great Time Yours Pete

Nick Shute… Great fun page!… best wishes

Peter Millington… You too Alan – I miss your gatherings as I’m sure everyone does. Keep well and let’s hope for a better 2021

Dave Nattress… Thanks Alan and once again, great appreciation for starting this website. Initially I was so pleased to find all the posts about the massive local music scene, (that keep turning up), but of course, the posts that give the memories of the local scene are also of great interest. Have as good a Christmas and New Year as you can and best wishes to everyone who helps keeping the memories coming back – till I forget them again.

Mike Vawdrey… Outside your geographical area by a couple of hundred miles or so but always find much of interest so keep on keeping on and raise a glass to better times past and future !

Mick O’Dowd… Thank you Alan for keeping this alive! really miss the SMART Meets. One day!!! More memories keep flooding back . Stay safe.

Mike Raxworthy… Happy Christmas mate – and fingers crossed for a better New year!!!

Jan Warren… Merry Christmas SMARTIES!!

Barry French… Merry Christmas Alan, much thanks for keeping the SMART site alive during these strange times. Hopefully, in the not to distant future, all us “Smarties” will be able to meet up again .

Stephen Moran… Wishing you a very Happy Christmas Alan, I very much look forward to seeing you again at future SMART meets.

Happy Christmas and very best wishes for 2020

Happy Christmas and Very Best Wishes for a Healthy 2020. 

A Very Big Thank you to everyone for the great support during the year and especially to the people that regularly post and keep the  SMART page alive. Also to everyone that turns up at our coffee meets and all the guests and listeners to the radio show. Another good year for SMART but for it to continue, we always need more old photos and cuttings that would be of interest and haven’t been posted before. Time to look in that box in the loft, have a look through your photos albums and ask the relatives. One small photo shared, can be so special for lots of people. It is a sad time for many but I hope some of the postings keep the happy memories alive.  Limited posts and replies to emails over the Christmas period. I wish you all A Very Happy Christmas and A Healthy New Year.

Jeanette Jones… Thank You Ez, for all Your work & keeping us all in touch. A Happy Christmas & A Healthy New Year to You too

Pete Brazier… We Wish you A Merry Christmas🎶 Too (hope you don’t mind but I nicked your pic!

Alan Esdaile… my dad painted it.

Andy Qunta… Thanks, Alan & the SMART gang! Seasons Greetings to you too!

Colin Norton… Wishing you and yours the same, Alan. Have a happy and healthy New Year!

Mick O’Dowd… Happy Christmas all you SMARTIES! What a great year for the group. Bought to you by our incredible leader Mr Alan Esdaile Johnny Mason. As usual you have done us all more than proud with the website, FB page & Meets. You have a peaceful and relaxing Christmas & New Year as we want you fresh a revitalised in 2020!

Pauline Richards… Happy Christmas to you too alan x

Karen Sweatman… Merry Christmas Alan and thanks for all the hard work you put in. All the best for a fabulous 2020.

Jacqueline Marsh… Bac at ya xxx

Pat Burgess… What a great picture

Wendy Weaver… A Very Happy Christmas to everyone and a Prosperous New Year and thanks to Alan for his hard work. from Graham and Wendy xx

Jacquie Hinves… Thank you for all your postings. You have made an old lady very happy. Happy Christmas and a fabulous new year. Xx

Josie Lawson… Merry Christmas and Happy Healthy New Year Alan. Brilliant SMART group. Glad found you and everyone.

Steve Amos… Happy Christmas to you too, Alan. Hope to see you at the next meeting

Dan Large… Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Iain Cobby… Hi Al , Merry Christmas and a healthy new year from Bellerophon. Keep on the good work!

1066 Sound… Merry Christmas and a happy New year to Alan and all the SMARTIES

Jan Warren… Happy Christmas to you and all at SMART Group! 🙂xx

Monica Bane… Happy Christmas Alan! Best wishes Monica x

Graham Belchamber… Happy Christmas Alan and thanks for your efforts with SMART.



Happy Christmas and Very Best Wishes for a Healthy 2018

Mastins Ad 1968

Thank you to everyone for their great support during the year and especially to the people that regularly post and keep the page interesting. SMART has grown beyond my wildest expectation and for it to continue, we always need more old photos and cuttings that would be of interest and haven’t been posted before. Time to look in that box in the loft, have a look through your photos albums and ask the relatives. It is a sad time for many but I hope some of the postings keep the happy memories alive.  I will be taking a Christmas break shortly, so limited posts and replies to emails during the next week.  I wish you all A Very Happy Christmas and A Healthy New Year.

Janine Anne Scott… Merry Christmas Alan. Thank you for all you do to keep us golden oldies in the loop ⛄️

Patricia Lloyd… A very happy Christmas and prosperous new year,keep up the excellent work. X

Chris Meachen… Used to love going in Mastins toy department when I was a kid…

Glenn Piper… Likewise

Phil Gill… Haha Chris I remember when Mastins had closed down and you stood in the window like a mannequin one night and made passers by jump! Great prank!!

Jan Warren… Merry Christmas Alan and to all at Smart and thanks for all the memories!! xx

Dennis Torrance… Happy Christmas new year to you

Tony Davis… Have a great Christmas Alan, you do a fantastic job with SMART. Best wishes to all my fellow SMARTIES

Ernest Ballard… Wishing you a very merry Xmas x

Mick O’Dowd… Hope to see you in the New Year Jan. Happy Christmas Alan. Thanx for all the superb Meets this year and keeping us interested with the novelty posts as well as the serious ones. Enjoy your break. You deserve it!

Yvonne Cleland… Merry xmas, Alan xxx

Dave Nattress… Thanks Alan, and best wishes to you also. This is a great site and enabled me to re-live so many good memories of so much and in particular, the local bands and band-members of days gone past, all the names and venues, photo’s, press cuttings, gig posters, as well as filling in so many gaps about the pier and the multitude of bands who played there. Also, broadening out the interest to incorporate the “anyone remember x, y, z”.

Colin Norton… Thanks Alan and all best wishes to you and yours for a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year! Thanks also for all of the work that you do for this group. It is much appreciated!!

Phil Gill… Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours

Alan Pepper… Happy Christmas to all our readers ! Will try to attend a meet up ( work permitting ) next year ! Cheers Y’all .

Clive Garrard… Happy Xmas everyone.

Lucy Pappas… Merry Christmas

Tony May… A HUGE THANK YOU to you Alan. Without your efforts none of us would have the chance to enjoy chatting with like minded souls nor be able to re-live some of our most precious moments. Have a great break and all the best for a HAPPY CHRISTMAS and more of the Johnny Mason show in 2018!

Iain Cobby… Thank you Alan Merry Christmas to you and to everyone else who contributes to your fantastic publication. Keep on rockin

Happy Christmas and very best wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2017


Painting by Derek Esdaile

We are nearly at that time again. It has been a very difficult year with the loss of some special friends and family and a number of people we didn’t know personally but played a major part and still do in our love of music. It is a sad time for many but I hope some of the postings keep the happy memories alive. Thanks to everyone for the amazing support but we always need more photos and cuttings and new people to keep the page interesting. Very best wishes for Christmas and The New Year.

Dave Nattress… Thanks Alan. Wonderful site. For so long I tried to go back in time and re-discover, remember, recall, so much of the local music scene, a lot centred around the pier and the hundreds of bands that played there. It seemed like every Saturday night us in the Bexhill lot would trek to the pier to see the bands – and indeed we saw many, but it’s amazing how many we missed and so many I just did not recall had played there. Best wishes Alan and all and lets keep the memories flowing. I’ve copied into a folder all the band gig posters that are put on the site. Fabulous memories.

Chris Sambrook… it’s been a bad year for you Alan. I miss my parents at this time of the year. They were great, i’ll never forget my Mum saying Hendrix made the guitar sing on the LULU show and my Dad saying he makes a bloody racket more like, bless him. Have a fair enough Christmas my friend.

Jim Breeds… Seasons greetings to you Alan. Onwards and upwards in 2017. Thanks for all you do on this group. Great painting, by the way. Love it.

Eric Harmer… Hope to catch up more in the new year mate 👍

Kevin Sherwood… Always enjoyable looking back through your posts. A very happy Christmas to all.

Mick O’Dowd… Happy Christmas Alan. Thanx for another great year of SMART. Let’s hope you have a better year personally.

Chris Jolly…. Great to meet you earlier this year Alan! See you soon in 2017.  What a super picture Alan, It’s beautiful.

Phil Little… Thanks for all you do, Alan, Happy Christmas.

Wendy Weaver… We really enjoy our SMART get togethers and look forward to more of the same in 2017. Happy Christmas to all. Wendy and Graham.

Teresa Bassett… Thanks Alan. Really enjoy the posts in this group-even if I am many miles away in Cleethorpes and only visit Hastings occasionally . I confess to sharing a lot of posts to Gy, Clee Punk Scene and they go down well !! Merry Christmas to you all.

Andy Qunta… Same to you, Alan, and thanks for all the things you do! 🙂

John Wilde… Merry Christmas to You Alan. Thank you for your tireless work on bringing local musicians and music lovers together. I am happy to be a part of some of those memories. And big heads up to fellow musos and fans of our rich history. Keep on keeping on. Much love from Seattle by way of The Zoobies, Stallion, The Breathers and Expandis. Happy New Year.

Sarah Harvey… Thanks you Alan for all you have done to reunite so many people locally….I personally have found some long lost friends through SMART, so you are a real star in my eyes. My love to all who are connected with SMART in some way, you have all enriched my life so much. Big slobbery kisses to you all xxxx 🙂

Colin Norton… Hi Alan, Thanks for all you are doing for SMART! Here’s wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year.

Iain Cobby… Hey Alan, Merry Christmas and a better new year, my old friend. Thank you for all you have done over the years. You are our anchor and glue all our memories into a vast scrapbook that brings all our lives back in time, we were all younger then and didn’t know that they were to be the best years of our lives. keep on rocking!

Colin Bell… In a difficult year you have brought many people together who perhaps wouldn’t have and put a smile on peoples faces. After being friends for getting on half a century! What can i say but have a Happy and healthy Christmas mate and long live the ‘ballroom all-stars’ lol!

Josie Lawson… Very pleased I joined your group. Happy Christmas and hope you all have a good New Year….

Jan Warren… Yes, I’m very pleased I joined this group too!! – I love all the memories and nostalgia we share!! – Thanks Alan and thanks to everyone involved in this group – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all 🙂 

Tony Qunta… Happy Christmas to you too Alan! All the very best wishes for the New Year! See you in 2017. 

Pauline Sims… Great card 🙂

Yvonne Cleland… Great pic, Alan. Wishing you love and peace for the end of 2016 and much happiness in 2017 xxx

Kevin Burchett and Scalliwags… wishing you all a merry christmas and a happy new year xx

Jeanette Jones… What a lovely card. Thanks Ez, for everything you do. Hope you have a lovely Christmas too xxx

Virginia Davis… Merry Christmas to you also.

Eric Cawthraw… Merry Christmas Alan and to all at SMART, all the best and every happiness for 2017. A bit of peace on earth would be novel.

Kevin Carleonis… Wishing all SMART members a very happy and special Yule and may 2017 bring each and every one of you health, happiness and plenty but remember my motto – ‘For Need, Not For Greed’. And finally the man himself Alan / Johnny who has brought all of you together. A sincere and lovely man who I wish all things good for. I still think he should do an on line music show originally called ‘The Mason’s Music Show’!


Happy Christmas 2015 and very best wishes for a healthy new year.


Well we are nearly at that time again. The sites going from strength to strength and the coffee meets are proving extremely popular. Next one is Friday 15th January 2016. To keep this page going and interesting we always need more photos and cuttings and more new people on board.

We have lost some good people this year and its a sad time for many but they can’t take away your memories. A BIG thank you for your continued support and very best wishes for Christmas and a Healthy New Year.

Dave Nattress… Alan. Thanks again to you especially but also of course to so many people who have posted the many items of information about so much of the past 50 years of the local rock scene on the site. For years I was looking to top up the memory on the local scene – Hastings area bands and gigs etc. and the pier certainly, and this ticks all the boxes. Brilliant stuff. Long may the archives keep being added to.

Chris Sambrook… Thanks for the Birthday wishes for 19th Dec. Currently have Gout so my Birthday was spoilt really, oh well never mind. Merry Christmas to you all and to Alan for putting SMART together. CS

Yvonne Cleland… Best wishes to you too, Alan. Hugs ))))) xx

Natassja Kaschevsky…  Happy Christmas Alan, see you soon xx

Karen Sweatman was Blackman… Thanks for a great year of memories etc Alan. Merry Christmas and a fab 2016 for you too x

Kevin Burchett… Happy Christmas Alan, hope you have a great one see you in the new year

Jim Breeds… Have a great Christmas and New Year Alan.Thanks for running this group and bringing back the memories. 

Matt Thomas…  Let’s hope 2016 is a better year!!!!!!!

Mick O’Dowd… Happy Christmas Alan and thanx for a brilliant year of SMART. You have done us proud with your dedicated hard work and organising skills even though I know you have not had the best of health. Cheers to you mate and see you next Meet.

Barry Newton…  I hope you have a good Christmas Alan and all the best for next year, take care.

Colin Norton… Merry Christmas to all members of SMART and especially Alan who does such a great job keeping this all together. Here’s wishing everyone health and happiness in 2016!

Wendy Weaver… Happy Christmas Alan and everyone in the SMART Group, see you on 15th January. xx

Lucy Pappas… Thanks  and the Smart Group. Merry Christmas and a fabbie New Year xx

Jeanette Jones… Merry Christmas Ez, and a happy healthy New Year;-)

Geoff Peckham… Just to wish Alan and everyone at SMART a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. On behalf of the Factory boys I’d like to thank you all for playing such a big part in our getting together again and your continued support throughout our reunion journey. Gawd bless ya! xxx

Andre Martin… Well done lads -proves that this town has always had talent.

Joe Knight… Great !!!

Colin Bell… I know how hard you work to make SMART the success it is. I’ve been happy to reunite with friends old and new. Happy and healthy Christmas Alan my old mate.

Kevin Carlyon… Happy Yule Alan and to all in your group.


Happy Christmas 2014


A Big Thank You to everyone for your constant support, its been great and long may it continue. Always need more and more photos and more new people involved to keep it interesting. If you have anything with a connection to Hastings from the 60’s onwards, that would be interesting for the site, then please email over with as much detail as possible.

We also have a popular SMART Facebook page which you are most welcome to join.

I would just like to wish everyone here a Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year. Its also a sad time for many but they can’t take away our memories.

Tony May… Merry Christmas and well done Alan. S.M.A.R.T. is a huge success and long may that continue…

John Storer… Actually I think it is you, Alan, that deserves a big “Thank You” from all of us. This site has been a revelation and I am sure has put a lot of people back in touch with each other. Crikey … it has almost tempted me to join Facebook … almost! LOL. Merry Christmas to you and yours, and thanks again for this great forum.

Andy Qunta… Thanks, Alan! You rock! Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year! I hope to be seeing you in person in 2015!

Matt Thomas… Happy Crimbo Boss – see u next year

Nick Prince… Yes Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Alan and to all of you on here that celebrate Christmas on here. In Judaism its polite to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season x Thanks for creating a truly amazing and interesting page Alan.

Sarah Harvey… Thank you for making this all possible Alan ….. if it hadn’t been for this group I wouldn’t have met up with so many old friends whom I have missed so much and I wouldn’t have made such lovely new friends. From those very early days when Factory inspired me to pick up a guitar in the first place, everyone in this group has inspired me to pick up the guitar once again…. and I am loving it. Thank you and Happy Christmas to you and everyone in the group! We rock! 🙂

Lucy Pappas… I’m new to the group and can see how brilliantly you hold it all together. Hope to meet you next year. Merry Christmas to you, too xx

Nastassja Kaschevsky… Happy Christmas Alan !

Karen Sweatman Was Blackman… Have a fab Christmas Alan x

Graham Burfield… merry Christmas and happy new year to everyone

Caz Simpson… Happy Christmas Alan, I hope you have a wonderful time x

Yvonne Cleland… Happy end of year festival and have an even better 2015! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Tony Qunta… Happy Christmas and a Very Happy New Year Alan!

Pete Prescott… A very happy Christmas to you. Keep up the good work. Its been an amazing year.

Geoff Peckham… Have a great Christmas, Alan, and a rockin’ New Year.

Mike Curtis… You are doing a great job! Have a great Christmas.

Andre Martin… You take it easy Alan, and don’t do too much – have a break and we will all be looking forward to getting together in January sometime. – I wonder do the do Christmas Pudding filled donuts – Mick over to you !

Mick O’Dowd… Have a rest Alan as we need you to lead us in 2015! Thanx for all the hard work you’ve put in in 2014. Happy Christmas to You & your Family.

Pete Fairless… Keep rockin’, Alan! Oh, and see you all on the pier in 2015!



Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas. A very big thank you to everyone who have supported SMART but I cannot do it without you. It started out as a small idea of posting a few music cuttings and has been far more successful then I could have ever imagined. I hope you have enjoyed keeping the memories alive and continue to come up with more photos,cuttings in 2014 .

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year.

Andy Qunta…Same to you AEJM! SMART is a big part of my life now! Hastings/70’s/music rocks! Happy Christmas to one and all!

Andre Martin….Good for you Alan – Seasons Greetings and looking forward to our next meeting in 2014.

Graham Burfield….happy christmas to you all

Matt Thomas….Happy Christmas Boss


Leigh Wieland-Boys….Happy Christmas to you & yours too Alan & thanks for all the memories – very much appreciated. Keep up the good work!

Terry Pack….Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.

Paul Dove…Merry xmas Alan well done on the smart & 70.s stuff, and i WILL get to one of the meetings next year,A Happy New Year to you & yours mate ,, see yah, Dovey

Jim Breeds….HAPPY HICs SMART! (That’s an anagram with a festive drinking imperative). Thanks for this page. Very enjoyable

Jeanette Jones…..Yes thanks for putting it together ‘Ez’. Whilst we were mostly so young back in the early 70’s & most of the memories are a real Rave from the grave:) It should serve to remind those of us still lucky enough to be around of those heady days full of the potential the times & being young then gave us. Its still a reminder that life is for living & for real & not a dress rehearsal. Is it just me or are women poorly represented in our memories here

Mick O’Dowd….You’ve rejuvenated me since I discovered you back in the summer. I thought the days when you could talk to anyone seriously about music, especially gigs we witnessed etc, were long gone. Well done Alan you deserve a CDM for Xmas! Keep the Faith! Greetings to all other anoraks!