Hastings College – A July Ball The John Roye Orchestra and The Lonely Ones 9th July 1965

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John  Busbridge… A College Ball Friday 9th July circa? any ideas? Starts at 10.30pm, I am normally asleep by then, oh to be that young again!

Pete Millington… That was 1965 John – a very good year for most of us

John Busbridge… That sounds about right I was 18!

Andre Martin… I would say that sounds about right, the old Dolphin Ballroom was a great place for the more formal college dos.

Carole King… My father and uncle were in the band. My father was Roy Barden. I have photos of them all at the Dolphin Ballroom

Hastings College Rag Appeal Dances Hastings Pier – Chris Farlowe & – 23/25th June 1966

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Andre Martin…..Mid Summers Day – for some of you 48 years ago, you were thinking about tonight’s offering in The Happy Ballroom.

Leigh Wieland-Boys….Chris Farlowe’s still got it! I’ve seen him live twice in the last year, his voice is amazing & his version (the original) of Handbags & Gladrags is phenomenal

Gilly Cheeb… What about Count Basie on the Sunday night?

Yvonne Cleland… Hastings College got Chris Farlowe? Wow!

Alan Esdaile… In 1966 Yvonne. Mind you he’s at Hailsham on the 18th January 2015.

Yvonne Cleland… Am I imagining it, or was Chris Farlowe the first bloke to sing with Queen after Freddy Mercury died?

Andre Martin… Chart from the pop press 1966 and this was the poster that I was looking for – came out from Immediate Records to us at the College to use for any promotion, as “Out of Time” had just been released the week before he appeared on Hastings Pier.

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Mick O’Dowd… Chris Farlowe also recorded a single on Sue label under the guise of Little Joe Cook entitled Stormy Monday Blues. Great blue-eyed soul singer. Always been one of my faves. These were great line-ups and something you would not see today, well at leas not for 5 bob or a quid!

John Storer… In small print under Chris Farlowe’s name is his backing band … “and The Thunderbirds” … two of the members of The Thunderbirdfs in June 1966 were Dave Greenslade and Albert Lee!

Andre Martin… Yes we always went for the best in my days at the old college.That has to be one of the best ever weekends watch out for Hastings Observer in a couple of weeks.

John Warner… Great line up there!

Dermot Bambridge… I was a student at Hastings Tech doing OND Engineering at the time and was very involved in this and other 1966 College Rag events – including walking from Croydon to Hastings with a boat on a trailer raising money for charity. Our college all-nighter was an amazing gig – Chris Farlowe’s ‘Out of Time’ still resonates in my memory and stops me in my tracks when I hear it today. On the pier at the time was a dome – the ‘triodome’ I think it was called – housing a copy of the Bayeux Tapestry of the Battle of Hastings. Some of those attending the event ran onto the dome causing damage. I remember my parents being very shocked when the police came round to our house to ‘question me’ about the incident. It wasn’t me but I knew who had done it but my lips were sealed. Happy days.

Hastings College Archery Road St Leonards

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Damien Morrison… Might not be a nightclub but Hastings college in St Leonards, such talent came out of that place lifelong friendships made people’s young lives changed. I went there 88/90 great fun xx

Graham Howe… Loved my years at HCAT. Met so many people who have become long time friends

Peter Houghton… Graham, I loved it there I was with the Catering department

Wendy Henry Wilson… I was there, when it was called a College of Further Education, 1966 to 1968 – OND in Business Studies with Shorthand and Typing. Remember them changing their rules so that us girls could wear trousers when attending there. Loved the curried hard boiled egg for lunch

Tim Moose Bruce… Was there 1976 to 1980. C&G mechanical engineering. Good Times

Romaine Fulton-hart… Remember these buildings so well !!

Peter Fortsch… Great beans and chips.. and music in the canteen

Tracy Howell… Used to love it there happy memories

David John Martin… I was there too 71-73

Mike Gardner… I was there 1974-78, fun times

Teresa Mary Ann Mercer… Remember that building

Andy Qunta… Yes indeed, well said!

Willie Wicking… Great time Eh remember our field trip out to Merry down cider we were on the coach and you rode your bike out there C15

Mike Waghorne… 68 to72 refectory down stairs basement, arts departments, English language ect in the upper parts if my memory can still think back that far ?

Julie Findlay-jones… I was there 76 -80

Margaret Trowell… Loved my time over several years doing different courses, some of it life changing and when it was affordable

Ju-ju Davies… I went there in 83

Tony Court-holmes… i remember that

Gary Benton… 77-79

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The Skatalites – Hastings College dance at The Dolphin Ballroom 1st March 1968

Catherine Ireland… Love them

Pete Fisher… Probably would have been down the youth club back then (can’t remember which one) dancing to quite a few ska hits with my mate and his mod/turning skinhead friends…weird and pretty sad that such a cool fashion/music scene morphed into the hooligan thing…played on the same festival bill as the Skatalites a few times in the 2000s, so got to see them live at last…

Mick O’Dowd… Such a good band. Underated. Saw them on Pier on an all-nighter. Fab! Still going today.

Alan Pepper… Wow ! Love to have been there . Wonder how many witnessed this gig ?

Chris Wilson… I was there. The College also had the Skatalites at a Christmas gig held in the restaurant area at the college, probably Xmas 1967. Both gigs were amazing, hot, sweaty, great. I saw them at Concord 2 in Brighton about a year or so ago too. Brilliant band even though most of the surviving members must be in their 70s/80s!!

Colin Bell… I have written many times over the years in my columns & reviews how i could never get into Ska/Reggae, but i have a soft spot for The Skatelites & their ‘Guns of Navarone’ single it brings back fond memories of when i first became a DJ in 1968

Mick O’Dowd… Fantastic band and still touring the world today. Saw them on the Pier.

A Band Of Angels – Hastings Collage 30th October 1964 by Andre Martin

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Andre Martin… As its Halloween at the moment, if we think back – this is about the college, here is something that I know will be of interest to many, On Friday evening 30th October 1964, in the old Gymnasium at the College in Archery Road, we held our Halloween Dance – Top of the Bill, A Band of Angels, featuring Mike d’Abo and the supporting band whose name slips my memory for the moment, bass guitar one Noel d’Abo [ student and well known member of the college]. We do not have any press adverts for this, but I have found the following press cutting from the local Observer, about a visit made by the group to AJs show in Queens Road. I am sorry the photo is very dark, but Mike can just be seen in the back row.