Adam Faith – Battle Of Hastings Mods & Rockers Exhibition – Hastings Museum 2002

all supplied by Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland… I remember asking Adam Faith to sign the cd, which I purchased from Old Town Music in George Street. He said he had never seen the cd before but still was happy to sign it.

Monica Bane…Thanks Alan, For sharing the memories Monica!

Monica is in the white jacket in the photo.

Matt Thomas… My mum would have been so jealous of Jenny

Margaret Trowell… I’ve just recently read Adam’s autobiography …loved it, fascinating stuff

Patricia Burgess… Was so in love with Adam and bought all his records to Canada with me, met him in Montreal in 64. So sad to learn of his death

Phil Scott… I was there as Mayor at the time and I said to Adam, Did you ever believe that when you were making records you would eventually become part of a Museum Exhibition, He turned and smiled at me and said “Never” He said he should used that in his speech that he made ahead of opening the event.

Andy Gunton… I remember it well. I compiled the music that was used during the exhibition & on the day

Phil Scott… Andy, I thought the exhibition was excellent, Bit of a Coup as well getting Adam to ‘Open’ The Exhibition, Quite a draw he was.

Andy Gunton… Phil, It was very good. Adam was certainly a big hit with the ladies & seemed like a nice guy.

Phil Scott… Yes he was on both counts. I don’t remember seeing many pics of the event, I had one taken with Adam and another guy who was showing a motorbike off. I’ll dig it out and post it. A guy who worked for the Council took a few and sent me a couple of the outside if the Museum with Bikers etc milling around.

Jean Brett… I remember at the museum I took a lot of photos of him my first pin up singer

Mark Randall… I nearly ran our Adam over when he was crossing the road from Hoopers to RTW station

Stewart Rockett… I recall taking my grandson to the museum on a whim when the exhibition was on. He was fascinated by a red Vespa scooter in a display case, as he couldn’t work why someone would want to park a vehicle in a glass garage.

Mick O’Dowd… I remember going as I was a 60’s Mod. Afraid i’m classed as a skinhead now!

Kate Recknell-Page… Used to love his music – happy days x

Sally Evans… very happy days


Battle Of Hastings 1964 – 2002 Exhibition – Hastings Museum with Adam Faith by Andrew Clifton

Andrew Clifton….Not to be confused with that historic ‘quarell’ of 1066….The Battle of Hastings 1964, when Mods & Rockers clashed on the streets of Hastings and other seaside towns during the Bank Holidays of that eventful year, was commemorated in 2002 with an exhibition at Hastings museum in Cambridge Road, where they now have a retrospective collection dedicated to those events

Colin Norton….This is great! Thanks for posting.

and in 2007…


Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Andy Gunton… I remember this well. I was asked to provide the background music for the exhibition, not the music played on the video by the way. I didn’t realise it was this long ago! RIP Adam Faith, nice guy 🙂


White Rock Baths illustrated talk by Andre Martin – Hastings Museum Hastings Friday 12th October 2018

photo: © HBC Hastings Museum & Art Gallery Hastings

Sophie Ash… Was in there when a Scots Pipe Band marched in and out again. Quite
a surreal experience, and the noise was incredible.

Glenn Piper… Like so many others this is where I learnt to swim with the Seagulls back in the 60’s

Gerry Fortsch… The Robertsbridge youth club took us and we had fish n chips on the way home.

Sue James… Like a lot of people I learned to swim there

Tim Moose Bruce… Went to swim there in the early 70s and later on went to ice skate there.

Lucy Pappas… Swimming lessons in the 60s….

Jon McCallion… Went to swim there and also the other smaller one across the other side.

Janine Anne Scott… H.E.S.A. Hated it, but loved the hot chocolate machine.

Brigitte Lee… That was my favourite bit too. xxx

Alan Esdaile… I remember the hot chocolate machine, might have been the first place to have one??? Also remember the mangle to put your swim wear through.

Janine Anne Scott… Oh yes, the mangle

Lucy Pappas… I’d forgotten the hot chocolate machine, the best part of swimming lessons!

Andy Dinsdale… I remember learning to swim there in the ‘70’s. And later on unicycling on the ice rink in preparation for the British Unicycling Convention in ‘94! Slushy ice was better for unicycling I believe!

Sandie Carlyon… Learnt to swim there with HESSA

Dennis Torrance… I remember the mangle and the chocolate machine there to

Carol Paffett… Remember both swimming baths , should have been done up instead of new ones built.

Pete Fisher… freezing water, chlorine in your eyes, hot chocolate afterwards…

Alan Esdaile… Those big hair dryers which I think were a penny for so many seconds and remember your cloths going in a wire basket and given a rubber band for your arm.

Paul Magee… Remember the instructor there in the 60’s was called Jim Riper or Ryper. Went with West St Leonards School. Remember the plastic hosepipe hoop on a rope being put round my neck and Jim heaving me back to the side. Got a certificate for my first width 🙂 The hot chocolate afterwards was heaven.

Pete Fisher… Could be the same guy “taught” me to swim…found it pretty scary being dragged across the pool, but when I did actually manage a width under my own steam I was dead chuffed, and yes, there was hot chocolate afterwards…

Dave Nattress… Used to go over from Bexhill in the early/mid 60’s when Bexhill’s cold outside pool was in Egerton Park.

Alan Esdaile… I remember the first lesson from a woman instructor, we were all in the water holding on to the railings at the side and she wanted us all to let go, duck under the water for so many seconds and if we didn’t do it she would stand on top of our heads and force us under.

Nigel Ford… A Mr Ryper taught my brother to swim there in the early 60’s bellowing out instructions but when he tried to teach me the first thing he made you do was to try and retrieve a brick on the floor of the shallow end and, as I still do, was still trying to take in a deep breath as I went under and hence took in a load of water & panicked thus ending all attempts by anyone to teach me. I later learned by myself in ’64 / 65 when the school (Mountfield & Whatlington) used to go to the small baths and I still only swim with my head well above water….!

Nigel Ford… What time is the talk, please?

Alan Esdaile… Listed as 7.30pm Nigel, so you will have chance to go to the SMART meeting in the afternoon.

Jeanette Jones… Learnt to Scuba Dive there

Pete Brazier… I learned to swim there!

Ian Cramp… I also learnt to swim there in 1969 – great times


Hastings Museum – Bohemia Road

Bored, nothing on the telly? Time to visit Hastings Museum Bohemia Road again. Always lots to see and have just spent an enjoyable afternoon looking around. I can’t believe some people have never visited it.

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Jim Breeds… It’s a brilliant place! Went there this year for the first time in decades. Two times actually. Bumped into Andre the second time. 🙂

Sarah Harvey…. I have a confession to make Alan…. I have never visited the museum and I have lived in this wonderful town all my life. *Hangs head in Shame* ……. but an error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it, and what a wonderful thing to correct it when I have a spare day on Friday! 🙂

Jim Breeds… Outside that window 🙂


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Andre Martin… Sarah that is being very honest, no need to hang your head – if you make it on a Wednesday I am usually around in the local studies room between 10.00am-4.00pm, it would be great to see you

Jane Hartley…  I’ve been to the museum twice this year. School art exhibition and WW1.

Yvonne Cleland… You could make a day of it and visit Bexhill Museum as well, Sarah 🙂

Alan Esdaile… If you have not been before Sarah, allow a couple of hours as loads to see. I’ve always been fascinated by the story of ‘Grey Owl’. Let me know how you get on.

Sarah Harvey… I read the story of Grey Owl and also found it equally fascinating Alan but then again anything to do with Hastings and its environs is fascinating to me….. sounds like I have a history day ahead of me!

Andre Martin… That is a very good piece of thinking as both museums compliment each other in their style, presentation and content – I would agree that could be a very good day spent looking at our past, it really is fascinating.

Eric Cawthraw… It has been a couple of years since I last went – it as an exhibition I seem to remember. The building has quite a history, particularly the ‘India Room’ – sorry, that it probably the wrong name, but those who know the building will know what I’m on about. Perhaps some one in the group can put some more info on site in this respect. It is a wonderful facility – there are exhibits even older than our bunch of SMART dinosaurs! I’m sure one of my relatives – duly stuffed, is on show. EC

Jim Breeds… The Durbar Hall is it’s name 🙂 It was built in 1886 for the Indian and Colonial Exhibition in South Kensington and brought down from there by the Brasseys.

John Storer… I remember going on a class trip to the museum (the only time I ever went) when I was at Sandown. We went specifically to see a brown plate …. am sure there was a very good reason at the time, but it escapes me now!