Saxon & Tygers Of Pan Tang – 24th May 1980 Hastings Pier



Andy Baldock….I was at the Saxon gig and met them afterwards,also the following year @ Brighton Centre

Tim Bruce…..went to that one. was veeerrryyy loud….. Afterwards I drove home but could only tell if the engine had stalled by the ignition light on the dash as my ears had shut down. That was one loud gig!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I was there that night!

Iain Cobby… Great band Saxon….. I was there with Brian Setchfield. Tigers with John Sykes on guitar what a gig

Alan King… who needs Spinal Tap ?

Hastings International Folk Festival 22nd May – 25th May 1987





supplied by Mick Mepham

Also appeared Titus and Friends,  Blowabella, Ralph McTell, The Kipper Family, Barry Dransfield, Cecil Sharp, Ashley Hutchings, Bonnie Shalijean and loads more. Gigs at various venues and events took place throughout the town.

Robert Searle… Saw Tom Paxton at the Congress Eastbourne .The place was nearly empty ,so embarrassing for him and the audience. A really nice folky who i liked in the early sixties.

Will Cornell… I’d do anything to be able to see Blowzabella. They’ve played S.America a lot, but nary a nod to the ol’ USA. On my top 5 list of faves. Oh well, I do correspond with one of the guys quite a lot on matters re: Hurdy Gurdy!

Alan Green And His Boys – Hastings Pier 1938

Supplied by Kay Lobb via Jim Breeds HAPP Facebook page.

Jim Breeds… Here’s a great photo from Kay Lobb, who writes “Found this old postcard at my mother’s flat today. It shows Alan Green and His Boys on Hastings Pier in 1938. My mother still remembers nights spent on the pier, dancing to them.”

Nicki Dann… That’s my grandad !

Alan Esdaile… They are sitting on the staircase that went up to the upper small function room(before you got to the toilets and the long bar area). Looks like the same lino on the stairs in the 60’s/70’s !

Pete Fairless… Yes, twin staircases to the Palm Court.

Andre Martin… Spot on guys

Brian Dove… I think that top row right hand as you look at it is William Cook – Violin, Sax, Clar.

Clifford Exton… The man sitting on the bottom step right side of Alan Green is my father Ken Exton he was a trumpet player in this photo he is 26 years old

Clare Watts… Wow … Alan Green is my great grandad . It’s great to see a picture of him and the band . .


Freeway – and the pier zooquarium triodome talk 1970


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photos supplied by Andy Knight, cuttings supplied by Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection

John Kingdon (Voc), Dave Shaw (Voc), Jime Beadle (Bass), Colin Pierce (Gtr), Joe Milligan (Tenor Sax), Ron Milligan (Baritone Sax), Clive Pearson (Trumpet), Andy Knight (Drums).

some great pictures of Freeway. Taken around 1970 on Hastings Pier.

Yvonne Cleland…..Bonitas! That was the name I forgot.

Philip Meston….. I remember Bonita’s, but not the Freeway Show Band

Andy Qunta….Great band! Freeway were great, and very ambitious with the brass section! 

Ralph Towns… I remember the zoo that was in there .I think a copy of the Bayeux tapestry was in there for a while and I remember seeing a Dalek in there but what the hell that was doing there,I don,t know.

Len Smith… Freeway with Dave Shaw singing. Bonitas gig was 1971.

Ian Plater… Is that the same john kingdom, that had J K’s burger world in Eastbourne.

Tony May… Aside from the musical history side of things this picture is a rare shot of the old Hastings Pier and an attraction I was too small at the time to remember? If anyone knows more about it I would be interested to hear more. Any chance the photo owner would allow me to use it for an article in ‘Hastings Town’ perhaps?

Mick O’Dowd… This was the old Triodome that graced the Pier for a while. It was used for various events including the Zooquarium and a skating rink (can’t recall if it was ice or roller). I believe it was moved to Warrior Square Gardens after The Pier.

Jim Breeds… The Triodome was originally built to house the Hastings Tapestry to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 1966. It features on several postcards that I have too.

Natasha Kaschevsky… Later used for Amusements around ’76 – ’78, I used to work in there in the summer holidays

Alan Esdaile… I’m sure at one stage it was suggested that The Triodome be rehoused on the Ladies Parlour West Hill with The Tapestry.

Andy Knight… Tony, you are welcome to use it.

Tony May… Thanks for the info Jim and for the use of the photo Andy. If any of the band have any memories of playing the Pier or can give me more info please e mail it to Thanks!

Flanko Fin Barr… The Good times


The Ballroom All Stars DJ’s – Hastings Pier 21st May 2016


photo by Allyson Breeds

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Chris Gentry, Johnny Mason, Colin Bell and Mick O’Dowd.

Allyson Breeds… I don’t know why Mick looks like he is wearing a yellow wig?

Leigh Wieland Boys… DJs were excellent!

Chris Giles… Brilliant photo Allyson

Andre Martin… It was always Johnny M who had the Goldern Wig!! Great time with the “old hands” almost 200 years experience between us over the years!

Kevin Burchett… The Golden Oldies at Hastings Pier second session.

Archie Lauchlan… Poptastic

Sarah Harvey… I just think they all look so cute 🙂 xx

Jim Breeds… Old Skool Still Rules

Andre Martin… Brill – that sums up the Ballroom All Stars !!

Andy Qunta… Ha ha – love it! Those are some rock-star, legendary DJs!

Andy Gunton… I’m still wondering who that rogue hand, under the desk, belongs to?

Caz Simpson… The rogue hand definitely belongs to a female.

Andy Gunton… Where’s her other hand?!!!!

Chris Giles… I didn’t notice until Andy pointed it out..Ha ha

Alan Esdaile…Thanks Jim. I see what you mean about the hand Andy, it looks like its far too low to be Andre’s and It looks like its on my knee!

Jim Breeds… Done with the greatest of respect and affection 🙂

Mick O’Dowd… That’s awesome  Jim. Actually the yellow on my head was not a result of me rubbing on Colin’s T-shirt but is in fact my halo slipping after I mentioned a certain gentleman that appeared on the Pier in silver suits who I was not allowed to mention!  Nice to see you there on Saturday. Great to see you back.

Jim Breeds… One year ago today.

Chris Giles… What a fantastic time we all had x

Mick O’Dowd… A year ago! How time flies! Had a great time.

Alan Esdaile… They let us out on day release, as long as we had our name tags on.

Jeanette Jones… Nice photo, guys 🙂 We’ve all come a long way !

Madness – Hastings Pier 21st May 2016.


Hastings-born musician Suggs, from Madness, will fix the last plank to complete the 50 miles of new decking on the Victorian structure on Tuesday 22nd March 2016.

Phil Gill… It’s the first sign of Madness.

Stuart Huggett… I saw Suggs do the opening ceremony for a temporary Fishermen’s Arch down on the Stade once.

Peter Fairless… I’m filled with gladness but my 10 year old is going to be gutted at the age restriction! My Girl’s Mad At Me!

Alan Knipmeyer… it must be love ! thats just one step beyond…

Jamie Butler… Looks cool not into Madness the Ist time round but know loads of people in Hastings are should be a great turn out.

Anthony G Hart… Do you know when and where the tickets go on sale please.

Paul Roper… how do i get tickets to see madness on hastings pier.. 21st may 2016?

Lauren Gower… Where will they be on sale does anyone know please?

Neil Mather… Shareholders in the pier charity got a link to buy tickets from 9am today, general public sale starts on 24th. I assume there will be a link from the pier charity website.

Sandra Bryant… Hope all the doubters eat their words now.

Jim Breeds… Booked our tickets – who else is going?

Suggs on Hastings Pier screwing in the final plank.

Mick O’Dowd… Never thought in a million years that we would see top-notch bands appearing on The Pier ever again! Just goes to show that nothing is impossible.


NOW SOLD OUT. According to Hasting Pier, Music Glue had 30,000 plus visits today which  caused the website to crash and left a number of people unhappy.

Virginia Davis… Anyone else have a problem with Madness tickets. I had tickets in my basket and was told they were secure and then suddenly emptied my basket?

Lisa Lucas… yep,got both of us sat trying and we both keep getting system error!!! totally disappointed,but will be listening for free from the beach.

Susan Marketis… It’s when you are watching the minutes tick down.

Andy Clarke… What a joke…. got up early to book tickets for Madness, secured them and then saw message saying you have 8 minutes to pay for them…. what happened to first come first served…. yeah you guessed it i didn’t get them due to “browser time expired” after 8 minutes. so unfair for those who actually got there first… It’s all i can do not to write a string of obscenities here now…..

Chris Giles… I didn’t get there first I couldn’t get there at all kept saying try again later.. It took about 40 mins to get through then I put all my bank details in and it all froze up I just waited as was worried if I went back I wouldn’t get them …then it all came back put in my details again and got them …about 9.40 9.50 ish I guess… I was worried I’d been charges twice but I haven’t… Was a bit stressful though I agree… I think local people should have had a day after the shareholders then the rest on another day… Very unfair.. I think went back on at 10:15 and got the afternoon ones with no problem..

Graham Belchamber… Sounds like the system overloaded with the heavy demand.

Elaine Stock… Yes I tried and it says try later system error!!

Andy Clarke… tickets are sold out or reserved. absolute crap

Andy Pilkington… dunno how people are finding the sold out when website is down !

Jaylea Martin… It took me about 5 times, I almost had a heart attack as the minutes went down, so tried from my phone as well and they were sold out within minutes I think.

Els Wilcox… BOO HOO couldn’t get through and now they’ve ALL SOLD OUT! !!!!!!!!

Janette Clare Morfey… And there was a thunderstorm just as they started. Spectacular.

Matt Thomas… I was there, great night and the storm had finished by the time they came on stage

Ian Crawford and The Boomerangs plus The Alexanders – Hasting Pier 9th May 1964



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Jacquie Ponder… I met Ian in the 60’s in the U.S. (California). We dated while he was here and then he went back home. I would love to know what he is doing now .… 40 years later.

Alan King… they wouldn’t have The Boomerangs back