Sonja Kristina – Curved Air – backstage Hastings Pier 1975

Curved Air2

 photo by Mick O’Dowd

Curved Air 2

  photo by Mick O’Dowd

Tony Qunta….”One of my favourite singers/frontperson ladies from one of my favourite bands! Great photos!”

Dave Arnold….Was a roadie for them at Maidstone Art College gig:) great band & beautiful singer…

Andy Qunta….Great to see these pics! BIg fan of the band & Sonja!

John Alexander Wilde….”Daryl Way on violin”

Mick O’Dowd….She seemed very pleasant and friendly. Great meeting her.

Martyn Baker….”Great photo. I remember those weird fire-buckets too, and wasn’t she a Babe!”

Sarah Harvey…..She was such a beautiful lady.

Ralph Town….Still alive and still performing

Ozric Tentacles, Mandragora, Felo-De-Se – Hastings Pier 1990

1013077_670284822998564_1099657233_nsupplied by Alex Chapman

Phil Thornton…..this was a good one ! I was on the synths with Mandragora !! all the bands and the audience had a great night ! all sorts going on – lots of stalls, jugglers etc. – can’t remember what year it was though. I didn’t play with Mandragora till around 1990 and the last live gig was around 2005 ( I think ! )

Mark Richards…..I was at this.. its 89 or 90

Mick O’Dowd…..October 20th 1990.



Squeeze – video recorded Hastings Pier 1995

Tim Bruce….Saw Squeeze on the pier in 1978. They were the support band for Dr Feelgood.

Pete Fairless….Lovely! Perhaps Glenn and Chris will come and play for the reopening?

Bobby Walker…..Squeeze played their first gig at Hastings Pier in 1977, third on the bill to Eddie & The Hot Rods and The Radio Stars. It was around the time their first EP, Packet of Three, was released.  A truly great gig.  Remember seeing them play the Pier at least three times. They are still a fantastic live band and I must have seen them about 30 times now

Pete Fairless…Yes, Squeeze were one of my favourites, too!  Does Bobby have a date for that gig? I have no record of Squeeze playing the pier in 1977. Squeeze supported Eddie & The Hotrods and Radio Stars on Hastings Pier, as part of Straight Music’s ‘Life on the line’ Tour, on Saturday, 18th March, 1978. They returned as support to Dr Feelgood, on Saturday, 14th October, 1978.

Phil Thornton….Great video ! this needs to be pushed at the right time to help the Pier, promote it and make it a success ! it could (should !!!) become a very attractive venue for some medium profile tours and one off gigs. The Pier’s musical history is a fantastic selling point. Of course getting the right infrastructure to support that level of gig needs to be in place. Has anybody thought about getting someone like ‘Udderbelly’ ( South bank seasonal venue ) onboard ?

Pete Fairless….I  have no idea, bring on the sunbathing purple cow!

Bob Walker….I bow to Pete’s better knowledge over my age-addled memory LOL … that gig was definitely the first time I saw Squeeze, so must have been ’78. Last time I saw them was about 15 months ago when they recorded every gig. At the end of the encore, they trooped off stage, into the foyer of the concert hall, and set up shop selling the double live CD of the gig I’d just seen … was astonished at the production value considering the gig had only finished 10 minutes before I had the CD in my hand. they also threw in a bonus CD “Another Packet of Three” … three new tracks they had recorded in the studio.


The Frank Barber Band & Ted Crouch Band – Hastings Pier


Frank Barber Band with Ted Crouch on drums



all photos supplied by Janine Anne Hemsley  – The Ted Crouch Band

Terry Pack….I played a few gigs with The Ted Crouch Band in the early 1970s. On a plywood bass with no amp! Used to strap the bass to my mum’s shopping trolley and get the train to gigs. I often had to walk home, wheeling the bass along.

Geoff Peckham….Well there’s a thing, Terry. My dad played for him regularly in the 60s!

Terry Pack….Could the World get any smaller? I had actually forgotten Ted’s name until I saw this.

Geoff Peckham….I may possibly have played with him too as a 14 or 15year old. My dad was a depping bass player and when he was double-booked and thought I was ready he’d offer my services. I remember my first ever gig was at the Horseshoe Inn, Boreham Street in 1967. A dinner dance, I wore my dad’s spare dj and bowtie. When we played a slow modern waltz, Fred Wilkinson, the drummer (and my chaperone), leant forward to me and muttered “Steady, Geoff, steady”! My first lesson in strict tempo!

Bernard Jeffery….wow this takes me back my dad taught Ted to Play the Drums.

End Of The Pier Show – Repeated on BBC2

Really good news!  ‘The End of the Pier Show’ featuring Hastings Pier and its amazing story is being repeated by the BBC in a network slot, in HD.

It’s a great advertisement for the project and why it is so worthwhile investing in it. If you know any waverers then please do encourage them to watch it. And for yourselves please watch it and enjoy being part of such a compelling enterprise.

It will be broadcast again on Sunday 16th March 2014 on BBC2 at 17.30.

Philip Meston….Made a change to see something in the media that is positive about Hastings too. Long may it continue!

The Confederates & The Searchers – Hastings Pier 1987 video by Peter Millington

Peter Millington….Here is the second video of the great Big Beat Reunion held on 14th November 1987 on Hastings Pier. This one features The Confederates who re-formed for the occasion. I hope the video brings back some good memories of the Pier in its hey-day. It’ll never be the same, just look at everyone dancing!

Peter Millington…The Searchers in full flow. They were obviously impressed with the atmosphere on the pier and made the most of it, as did all the musicians from The Confederates, The Talismen, Cliff Bennett and Friends and of course the enthusiastic audience.