Hastings Stadium – Festival Of Music The Kinks, Dave Dee, Geno Washington, Arthur Brown, 28th August 1967

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flyer supplied by Stephen Kolimbarides and ticket from Mick O’Dowd .Hastings Observer reports from  Andre Palfrey-martin collection and photo supplied by Colin Bell

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Alan Esdaile….Another great find, Andre. Did you go to this gig? I’m sure I remember lots of people complaining in the following weeks Observer about fans walking over their plants and pissing in their gardens?

Andre Martin….Yes you are right – I think that Pilot Road Residents petitioned the council to try and get this stopped, or something to prevent any further similar activities, I not sure if I have that copy, but will try and find. I don’t think I was at this because I have no memories, stories to tell.

Mick Knights….Was also there, felt sorry for the people who came from london and had to find out the hard way how far it was from the station to the Pilot Field, only then to find out there was no bar and of course no idea where the nearest pub was, seem to remember the Beaconsfield had on of their best bank holidays!!! Arthur Brown really did steal the show, it was the first time I heard the story of the kind woman and the snake

John Wilde…. I was there, with flowers in my hair! it was a great day for us locals. I was one of those that added “a mystic flavour” to the event.

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Who’s your favourite Dr Who and why? asks Kev Carleonis

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Melody Gray… I’ve heard about Dr who but i never watched it?

Paul Ashton… William Hartnel – he was the first doctor, eccentric, a time travelling wizard!

Sandie Carlyon… Paul, I worked in Battle East Sussex and he lived in Robertsbridge the next village. I saw him a few times. He was really good.

Paul Ashton… lucky you. I heard William Hartnel put himself into this new Dr Who series. Not his first choice this syfy but it set a trend for clever eccentric professor types. Thank you.

Greta Dobson… Definitely David Tennant

Pete Franklin… Difficult one. I loved Jon Pertwee, but of the most recent I’d have to say David Tennent.

Pickle Hobson… Oh my god. I’m the biggest Dr Who nerd. I know no one will agree. But I love Matt Smith. The 11th Doctor. No one else seems to like him. Love the River Song story line with him.

Kev Carleonis… I didn’t even bother with Matt Smith – The Worst!

Emma Rix… David Tennant his Dr who is brilliant

Holly Alford Barnes… Although I met Jon Pertwee in the mid 80’s and adored him, David Tennant was always my favorite. Never a dull moment.

Jane Hartley… William Hartnell was the 1st followed by Patrick Troughton, so they will always be remembered by me, my very favourite has to be Tom Baker, he had that mad cleverness!

Roy Winchester… yes mate i was 10 great memories.

Karen Sweatman… Tom Baker was my doctor from when I was a kid. And yes, watched from behind the sofa. David Tennant is my favourite ‘new Who’

Andy Davies… Mine too!

Andy Ives… Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker as a kid. Capaldi, Tennant and Ecclestone as an adult

David Francis… Pertwee and Baker from my childhood. The new doctors have all been good: Ecclestone, Tennant, Capaldi, Whittaker but I think my favourite over all is definitely Matt Smith. The others have all had age to rely upon to give them fear, authority, gravitas. Smith had to find something else and I think he did it very well. The stories helped as well – lots of parental guilt, love, abandonment and madness going on.

Tom James Cowan… Best Dr that never was Ken Campbell, lost out to his mate McCoy, would have changed history!

Peter Fortsch… My favourite Doctor

John Scaife… David Tennant

Graham Matthews… Never liked it so very rarely watched it.

Florence Foster… Never watched it

Andrew Moodie… Pertwee. Loathed Tennant.

Leigh Kennedy… Baker, Pertwee & Tennant.

Malcolm McDonald… a woman was a big mistake but Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker…

Steve Thorpe… Tom Baker and Peter Capaldi.

Ralph Town… All of them up to 1988.

Linda Holter… John Pertwee.

Peter Houghton… The First 4 And then the last 5 were my favourite ones

Chris Connell… I like Peter Davidson because when my daughter was 4 he signed the plaster cast on her broken leg.This was at the old cricket ground. I believe she still has it.

Lyn Humphrey… William Hartnell easily the best–and of course he was the first, like Connery being the real Mr Bond.

Clive Garrard… Troughton or Pertwee were the best

Barry French… Each doctor brings something to the table & everyone has their favourites (for me its Hartnell & Tennant)

Leanne Mary Lentle… Capaldi!!!!

Debs Elizabeth Williams… Jon Pertwee

 

The Breathers – Windsor Castle London 1980’s by Clive Pierce

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Jim Bell (Red Ferrari), John Wilde (Izzi Peptone),  Clive Pierce and Ric Hool

Clive Pierce… I would just like to clear a few inaccuracies up In relation to my short spell with The Breathers. I was contacted quite out of the blue by Simon Davies, who had been one of the A&R managers at a subsidiary label of EMI called Cobra Records. I was in a group called CRAZE who were signed to Cobra. Everything was going well until for reasons unbeknownst to me, Simon and his co A&R partner Tony Squires decided to jump ship leaving all the artists signed to Cobra floundering. We were passed on to EMI Harvest but we weren’t anyone’s baby anymore so consequently were neglected and through this Craze split. I was asked by Simon if I would like to try out for the vacant drummer position in The Breathers so off to Hastings I went to meet the guys in the group and to see if we could click. I found them all very amicable and was made to feel part of the group almost immediately after my audition. It is true that I did consider at this stage to becoming a session drummer and had started to earn quite good money but I absolutely hated every minute of it. I was 18 years old and was playing sessions on tracks that I had no affinity with whatsoever, so The Breathers were a breath of fresh air ‘pun intended’. Even though I gave The Breathers my best shot I was still in love with CRAZE so just slipped slowly away but with no hard feelings. Lovely guys and Izzi was an absolute character. Rick was very accommodating and friendly. I stayed at his place in Hastings while we rehearsed for a mini tour of the North and even stayed at his parents house up in Newcastle….I love the folk from the North East. One thing i must say that did not sit for me very well concerns the single they released. I have no idea why their original drummer Steve Demetri left but I have to take this chance to say that it was him and not I who played the drums on Living In An Age Age even though I am credited on the sleeve as doing so. It was done without my consultation and it was too late to have my name removed after they had gone into production. That was just not right and embarrassing for me.I would have been livid if it was the other way round. If I had my way Steve’s name would have been on the sleeve and not mine. Anyway….thank you guys for the fun. Clive.

Phil Gill… That poor man has no shirt. I’d have given him back one of those he gave me in 1976 if I’d known.

Alan King… I lost mine on the 3:35 at Lingfield perhaps he did too

Ric Hool… Clive Pierce was a crisp drummer, sharp to The Breather’s material and if I never said so before, thanks Clive. Yes, Steve Demetri was the drummer on Livin In The Age Age. Once heard, you couldn’t mistake Steve’s unique style. It’s gracious of Clive to put the record straight. That tour Clive mentions, I think, went into Scotland – Edinburgh, Bathgate, Glasgow… Every gig outside of Hastings was virtually always north and most often a long, long drive so putting a tour together, though we never made money, put enough petrol in the van to keep us going. Friends were made along the way who put us up overnight and, as Clive mentions, when possible, staying with family was a luxury. Motorway eating was far too expensive but as soup was the cheapest item on the menu we got through a lot of it. John (Izzi) and I, in desperate times of hunger, used to scan the tables to see what other customers were leaving and make a dive for the scraps as soon as those tables were deserted. Typical of most groups trying to make it: Lords on stage; Beggars off stage. Best Ric

John Wilde… Hi Boys. Great to see posts from Clive and Ric.Thank you Clive for your keen presence all those years ago. They were great times. So, thank you Ric for inviting me on board. We were a tight unit, I wish I had paid better attention and focussed more on the music instead of preening my feathers. I wish both Ric and Jim (Red Ferrari) all the best and Clive, thank you for your graciousness.

Stuart Moir… They were the good times when the gear was perched on beer crates

Tony Davis… Strange to see this now. During my recent local music show on Hastings Rock Radio I decided to dig out some legacy tracks and was extremely grateful to Julian Deeprose for letting me have a copy of Age Age. It was great to here again and if anyone has any other Breathers tracks I would love to play them. Great days

Who used to have an Esso Man badge?

 

Colin Bell with his badge Eastbourne Pier

Diane Leigh… My god yes forgot about him.

Phil Gill… Yup, all designed to make their leaded environment polluting product seem all cuddly and nice. And we knew no better at the time.

Colin Bell… I feel guilty now Phil, i’ve still got the wee little man somewhere……

Graham L. Hall… Still got one of these

Jenny Power… I’ve still got one as well !

Dave Weeks… And a tigers rail. Green shield stamps and World Cup coins no doubt

Jim Peckham… I’d love to get a key ring now lost all mine years ago

Tony Qunta… Yes certainly did!

Mike Waghorne… Remember the key rings and the esso tiger’s tail !

Alan Esdaile… You look very trendy, Colin.

Colin Bell… Thank you! i’m not sure what ‘look’ i was going for ‘fashion victim 1961’ maybe, but now i look at it….maybe it was quite cool ! I always thought my lovely Nan here looked like the ‘Queen Mother’!

Lyn Humphrey… Still got one.

The Groundhogs – The Carlisle Hastings 11th April 1985

Judy Atkinson… I think I was there. I certainly saw them there twice, and once on the pier back around 1975

Reid McDuffie… I was there. They used to also often play at the Crypt. Sometimes as Tony McPhee Band and sometimes as Groundhogs (it was the same guys though. I think there was a contractual issue with the name).

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I saw the Groundhogs circa 1971 at an all day music festival in Kendal, the only other group I recall in the line-up were Juicy Lucy!

Anita Jardine… Takes me back to the Roundhouse and Sundowner days..

Peter Houghton… Great band saw them on the Pier and had a nice chat with Tony and the rest of the band and they signed my Album for me

Faith Brooker… Once a fixture of the South London pub scene. Loved em’.

Tony Court-holmes… saw them live

Tim Moose Bruce… Went to that one. Also saw them at the Shelley Arms at Nutley, and the Golden Martlet at Hellingly. Great band.

Neil Partrick… I saw them around this time in a pub in Eastbourne (I think, though might have been The Carlisle in Hastings, or maybe Hellingly I suppose. Ended up sleeping with the lead singer, as you do (along with other assorted bodies vying for space on a floor in a Pevensey bungalow).

Simon… Was there with Reid McD. Bumped unto TS outside and shared a roll up.

Who remembers having an outside toilets as a kid?

Darren Holmes…. 58 Blackman Avenue!!!

Virginia Davis… That looks like my great grandparents house. Spiders as well !!!!!

Sandie Carlyon… My dads house. Just like Steptoes loo.

Nick Prince…..

Jan Warren… Aaaaaaarrrrrgggghhhh, the “torture” paper?! – well, it was either that or newspaper, hahaha, happy days!!

Mark Asseenontv Scutchings-Stevens… With most of it on your fingernails…….

Chris Meachen… We lived in a house with an outside loo, much like the above until I was 6.. I was always fascinated by the various coloured snails that inhabited the place. Was bloody cold in the winter, & you used a pot indoors unless you absolutely had to go outside…

Paul Morfey… My grannys house in Brede, makes me think how things have changed and how few realise!!

Paul Huggett… Yup, Romney Marsh in the 50s. We had no electricity, mains water only arrived in about ’56, and no dustbin collections; a dry pond near the house (much of which was built from asbestos, by the way!) had all the tin cans, bottles, batteries for the radio etc chucked in.

Joe Knight… Stopped all your fears of spiders 😂😂 Also the expression (DON’T FORGET TO PULL THE CHAIN )😂😂

Pete Prescott… The cold seat in winter. It was like sitting on ice. All I remember is shivering. I was very young and petrified of going to the outside loo. My father caught me having a wee out of the back door when I was five. He was very understanding. Such a lovely man. He knocked the wall down and made an entrance from the kitchen and then bricked up the outer doorway. It was then an INSIDE loo ! There’s “posh”

Alan Esdaile… My dad also did the same Pete and knocked through and blocked up outside. A lot less spiders, snails and woodlice.

Pete Prescott… I used to use the toilet paper to trace the maps I was obsessed with. My school books were full of maps and (izel?) Paper. Terrible toilet paper.

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The Pied Piper – Manor Road Hastings – 1974

Who remembers The Pied Piper pub?

Jim Breeds… Nope! It must have been bad for the children of the area!

Richard Turner… My dads band playing Thursday

Pete Millington…  Yep! SPYKE played there regularly in the mid 1970s

Alan Esdaile… Did someone say Crispian St Peters played at this pub?

Pete Fairless… Don’t know, but they used to play out at the end of the night with Bob & Marcia version.

Virginia Davis… Yes. My grandparents lived a few doors away. Spent many times in there with family

Dawn Leaney… Oh yes.. had good times there , dancing to the disco.. l think it was on a Friday night!

Tony Davis… Yes. I ran into the guy who managed him and he played there opening night

Jacquie Hinves… Yes , I do!

Terry Hardwick… I used to do the disco with Tony Murray his Dad Ted and his Mum Carol ran it .

Samantha Blake… I remember the pub x

Jo Turner… Yes, Lizzy and I often went there

Roy Penfold… Became The Manor in later years I believe…

Sandy Max… I only knew it as the Manor

Pete Brazier… I know for certain that his Record was lol

Ralph Town… Regularly pissed in there from 1975 to around 1979.

Ken Copsey… My grandads local when we lived in St Mary’s Terrace.

Tony Court-holmes… yet another old pub there used to be so many up that way but not any more

Merv Kennard… yes remember it well. played there a few times. landlord always wanted to flip a coin for double or quits before paying.

Who remembers The Fortune Of War pub Halton, Hastings? closed 1969

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Jim Breeds… Yep. I was too young to be a customer but it’s where I got on the 133 bus to go home to Ore after school at Priory Road.

Lloyd Johnson… On Priory Road….on my route home from school to Ore as well…

Alan Esdaile… Remember it well but likewise too young to be a customer. However, did get some free beer mats from the owner. When I walked passed it to go to the Round Table Youth Club it always appeared empty.

Chris Harman… My nan and grandad Kit and Brian were the landlords there until it closed. After that they when to the Queen Adelaide until they retired and my mum and dad Doreen and Bill took over from them.

Ann Graves… I used to go passed it, when I went on bus to Ore Secondary School, now known as Hastings Academy.

Chris Baker… Brian Williams, who lived at the end of Priory Road, next to the sweet factory with his Dad Harry and Mum Vera. Brian spent time at the FoW usually downing up to 13 pints!

Merv Kennard… remember it well, we lived in West View. Bus drivers and ticket collectors used the outside toilets.

Carol Paffett… Remember it well

Iain Cobby… Who’s bright idea was it to knock it down and replace it with a Speed Camera?

Colin Jefferys… Before my time ….. but does anybody remember the Pied Piper pub