Pam Dor Coffee Bar – Early 60’s Hastings


supplied by Peter Millington

Peter Millington….Eric behind the counter at the Pam Dor Early 1960’s.

Mick Knights….That’s the ever popular Eric, the owner, serving. I, along with just about every teenage lad, was banned by him at one time or another!! The Pam Dor had the first Discotec in Hastings, which was on the second floor, a place I never entered, nor did very many, as it soon closed. its second incarnation was the Astral club, which morfed into Toff’s.

Peter Pursglove….i did the door up there for a few years until it closed Alan ,Mollly Russell ran it ,busy little club

Tom Boyer….Great times, we loved it, a fabulous place to meet. Tom & Lin Boyer (nee White)

Sue Bartholomew (Nee Finch)… I remember the Pam Dor, it was the best place to go, we paid a shilling entrance and that also got you a coffee or a frothy hot chocolate, and sit in there for as long as you wanted, it was always busy and behind in Middle Street was a long line of Lambrettas or Vespas belonging to some young lad who was in the Pam Dor.

Colin Bell… Love this photo Pete, met my first ‘proper’ girlfriend there…happy days…

Mick Mepham… Who were your ‘improper’ ones Colin and are you still in touch with them?

Nicola Dobson… Spent a lot of time in there…I remember that seating area..they should have coffee bars again Im sure they would be popular!

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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.

Showaddywaddy – White Rock Theatre Hastings 11th January 2019

The Greatest Rock & Roll Band In The World’ is a bold statement but Showaddywaddy has lived up to that title as they recently celebrated their 40th anniversary.

More info and tickets

Julie Findlay-jones… Used to love going to see them , brilliant live.

Dave Nattress… Used to see them play at the Sundowners MANY years back before they had any chart hits, and they were extremely good. Not many of the original members are still with them but no doubt it’ll be a spectacular show if it’s anything like it used to be. I think they’ve been mentioned before on SMART. Back at The Sundowners there were 2 separate bands called Choice or Choise and Golden Hammers I think, (based in or from Leicester), each band did a pop covers set and they then changed their clobber into , crepes and drapes and did the Showaddywaddy Rock and Roll Show.

Who had an alarm clock like this?

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Ernest Ballard… Best part was the waking to the radio. The buzzer was so loud and woke up to the horrible noise of it

Alan Esdaile… I had one, I think I still got one somewhere!

Allyson Breeds… Parents? I had one! <shuffles off feeling old>

Jim Breeds… You have two parents! It’s the current legal minimum, silly girl x

Joe Knight… newer version 6am woke up by radio Smooth. Got one in bathroom battery dump in a bin 36yrs ago clock needs attention but AM fine

Donna Torrance… Ooh you were posh if you had one like that

Lozza Hope… I still have one!! Lol

Jacquie Hinves… I still have !

Alan Parker… me too

John Scaife… I had 1 of these Radio Alarms similar to this one

Reginald Hogg… Still got mine….got it in 1976…..

Dave Nattress… My Wife has still got two in our bedroom – both off the mains, which goes off frequently where we live, hence they both flash the time display for days until we re-set them. Did NASA really put men on the moon all those years ago? Maybe, (I read a lot of conspiracy theories), but believe me, the UK cannot maintain a mains power supply in the far end of Little Common for more than a couple of weeks. One old radio is very similar to the illustration, one much newer, supplemented by a DAB radio so 3 in one bedroom. The worse thing is, on R2 at 7.00 am, they play “Oh what a beautiful morning” which the HW, (Head Woman), tries to sing. Frighteningly out of tune – this has the Police knocking on the door most mornings telling her the neighbours have complained about the noise.

The Continental Coffee Bar/Nest Club – Hastings


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Lynn Graham… Who remembers the Continental with Dick Masters at the table at the top of the stairs?

Leigh Wieland-Boys… The Continental in Robertson Street. Used to go there all the time when I first moved to Hastings in 1971, downstairs was the ‘smelly’ disco with the juke box! Same people in there all the time, loved it!

Andre Martin… Go back about 7 years and it would have been the Nest Club, with live groups on Friday & Saturday Night – now that was really packed !!

Peter Fairless… How could you ever forget? I think this might have been a bit before my time, though!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Spent a lot of time there drinking coffee & putting money in the juke box!


Name a game you played outside as a kid

Joe Knight… Hop scotch

Karen Sweatman… Stuck in the mud

Alan Esdaile… marbles

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Jacks, hopscotch, tag, hide & seek, pooh sticks, football, skipping, cowboys & Indians – such happy days

John Warner… Me too!

Kathy Wood… French skipping

British Bulldog… British bulldog and hide and seek.

Janine Anne Scott… Kiss chase xx

Colin Fox… probably get arrested for sexual harassment these days.

Ernest Ballard…  Cowboys and Indians ha ha

Sandy Max… All of those…plus snail and caterpillar racing!

Jacquie Hinves… Hopscotch!

Joe Knight… Haven’t seen Piggy in the middle 😁 tin can Tommy, cricket in the rd use to use outspan orange wooden box, telephone two cans with string stretch across road to your friends house 😂😂😂kytes hide and seek 😊but NO Mobile Phones

Graham Marriott… Thank god they weren’t invented back then

Alan Esdaile… Telephone with two cans was good.

Angela Frances Gardner… Ball games against a wall, we played this for hours making up different combinations of bounces! Great fun!

Yvonne Cleland… Rounders, skipping, okey cokey, marbles, hide and seek, catch, jacks, french skipping, kiss chase

Joe Knight… Didn’t cost much but great fun 😂perhaps parents should reinvent these games back into the children instead of all these things that keeps them indoors and leave us oldies to play with the phones

Gaynor Lewry… French skipping

Terry Hardwick… Knock down ginger

Sharon Kirby… Hopscotch

Trevor Piper… 1 roller skates with a comic annual on top to sit on like a downhill slalom

Steve Thorpe… False Alarm, It, etc etc

Maggie Geary… Roller skating down side road by back gate

Angela Frances Gardner… This was my favourite game, would keep me occupied for hours! Give me a blank wall and a ball

Phil Thornton… British bulldog …. (it got banned)

Paul Marshall…  Building early prototype skateboards with a roller skate and a 📖 book. Building camps

Brian Davies… Tick

Judy Atkinson… All those rhymes that went with long rope skipping & circle games

Phyllis Mendenhall…Rounders, Marbles , hopscotch ,knock down ginger

Dave Nattress… Making go-carts as featured before, Germans and English, occasionally Japs and Americans (I guess).  Always good games on the way back from Saturday morning ABC Minors, cricket with the wicket drawn on the bottom of a lampost or wall, also something we called “French Cricket” with a wider wicket, even used proper stumps on the fields, “it” – whatever “it” was, basically no one wanted to be “it”.

Martin Richter… tippy-cat

Alan Pepper… Go carts , Tip and Run , Split the Kipper , Jerries and English , and footie of course !

Jake Nelson… Yes, cowboys & indians, British Bulldog, ‘It’, cricket in our road, as there would only be about one car per hour driving along it. Football, conkers, marbles using the manhole covers, and climb a handy tree to use it as a Lancaster bomber. Honestly, I did so many missions, yet never got the recognition for it.