Playing Subbuteo in the 1970’s

shared from Lee Cavan O’leary. photo source: unknown

Lee Cavan O’Leary… That’s exactly what I had in the 70s GOOD TIMES.

Michael Linskey… We use to run different tournaments diner times at school in the main hall , each one of us would bring our team into to play , Funtime’s and great memories

Kevin White… Michael, great times

Michael Linskey… Kevin, Definitely as kids then we had imagination adventure within us and done many things without having money to do so with , making go carts etc or over the woods making dens etc etc , and we were fearless and tough as old iron not like the kids today wrapped in poppy plastic and get depressed or upset if the Mobile phone gets broke or taken off them or band playing computer games for a while lol

Dave Weeks… Collecting the accessories and new teams was probably better than the game itself

James Johnson… Finding a mate with a big dinning table

Andrew Turner… My brother had one and he wouldn’t let me near it because I wouldn’t leave the lights alone (I think that was the reason) well I was only 6!

Lyn Humphrey… Until we placed our hardboard pitch onto the dining-room table, we had it on the carpet, & broke SO many Subbuteo players by kneeling on them! We even had to create our own rule–if your knee touched the pitch it was a penalty–and that reduced wastage a lot. AND…..we still meet up & play a couple of times a year!



Fractional H.P. Motors Ltd The Ridge Hastings – advert 1970’s

Nadia Compagnone… You so wouldn’t get away with that now! Amazing advert.

Mike Cramp… Youre so right. No-one would use inverted commas around the phrase ‘our goods’ these days.

James Turner… I worked in the paint shop in the 70’s

John Gale… James, was you there when it caught fire must have been about 1978? Maybe earlier?

Sheila Maile… I worked on Armature winding for 9 months in 1972.

Nicola Dobson… I used to be Telephonist /Receptionist there

Julie Findlay-Jones… My daddy worked there for many years till he retired.

Christine Swain… I worked there Fantastic . Friends made for life from 1968 .It was a great place to work

Judy Atkinson… I worked for the sales manager there 1978/9 at the Castleham site

John Gale… My dad worked there for a bit. We both worked at the other factory on Castleham too. I worked there during my summer holidays 1977, in the Fettling room and the Foundry. I remember being there the day Elvis died.

Liz King… I worked there in the seventies doing the wages with lovely Ethnie (sorry wrong spelling) and lovely Melanie.


ABC Cinema Hastings October 1971, Showing Steve McQueen Le Mans film

supplied by Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

Remember Skinners next door?

Jacqueline Hillier… ABC Minors 6d to get in. Loved it every Saturday Morning. That’s where ESK is now … Oh What Fun Happy Memories

Matt Thomas… I remember it more as Sainsburys

Linda Hollands… Remember well as a cinema,Sainsburys and now Esk

Pete Shaw… Linda, Sainsburys, then The. Co Op and the ESK…. (East Sussex and Kent!!)

Linda O’leary… Use to love going to ABC Minors on a Saturday morning sixpence to get in what fun xxxx

Lloyd Johnson… is that the ABC ‘Ritz’?…I saw The Shadows there!….and Buster Grabb as Flash Gordon on Saturday mornings at Minors!

Alan Wood… Loved that cinema

David Martin… “ We’re Minors of the ABC”

Pauline Richards… David, still remember the song all these years later!

Martin Ellis… Loved Saturday mornings at the ABC Minors

Leigh Mitchell… I went to see Le Mans the night before the cinema closed, I only arrived in Hastings the month before!

Mick O’Dowd… Saw Billy Fury there but missed Cliff Richard.

Trevor Mepham… I remember being dragged up on stage to have a photo taken with a group of other kids. Lance Percival was the reason. Still, photo in the Observer the following week

Linda O’Leary… Trevor, I remember going on stage in a competition eating a bar of chocolate with a knife and fork!

Matt Thomas… Greens!!! Was that the same cafe next door?

Tony Court-holmes… used to get in through one of the back doors

Steve Glover… Yes, remember going to see Le Mans there and How The West Was Won back in 1962

James Graham… Google 2024 photo…

Tracy Birrell… I went to ABC Minors every Saturday morning .

Kevin White… hi Tracy Birrell, I remember going to ABC minors too, I remember you from school. C.A.May’s-class.I hope you’re doing well, where did all that time go.

Tony Davis… Remember seeing Cliff Richard and Billy Fury there

Jacqui Dann… Happy memories. Went with my brother and cousin. “we are the minors ABC”.


The Dog-House Hamburger Bar and Hotdogs. Marine Parade Hastings 17th July 1964.

photo © Hastings Museum & Art Gallery

John Gale… I remember eating cheese burgers from there after Saturdays in the very early 80s . Might have been a different owner then but was the same kiosk . Still there of course , but specialising in Crab Pasties these days ( how things have changed) ..and associated with the Albion I believe.

Graham Sherrington… still there wow!!!!

Coral Pasqua… I loved the burgers in the 70s

The Post Office Cambridge Road Hastings

photo © Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

Alan Esdaile… Grand building and always seemed busy back in the day, with about 10 counters on the go. Sad to see the state of it now.

Matt Thomas… What are they doing with this building? Been empty for too long now

Jacquie Hinves… Remember it so well. Sending parcels and letters. Always a busy place.

Graham Sherrington… what is it now a scruffy Bar!!!!

Andy Coleman… My dad worked there in the 60s, not on the counters but upstairs

Graham Sherrington… When I came home for visits I used to get US dollars changed to Sterling NO commision. And send Naughty Seaside Cartoon “Post Cards” back to the States. And the USPS….. United States Postal Service would confiscate the postcards cos they thought them pornographic!!! What a bunch of Twonks.

Stuart Moir… Probably full of squatters.

Tony Court-holmes… is it still empty?


Davy Jones and The Lower Third – Witch Doctor St Leonards – 17th July 1965

Trevor Webb… Interesting coincidence .just reading biography of David Bowie by Simon Goddard Ziggyology a brief History of Ziggy Stardust. I was never into David Bowie at School but a number of my friends were. Apparently David Bowie met the Lower Third a beat group from Margate in La Gioconda in Denmark Street, London. No mention of Hastings gigs.

Moody Blues – Witch Doctor 1st Birthday night 16th July 1965

Lloyd Johnson… I went to this gig!…the WERE Magnificent with Denny Laine.

Colin Bell… Even remastered ‘Go Now’ still suffers bloody awful distortion. I asked Denny about this in the 90’s and even he admitted the original ‘master’ was distorted! Still a great record though.

John Busbridge… I was there, I still have the ticket and a signed photograph! And the original LP

Bob Cockburn… They were excellent that night!!

David Edwards… In the midst of so much guitar led pap this came along with the driving piano and Denny’s unique vocals, wonderful!!

Stuart Tanner… Remember it well.

Mick O’Dowd… The REAL Moody Blues with Denny Laine! I seemed to vaguely remember going to this.

Judith Monk… I was there.

Jazz Festival – Falaise Pavillon Hastings 15th July 1967

Martin Richter… caramba

John Kitcher… My dad was in The Caverners

Mike Vawdrey… Note that the Jazz Caverners recorded an EP for the VJM label in March, 1966 so presumably with a similar line-up to the one which performed at this event. May be rare these days ? ?

John Kitcher…  did have a copy but can’t find at moment. Roy Martin, Ian Scriven, Reg Lower, Pete Kitcher, that’s all I remember

The Nashville Teens – Aquarius 14th July 1973

Alan Oliver… I think I saw them at the White Rock about 1988

Ronald Burgoyne… They were the first group I saw they opened first night at the Witchdoctor

Mick Knight… Me to!

Mike Wright… Saw them back Carl Perkins and Chuck Berry at Hammersmith Odeon in about 1964….what a show

Paul Huggett… Portsmouth Guildhall, about 1965 with my late mate Pete Thurlow who lived down there.