Astral Club Queens Road Hastings 1975

Surprised they put opposite the cinema, when it was opposite The Disc Jockey record shop.

Dizz Corinne Ryder… Was it above Chelsea Girl?

Barry Upton… I think it was once Toffs night club ?

Dizz Corinne Ryder… that rings a bell, was just a bit too young to go though!

Maureen Fuller… The Astrel Club was where the Pamdor Club originally was above Chelsea girl entrance at the back. My ex husband Les Martin used to work their

Yvonne Cleland… I used to love the Astral Club! Late late nights and a free meal hahaha

Maureen Fuller… Can you remember the name of the lovely lady who cooked the late night suppers loved her curries?

Yvonne Cleland… I can’t, I’m sorry, but her spag bols and chicken in a basket were to die for! xx

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Yep – there regularly, always had the whitebait

Sam Rosewell… Was this Flamingo’s in the 80’s? (Not that I went in there, slightly too young!) Was a better scene back in the day….

Alan Esdaile… Yes, Sam.

Neal Hunter…It was great being a DJ there. Broke my leg falling down the stairs between the bar and disco at 1am on 22 Oct 1974 which was the day my son was born. Great days.

Tony Davis… was great Djing there with Merlins Music Box. Was it Betty that did the food?

Maureen Fuller… don’t think that was her name she was a Greek lady l think

Tony Court-holmes… used work behind the bar there

Ian Quinnell… AAHHHH good (but slightly vague) memories of those days

 

 

Muller – The Regent Hastings 1969.

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poster supplied by Paul Dove, photo by Paul Wiseman

Paul Dove, Jon McCallion, Alan Esdaile(manager), Steve Demetri. Paul Wiseman is taking the photo.

Alan Esdaile… Happy days of…..Hair! Business card must have been when Harry was manager.

Jan Warren.. Oh yes, my hubby (ex) Pete Watson was the regular Saturday night DJ at The Regent ……. must have been around about 1972 to 74?! – there were lots of bands, I remember “Rubber Band” (Bowie-type lead singer called Dave, haha) they released a single called “Moon Walker”!! and many other local bands played there, many of which have often been mentioned here in SMART group!! – good times!!

Paul Dove… Well done Alan good memories,, here we are 50 years on and still living the dream,, just wish a few of our old friends could see them but I expect they are still living that dream were ever they are, we are carrying on that dream, love music love life ,love SMART,xx

Harry Randall… I used to go to school with both Steve and Paul Wiseman

Jon McCallion… Good photo Paul

Tony Court-holmes… forgot about the Regent, how about Hartnells?

Hippo Band – early line up

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supplied by Gerry Fortsch

Gerry Fortsch… Remember the Hippo band, this is a very early line up, comprising of Brian Reeve guitar, Peter Parson guitar, Graham Blanch drums, Peter Webb lead guitar and me on bass. We may not have been the best band in the world or even Hastings but we had some bloody fun. The band was run like a business and when on band business we always ended up drunk. This is the line up that supported the Glitter Band and Mungo Jerry on the Hasting Pier, Graham stayed loyal to the Hippo Band until he joined Brian on the stair way to heaven, they are both greatly missed.

Yvonne Cleland… Look familiar

Greenhaze Disco – Hastings 1976

Who remembers Chris Wade and Graham Lovatt, Leisure Music Agency?

Ian Mantell… Remember Greenhaze discos at Falais Hall, 1979?

Andy Clarke… I know Graham really well. Haven’t seen him in a while but do talk to his family a lot.

Dennis Torrance… Remember Chris wade hope he ok went to priory road think he used to love chilten drive could be wrong.

Sam Rosewell…  I remember Chris Wade well! His wife was a good friend of my mum’s when they lived in Farley Bank – they worked over at Kings Country Club and used to give me lifts there when I was a chalet maid. Nice bloke he was.

Merv Kennard… went to school with chris, good mates at the time . have not seen or heard of him in 30 years.he bought some of my lighting when I gave up djing.

 

The Story Of The Blues – Green River Blues Band – The Printworks Hastings 21st March 2019

THE STORY OF THE BLUES – is a multimedia event featuring a narrator, archive film footage and photographs accompanied by live music from the Green River Blues Band. The story is told chronologically from the early 1800s, through slave field work songs, emancipation from slavery, segregation in the deep south, poverty and hardship, the Wall Street Crash followed by the Great Depression and later migration north from the delta towards Chicago and Detroit. How Chess Records sustained the Chicago blues scene and eventually spawned the London blues revival of the 1960s. Artists represented include Bessie Smith, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Son House, Robert Johnson, Leadbelly, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, John Mayall, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones and many more.
THE AVANTI THERAPY CENTRE FOR ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURIES is a unit run in St Leonards offering therapy, support and counselling to patients who have suffered severe head injuries and their carers. Any profit made from our Story of the Blues night at the Printworks will be donated to the Avanti Centre. If you want to find out more about Avanti, check out https://www.avanti-abi.co.uk. Please support this worthwhile fundraiser event.
Doors open 19:00
Performance begins: 20:00
Ticket prices are £5
To buy in advance, please call: 07918 526082

Pete Fairless… Not, Wah!, then?

P M Jackson Queens Arcade Hastings 1975

Louis Comfort-Wiggett… Stallion!

Dave Nattress… Well I sort of remember a Jackson in the arcade. Wondering if it was connected to Peter Jackson’s a men’s clothes shop in Bexhill on the corner of Sackville Road and Wickham Avenue . When I was a lad, the only place we knew of to get half decent gear. was Peter Jackson’s in Bexhill. Otherwise it was Wards and old men’s shops. The Trading Post in Hastings of course for hippie great-coats – ex. fire brigade I think and ex. German army para’s fatigue trousers. “Peter Jackson” in Bexhill used to sell me my Levi 501’s for £3, 2 and 6, shrink to fit style, (this was the only style), buy them a size bigger than you wanted to get a good fit when they shrunk in the wash, wore them in the bath, in the sea, washed them time and time again in the local Laundromat – see Rory Gallagher – there’s a good track , to get them to fade. This would be from about 1968. Also got Levi denim shirts and anything a little bit out there came from Peter Jackson’s.

Hi-Fi Restaurant and Discotheque – High Street Hastings 1970’s

Alan Esdaile… I can smell Disque Bleu by just looking at the photo! Well I think that’s what I can smell?

Martyn Baker… Owned by Guy?

Peter Thomson… Is that a cheese?

Patricia Wapshott… I remember that place but can’t remember who ran it , think he was called Guy and his flat above was so cool , he had a sunken bed and a vast record collection , my friend Camille was seeing him and that’s how I got to see the flat . We sat and listened to David Bowie albums while he smoked a joint and I must have been about 15 then and didn’t even know what a joint was ! I just remember that it smelt disgusting and politely said no when he offered it to me that was also smelt incense sticks burning . The innocence of my youth !

Gin Genie… Guy still drinks in the Nelson on a Monday night playing shove

Will Hadfield… I think this is where people hung out in a disco downstairs owned by a bloke called guy or max

Pete Brazier… Didn’t it become the cheese emporium? Probably the Swiss blue what you thought you could smell lol

Chris Baker… Played downstairs a few times. Usually with our electrics swimming in the mix of beer and “toilet water” and getting shocks off the Mike’s and my guitar! Health & Safety? What’s that?

Jim Hobbs…. How about old beer and cigarettes.

Angela Frances Gardner… When Chico had the Jamaican restaurant on the ground floor selling ackee and salt fish

Martin Richter… disque bleu ? you crazy beatniks

Andy Qunta…  Fond memories of this place!

John McCallion… I remember it well Alan, .It’s where I auditioned with Steve D, Paul Dove and Paul Wiseman to form Muller

John Busbridge… Disco was downstairs, used to go there!

Jemma Yasmin… What a lovely building I never knew what was here it’s been a building site as long as I can remember …. do you know when and why it burnt down? With the downstairs of Fagins and this what an amazing place the old town would have been at this time?

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