Ore Group Festival – Ore Centre 25th & 26th June 1976



Poster supplied by Roger Carey.  Cutting supplied by Sarah Harvey.

Felix playlist supplied by Roger Carey

Jo Turner… I was there both nights.

Sarah Harvey… I organised all of the Ore Festivals in the 1970s. I wonder if they would be as popular today??

Jo Turner… I loved it Sarah. Thank you for the memories you helped create

White Rock Baths Hastings 1972

supplied by Kate at Teddy Tinkers 134 London Road St Leonards. For antiques, collectibles, vintage clothing and more. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1410711675833278

Alan Esdaile… I can smell the chlorine!

Paul Coleman… Wow! That does bring back memories, including the smell of chlorine! Great pic. Never thought of seeing it in colour. Bexhill could do with a decent pool like that !  Some hope.!!

Carol Arnold… Aaaahhh loved it there!!!

Dave Nattress… I recall this scene well.  We used to come over from Bexhill to use this indoor pool as we only had the outside Egerton Park pool. Or the sea – which was probably about the same temperature as Egerton Park. I assume the water was heated?  Anyone know if it was?

Nicola Dobson… the outside pool in the park had no heating but was always a deep blue colour and also a deep pool

Phil Gill… That’s where I learned to swim, I can smell it from here. Lovely pic. The smaller pool in the eastern side was always great fun too. Now I want a powdery hot chocolate in a plastic cup from a crappy vending machine.

Russell Field… Phil, it was warm black current for me. Walking out to meet mum with albino eyes

Sheila Devine… Phil, ha yes the hot chocolate! Also the changing rooms with the wooden bench’s and stubbing your toes on the tiles – loved it!

Lloyd Johnson… We were always there in the 1950s….Alan Mitchell me and Johnny Mitchell….great fun….

Nadia Compagnone… If you left your clothes touching the floor in the changing rooms, they got soaked when somebody dived in!

Pauline Hillier… Nadia, It was such an exciting day out ! I can smell it ! Brilliant days !!

Sean Fox… Shame the council, didn’t do it up and instead opted for tiny pool at summer fields! it was such a great pool! Swam there with primary school and seagulls swimming club. Happy days!

Glen Collins… Sean, I remember my mum and dad taking me down there for swimming. Was a fantastic pool but those changing cubicles were freezing

Allan Mitchell… Awesome‼️ Picture I Remember Those Days Always In There Great Swimming Pool Thanks For Sharing This.

Lin Greenfield… Went twice a week

Gaynor Lewry… Loved it

Anne Phillips… Gaynor, so very 😢sad it’s no longer there! Where exactly was it?

Kelly Hayes… Anne, it became an ice rink and is now The Source skate park

Jacquie Hinves… It was bloody cold!

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SMART Coffee Meet no. 61. Friday 22nd July 2022.

You are most welcome to join us.

Mick O’Dowd… Now time once again to call on all you SMARTIES to answer the call to meet other SMARTIES at the above. Remember you can only become a real SMARTIE if you come to a Meet! It is painless and completely free to join! Just come along. No more excuses! Be there or miss it!

The Flying Pickets, Elkie Brooks and The Nolans – White Rock Theatre 1985

The Flying Pickets tour –  4 days in Hastings 1985

Martyn Baker… I saw her as a singer in Vinegar Joe (with Robert Palmer I think?) on the pier way before this show. I was about 14, and I met a girl too. Loved that night!

Andy Qunta… Martyn, I saw them on the Pier too!

Matt Thomas… Famous for only doing a 30 minute concert

Mick O’Dowd…Thinking I might have been at The Pickets show. Used to love them. Very talented. First saw them on the Tube.

Sounds Bob Rogers – Combe Haven Hastings 1974.

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Helen Costa Pescott… Found this in my record collection !!!!

Jim Breeds… Gosh. Who knew!

Andre Martin… Great venue in the 70s

Peter Millington… I played at all 3 bars in the 60s and 70s (Meadowbank, The Music Bar and the Clubhouse) – with THE CONFEDERATES and then SPYKE. Bob Rogers was a class act.

Alan Esdaile… the musicians are listed as…Bass – Ron Seabrook, Drums – Len Clarke , Leader Guitar Producer – Bob Rogers, Organ – John Smith, Vocals – June Lesley.

Veronica Lingley nee’ Hall… Fond memories of Combe Haven at Hastings.  Remember the bars, main clubhouse where a guy hosted with his wife Margaret.  Remember seeing Kenny Ball.  I won a beauty contest.  Children getting on stage and singing.  At the end of the evening we would all sing Show me the way to go home.  Family entertainment.  Remember meeting Keith Lawrence my first holiday romance.  1966/67. Memorable family holidays.

Pete Millington… We (The Confederates) played in the clubhouse during the summer of 1966 here’s a memory for you

Pete Millington… Another reminder of some good times

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I worked as a barmaid there for three summer seasons – 1974/1975 & 1976 – loved it!

Robert Searle… We,Haze, played there one Sunday lunchtime.It was about 1971/72 and was so hot,it was a nice gig

Terry Pack… I did a Summer there in the early 80s with a band called Tuxedo Function (!). The organist/singer used to read everything from buskers’ books and didn’t actually know any of the songs he sang. He would mispronounce a lot of the words: “Jojo left his home in Tuc(k)son, Arizona..” was one example. We used to back the cabaret acts. One as a very unfunny ‘comic’ who also fancied himself a singer. His pronunciation was extraordinary: “Dee see da lice aah owees braa, On Browee” and “You are da wim binee ma wim”. I think it was the worst band I ever played with more than once, but they didn’t get fired.

Pete Millington… The funniest thing I ever saw in the clubhouse was Nookie the Bear who told very rude jokes – not appreciated by David Kenny (owner at the time). One snippit was “what’s up my bum Batman” “Cock Robin” I don’t think the entertainment organiser understood the act and should have put Nookie in the adult bar. Still we thought it was hilarious. That would have been 1965/6

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Remember horizontal & vertical adjustments on the TV and slapping it to make it stop?

post suggested by Terry Thomas 1960’s https://doyouremember.com

image. http://www.kjq.us.com/kovrtv13/yourtvpicture.html

Marcus de Mowbray… Me. Now it’s just as bad, but replaced by picture break-up/pixelation and frozen picture!

John Gale… like last night, frozen picture ” no Internet connection ” on Now TV , when everything else in our house was fine.  Bring back the switch on the wall

Roger Simmonds… Me!

Alan Essex… Me too

Mick O’Dowd… Yes but at least the sound quality of the set was better than the “flatties” today.

Jerry Wright… I remember those days!

Will Cornell… But it usually got you back to the show within a few seconds. Today we have a thunderstorm overhead, the satellite signal goes out, and in an hour or two after all the resetting etc you’re back to the show. Oh wait, the show ended 90 minutes ago. Ain’t progress wonderful?

Jan Warren… Yeah, my Dad was a brilliant “telly whacker”!! Haha

Garry Wonfor… We had a telly with a coin slot in the back…. Always remember my Dad, desperately rifling through his pockets for a half crown bit after it pinged off half way through the horse race he had a bet on.!!!…… Christ, I’m old!!!!

Stuart Moir… So are all of us Terry the years just roll by

Dave Nattress… Definitely used to work for my Dad on our old tele.   Possibly back in valve days maybe a bang on the top of the cabinet shook up the connections enough to cure the problem.

Lyn Farkley Appleyard… Oh yes….I’d forgotten that. The tap in the top of the great chunky pretend wood TV…no remote lol

Nick Bloomfield… Worse than the lines though was the positioning of the aerial. The small ‘portable’ ones where only by standing on one foot whilst leaning out of the window and pointing it at the next door neighbours would it work. And that was only on every second Tuesday…

Alan Pepper… Now known as ‘buffering’ !

Nigel Ford… We had a cast-off Ferguson, from my Grandad I think, that had a little red plastic screwdriver with an aluminium shank that we put in a tiny hole and twisted to adjust it. Don’t know if it was 405 or 625 lines?…. well before 25 or 624, … Oh no that was Chicago later that decade!

Dawn… Aah yes, those were the days. Just three channels by changing them at the wall via Re-diffusion. No different now really. With all the hundreds of channels I constantly scroll through, I just end up watching the same three as I always have. Progress? I don’t think so!


Soul X Press first gig 22nd June 1991 – Kings Head Hastings

Supplied by Len Benton

Chris Sayer(guitar out of shot), Dave and Martin Blackman, Kirk Ronchetti(drums), Len Benton(bass), Russell Field(saxophone) and Steve

Amanda Brooks… Brill pic. Other sax player would’ve been Mick Allen. X OR maybe the other sax player is big Steve from the Thunderbirds ! Looking at it closer ! ..

Russell Field… it is Steve, about three years before Mick joined the band x

Martin Blackman… Or Sexy Steve’ as Dave called him, fun times!

Amanda Brooks… Yeah ! Big bird !. Does anyone know where he is now ?

Southern Rail Charing Cross to Hastings 1972

Colin Bell… My Uncle Bernard was a train driver (from steam to diesel) between Hastings & Charing Cross for over 40 years and i remember the No 22, travelled the route myself so many, many times. I’d often be on the train he was driving. Happy memories

Andre Martin… Spot on Colin – service 22 like you, I used to use this many times over the years, always liked the small bar, refreshment car at the rear of the train.

Colin Bell… I loved to use the buffet car, it was all so civilised and friendly back then.

Sheila Maile… So do I remember the 22

Trevor Thorpe… …..and (l think) its counterpart, the 23, from CST

Pete Fairless… Yes, used this occasionally