Tribute to Sonia London – 2012 – The Record Shop Hastings by Tony May

“Behind every great man there is a great woman”

Tribute to Sonia London 2012 –

By Tony May for Hastings Town Magazine

Along with her husband, Jack, Sonia served behind the counter of  ‘The Record Shop’ in Queens Road for over 44 years (until Jack finally decided to retire (aged 76) in November 2006). No-one who knew either of them will ever forget the unique atmosphere in the shop, their idiosyncrasies or the way they always made you feel so welcome every time you walked through the door…

No, the words ‘customer service’ were invented to suit Sonia and Jack and even feeling as I am I can find a smile when I recall how many times you’d enter the shop and find two or three people standing around chatting with a cup of hot tea or some beverage or cake nearby to sustain them.

The times may have changed outside but life at ‘The Record Shop’ changed little. In fact, in later years I think it was this that enabled the couple to keep the shop open. Jack’s shop was never renowned as ‘Hastings most trendy’ place to buy your records and by the mid 90’s (at the latest!) it was clear that the ‘golden age of vinyl’ was over and that records and record collecting was in steep decline. Trendy or not, it would be Sonia and Jack who would have the last laugh. When on the 25th of November 2006 Jack London shut up shop for the very last time he and ‘Son’ actually turned the lock in the key of Hastings LAST specialist record shop outlasting ANY of their rivals by some distance…

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T Rextasy – St Mary In The Castle – 9th Nov 2013



T.Rextasy are the only band to have been authorised and endorsed by Marc Bolan’s catalogue management, and are now recognised as the “official” Marc Bolan/T.Rex tribute band.

With their uncanny doppelganger lead singer and guitarist, Danielz, T.Rextasy perform a powerful and mesmerising presentation of Marc Bolan’s rock and pop anthems.

With a career spanning over 17 years, T.Rextasy have toured Worldwide, including Japan, Germany, Denmark, Abu Dhabi, Sweden and Marrakech, to name a few. They have not only performed with Bolan’s contemporaries such as Roy Wood, Steve Harley, Ian Hunter, Slade, and Gary Glitter, but they have played more than once at the impressive Wembley Arena in London, and headlined the gigantic Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan, and now they are coming to St Marys!!!!!


Dr Feelgood – White Rock Theatre Fri 11th Oct 2013

Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970’s, Dr Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world, with a string of hit singles including Milk and Alcohol, Roxette, Back in the Night, Down at the Doctors, She Does it Right, Going Back Home and See You Later Alligator.
The current line up features the rhythm section Kevin Morris on drums and Phil Mitchell on bass, both 29 years in the band and Steve Walwyn on guitar who has been with the band for 23 years.


The Enid with Terry Pack

1976 Promo Photo

1976 Enid Promo.jpg

L-R: Steve Stewart, Terry Pack, Francis Lickerish, Dave Storey, Charlie Elston, Robert John Godfrey. some interesting info and images on Terry’s website

Terry wrote the following about joining The Enid – It was a lucky break. The band had just split up with its management, and lost its bass player. It was looking for a record deal, and had little to offer in a commercial sense to a more proficient player. I think I had a bit of potential, and was prepared to go and live with a dysfunctional ‘family’ in a freezing cold cottage at the end of a rutted track in the bleakest regions of North Herts where there was nothing else to do but practice, and no money to anything in any case! We were made for each other. 



A great picture of Factory from Andy Qunta’s website



I asked Andy where the name ‘Factory’ came from and got this reply :

Well I was working in a factory around that time, it was on an industrial estate. (Tich Turner was working for another company on the same estate, which was where I first met him). I don’t know if that’s why we called it Factory, but maybe. We thought of it as a band that made music, therefore – Factory. The first name we had was Jack Plugg, which we thought was hiliarious for a couple of weeks, and then the joke wore off! A friend of mine at Hastings College, called Dave Gurney, suggested we call ourselves Cherubim, Seraphim, Angel & Tone! Umm, thanks, Dave!                          Andy Qunta

Drummer – Lol Cooksey