The Three Degrees White Rock Theatre Hastings 30th June 1985

Mike Waghorne… This must have been not long after the referb because Joseph was on when we were working in the later part of the works

Dave Nattress… A hark back then to the two performances a night days of late 50’s and early 60’s. Still I guess some live bands do two sets. With the exception of Damaris, the later bands I was in sometimes did two sets or half repeated the first anyway! The intermission enabled copious amounts of refreshments to be taken so the second set was a little looser and we all seemed to find 11 on the volume controls on the amps and PA!!

 

Public Bar Prices – 1971

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Kevin Sherwood… Started drinking on the pier 1973 ish no wonder i was so happy then!

Paul Crimin… Inflation? What inflation?

Dennis Torrance… Amazing prices lol

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I’ll have a double G&T please!

Nicola Dobson… What a difference

Andy Qunta… You’d think we’d have been drunk all the time at that price! What’s that you say? We were?

Geoff Peckham… Yep, Andy. Those were the days!

Alan King… well i was drunk most of the time -wish i could remember those days better

Barry Hilton… What was the price of a semi-detached house then roughly?

Alan King… ours was about £1,700 in Middlesbrough, an ex-showhouse, would have been £2,100 otherwise, think they’re still the same price these days in some parts of Middlesbrough though but..

Andy Maby… 5p a pint!! 😯 Time/life/progress!

David Edwards… I brought a bungalow for £4300 in ’71 paying £32 a month mortgage and earning £30 a week wages say 600 pints a week. Average wage now £600 a week, a pint say a fiver equals 120 pints, think me maths are right.

Barry Hilton… just goes to show, someone is making some major profit somewhere! Ah, that will probably be the duty on the Beer!

Alan King… Guinness was 14p a pint when I started drinking – 52p – 5p bus fare there, 5 p bus fare back – 3 pints of Guinness – 52p – a night out – if you wanted to get rat-arsed a bottle of Harveys Bristol Creme was 50p and you could drink that on the bus on the way in

Jane Hartley… Couple of pints of Guinness please!

Alan Parker… In those days you could buy a house for the same as a couple pints today

Graham Sherrington… This must be from ‘Up North Like’ Magnet Ale by John Smith’s use to drink that in Yorkshire in the Old 70’s

Who remembers playing over the West Hill rocks in Hastings?

Alan Esdaile… photo, me and my sister.

Bernard Goffredo… Spent a lot of time there when little

Cris Kennard…. Yes but didn’t tell mum and dad.

Linda Lowcock… me too !!

Lucy Pappas… Yes, despite being told not to!

John Gale… Always over there,,, its a glorified toilet these days,,,,, I was shocked a few years back, went to have a look and it was full of all sorts of 💩. And stunk. ,,,,, real shame as it was a real adventurous little place ,,,, with hint of danger,,, actually very dangerous

Dennis Torrance… I played there as a child no fear of danger look at it now it scares me called that area bats cave expect other s called it different

Lloyd Johnson… Use to play over there with Alan And Johnny Mitchell in the mid 50s and with Kenny Comfort,Melvyn & Lynn Grant…remember Melvyn managing to climb to the cave on the left…

Despo Hawkins… Yes , it was our back yard

Jeanette Jones… Yes

Michelle Coco Selmes… Yes I lived in the houses opposite and knew every rock!

Julie Morris… I worked in the West Hill cafe as a teenager and had to phone for an ambulance several times because of accidents on the rocks!

Phil Gill… Yup, every Saturday after ABC Minors.

Anton Ludwig… Yep, and the little caves in old town

Matt Thomas… Spent most of my teenage years over them, my name is scratched in one of the rocks somewhere

Monica Bane… Yes what was the game? One to three I see you?

Helena Kingshott… Meeee

Steve Fox… Oh yes! Used to live in Hill Street

Colin Bell… Looking at the photo now, i can only repeat my previous comment, how didn’t i die, jumping from one rock to another with my mates as a kid!

Mick O’Dowd… Same here

Jacqueline Marsh… Same here, my mum and dad would have gone spare if they knew what me, my sister and our cousins were up to on those rocks. I couldn’t do it now!!

Ralph Town… Yep,my mum was on valium after she saw me climb down there. Interestingly, the rocks seem to be developing large amounts of bracken,which,I assume means no one climbs them now.

Colin Bell… They’ve probably got more sense than we had Ralph, i wouldn’t trade places though! Being glued to a PS4 or whatever doesn’t appeal the same.

Ralph Town… I just think they’re a bunch of snowflakes.I never got hurt but a friend of mine sprained her ankle badly. The only part that really put fear in me was down the far end behind the Deluxe. It must have been 100 foot fall round the back of those amusements if I slipped but there was a huge cave, under the castle, that I would always use as a den. Few friends came with me due to a very thin ledge to get to it. Lovely view tho.

Yvonne Ellis… Yes!

David Edwards… Used to go from Priory Road school lunchtimes, remember someone took a tumble and we were banned after that.

Keith Veness… Remember it’s overgrown now

Paul Slidel… Yep, great fun! Lived in Portland Place when I was around 11-12 years old, so this was my playground!

Kev Carleonis… Yep

Steve Thorpe… Used to climb them during school outdoor pursuits lessons and the smaller ones on the Silverdale School playing field.

Dave Nattress… Definitely –  used to take my two daughters Katie and Emily there and walked around on top and carefully jumped from rock to rock.  They were fascinated.  Always a touch bothered about falls as they would have been about 10  and 8 but we were careful.  I remember them complete with teletubby backpacks.  The Red and Yellow ones.  Dipso and Smelly Winkie or whatever their names were.  Remember it well.

Patrick Turner… We used to climb up to the cave regularly. My friend Micky Hodges fell and broke a bone, can’t remember if it was arm or leg.

Cule Tulo… Yes! Lost a few friends over there !

Barry French… Moved from Essex to Hastings in 1967. On my first trip to the Old Town I climbed on the rocks, went on the bumper cars & had chips & ice cream (separately). I thought I’d arrived in heaven.

Steve Maxted photos and chat about George

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photos supplied by Jozef Maxted

Jim Breeds… Brilliant 🙂

Caz Simpson… Oh wow! That brings back so many memories!

Janine Anne Hemsley… OMG

Eric Harmer… I remember going on stage on the down a yard of beer comp

Caz Simpson… Does anyone remember George? The lovely guy who always ate the raw eggs

Kevin Burchett… I  remember George I think he came over from Bexhill he was always on the stage

John Wilde… George was never afraid to get out on the floor and be the first to dance.

Mick Knights… He also walked from Bexhill and back every evening!

Andre Martin…. Steve [ with the shades] taken at the Black Umbrella Promotions Day for PYE records at Shepperton Studio – mid 1970s, he is standing next to the handsome hairy one – ME !!

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Pete Pursglove… ha ha remember him well ,good show he used to do

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Playground and Jo Jo Gunne – The Cobweb 1969

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supplied by Sarah Harvey

Harmony Group from the late 60s. July 26th, 1969

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Sarah Harvey… Jo Jo Gunne (wrongly spelt on the advertisement) at the Cobweb in August 1969. However, this does not appear to be the better known Jo Jo Gunne that was formed in California and hit the charts with “Run, Run, Run” ….. this was a British based group from Feltham in Middlesex formed in 1965 whom started out at as an R&B outfit and several iterations of the band later moved towards a soul-based music genre. This is probably consistent with a group playing at The Cobweb. The band finally split up at the end of 1969 after the flop of what appears to be their final Single “Every Story Has An End. The California “Jo Jo Gunne” was formed in 1970 and “Run, Run, Run” was released in 1972….both of course after the Cobweb date.

Dave Nattress… Well described Sarah! Was puzzled, as ok I knew there was the successful single by an American band but 1969 and a local gig didn’t seem to work with the memory. Oh! My Editor has just asked me “What memory” – Can’t recall right now!

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.

The Thurn Brothers – Prinny’s Club George St Hastings 15th July 1969

Tony Court-holmes… i was the pot man in there when i was 18

Lloyd Johnson… I remember Prinnys opposite The Anchor…wasn’t it The Sombrero Coffee Bar before Prinnys? They had ‘Ride of the Valkeries’ On. The jukebox…

Monica Bane… Gosh ! That brings back memories. I worked there, for Bruce and his wife in the sixties!

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