HiFi Club – High Street Hastings. 1970/1971 and Jooks Cafe fire

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Barry Dyke… I remember all too well The Hi-Fi. Toilets leaking onto the dance floor, etc

Paul Sleet… I remember when the police came in to check on the number of people inside. Everyone crammed into the toilets and when the old bill got downstairs it seemed empty!

Nick Prince… It was called Jooks at the time of the fire! It changed its name 1976-77 time…..

Rosalind Cleave… I  used to go there from 1966 !

Matthew Bryant… And now nothing there! Just a gap between Shirley Leaf and Petal and the sweet shop.

Paul Redfearn… Now then, there’s a blast from the past!

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supplied by Leigh Kennedy

Leigh Kennedy… October 1 st 1977. mystery surrounded the cause of the blaze but the owner was trying to sell the property at the time . The site has remained as wasteground ever since

Bob Saunders… Now there’s a blast from the past so dark down there spot of underage drinking methinks!

Gavin Martin… The forerunner of The Jenny Lind’s Sunday night vinyl club?

Madeline Joyce Morton… I lived opposite at 62 High St.

Lin Mitchell… Had some great times there

Alan Griffiths.. Now the gap next to Turners?

Fernando Silva…Was a regular customer through 66/67 when studying in St. Leonards only 48 (forty eight) years ago. Great times in Hi-fi with Alain as manager.

John Wilde… Guy and Mungo kept us suitably well oiled. I was on fire every night dancing alone to the best soul and rock tracks. Then upstairs for the after party. Lots of Swedish girls and hornacious longhairs with marching powder chased down with the best afghani. Of course I am telling lies.

Yvonne Cleland…  I used to go upstairs at the Hifi, sometimes with Heather Carter! It was exactly like that. smile emoticon

Linda Day…  I remember that place

Alan Esdaile…  I remember taking over the decks from Jack a few times. He would say I’m just popping upstairs and would disappear for a few hours.

Chris Baker… Goat Curry was amazing! 🙂

Jon McCallion… It’s where I had the audition for Muller.

Tony Court-holmes… had my 21st birthday party there a long time ago

Andre Martin… And you can remember that far back !

Candy Clark… I wish , ha

Tony Davies… I remember the Hi Fi only to well, spent many a happy hour down there. They didn’t have a last order bell, just used to play Lou Reeds ” Goodnight Ladies” track,,,,, good memories.

Chris Meachen… Spent many a hot, crowded evening there myself, back in the day….

Diane Knight… Me too ..forgot the “Goodnight Ladies “bit ..good times !!

Nick Prince… Jooks had already been closed for a month or so prior to the fire. I remember the night it went up well. We lived on the corner of Dudley and Harold Road at the time and the sky was glowing orange. To be honest we all thought it was a repeat of something more serious like the previous years fire in George Street.

 

 

Vox made at Ponswood Industrial Estate, St Leonards-On-Sea 1971 & HIFI Club chat.

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supplied by Peter Gladwish.  photos by Dave Trodd  © Vox.    http://www.voxshowroom.com/equipment/index.html

Peter Gladwish… In 1970, Birch-Stolec Industries purchased the VOX name and company, moving their manufacturing facilities from Erith, Kent, to Ponswood Industrial Estate, St Leonards.  At the same time, Rick Huxley, former bass guitarist with the Dave Clark Five, joined the company as the Southern Area Sales Executive. This sales brochure was produced for VOX by Berfolt-Holt Design Ltd., St Leonards, where a friend and fellow band member, Cliff Brooker was employed. Now don’t laugh too much but I was asked to ‘pose’ with various musical instruments and equipment, in case viewers were unsure how to use them, I suppose! The photo-shoot took place in the basement of the Hi-Fi Club, High Street, Hastings Old Town and the photographer was Dave Trodd . The club owner is in the photo above( photo 5) but I can’t remember his name. If you know him, or remember him, please let me know. The Hi-Fi Club burned down in allegedly ‘suspicious’ circumstances around 1978. Again, if anyone has any more details, please let me know. You can learn more about the history of VOX on the website link above, where this brochure is featured.

Kevin Burchett… The club owner of the hi fi was aa chap called guy not sure of his surname he used to come to scalliwags with monkey Dave i saw him last year in Morrisons.

Alan Esdaile… This is definitely not Guy. Guy rang the HIFI with his brother. Anyone remember who this is?

Ralph Town… Wish they were still there,I,d take a job on those valves and pcbs

Colin Fox…  I had one. You can see it behind me on the right. I seem to remember Rev Stockdale worked there for a while.

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Paul Dengate… Vox also had a workshop in Beaconsfield Road.

Caz Simpson… The man in question resembles a man Guy and Dave hired as a bouncer at the club. I thought the brothers were the owners because they lived there and rented rooms to Jack and George.

Peter Gladwish… Clearly, the man in this pic with me was not the owner of the Hi-Fi Club (Guy McFarlane), as I had always thought and no-one seems to know his name. As he was the one who unlocked, plyed us with drinks and was hanging around all day, whilst Dave Trodd arranged the shots, I just assumed he was the boss-man. Thanks anyway for all your contributions. Apparently, Stuart Moir also worked at Vox in Beaconsfield Rd., Colin Fox & Paul Dengate. Anyone else out there with any memories?

Caz Simpson…  I saw Guy some years back, he was running a bar in Battle. Sadly I heard Dave died, his wife was a lovely lady who had been a bunny girl.  There was a good deal of suspicion about how the club burned down. Guy and Dave had extensive wood panelling carried out to the upstairs living areas which allegedly hid a lot of rot. They tried to sell the club but surveys always brought to light the concealment and sales fell through. I understand the insurance company had strong suspicions regarding the nature of the fire so refused to pay, which is why the gap remains.

Alan Esdaile… was the Vox factory in the Philips building on Ponswood?

Will Cornell… very cool Mason’s shares that address, Alan! Did they make the electric dulcimers for Brian Jones there too?

Alan Esdaile… We are over the road from what was the Philips building, Will. They used to be one of the big employers of the town, sadly no longer here. Now split into lots of small businesses.

Peter Gladwish… Brian Jones’ Appalachian Dulcimer was made for him by JMI (who owned Vox) at their Dartford factory by a woodworker named Tony Diamond, Will Cornell. Hastings produced mainly amps, speakers.

Will Cornell… I’m always overwhelmed at what all Vox did…even after reading the “Rolling Stones Gear” (and the “Beatles Gear”) books! And I think they made two or three for him! One of them maybe was stolen. Sad that more business addresses don’t get “Official Historical Markers”….but then some have squandered their legacy. Charley’s Guitars here in Dallas is a pale imitation of it’s former glory supplying custom guitars for Stevie Ray Vaughn etc. It now does repairs, has maybe a handfull of overpriced vintage guitars hanging on the wall for sale…and more pictures on the wall of SRV (and the former ownership/staff) than merch for sale.

Peter Gladwish… Vox also made the Bill Wyman bass, both at Dartford and in Italy, at Eko guitars.

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supplied by Peter Gladwish

Colin Fox… Also Brian Jones Vox Teardrop

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supplied by Colin Fox

The Hastings Vox Wah Wah pedal.

Hi-Fi Club, 59 High Street Hastings – 1968

Jon McCallion… Its where Muller got started

Jim Breeds… Nothing worse than unlicensed dancing. Society is doomed once dancing without a license takes hold!

Alan Esdaile… I think before this they probably only had a license for music and not dancing. Mind you, you couldn’t do much dancing, as it was often jammed packed. Always tried to sit in the alcove at the bottom of the stairs, opposite the dj booth.

Continental College, Witch Doctor Dance Floor & HiFi Ad – Andre Martin

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Andre Martin….The Continental College, was in the old Pitmans College buildings and they ran a Sunday Night Youth Club, a way of getting their resident students to mix with locals, this was first a Jazz Club, but by 1962/3 The Confederates we almost the resident group – Pete Millington for info

The Witch Doctor

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The famous Witch Doctor Club floor

Hi-Fi Club

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All info & cuttings  Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Peter Millington…..I played as a member of The Confederates in both. The Nest Club was at the very end of Trinity St. and is still a coffee house although the music in the Nest Club days was downstairs. The Contenental College had live music for the students (to keep them in rather than mix with the dodgy locals I think) every Sunday afternoon/evening. That would have been in 1962/3- great fun for us starting out with our ambitions to become a big group ha ha

Caz Simpson… Witchdoctor, I’ll never tire is seeing this.

Mick O’Dowd… Remember it Well.