Memories of Keith Tooke – Lea Ridley

supplied by Lea Ridley

Lea Ridley… Dear Alan..I want to share this happy pic of dear Keith. Taken in March at my house in Seaford….I am deeply saddened by the news of Keith passing. I met Keith at a Fleetwood Mac concert 1990. We remained good friends ever since. Keith always just turned up to visit me when I lived in London & then when I moved here to Seaford. I will miss him dearly. I knew something was very wrong when I did not receive a birthday card/visit from him…..he was such a kind gentle soul who loved all my animals. I could go on but I just wanted to share this lovely memory ❤

Linda O’leary… Lovely picture

Alan Esdaile… Thank you Lea for posting. I still can’t believe he’s gone.

Andy Caine… Very sad! I met Keith at my first job, VG Warehouse, Ivyhouse lane. ‘75. Very kind, Gentle Man.

Heather Sidery… Beautiful

Louis Wiggett… Oh no that’s really sad news Keith was a mainstay around town and had so many wonderful stories

Andy Warren… Nice guy Keith. RIP.

Tracy Birrell… Lovely picture. I still look up at his empty flat window when I pass every day.Does anyone know how he died?I hope he wasn’t alone.

Kate Rosie… Thank you for sharing this lovely photo of Keith. We all miss him

John Wilde… One of Hastings great characters, will be sorely missed.

Mark Pepper… Sad news Keith was a lovely guy always stopped for a chat about music, he will be missed


Keith Tooke talking about Twinkle, Don Partridge, John Martyn and Nick Drake.

Here’s Keith Tooke’s letter from Hastings Observer a couple of weeks ago. Talking about Twinkle, Don Partridge, John Martyn and Nick Drake.


Andy Qunta.. Excellent.

John Wilde…  Its NICK DRAKE

Colin Norton… Met Don Partridge in Bern, Switzerland about 25 years ago, talked about the old days and drank a couple of beers together. He was a really nice bloke!

Geoff Peckham… I played in a pick-up band with Don Partridge for a wedding reception in Haywards Heath about 12 years ago. He still enjoyed a few beers and was good company. He spent his twilight years in Seaford.

Chris Meachen… Not the real story behind ‘over the hill’ either.. that was about the walk from a young lady’s flat in hughenden road…

Yvonne Cleland… Well I’m blowed, Jaffa! I’d forgotten all about Don Partridge! He was excellent! You say ‘twilight years’? You mean he’s not with us now?

Colin Norton… Don died from a heart attack in September, 2010 in Seaford, Sussex.