La Rocka! George Michael jacket

supplied by Lloyd Johnson

Lloyd Johnson… Peter Boutwood my ex is partner and I are both originally Hastings lads…. A jacket I designed for our La Rocka! Range of clothing in the 80s sold at our shops Johnson the Modern outfitters Kings Road, Chelsea and at our Kensington Market shop. Alan Keyes was George Michael’s stylist and The Rolling Stones stylist…and extremely good customer……I can’t believe the price it went for….now a piece of iconic music history!

John Wilde… Also clothed The Breathers ’79.

Martin Richter… lol – me too

Pam Dor coffee bar Hastings – early sixties photos from Lloyd Johnson collection




supplied by Lloyd Johnson ‘Original Modernists 1959-1966’.

photo 1: photo of Lloyd, taken by Les Martin, in The Pam Dor Club on his new camera  in 65

photo 2: 1963 or 1964 Les Martin in the grey suit in the Pam-Dor Hastings, This was taken in the first Pam Dor above 8 York Buildings.

photo 3: Lloyd’s friends outside The Pam Dor in Hastings 1964ish…you can see the Hepworth’s window display..the Coffee Bar was on the 1st floor above Hepworths..

Anyone else got any photos from any of the coffee bars in Hastings from the 60’s/70’s?

Gerry Fortsch… That brings back some memories.

Patricia Landamore… Wow, we were there & never stop talking about our wonderful teenage life👏👍The Pam Dor, our meeting place,I worked behind the counter making coffee’s & beef burgers on my Monday off from Sainsbury. From there we walked to the Witch Doctor most evenings & Sunday afternoons, unless we had to stop at the Pier to see the Rolling Stones or other BIG names💋💋. The coach trip to Brighton to see the Beatles was off my teenage scale😁. So glad I was then, amazing👍

Lloyd Johnson… That is Les Martin holding the table in the top right hand photo, I think this is when they were moving from the old premises to the new premises in Queen’s rd. above Hepworth’s….the premises in the photo became The Black Cat if my memory serves me well. Patricia I went on the coach trip to Brighton to see The Beatles at The Hippodrome on The Roy Orbison Tour and on the night we saw the show Patrica, Roy Orbison conceded top of the bill to The Beatles.We all ran around the back of the Hippodrome to see The Beatles off in their coach just in time to see them pulling funny faces at us and waving. Les Martin organised that coach trip to see The Beatles. I was sat between Helena Evans and Lesley Thewenetti, they both went mental screaming their heads off I couldn’t hear a thing but it was great fun. I also saw The Stones twice on The Pier and they played St.Clements Caves for a girlfriend of Noel D’Abo’s birthday. Noel went I think but I wasn’t invited…it would have been great to have seen them in the Caves.

Alan Esdaile… It’s been talked about a number of times of The Rolling Stones playing The Caves. Can you confirmed it happened Lloyd? I will repost the original chat about it.

Lloyd Johnson… Noel D’Ado told me it was a girlfriend of his birthday party….I can ask Noel for more info if you like… was 1964….they played Hastings twice on The Pier and once in St.Clements Caves that year…I saw the two Pier gigs….

Pauline Richards… I remember that, think your brother was ‘front of house’ Chris Colbran

Lloyd Johnson… Very sad news! Les Martin passed away during the week…

Dave Bastable… I spent many an evening at The Pam Dor. in the early sixties. I met a lovely girl Jenny who became a great girlfriend for some time. The people I remember are Jenny Petit, who lived down the road to me in Stockleigh Road, Jennifer Wharlton, John Woolmark, Dave Boutwood, Linda Day, Helena Evans, Oscar and the Stonefield gang, Linda Chapman, Anne Beech, Anne Gail, Frank who later sold flowers nearby. They were a great crowd. It was a fabulous time

Matt Thomas… Great pictures- I knew Les from when I was a little boy. His ex Maureen was a friend of my mums and I grew up with his kids Tracy & Jason

Mick O’Dowd… Used to live here(or it seemed like it). Remember the pinball room where I met my first wife! Parked our scooters round the back. I had to be different and had a 175cc jobby that I can’t quite remember the make. Electric starter etc. Loved the atmosphere up there. Used to go with Andy Dennis and a few others. Great times!

Mick O’Dowd… Just remembered my scooter was a DKR. No it wasn’t a Mobo!!!!

Dudley Mendenhall.. My mum use to work there and loved it, she said it was the in place to be.

Nigel Livermore… Also a regular client. Run by a short, tough ex-policeman and ‘Les’: I remember them evicting some drunken Irish labourers from Dungeness power station (construction site), who were trying to pick a fight…….I also went to Brighton to see Roy Orbison, accompanied by The Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers – wish I’d kept the ticket (10 shillings, if I remember correctly). Went to see Gene Vincent, Brenda Lee, Johnny Kidd and others at around this time (1963-4?). I rode with the Stonefields later on (two years younger than Oscar etc,) and still go down to see them at the 1066 cafe Robertsbridge occasionally (but by car). Oscar and Mick Parris had their 80th birthdays not long ago……

who remembers Stan Long, Bobbie McKenzie and Stan Boardman in Hastings, asks Lloyd Johnson?

Lloyd Johnson… 1964! Who remembers the influx of Scouse Scalliwags into the town in the height of Beatle mania, with Stan Long, Bobbie McKenzie and Stan Boardman amongst their ranks they certainly bought a new dynamic to our lives back then. I remember the two Stans did a stint as seafront photographers with the monkey trick.The monkey would jump on a tourist shoulder and they would take a photo which you collected from a kiosk on the Pier later in the day….one day the whole bunch of Liverpool lads let the monkey go in Woolworths which caused havoc. In the confusion they all helped themselves to various items….Loveable roughs!..a really funny bunch,never a dull moment!….

Caz Simpson… I  remember them, especially Bob who I think bit someone’s ear off. He had a nickname we’d get arrested for using these days 😂 Wasn’t Jack with the ice cream van from Liverpool too?

Lloyd Johnson… Caz, I think Stan Long had an ice cream van later on…

Emma Long… Dunno how the others are but Stan Longs sense of humour is still the same, although he doesn’t let monkeys run around the shops anymore

Lloyd Johnson… yes! I remember  Stan Long let the monkey run around Woolworths in Hastings…

Lea Mason… Yea I remember em Fokkers

Cherry Stones and The Kinks – Finland 1965

supplied by Lloyd Johnson. All photos © Spanna Mo

Photo 1. Cherry Stones. Rehearsal time. Finland Tour. 1965. Photo 2. “Look I can fly… wheeee” “Spanna… you’re an idiot”. Photo 3. Cherry Stones Finland tour poster [1965]. Part of the tour – as opening band for “The Kinks” [ Spanna is the dorkie guy on the right ]. Photo 4. The Kinks watch Cherry Stones rehearse. Photo 5. Ray and Dave Davies of The Kinks. [sound check]. Lennart, [Cherry Stones lead guitarist], watches from behind the drums.

Lloyd Johnson… Spanna Mo/Andy Mowbray is from Hastings/Silverhill and we left Hastings together late 1964 and moved to Sweden…..

Spanna Mo… Here are some recently unearthed photos of our band “The Cherry Stones” touring Finland in 1965, as the opening act for The Kinks. The image with Ray and Dave Davies [our guitarist Lennart Wahlström in the background], is from the sound-check before the gig in Turku Concert Hall. The members of Cherry Stones are.., Spanna Mo, [Aka Andy Mowbray] singer, Mats Huddén – vocals and guitar, Lennart Wahlström – guitar, Rolf B Karlsson – base, and John Sze-drums.

Witch Doctor Club inspired shirt

supplied by Lloyd Johnson

Lloyd Johnson… This is a shirt I designed back in the 80s.The inspiration was The Witchdoctor Clubs Logo used on the Promo Poster for the gigs….

Pauline Hillier… That’s gorgeous Lloyd !!

Tony Powell…

Colin Bell… That’s very cool Lloyd

John Kingdon… As ever, another one of Lloyds wonderful creations.

Mick O’Dowd… That emblem brings back some sad memories. When I lived at home I thought it would be a good idea to recreate this on my bedroom wall! Armed with gloss paint and brush I created what I thought was the best picture that I had ever done, being no artist! Chuffed with myself at such a brilliant portrait . My Dad discovered it a few days later, probably tipped off by my Mum, and he went beserk. I threatened to leave home etc. The sort of things you do when you are a spotty teenager that knows it all. He told me to get rid of it. A few days later he had a heart attack was was taken to hospital! Talk about a guilt trip! I covered the offending pic and wall with polystyrene ceiling tiles to hide it. When I went to see my Dad in hospital and I told him what i’d done he seemed to calm down from his previous reactions. Whether this was due to the medication he was on or what I don’t know. When he came home and saw it first hand he was ok. That image was bad news for me so beware of images that may have a hidden meaning. I was a regular at The Witch Doctor even before I was the required age for membership and still have my membership card with false age on it!

John Wilde… That’s classic Lloyd.



Looking for more local 60’s group photos and info.

Lloyd Johnson says… I was just thinking of local Hastings groups I remember from my youth so that would be early 60s not 70s. it would be nice to see photos anyone has of the groups from those days, here are a few groups I remember….Johnny and The Chevs, Brian Baker and The Senators, The Talismen, The Tuxedos,The Confederates, Humperdinks, The Redcoats,Tony and The Defiants I’m sure there were more but these are the ones I remember.

Alan Esdaile… we do have number of these on the website but always looking for different photos of these groups and information, Thank you.

Mike Waghorne… Unabridged Telephone Directory from mid to late 60’s !

Harry Randall… Circuit 4 mid sixties ( named after a Watkins guitar) Chain Reaction mid to late sixties

Jane Hartley… I seem to remember one called Index.