A Band Of Angels, The Defiants & The Victors – The Dolphin 18th March 1966

Supplied by Andre Martin

L-R:John Gaydon, John Baker, Andrew Petre, David Wilkinson, Mike d’Abo

Andre Martin… That was a great night at the Witch Doctor on our College events that always drew in the crowds. Noels band The Defiants were one of the supporting acts.

Jim Breeds… Love the alterations on the ticket.

Inside Hammonds toy shop – Marine Court, St Leonards-on-Sea

photo © Heidi Millett

Heidi Millett… My auntie when she used to work at Hammonds toy shop, Marine Court, St Leonards.. oh the memories.

Colin Bell… Wonderful, a huge part of my childhood in the 50’s & 60’s

Lloyd Johnson… was that the one with the working train in the window that would run if you put money in the slot in the window frame?

Colin Bell… Yes Lloyd it was, I lived just a few hundred yards from it as a kid.

Lloyd Johnson, Colin, what fun that was…My Mum and I would walk all the way up there from the Memorial just so I could put a penny in the slot and watch the train….this has just made me remember at Christmas back in the 1950s lots of the shops hid threepenny pieces in their window displays and you had to find them and I think you’d win something if you got them alright. ..can anyone else remember any details of that?

Sophie Ash… The slot is still there. Got a tanner?

Nicola Dobson… I loved that train

Tracy Birrell… I remember the train in the window and putting a penny in the slot to make it go round.

Marilyn Spence… Shame I wasn’t a child in Hastings. Moved there when I was 13

Marine Court St Leonards-on-Sea 1960’s

Supplied by Leigh Kennedy Historical Hastings

Leigh Kennedy… Leigh says… An late 1960s photo of Marine Court, showing signage for the Grenadier Club ( opened 1963) and the Dolphin. Nice selection of cars including what looks like a 1967 Hillman Husky, Mark 3 Ford Zephyr, Mark 1 Escort and a Jaguar 420..

Mike Waghorne… J W Davis motors in the showroom at the east end of the building a Hillman car agent !

Tony Rivers and The Castaways – The Dolphin Ballroom 6th January 1968


John Warner… Tony Rivers, met him in later life when his wife Tina came to work for me. That really is a blast from the past.

Tony Rivers… Yeah I was wondering just where I was that day!

Mick Knights… I still remember them playing Good Vibrations at The Witch Doctor, they were one of my favourite giging bands at the time, saw them on a quite a few occasions, one of them was most probably at the Dolphin Ballroom which was used while the Witch Doctor morphed into The Cobweb. My favourite live band at time, most probably there as it was the only place to go in the limbo between the Witch Doctor closing and the Cobweb opening.