Did you used to have to ask to get down from the table?

Alan Esdaile… Always

John Gale… same here and God help me if I didn’t

Dawn Mann… Yes most definitely, and couldn’t get down without clearing the plate. Xx

Perri Ann Haste… As kids we were always in such a hurry to get down & Rush off to play we shortened it to ” Get down please! ”

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Always

Lloyd Johnson… yes! always…

Julie Findlay-jones… Yes and I’d be in trouble if I didn’t

Carole Prescott… Yes

Martin Stringer… Yes.

Rosmary Hughes… Yes and no elbows on table

Pete Prescott… Yes

Heather Sidery… Yes

Pauline Richards… Definitely!

Helena Kingshott… Definitely yes

Paul Cullen… Absolutely

Marcus J Lamb-Bentley… Yes. I still wait until everyone has finished. I don’t begin eating until the other person has started either……and I demand everyone has drinks and condiments before we start as people leaving table after irritates me unless it’s host who may be checking food (normally me)

Colin Bell… Absolutely.

Mick O’Dowd… Yep!

Ron Tennant… Yes!

Richard Downer… Every blinking time

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8 Track Tapes – more memories

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source: Neil Vazquez  http://doyouremember.com/older-memories/eight-track/

Samuel Freeman… Memories had a 8 track player on my disco deck was hard to get the tapes sometime but sounded great through speakers

Alan Esdaile… they were good for cars and vans.

Colin Norton… I  still have some and a player in my garage 🙂

Madeline Joyce Morton… I drove in to a brick wall, changing mine in the car lol

Roy Penfold… What about the healthy ‘clunk’ as you changed tracks?

Alan Pepper… Mate of mine had one I remember listening to the latest Elton John album on it Caribou ? I remember another guy I worked with had an actual record player inbuilt in his car in the early 60s !!

Tony Davis… I had one in my car and I remember that the Yes Album with Yours Is No Disgrace sounded fantastic. They seemed to be much better sound quality than cassettes.

Alan Esdaile… I can’t believe they sold any of these?

Will Cornell… Correction: 8Ts were, at best, second to LPs as far as sales volume at least here in the US where apparently they took hold more than in other markets. And Alas, the 8T Museum owned by Bucks Burnett here in Dallas, has closed it’s doors. Landlord had plans for the building and tenants had to vacate. It was fun while it lasted.

Keith Veness… Yes in my Ford Cortina 1600 GT

Josie Lawson… I used to have a machine that held those sort of tapes back in 70s…my cousin gave me it. I don’t have now…

Sandi Carlyon… I did. Had a Bread one.

Christina Prentice… Oh my god…haven’t used those since I worked in the Wimpy in Queens Road when I was at school!!!!!

Steve Fox… We just bought a player for our retro car! £15 well spent.

Nick Prince… I had an 8 track player in my first car….

Rob Grain… One player in my Mk3 Cortina 2 litre GXL ( Daytona Yellow with black vinyl of course) and one indoors in my stereo rack. Roxy Music “For Your Pleasure” used to change tracks halfway through The Bogus Man.

 

Alan Green And His Boys – Hastings Pier 1938

Supplied by Kay Lobb via Jim Breeds HAPP Facebook page.

Jim Breeds… Here’s a great photo from Kay Lobb, who writes “Found this old postcard at my mother’s flat today. It shows Alan Green and His Boys on Hastings Pier in 1938. My mother still remembers nights spent on the pier, dancing to them.”

Nicki Dann… That’s my grandad !

Alan Esdaile… They are sitting on the staircase that went up to the upper small function room(before you got to the toilets and the long bar area). Looks like the same lino on the stairs in the 60’s/70’s !

Pete Fairless… Yes, twin staircases to the Palm Court.

Andre Martin… Spot on guys

Brian Dove… I think that top row right hand as you look at it is William Cook – Violin, Sax, Clar.

Pete Fairless… Did they ever record anything?

Alan Esdaile… Yes Pete, this one

Clifford Exton… The man sitting on the bottom step right side of Alan Green is my father Ken Exton he was a trumpet player in this photo he is 26 years old

Clare Watts… Wow … Alan Green is my great grandad . It’s great to see a picture of him and the band . .

Ena Nicholls… I would like to know who is sitting on the left of Alan Green, my father was in the band later. I have a photo of  this man with my dad Billy Nicholls. Thank you.

 

Divitos Queens Road Hastings – 1960’s

photographer: unknown

Matt Thomas… Where I used to spend many a Sunday afternoon

Sandie Carlyon… Always a Saturday visit. Coke with ice cream in it or lime milkshake.

Peter Houghton… I used to go to the one along the sea front when I was at college and used to watch Mr Divito make the ice cream down stairs

Richard Stoodley… Welsh Rarebit with my sister Margaret Stoodley

Stephen Moran… Such a big part of my life in the early 70s

Mike Waghorne… The 156 bus ! i used to catch this bus to and from college

Tony Court-holmes… used to go there

Phyllis Mendenhall… Those were the days my friend

Merv Kennard… joe divito is a neighbour of mine

Alan Esdaile… Next time you see him Merv, send him my best and worth asking him if he’s got any photos of Divitos and the pier gigs etc, thanks.

Pauline Richards… And one of the girls owns Thumbelinas in Russel St

Nick Mole… Wow ! I used to make the ice cream during the 80’s

Alan Pepper… Enjoyed a Saturday visit in my youth with mates in the early seventies. A frothy coffee in one of those long glasses ! Or a banana milkshake.

John Warner… Is that the one that used to close in the winter when they all went back to Italy? I remember the three boys restaurant close to there!

Paul Gray… I remember the Lite Bite just along the road. Frothy Coffee and Chips on a Saturday Morning.

Martin Richter… wasn’t that in the bakery next door ?

Peter Fairless… “Afternoon tea at the Lite & Bite, chat up the girls, they dig it”, Paul Weller, ‘Saturday’s Kids’

Andre Martin… Service 156 to Bexhill Ellersley Lane – aka Bexhill Bone Yard – the cemetery. in 1966 I got reported for calling that out when I was a conductor back in the days with M&D Thee District Manager did not think that it was appropriate so i used another call – “Dead Centre of Bexhill” Oh happy days. 156 Ore to Bexhill.

Tanya Mikolajczak… I worked there in the 80’s, cleaning table legs set me up with a good work ethic! I loved break with a frothy coffee and a sausage roll. I remember Helen, Janet, Sally, Joanne, sorry if I’ve missed you out…. Joe had a lot of command when he walked in. A great first job.

Martin Richter… certainly ! i was 12 when i started there – Joe kicked my backside all day long! a fantastic introduction to the work ethic!

Phil Gill… I need to know what’s going on behind that lamppost.

Alex Knight… Phil, clearly someone had one too many coffees and walked smack bang into it!!

Phil Gill… It’s like some bloke with long hair and a beard, in an overcoat, who has enormous hands and wearing huge white gloves has just robbed a table top from the cafe…he has it in his left hand. He’s hiding behind the lamppost. There’s a whole weird story involved in that photo.

Judie Struys… isn’t it Harry Worth practising his routine?

Jacquie Hinves… The 156 bus! Daily journey on that route from Bexhill old town to Hastings Town centre. From Hastings College to the RESH and St Helens Hospital.

Graham Sherrington… I worked in there in the 1960’s before I enlisted.

 

Dimarco’s Hastings circa 1979 – ice cream display

Supplied by Gavin Ronald Upstill via Hastings and Area, Past and Present

https://www.facebook.com/HAPP1066/

John Mcewen… Used to go in there all the time as a kid. Those knickerbocker glories look pricey tho. In 1979 I was only earning £16 a week!

Roger Simmonds… My wife was a waitress in Dimarcos many years ago, happy times!

Deb Hoad… Remember going in there and having knickerbocker glories !!!

Helena Kingshott… Vera Dimarcos was one of my friends. a lovely family x

Lloyd Johnson… Helen, my Mum was friends with one of the ladies of the Dimarco family and we would visit her upstairs in their home above the cafeteria. I remember going there in the 1950s and she had just had a charcoal Mural drawn on the wall of an Italian landscape.It was really well done just in black line drawing… I remember being so impressed by it !  It seem like complete relaxed freedom compared to the average home decor of the time.

Pete Houghton… Omg yes!! I Remember going for a Coffee in Dimarcos in the 70s

Mick O’Dowd… I worked in Iorio DiMascio(now Italian Way) and we had the fake displays. One day a woman came up yo the counter with 2 of them and said these look nice i’ll have them please. They were covered in dust!

Jim Breeds… How much did you charge her?

Mick O’Dowd… 2 chocolate coins!

Harry Norcliffe-hic… Great looking prices

Peter Brazier… Lorna worked there!

Tracy Birrell… Spent a lot of my teenage years in here.

 

The Club Happening Kings Road St Leonards-on-Sea – letterhead 1968

supplied by John Wilde

John Wilde… My Dads coffe bar and club.

David Miller… When was The Club Happening happening?

Jeanette Wilde… David, soon as that door opened!

David Miller… Seems like the Wilde clan were a big part of the scene down Hastings way….and beyond. Love it!

John Wilde… David, we had a basement cave like room with dj booth and we had live bands. I took 1/6 on the door entry fee. I think you got in for a shilling if you were a member.

Claire Triance… Was later called Speakeasy in the late 70s

Jeanette Wilde… Tony Blackburn DJ’d for our opening night. We were packed……….so bloody exciting!

David Kent… Claire, The Speakeasy was along the road from no. 8. I know this because my parents owned and lived in no. 8 from about 1974 to about 1980. Speakeasy possibly no. 25. My mum operated a fancy dress hire from the “cave”.

Mick O’Dowd… Great place. First met John Wilde there when I managed Deep Purple (Hastings) and we playd there. I also used to DJ there . Totally hip place.

John Wilde… great memories!

Gerry Fortsch… My old band played there a few times, if I recall it right we had our van painted there as well Great days.

Roger Carey… I recently played and sang a version of “See Emily Play ” – Pink Floyd- on one of the stream gigs Liane Carroll and myself do from home. I mentioned to Liane and others that I first heard it in Kings Road , playing from a coffee bar- it was “The Happening ” without a doubt! This was at the time that song was current 1967 or 8….

Tony Bird… It’s the first time that the band wore their “caftans”

Ian Mcgilvray… I remember that. We played there a few times didn’t We Tony. Deep Purple that is.

Mike Waghorne… John your dads club I can just about remember going there once !

Looking for people who went to The Crypt in Hastings in the 70’s & 80’s

Sophie Conisbee says… Hi I am looking to speak to some people that went to or know about the Crypt venue in the 70’s and 80’s and the live music there, I am a freelance music journalist in my final year of university researching for a feature. I am particularly interested in mod and the mod revival but information on anything would be really helpful. Thank you in advance, Sophie

Matt Thomas… Check out the group called The Crypt Archives.

Diane Leigh… Sister and brother went to crypt both punk rockers

Nick Tutt… ooooo I knew both of them. Please say hi.

Kev Towner… me too.

Diane Leigh… Jamie lives in north of Italy been there since he was 22,Heidi is at Brighton will tell them you said hi.

Martyn Baker… I used to work for the company that owned both The Havelock and The Crypt in the 80’s- (their cellars were connected). I also played in bands at the time, and also played there several times. If you want to know about the mod scene then – maybe speak to Ken Copsey or Huggy Leaver. They played in The “Teenbeats” from Hastings and would have played there too.

Nick Tutt… Sophie, I was there A LOT in the mid 80s. Happy to help although know nothing about the mod scene lol

Karen Sweatman… Sophie, I was there loads in the late 80s and early 90s. Saw loads of live bands, usually on the Tuesday (alternative night) and Thursday (rock night). No photos, but memory is quite good considering!!!

Mike Cramp… “If you remember The Crypt, you weren’t there”

Pete Prescott… Like a lot of older musicians/people I played it a lot in the 70’s/ 80’s. Bands like Jim and the Jim’s, Five Bob Rocket, Jezz Gillett Band. I once did a gig in 86 and found a canvas bag outside at the end of the gig. Inside was various items but the thing I remember was 6 passports all for the same guy. Uk,German,French, American, Italian etc. Real Jason Bourne stuff. It scared me. I stopped a police car and showed them. They were shocked. Took it and speed off.

Reid McDuffie… I never heard that passport story before, Pete…..freaky. I used to love the Crypt in the 80s. Groundhogs seemed to be playing there about twice a month though that must be my brain mis remembering! last time I was there, I felt like a pensioner!

Yvonne Cleland… Great venue!

Tara Reddy… I worked there around then.. fab place!! the Teenbeats would be good to speak with I have contact with the Teenbeats who were a local but pretty big mod band .. .. That place was the place to go!  Huggy Leaver and also Ambient Tom .. has lots of info ..

Gin Genie… Tara, we all had stints there i think. Best nightclub ever

Neil Cartwright… A great venue to go to, and I remember playing there with various bands, including The Jez Gillet Band and The Mobiles. One gig (can’t remember with whom) we supported The Piranhas from Brighton (‘Tom Hark’ was one of their hits). Not quite ‘mod’, but not a million miles away.

Darren Holmes… Early 80s it was known as Rumours where a lot of bands played, some just before they became fames eg JoBoxers. The last night of Rumours Billy Bragg played, the place was rammed. When it was renamed back to the Crypt live music stopped and the resident DJ was John Digweed who played a lot of old/ Northern Soul. Upstairs became the Electric Grape run by Krazy Keith. A lot of us use to meet up there after following our various football clubs around the country and take each other on at bar football and pinball before descending downstairs for a jig to the sounds of JD.

Tara Reddy… Darren, yes I worked there and upstairs was The Electric Grape which later then became The Street! Despite being small had jazz bands every Tuesday and a full house most nights! So many great bands and fun to be had!

Judy Atkinson… Used to go there in the 70s, only place I was asked my age (after I was 18). There was a lot of mould on the walls & the light in the ladies never worked

Tony Bird… I was in a band called “PARDON” played there in 1974

Ian Mcgilvray… So did I. Small little gig but fun to play at.

Darren  Holmes… When it changed from Rumours to the Crypt didn’t Mark and Taff Read own it?  Doorman Pete had something to do with the ownership?

Mark Randall… I played there once in ‘85. A lady from the Hastings Observer reviewing it described me as a lanky ‘Hairy Market from A-Ha ( sic) lookalike. Which for a local rag was quite clever. A Largely sweaty bijou place , the likes of which we may never see again.

Martin Richter… lol – curly brown hair, bright red lipstick, tight jeans, boots – local ents. reporter – last i heard she was on *night network* doing a film review show

Steve May… The first time I played The Crypt was Bonfire night 1984 (day after my 16th birthday!) with a heavily Jam /Who indebted band called ‘Catch 22’. It was our 3rd ever gig. I clearly remember two women walking past & overhearing ‘f***ing hell, that was the worst band I’ve ever seen in here!” (We got better! : )

Louis Wiggett… I played my first gig there in 1986. Was a 60s garage punk influenced band called Thee Wylde Things.

Sue Graham… I played there several times around 1983 with local band Shy Boy.

Sue Strong… Worked there in the mid 70s for a while, also from 86 till 90s, seen many great bands down there, it was the only decent place to go in town

Dave Nattress… Played there as “The Charts” a couple of times, in our post-punk, fast-pop phase 1980/1981. Mick Bridgeland, Drums, Andy Leaney, Guitar, Lee Sulsh, Guitar, Steve Watson, Bass and myself on Vocals. Great venue, great atmosphere, great gigs. Obviously saw many other bands there over the years. Even no so bad lugging gear up and down the steep stairs off Havelock Road.

Alan Esdaile… It used to be jammed packed on a Sunday lunchtime in the 70’s, when Johnny Francis was DJ.

Claire Triance… Remember getting thrown out and banned in 70s can’t remember why

Joolz Dunkley… I played there in the early 80s in a band called ‘The Sirens’ later to become ‘The Group’. Nice little gig. Turbo PA.

Taking photos everyday!

original source of image unknown

Mike Waghorne… The picture’s stayed in your mind !

John Warner… Frequently!

Stuart Moir… The kids today don’t know they’re born, my parents had to struggle to heat the house when I was a youngan, front room fire being stoked up for us to get dressed for school, I remember playing football for my school team in weather like this .

Colin Bell… Stuart, What was worse Stuart was my school making us play rugby in this weather…brrr!

Stuart Moir… Us too mate, I played for the A side all through school so was considered a reasonably player but we were told to get stuck in for the reputation of our school football record .

Garry Wonfor… Stuart, LUXURY…. When we were kids, we had to get up before we’d gone to bed, eat sand for breakfast, and then our dad would beat us to death with his belt before making us work for thirty seven hours a day up the chimney.

Mike Cramp… Up a chimney ? That”s indoors. You were lucky ! Etc. Etc. Etc. 🙂

Ann Hogg… Garry, and we had to lick road clean with tongue.

Ricky Adelaide… Stuart, we only had one candle to keep us warm and when it was really cold we lit the candle

Keith Flanigan… Remember scraping off ice, on the inside of your windows?

Tim Moose Bruce… Wish I took more pictures when I was younger.

Jacqueline Williamson… Good, warm, grounded friendships. Pictures forever imprinted in our memories.

Richard Downer… When I were lad we might go all year without having  photographs taken, on our yearly day outing

Alastair Thompson… So true indeed ! Well said … I was so happy growing up in the 60s and 70s ( born 63 ) … https://www.theseedsoftime.net

Rob Ramsden… I still dont. I have kids too and always want to take pictures but just try to be fully in the moment when I am with them and deliberately remember. The camera tends to ruin moments make people feel self conscious etc.

Tracy Birrell… Too poor to have a camera growing up.

Stuart Moir… My dad bought my first camera for my birthday a brownie box I was made up with it

 

Oh No My Beloved Debenhams – Tony May

photo: Tony May

Tony May… I’m planning a possible Debenhams article for ‘Hastings Town’ magazine as I ‘process’ my feelings re yesterdays awful news. In the meantime here is a blog containing (mostly) my happy memories associated with Debenhams Hastings store… https://tmchristmas.blogspot.com

Jeremy Peter Harrison… My best memory was back in the 1980s. I was shopping in the men’s department which at that time was at the back (seafront side). I was amazed to see two Lads pick up a complete rail of suits and run straight for the door. They hadn’t done their homework- it was a revolving door and they got jammed solid……!

Brigitte Lee… I worked on Santa’s Grotto, probably around 1980. Gordon worked in the lift that Christmas. I had started there as a Saturday girl, probably mid 70s. My Mum Trixie worked there and years later my daughter was a Saturday girl in another branch. Debenhams will leave a terrible hole in many town centres.

Judy Atkinson… I always remember that your mum was Miss Debenhams & still held the title as they never held the contest again

Janine Hemsley… I was singing on the gig that night at the Falaise Hall. 😂. We were so proud x My beautiful Mum Trixie was crowned Miss Debenhams in 1975. Those were the days when there were fashion shows during the day on the shop floor. Mum worked there for quite a few years.

Patricia Wapshott… Janine, I remember your beautiful Mum working on the make up counter, she was so glamorous and so lovely to talk to, her and my Mum who loved and was always buying makeup from her always got on so well xx

Janine Hemsley… I worked there briefly for Estée Lauder. I trod on a cable and put the whole of the first floor out. It was a Christmas promotion when Youth Dew first came out

Lucy Pappas… Tony, love your blog post x My oldest sister worked in the cafe more than 50 years ago. It seemed the height of sophistication to go for a milk shake and a bun when she was there. I still like the cafe even though it appears to be from another era. I’ll miss Debenhams, one of the few places I go to for pretty underwear and the occasional frock. Over the years, I’ve also bought luggage, bed linen, Christmas presents, new baby presents, make up, jewellery, the list could go on. What a loss to Hastings!

Judie Struys… Lucy, it wasn’t the biggest Debenhams but it was the heart of the town. I’ve been visiting it since I was 12. There used to be a special bit for teenagers in the 1970s, but I’ve forgotten what it was called. I used to buy so many of my clothes there when I was young. I’m so sad for the staff, some of whom have been there for decades.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… My first job on arriving in Hastings in 1971, it was Plummers then. So sad

Susan Butchers… We went there today no sale everything just as it’s always been

Fred Marsh… does any one remember my mum Doris Santer she worked at Plummers during the war and returned in the 60s up until her retirement, now she could tell many a tale about Debs.

Brigitte Lee… I remember Doris. I lovely cheerful lady. I have a feeling she worked in the jumper dept when I started as a Saturday girl.

Stephen Moran… A really sad day, my sister used to work in the office in Plummers during the seventies and I have such fond memories of taking my then two year old daughter to the cafe for coffee (me not her!) and cake most mornings.

Jane Dorsett… Really sad, I was a window dresser at Debenhams, worked with Gary Palmer, Teresa White, our boss was Paul Coombes, the windows always looked lovely and the Christmas grottos we use to do, very happy memories.

Alan Esdaile… Very sad news. What’s going to become of it now? May I suggest, it would be perfect for a theatre/venue with parking at the town centre car parks nearby and St Mary In The Castle would be perfect for the Bayeux Tapestry.

Jack Irving… Excellent idea

Tony May…Great to hear a lot of your reminisences about Hastings Debenhams! If any of you have any old photographs of Debenhams/Plumber Roddis/ of well-known/loved members of staff or of anything to do with Debenhams please send them to me privately by e mailing unseated.tony@gmail.com. I have written a personal tribute to the store and am looking for some photos to go with the piece. The photos need to be yours though and not copyrighted otherwise I will not be able to publish them in ‘Hastings Town’ magazine. If I get more than I need I may well decide to write a ‘follow up’ story. Debenhams will be such a HUGE loss not just to our High Street but to our social history as well and I want to make sure that, if nothing else, the national archives won’t forget that…

Judie Struys… I remember that lady in Debenhams. So glamorous!

 

Have you ever opened a can like this?

supplied by Rosenfeld Jeno

Colin Bell… In 1966….nearly open now

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Colin, I hated those tins, first few twists and it would usually slip off the edge of the tin & the contents was usually spam, which I didn’t like either

Andrew Bantock… Still do. Corned beef.

John Williams… Well them little keys open supermarket trolleys if you aint got a pound try it

Jeanette Jones… Instant cut fingers! Vegetarianism is the answer

Dave Weeks… My memory is cut fingers

Stuart Moir… Yep certainly did

Russell Field… I still do

Eric Evans… Yep got the cuts to prove it

Robert Fisher… Yes, like Eric got the cuts to prove it

Kate Recknell-Page… Yep most annoying when the key actually breaks off to

Harry Norcliffe-hic… YES TIN OF BACON GRILL THIS MORNING.

Graham Sherrington… Widely used in Florida I have a pair of pliers in the draw just in case.

Yvonne Ellis…Hated them. Hate them now x

Mike Waghorne… Spam,spam,spam & more spam

Mick O’Dowd… The Fray Bentos pie tins are worst. Tin opener, screwdriver, cutters & hammer required!

Jane Kilby also Birmingham… Is this Spam mail! x

Angie Pilbeam… Did a tin of corned beef yesterday

Beki Milton… Always went wrong

Judy Atkinson… I remember opening tins of sardines with a key – if you put it on the wrong way it would get jammed, then you’d have to use a can opener on the other side

Paavali Mears… Oh Yeah. Once I prepared the meal usually with Chips and Baked Beans difficult to tell what was blood and what was Ketchup

Jerry Wright… Anyone who has cut open their hand on this blooming tin, will know! I buy my corned beef pre sliced from the supermarket nowadays!

Andy Ives… Still do

Rontenn2001… Even now in 2021 we still sometimes have things like that to open (eventually!)

Tracy Birrell… Throughout my youth…..a bloody death trap…