Who remembers the Hovercraft at Hastings?

photo shared from: Valerie Churms

Mike Guy… Who remembers the inventor – put that Google down right now!

Mike Waghorne…I believe my daughter was a friend of his daughter and was a local man ?

Eric Harmer… Yes remember it , well was the inventor Rooster Cockburn. 😂😂his name was something to do with chickens

Peter Bridger… I have some of Dad’s old super 8 cine film of that somewhere! Went on a school trip to France on it. I remember it being noisy and bumpy!

Judy Atkinson… Christopher Cockerill

Mike Mitchell… I remember a man walking up the beach in what looked to me like a naval uniform waving a red flag on a stick. He was getting us to move out of the way so the hovercraft could land. I was distraught because the hovercraft flattened my lovely sandcastle

Tony Court-holmes… went on it

Phil Thornton… Remember it well ! – very noisy

Gary Colcombe… Oh yes! What a monster! remember it very well

Roger Simmonds… I remember it very noisy!

Mick O’Dowd… Didn’t they stop it because of the noise? It was rather loud!

What’s the best love song of all time?

Billy Ocean… Suddenly – Billy Ocean

Nikki Habson… The Lake House – This Never Happened Before

Mick Curtis… Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep

Sue Bennett… I cant make you love me George Michael’s version is beautiful

Andy Ives… Princes version is great too

Malcolm Sharp… Michael Bolton, said i love but i lied, listen to the words properly

Mark Rodrigues… My Girl by The Temptations springs to mind. Not sure if it’s a love song though or tribute. Here, There & Everywhere by The Beatles otherwise.

Martin Curcher…… Not into love songs, but if I have to chose one it would have to be something like, Extreme – More than Words.

Stella Huggett… Move Closer by Phyllis Nelson and Nothing Going Stop Us by Starship – I know that’s 2 but couldn’t choose between them.

Eric Harmer… My ding a ling

Paul Crimin… lol. Chuck Berry’s only no: 1 in this country.

Chris Jolly… I’ve told you before… keep your Ding a Ling out of this Chuck!

Paul Crimin… Still – Lionel Richtea.

Roger Collier… O Caroline – Matching Mole

Francoise Pascal…Show and Tell by Al Wilson. Beautiful love song! Xxx

Dave Paul… Welcome Home by Walter Jackson

Jack Apps… I got three

Alan Pepper… Many by Stevie Wonder but My Cherie Amour is a classic

Les Harding (Centre Page)… I don’t believe in miracles – Colin Blunstone. Stunning song at the time

Clifford Rose… In my life – The Beatles

What Records Make You Want To Get Up And Dance?

Alan Esdaile… A couple that spring to mind for me are The Doobie Brothers Long Train Running, Osibisa Music For Gong Gong, Curtis Mayfield Move On Up, Los Bravos Black Is Black and Mony Mony Tommy James & The Shondells.

John Wilde… Martha and the Vandellas Dancing in the Streets, Stevie Wonder Uptight, Arthur Conley Sweet Soul Music, Aint Nothing but a House Party The Showstoppers, Sly and the Family Stone Dance to the Music, Prince Kiss, Ramsey Lewis Wade in the Water.

Julie Morris… Earth, Wind & Fire – September … and Let the Music Play!

Peter Fairless… Boogie Nights – Heatwave, Dave Edmunds Rockpile I knew the bride, Bobby Freeman Do You Want To Dance.

Alex Chapman… None, dancing plays havoc with my sciatica! 🙂 but if it didn’t a nice smoochy dance to ‘Only The Lonely’ Roy Orbison

Caz Simpson… Road Runner Junior Walker and Jumping Jack Flash. For a slow one..What does it take (to win your love) Junior Walker, Harlem Shuffle.. Bob and Earl.

Geoff Peckham… Loads spring to mind. First are: Iko, Iko – The Dixie Cups;
Alright Now – Free; Cisco Kid – War; Now That We’ve Found Love – Third World; Boogie Chillun – John Lee Hooker; he mentions Hastings in it too!

Alan Pepper…. Songs that get me out the zimmer …..I can’t help myself 4 Tops, Get up off that thing James Brown, Play that funky music Wild cherry
And any of those chosen by Mr Wilde . You can’t sit down !!

Clifford Rose… I haven’t stopped dancin’ yet – Gonzalez.

Mick O’Dowd… I Can’t Help Myself 4 Tops, Young Hearts Run Free Candi Staton and many many others!

Wendy Weaver… What Ever You Want – The Quo. Iko Iko – The Belle Stars. Lots of others too

Sarah Harvey… Slade Run Runaway.

Dave Nattress… Well Saturday night it was “King” by Years and Years – mesmeric stuff, thankfully (Dad-Dancing) in the secrecy of my own home.

John Wilde… and if I feel psychedelic, I dance to All along the Watchtower, Jimi Hendrix. or Queen, Sheer Heart Attack.

Caz Simpson… Who bumped bums to The Bump? Ashamed to say I did.

Matt Thomas… I Feel Love – Donna Summer, Boogie Wonderland – Earth,Wind & Fire,Funky Town – Lipps Inc

Andy Qunta… Me too, Caz. Funnily enough, Rick Driscoll, the lead singer of Kenny, who did that song, has been a good friend of mine since 1981!

Alan Esdaile… Remember bumping to Joe Tex Ain’t Gonna Bump No More, Caz.

Philip John… Gonna take you Higher – Sly & The Family Stone , most stuff by The Temptations / Isley Brothers and Chic with Nile Rogers.

Mick O’Dowd… Oh come on you lot! Who’s gonna admit their list should include the classics Agadoo, Superman, Hokey Cokey (Judge Dread version) and Macarena to name but a few. Cowards!

John Wilde… I can honestly say I have NEVER danced to those.
Now the Birdie song that’s class.

Clifford Rose… nobody’s mentioned Tangerine Dream yet?

David Miller… Club Country – The Associates, Good Stuff – B52’s, Big time – Peter Gabriel, anything by Dudley Moore.

Phil Thornton… Pure pleasure seeker : Moloko !! how about Open up : Leftfield Lydon ? Chime : Orbital, Born Slippy : Underworld, Phat Planet : Leftfield, etc.

Matt Thomas… Moloko fantastic choice.

Jimmy Kent… To be honest as a dance music fan they’re too many to mention so I thought I the only thing I could do is list 5 records that currently makes me want to waddle on that dancefloor at events I regularly go to :- Love Gone Bad. – Chris Clark, Summer In The Park – East Coast Connection, It’s Just Love – John Andrews, Hold On – Judy Freeman & Blackrock, Mr Big Shot – Gene Chandler. Sorry Mick O’Dowd I’ll mention Agadoo next time mate.

Wendy Weaver… Yellow River by Christie and Just Wanna Dance the Night Away by The Mavericks and then there is Putting on The Ritz by Peter Sarstedt or even Fred Astaire

Eugene Hughes… Something Old Something New The Fantastics

David Miller… I enjoyed this thread a lot two years ago – nice to see it’s still up and running…dancing even…as I am.

Peter Fairless… David Bowie John I’m Only Dancing, Toots and The Maytals Monkey Man

Caz Simpson… Wilson Pickett – Midnight Hour, The Kingsmen – Louie Louie

Lance Collins… Frankie Smith Double Dutch Bus

Jimmy Kent… Freddy King – Now I’ve Got A Woman

Angela Frances Gardner… I was a real Stones fan so anything by them.

 

Happy Christmas and very best wishes for 2020

Happy Christmas and Very Best Wishes for a Healthy 2020. 

A Very Big Thank you to everyone for the great support during the year and especially to the people that regularly post and keep the  SMART page alive. Also to everyone that turns up at our coffee meets and all the guests and listeners to the radio show. Another good year for SMART but for it to continue, we always need more old photos and cuttings that would be of interest and haven’t been posted before. Time to look in that box in the loft, have a look through your photos albums and ask the relatives. One small photo shared, can be so special for lots of people. It is a sad time for many but I hope some of the postings keep the happy memories alive.  Limited posts and replies to emails over the Christmas period. I wish you all A Very Happy Christmas and A Healthy New Year.

Jeanette Jones… Thank You Ez, for all Your work & keeping us all in touch. A Happy Christmas & A Healthy New Year to You too

Pete Brazier… We Wish you A Merry Christmas🎶 Too (hope you don’t mind but I nicked your pic!

Alan Esdaile… my dad painted it.

Andy Qunta… Thanks, Alan & the SMART gang! Seasons Greetings to you too!

Colin Norton… Wishing you and yours the same, Alan. Have a happy and healthy New Year!

Mick O’Dowd… Happy Christmas all you SMARTIES! What a great year for the group. Bought to you by our incredible leader Mr Alan Esdaile Johnny Mason. As usual you have done us all more than proud with the website, FB page & Meets. You have a peaceful and relaxing Christmas & New Year as we want you fresh a revitalised in 2020!

Pauline Richards… Happy Christmas to you too alan x

Karen Sweatman… Merry Christmas Alan and thanks for all the hard work you put in. All the best for a fabulous 2020.

Jacqueline Marsh… Bac at ya xxx

Pat Burgess… What a great picture

Wendy Weaver… A Very Happy Christmas to everyone and a Prosperous New Year and thanks to Alan for his hard work. from Graham and Wendy xx

Jacquie Hinves… Thank you for all your postings. You have made an old lady very happy. Happy Christmas and a fabulous new year. Xx

Josie Lawson… Merry Christmas and Happy Healthy New Year Alan. Brilliant SMART group. Glad found you and everyone.

Steve Amos… Happy Christmas to you too, Alan. Hope to see you at the next meeting

Dan Large… Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Iain Cobby… Hi Al , Merry Christmas and a healthy new year from Bellerophon. Keep on the good work!

1066 Sound… Merry Christmas and a happy New year to Alan and all the SMARTIES

Jan Warren… Happy Christmas to you and all at SMART Group! 🙂xx

Monica Bane… Happy Christmas Alan! Best wishes Monica x

Graham Belchamber… Happy Christmas Alan and thanks for your efforts with SMART.

 

 

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.

 

Do you remember Penny for The Guy?

Betty Austin… Oh yes good clean honest fun !! X

Dennis Torrance… Remember I was done up as a guy as a kid, sat in Queens Road and went boo to passers by thanks for the memories

Malcolm Sharp… Dennis was that you yer bugar lol

Linda Crane… Good fun

Tony May…  Would LOVE to see kids taking part in that now. These days they are either on their phones or getting up to no good!

Julie Findlay-jones… Does anyone still do this, it was such fun , the anticipation of wondering how the guys going to turn out and how many penny’s your going to get.

Jane Hartley… We were in the Observer with our guy one year!

Pat Fears… Probably not safe these days !!

Janine Anne Scott… Happy days

Jeff Belton… Remember when I was growing up, used to love making a GUY for bonfire night. Great fun !

Alan Esdaile… If you wanted fireworks, you had to go out and earn some money from your guy. Not a cheap football as a head, as people did in later years. Old clothes stuffed with newspapers, our pitch used to the Whitefriars Pub, Priory Road, as did well when people got of the bus.

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SMART 52 coffee meet report

Wet and very windy 52nd meet but didn’t discourage a Great turn out. Among the newbies this time were Nick Bloomfield, Peter and Sue Thomson and Paul Crimin. Nick was talking about his interesting website about the power of music to inspire, provoke and entertain, musicfortheheadandheart.buzz and also his filming and working on his song ‘beyond the lies’. Great to see Peter and Sue and Pete have with him a collection of old gig tickets of Thin Lizzy, Be Bop Deluxe, The Who and The Stranglers. They were also reminiscing with Tony Davis about when Tony did the disco at their wedding. Paul Crimin was chatting about his new cd that is due for release next month and called ‘Unplugged and Unhinged’. Reg Wood had with him a copy of Ginger Baker’s Airforce album from 1970 and I hadn’t noticed before but the image inside the gatefold sleeve has the silver style of Wheels of Fire Cream cover. He was also talking about what’s happening for Hastings Week. Cliff Wootton left some leaflets for his ‘Beggars’ Gate’ gig at All Saints Church Crowborough on 16th November 2019. Pete Prescott was talking about creating a list of albums & singles released by Hastings area musicians. He had with him a bundle of singles, as well as a copy of the Home Studio Recordings magazine with Chris Cozens and Nick Magnus feature. Steve Fitzy was talking about his memories and the groups he has sung with. Roger Carey had a photo from the Peter Kirtley Jubilee Charity event in 1998, to aid the street children in Brazil. The photo features Liam Genockey, Nana Tsiboe, Peter Kirtley, Colin Gibson, Liane Carroll and Kenny Craddock. Phil Little was talking about local bands and singers don’t get their fair share of royalties when played on the radio and the Live Music Forum has written to PRS. Paul Huggett was reminding people about the forthcoming ‘Willfest’ in tribute to drummer Will Powell, which takes place at The Duke St Leonards on Saturday 26th October. Too many other people to mention but this is just a very small bit of what I remember, anyone who wishes to add anything interesting you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.

Lucy Pappas… Hope you all had a fabbie catch up xx

Josie Lawson… Glad it went well

Lance Collins… One day I will get away from work early !!!!

Robert Searle… Glad it went well

Peter Houghton… Sorry Alan I had everything to bring down but fell asleep in the chair.

Mick O’Dowd… Just as interesting as ever Alan. Well done.

Phil Little… Well done Alan.

Paul Crimin… Thank you for letting me sit at the same table as all of these local legends!

Reg Wood… Enjoyed it Alan. Thanks.

Elaine Roberts… Enjoyable afternoon, thank you. PS Nick Bloomfield’s song Behind The Lies is his first foray into music and he’s written, sung, and created it all himself – he usually films other people making their music https://youtu.be/JJwfvo30ERA

Peter Thomson… Great afternoon and so pleased we made it at last!

Colin Gibson… Ginger designed the cover as well as the Wheels on Fire cover

 

 

 

Who had a John Bull printing outfit?

photo source: unknown

Barry Hilton… I think that was Christmas 1976 I got one of those!

Mike Guy… Now updated by the John B.S. printing outfit?

Robert Searle… I had one when i was a young boy,i loved it.

Mike Waghorne… I had one as did my kids in the 80’s

Steve Thorpe… Had one of those!

John Warner… All the kids had one!

Fiona Evans… Me too !

David Edwards… Yep!

Mike Cope… Super, Smashing, Great….!

Julie Findlay-jones… I had one,loved it, made my own headed notepaper

Andy Qunta…Christmas present!

Colin Gibson… Make a poster in under two years!

Josie Lawson…. My brother had one of these

Pete Brazier… I had Two, then got the big set with the rotating drum to print on A5 paper! 🤔 it might still be in the loft!

Ralph Town… Had one

 

Radio Sutch 1964 and Screaming Lord Sutch memories by John Warner

Photo: Colin Dale

John Warner… 1964, David (Screaming Lord Sutch) invited Steve Rigby and myself to visit his new radio station, Radio Sutch situated off of Southend in the shivering sands army fort. What a place, Sutch called it the Sh****use on stilts. The radio operations was worked by a large bank of car batteries and I don’t know what the range was but I believe that most of the listeners were probably fish. Anyhow we ate all of the food and drink on the first night as we were expecting to be picked up the next morning. The weather changed and we had 15 foot high waves. We were stranded for another 2 days and even then the boat struggled for 2 hours to get us off. Sutch who was making a personal appearance at the Flamingo in Wardour Street, Soho, thought it was hilarious, Happy days! Sadly David became bi-polar and took his own life in 1999. A great character.

Wendy Weaver… We saw him on the Pier at a Young Farmers disco not long before he died. He had Cynthia Payne with him.

Tim Moose Bruce… Saw him at the 1993 cuckoo fayre. Great gig. Hat on fire for when he did Arthur Brown’s Fire.

Jack Irving… We actually played “Great Balls of Fire” when he’d set his hat alight. I played with the Savages from 1978 until 1983 and again from 1990 until 1997. Apparently, I was his longest-serving drummer.

Tim Moose Bruce… There was lot of scrumpy downed that night at the cuckoo fayre. Afterwards we went back to a friends living wagon for more drink. One guy went out in the dark for a slash. We heard a howl of pain in the dark and found him on the floor holding his cobblers. Claimed someone had kicked him and wanted to fight them. He had actually peed on an electric fence!

John Warner… He made several appearances at the Star Ballroom. Maidstone and later at the Cellar Club in Kingston. All to capacity crowds.

Pete Houghton… He lived in George Street Hastings .And Lord Tiverton Had a house in George Street where Lord Sutch and Cynthia Payne had a room

Paul Huggett… Would have loved to have met him.

Nash Sunley… He went to my school, Percy Road in Kilburn

Paul Huggett… There is an internet station Radio Sutch dedicated to the great man, plays old Rock and Roll, R and B etc and his tracks. Some old time station promos and ads too.

John Warner… David will be listening in!