What comic did you have, when you were a kid?

Julie Findlay-Jones… Twinkle my sister had Jackie

Angela Frances Gardner… Jackie as a teenager, Princess Tina as a youngster!

Jo Turner… Snap

Margaret Fletcher… I had Bunty

Kev Perry… Look in

Peter Brazier… Eagle, TV21, Valiant, Comando, War library, beano, Dandy, what ever I could get with the pocket money I had left after I’d got my Airfix, Frog or Revel model kit lol

Jim Breeds… Dandy, Beano, Tiger at various times, but I regularly had Eagle delivered. Also I was literally just sorting through some old stuff a few minutes ago and came across this. Who remembers TV Tornado? It’s the complete comic from July 1967 that for some reason I still have.

Jan Warren… Look in and Jackie as a teenager and Yogi Bears Own Weekly as a kid

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Bunty & Jackie

Jo Turner… Princess Tina 😊 and my sister had Jackie

Lucy Pappas… Bunty x

Arthur Sutherland… Where is Topper and Beezer

Lyn Humphrey… Ah, comics—now you’re talking my language! Main one was ‘Lion’, with favourite character being ‘Karl the Viking’. Brilliant artwork, that I found out later was by Don Lawrence, a noted artist (and two weeks too late, I discovered he lived 2 miles from my house!). Also had, at various times, the Victor, Eagle, and Beano. They don’t write ’em like that anymore!

Eric Harmer…  Penthouse

Barry Newton… I know you Eric, you only bought it for the pictures, lol

Paul Chapman… Sparky in the early days. But later warlord, eagle, battle picture weekly… commando library

John Sperni… 2000AD… Still got prog 1,2,3

Martin Ralph… Lol,me too. Up to 226

Will Cornell… Mad Magazine. Still laugh out loud thinking over their stuff.

Dennis Torrance… My favourite was The victor like the dandy and beano later got the century 21

Josie Lawson… I had Jackie and Judy which my mum got me…and sometimes read my sisters Bunty. I miss the comics. I used to enjoy which bubble of words should be read, working it out. I know I have seen in Waterstones when I could get out and about, books with a different type of comic. There is a name for these books but can’t remember.
Within the last few years, adult colouring books have taken the scene by storm so to speak. Yes, obviously someone came to their scenes and realised the relaxation with them, adults and children need to colour, but maybe someone should now come out with adult comic books similar to our childhood comics. Before seeing this, I have quite often mentioned this to friends. “Wish I could pick up a comic at the paper shop”…

Tony May… My Nan (mum’s side) used to buy us the Dandy and Beano every week when me and my brother were kids. She used to go out to work to be able to buy them for us and to give us pocket money. I SOO wish I had been old enough to have appreciated it then and thanked her but when you are a kid you just take things for granted. I have been extremely lucky in life as far as family and friends is concerned and as I have gotten older (I hope) have got much better at realising that as well…

David Broome… Look In & whichever comic had Billy’s Boots

Chris Meachen… Beano or Dandy, but rarely both…

Terry Hardwick… The Valiant. With Captain Hurricane. And the Hornet with Goal Keeper Bernard Briggs.

Carol Ann Bolton… Bunty.

Kathy Wood… Twinkle then Whizzer & Chips

Geoff Peckham… Victor, with Braddock VC, Tough of the Track, Morgyn the Mighty etc. Loved it.

Liane Carroll… FAB 208




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.

SMART 41 coffee meet report

Excellent turn out and one of our busiest so far. Apologise to many people I didn’t get chance to chat to but among the newbies this time were Leigh Wieland-Boys and Mary Cox.  Leigh was chatting to Colin Bell about Bonitas and remembering him playing lots of James Brown. Mary was talking to Pete Millington with happy memories and photos of Chris Sayer. Tim McDonald was talking to Colin and Andre Martin about his time on the John Dunn Show for the BBC. Brian Wood remembers when his band supported a very early ‘The Sweet’ at the Witch Doctor. Also when The Flirts played the pier they had to get a special waiver to be allowed to play, due to Musician Union ruling at the time, as they were under 16. Loads of new cuttings and photos on display which I will get round to posting on these pages in the next few weeks, keep them coming. Roger Carey arrived with the early Rock A Nore promo photo of Stallion. Apparently they were told to dress smart and wear suits for the photo, except Tich who dressed as a skeleton. Happy memories of auditioning for a tour of Holland and juggling a job with gigs. Other bits he had on Stallion were an ad when they played the Iroko Country Club in London and a great photo of Tich Turner on the pier in 1974, as well as a playlist from 1975. Great very early photos of him and Phil Gill before they joined bands, with guitars, also Hat Trick photo and Felix reviews. He was also talking about the very successful tour he has recently finished with Steeleye Span. Len Benton arrived with a folder full of memories and lots of new items we have not seen before. Including a letter booking his band The Deep Purple at The Cobweb Ballroom for £15.00 on the 11th April, 1968. He also mentioned that when Episode Six played The Cobweb his band Deep Purple were also on the advert and posters for another date that week. Mysteriously Episode Six changed their name to Deep Purple shortly afterwards! Photos from his groups Pardon, when they played The Safari Club in George Street and also his band The Seekers.  Amanda Brooks was talking about the group Ghostriders which featured her dad Roy Brooks. David Miller and Mark Harris arrived with photos of their various bands, including Beez Neez, Split Image and cuttings from Carina’s Night Spot The Queens Hotel. Also a great photo of the duo Second Chance and The Likely Lads.  Tony Davis was talking about his recent trip to see The Giant of Rock at Minehead with the best bands of the weekend being Martin Turners Wishbone Ash, Manfred Mann’s Earthband, Deborah Bonham and Limehouse Lizzy. Jon McCallion was talking about the band Effigy, as Julie had found a gig ticket from 1971 at Clive Vale Annexe School. Trevor Webb asked if anyone has any merchandise on Smokie and did they play Hastings? Other talk was about who’s playing Fat Tuesday, The Mobiles, Music Festival at the oval, Beatles Day, Wrestling. With more people arriving and under pressure to finish on time, as the home secretary was due to appear at a function in the room we were in, we continued into the early evening in the bar area. 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.

Rachel Rayburn… Thanks Alan. Lovely to meet you and I appreciate the welcome. Look forward to the next one.

Jim Breeds… Sorry not to be there. We went north for a day out to see an exhibition that closes this weekend. Glad it went well. Looks like I missed a good one.

Josie Lawson… I enjoy reading the minutes of the meetings you have Alan…a great thank you to you all. It’s great you can all get together…

Carol Arnold… sorry i didnt make it this time

Alan Esdaile…  Interestingly this has just come up in my Facebook memories. Posted on the 3rd February 2013… Coffee Get Together. I’ve been chatting to a couple of friends here and thinking of arranging a get together over a coffee in town. Just a general chat, catch up of music lovers, pier talk, old photos etc.If it works out maybe meet up on a regular basis. Let me know if you are interested and pass on to like minded friends and I will be in contact with details in the future.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I made it at last! It was lovely to see so many old friends – thank you for the warm welcome

Sid Saunders… I wanted to go to my first one but was walking the South Downs Way yesterday, next time.

Pete Prescott… Very upset to have missed it.But ill make the next one !

Mick O’Dowd… Same with me but no-one would have appreciated me throwing up over them!

Andy Qunta… Sounds great! As usual, I’m sorry I wasn’t able to be there, but thanks for the great write-up, so I know what happened!

Lucy Pappas… Thanks Alan, sounds like a great afternoon x

Leigh Wieland-Boys… It was a great afternoon…even when Amber Rudd’s entourage evicted us from the room & we had to move into the bar we carried on regardless..! I found it all very interesting & enjoyable, thank you

Jeanette Jones… Ditto Andy

What Song or Songs Do You Really Hate?

Terry Corder… I’ll name 2 if I may. House of the rising sun and a whiter shade of pale. Oh, and peggy sue. Oops, that makes 3.

Phil Gill… Brown Eyed Girl.

Eric Peckham… Anything and everything by the Carpenters. So middle of the road, it should be run over.

Terry Corder… Brown eyed girl. I hate that one as well and Freebird.

Michael Wilson… Anything they play over and over again on Heart Radio. Especially ‘Galway Girl’ by Ed Sheeran.

Alan Esdaile… Loads but Mr Blobby comes to mind.

Eric Peckham… I just want to stick a bullet in my head every time I hear that one.

Terry Huggins… Anything reggae or ska, most punk rock and anything that’s played too often.

Eddie Caffrey… Apart from the obvious ones -long haired lover etc O Lori by Alessi …sooo annoying!!!

Peter Thomson… Y Viva Espana or Una Paloma Blanca. Got me thinking what my problem is with Spain now…

Rick Pentecost… Sweet home bloody Alabama and Freebird

Simon Page… Boo Boo Boo! Rock Me Amadeus by Falco. Life Is Life by Opus.

Peter Antony… I don’t know… I mean there are the obvious ones. But to tell you the truth, I’m probably not that happy with the current top 5, whatever they are this week.

Richard Wood… “Bohemian Ratshit” – pompous, pretentious glam-rock at its worst.

Mandy Wright… The birdy song!!

Eddie Caffrey… Right on Mandy as it falls into the silly category Long haired lover….combine harvester….mr blobby….tellytubbies….bob the builder….

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Happy Christmas and Very Best Wishes for a Healthy 2018

Mastins Ad 1968

Thank you to everyone for their great support during the year and especially to the people that regularly post and keep the page interesting. SMART has grown beyond my wildest expectation and 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. It is a sad time for many but I hope some of the postings keep the happy memories alive.  I will be taking a Christmas break shortly, so limited posts and replies to emails during the next week.  I wish you all A Very Happy Christmas and A Healthy New Year.

Janine Anne Scott… Merry Christmas Alan. Thank you for all you do to keep us golden oldies in the loop ⛄️

Patricia Lloyd… A very happy Christmas and prosperous new year,keep up the excellent work. X

Chris Meachen… Used to love going in Mastins toy department when I was a kid…

Glenn Piper… Likewise

Phil Gill… Haha Chris I remember when Mastins had closed down and you stood in the window like a mannequin one night and made passers by jump! Great prank!!

Jan Warren… Merry Christmas Alan and to all at Smart and thanks for all the memories!! xx

Dennis Torrance… Happy Christmas new year to you

Tony Davis… Have a great Christmas Alan, you do a fantastic job with SMART. Best wishes to all my fellow SMARTIES

Ernest Ballard… Wishing you a very merry Xmas x

Mick O’Dowd… Hope to see you in the New Year Jan. Happy Christmas Alan. Thanx for all the superb Meets this year and keeping us interested with the novelty posts as well as the serious ones. Enjoy your break. You deserve it!

Yvonne Cleland… Merry xmas, Alan xxx

Dave Nattress… Thanks Alan, and best wishes to you also. This is a great site and enabled me to re-live so many good memories of so much and in particular, the local bands and band-members of days gone past, all the names and venues, photo’s, press cuttings, gig posters, as well as filling in so many gaps about the pier and the multitude of bands who played there. Also, broadening out the interest to incorporate the “anyone remember x, y, z”.

Colin Norton… Thanks Alan and all best wishes to you and yours for a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year! Thanks also for all of the work that you do for this group. It is much appreciated!!

Phil Gill… Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours

Alan Pepper… Happy Christmas to all our readers ! Will try to attend a meet up ( work permitting ) next year ! Cheers Y’all .

Clive Garrard… Happy Xmas everyone.

Lucy Pappas… Merry Christmas

Tony May… A HUGE THANK YOU to you Alan. Without your efforts none of us would have the chance to enjoy chatting with like minded souls nor be able to re-live some of our most precious moments. Have a great break and all the best for a HAPPY CHRISTMAS and more of the Johnny Mason show in 2018!

Iain Cobby… Thank you Alan Merry Christmas to you and to everyone else who contributes to your fantastic publication. Keep on rockin

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


SMART coffee meet No. 39 report

A nice warm afternoon for our 39th meet and among the newbies this time was Sarah Ferguson. Sarah was chatting about memories of the Pam Dor and Black Cat coffee bars with Colin Bell.  Mick O’Dowd arrived with some interesting albums Righteous Brothers Back to Back, Vogues Greatest Hits, Sgt Barry Sadler Ballard Of The Green Berets and Whistling Jack Smith I Was Kaiser Bills Batman which got people whistling the tune as soon as they picked up the sleeve! He also had two local cd’s from the Tar Babies and Jinks Night Fever from August 1999.  I had sheet music books of The Rolling Stones 8 new songs, Shadows Golden Greats, Stranglers Collection 77-82, Who Best Of and Hazel O’Connor Breaking Glass. Pete Prescott arrived with a pile of LP’s including Return To Forever featuring Chick Corea Where Have I Known You Before, Atomic Rooster In Hearing Of, Wishbone Ash 1st album and Argus. Barry Taylor popped in with a couple of interesting photos from 1975. Iain Cobby came along with a bunch of photos of Wal Basses. They were very popular in the 80’s and are now being made again. Ann and Phil Gill were talking about the success of son Miles with the band Roam, who are setting the charts alight with their new cd Great Heights and Nosedives and currently on tour in America. Phil was talking to Iain and Lol Cooksey about the Stallion album has had over 3 million illegal downloads without getting any payments. Interesting to hear that Iain is having a group rehearsal with Factrio, watch this space. Jon McCallion was reminiscing about Effigy and when Chris Baker was in the band. Graham Belchamber was talking to Ray and Anita Medhurst about his Bruce Springsteen plaque on the end of Hastings Pier and has written to Bruce about it.  Eric Harmer and Sarah Harvey were talking about their recent successful gig with James Westlake and Tony Davis was talking about his up and coming show on Conquest Hospital Radio. This is just a small bit of what I remember, anyone who wishes to add anything interesting you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.

Pete Prescott… I hate missing these meetings. It’s great hearing other peoples past adventures and seeing books/ albums and photos. Wonderful.

Tim Moose Bruce… I got a Tar Babies cd. Great band . One of their bassists being Lee Pomeroy who at present is in the Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman line up of Yes.

Mick O’Dowd… Great afternoon as usual. Thanx Alan!

Jim Breeds… When’s the next one? We may even be living locally by then!

Alan Esdaile… Looks like being 15th December but will confirm in due course.

What was your first car? Getting to gigs etc. asks Dave Nattress

Dave Nattress… Who recalls their first car? I got my first car in 1971, a 1958 Austin A35.  Many a great time in it for a year or so before graduating to a 1965 Ford Anglia.  I can’t even recall if the Austin had a radio?  But the angle-box did and I soon fitted a cassette player as well.  Who else recalls their first cars, what were they and lets have some stories about them.  Everyone piling in going to gigs, pubs in the back of beyond, racing back across the marsh from The Sundowners or Kings to get to Taffy’s.  Have to admit after many a heavy night in Hastings driving back along the sea-front to, Bexhill, couldn’t hear, PA and backline  on the pier too loud, could hardly see, fogged brain, one beer too many, could manage steering, someone else changing gears – well not quite but a few dodgy moments.  Way back when cars were pretty unreliable but you could change an engine in an afternoon and a set of spanners and then a socket-set would do most things.  The old Austin even had a starting handle – used it on occasions as well!  Later on I got a Ford Cortina Mk2, 1600E, highly rated back then, and the back seats would come out – the bit you sat on, and I could just get my PA bass-bins in.  One time, Robin Heggie’s (RIP), 2 x Simms-Watts 4 x 12 cabinets and amps went in not with the PA though.  Often drums and goodness knows what else.

Lynn Humphrey… Well, Dave, how strange–my first car was the same as your second–a Ford Anglia. Not only that, but it was also a 1965 model. It definitely didn’t have a radio, or not my model anyway. Mine was grey in colour (I wish I’d looked now to see if it had, “Nattress was here,” carved on the steering wheel.

Pauline Sims… My first car was a Triumph Herald, like this, probably around 1968 – it definitely did not have a radio but it was a lovely motor!

Chris Meachen… My first car was also an Austin a35, bought from Jerry down the pub for 50p.. I’d never driven before, but he showed me where it was (by the blue dolphin) gave me the keys & I taught myself to drive it on the way home up Croft Road…

Terry Corder… Ford thames van, 15cwt, blue, 3 speed, column change. Probably 1969/70. Not the van but the year I bought it.

Jane Dorsett… Remember it well, Dave.

Judith Monk… I had a Vauxall Victor Super in two tone grey and black. The license number was SRX 615. I adored that car, bench front seat that would squash four across, no seat belts, column gear stick and tons of chrome and class!

Mike Curtis… Triumph Herald in a mushroom colour. 7086 DU. So proud of it. Have more than 70 since, many of which would be worth a lot of money if I’d kept them?

Geoff Peckham… I remember it well, Mick. I used to ride on the back of your scooter prior to your getting the Triumph. It used to get a bit chilly. When you turned up with the car for the first time you were dressed in shirtsleeves – just because you could!

Jeff Belton… My brother in law had one, and when turned up he managed to to fit my mum, dad, sister and me , and himself,. A tight queeze, but we all got in . This was the first time we met him.

Chris Baker… I had one during my mid-life crisis! It had the original engine but was souped up so it could rev to 8000 rpm without melting and do 130 mph. Scared the shite out of me!

Colin Fox… Mini, which had the start button on the floor, a piece of rope to open the door and sliding windows.

Dave Nattress… Hi Lynn, mine was light Green with a White roof. Bought off Roy Sanderson – The Road and Lysander and other bands often mentioned on these pages!! So, definitely not yours old friend!! I think we’d lost contact by then by year or two – we left the Downs in what – 1969!!

Now, going back to my own question – first cars and gig travels etc. I suddenly recalled this. Who from the area recalls going to see Pink Floyd at Earls Court on the Dark Side tour -1973. Between Bexhill and Hastings we filled a big coach one evening 45 – 50 odd seater. Possibly a Renown from Bexhill. Can’t recall who organised it but it was a pukka do. Possibly the idea originated in the Castle, Bexhill, but undoubtedly it took in some of the haunts (pubs), of Hastings, maybe the Nelson/Anchor, to get the coach fully booked – coach and tickets and all. The driver was quite possibly the only one not, (at least slightly), off his head! Not condoning that sort of behaviour and all that!!

Graham Wilks… A 1955 Fiat 600 with suicide doors. Not easy to get a Vox AC30 onto the back seat!

Chris Baker… My first car was a mini which I bought from a Debenhams colleague for £50, I think. Apart from the door hinge breaking when my driving test examiner got in, which I think helped me pass, it was great! Got it from Sean.

Paul Huggett… Split screen Morris Minor, all throbbing 803cc of it, bugger-all brakes, and a fair bit of filler. But I loved it!

Neil Cartwright… Paul – ditto!

Simon Page… Austin A40

Mick O’Dowd… Mine was a Ford Consul with a bench seat in front and column change I bought for £75. Replaced it with a red Triumph Herald convertible. That’s where my hair went!

Wendy Weaver… My first car was an Isetta Bubblecar, 300cc I think. My fourth car was a green (same as above) A30 with a 35 engine. Great little car, I bought it in 1969 for £25. It had a smaller rear window than the A35.


Who played cowboys and indians as a kid?

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Lloyd Johnson… I did. Cap bombs were great!….

Pete Prescott…  I might have done. OK I had a black and white cowboy outfit when I was six. With a black bolster and silver gun. I spent Christmas shooting various family members (mummy mum). all nice harmless stuff. At night I would be put in the sleeping bag my mother made for me and lifted around the room with my head sticking out for my goodnight kiss from everyone… then I would shoot them. I had a wonderful family.

Lloyd Johnson… Your name isn’t Hopalong Cassidy is it? ….😀😀😀

Amanda Brooks… Yeah. I had a silver gun that took caps.

Judith Monk… We did.

Pete Millington… I loved the smell of caps – the first and last addiction I ever had!

Steve Reents… These rocked! I had a giant plastic bag full.

Janet Rennie… Haha great memories

Will Cornell…  My toy soldiers consisted of some lead ones of British Cavalry ca. Crimean War…but my folks found out they were highly collectible and stopped me from playing with them. So it was plastic from that point on. But that didn’t discourage me from the Blue & Grey centennial edition of Civil War soldiers or the WW2 sets (you could get grey for Germans or tan for Japanese, and allies were always green.). Hours on the floor, sandbox, wherever. I still think GI Joe is a doll, like ya know, for girls.

Pete Prescott… I used to dig little trenches in the garden. Then lay next to them to get the full effect. I loved the cap fun I had. I was always envious of anyone who had an action man.I didn’t have one. I still carry the scars of action man envy !

Amanda Brooks… Yeah, I had Sindy doll envy, I didn’t have one for ages, then got one. She weren’t all that.

Olga Mamonova…  in Moscow we played Indians & Indians – various ‘tribes’ against each other, – never the cowboys, as we all supported Indian side.

Jake Nelson… Never stopped playing, as a kid!