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…


Hastings Museum – Bohemia Road

Bored, nothing on the telly? Time to visit Hastings Museum Bohemia Road again. Always lots to see and have just spent an enjoyable afternoon looking around. I can’t believe some people have never visited it.

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Jim Breeds… It’s a brilliant place! Went there this year for the first time in decades. Two times actually. Bumped into Andre the second time. 🙂

Sarah Harvey…. I have a confession to make Alan…. I have never visited the museum and I have lived in this wonderful town all my life. *Hangs head in Shame* ……. but an error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it, and what a wonderful thing to correct it when I have a spare day on Friday! 🙂

Jim Breeds… Outside that window 🙂


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Andre Martin… Sarah that is being very honest, no need to hang your head – if you make it on a Wednesday I am usually around in the local studies room between 10.00am-4.00pm, it would be great to see you

Jane Hartley…  I’ve been to the museum twice this year. School art exhibition and WW1.

Yvonne Cleland… You could make a day of it and visit Bexhill Museum as well, Sarah 🙂

Alan Esdaile… If you have not been before Sarah, allow a couple of hours as loads to see. I’ve always been fascinated by the story of ‘Grey Owl’. Let me know how you get on.

Sarah Harvey… I read the story of Grey Owl and also found it equally fascinating Alan but then again anything to do with Hastings and its environs is fascinating to me….. sounds like I have a history day ahead of me!

Andre Martin… That is a very good piece of thinking as both museums compliment each other in their style, presentation and content – I would agree that could be a very good day spent looking at our past, it really is fascinating.

Eric Cawthraw… It has been a couple of years since I last went – it as an exhibition I seem to remember. The building has quite a history, particularly the ‘India Room’ – sorry, that it probably the wrong name, but those who know the building will know what I’m on about. Perhaps some one in the group can put some more info on site in this respect. It is a wonderful facility – there are exhibits even older than our bunch of SMART dinosaurs! I’m sure one of my relatives – duly stuffed, is on show. EC

Jim Breeds… The Durbar Hall is it’s name 🙂 It was built in 1886 for the Indian and Colonial Exhibition in South Kensington and brought down from there by the Brasseys.

John Storer… I remember going on a class trip to the museum (the only time I ever went) when I was at Sandown. We went specifically to see a brown plate …. am sure there was a very good reason at the time, but it escapes me now!

Mods & Rockers Rebooted – 1964 – BBC1 19.30 22nd Aug 2014

Thanks to Andre Martin for reminding us of this.

We take a fresh look at the bank holiday clashes of 1964 to separate fact from fiction as we bring the mods and rockers of the time back to those seaside crime scenes. Were they really as bad as the papers made out? Or was there something else behind it all?