poster supplied by Colin Fox, photo (1969) supplied by Len Smith Eastbourne Bands from 1960 on.
Chris Howard… Great photo
Stuart Moir… The great voice of Mr Dave Shaw .
Martin Richter… Barry Page is the best dj – ever!
Vince Ray… Wow. So where was Downtowns on George Street?
Fred Marsh… Saturdays was at the end of George St above the amusements, never forget the stairs up to it or indeed trying not to fall down them a few hrs later
Vince Ray… Oooh yes, didn’t realise Saturdays was Downtown too
Andy Wilson… Nobody called it Downtown though – everyone still called it Saturdays.
supplied by Maureen Fuller Hastings Old Town Traders Facebook page.
Jill Lawrence… I remember it as Aquarius !
Jim Breeds… I remember it as both
Eugene Hughes… Me too. I can remember carrying Steve Maxted’s speakers up those stairs. Would need a conveyer belt today.
Martin Richter… I was assistant manager there in the 80’s – among other places !
Martin Richter… Paul, name and shame
Sandra Bryant… I was there when it was the Aquarius
Alan Esdaile… Remember it well. Does anyone know what it is going to be now?
Maureen Fuller… spoke to builders today they are only repairing front of building as dangerous cliff is pushing front of building out not doing anything inside
Alan Esdaile… Thanks Maureen, its been empty now for ages and surprised no one has done anything with it.
Carol Arnold… saw Hot chocolate up there !
Leigh Wieland-Boys… me too! Worked up Aquarius as glass collector & Saturdays as cocktail waitress! Happy days
Tony Court-holmes… reopen? I was thrown down the stairs by a bouncer
John Beeching… I don’t remember it at all, but then there is lot about the seventies I don’t remember
Jacqueline Marsh… Is that the old roller skating rink I remember going there as a ten year old and learning to roller skate and dance on skates, my big achievement was skating backwards. Not sure if this was the same place? anyone remember the skating rink upstairs?
Maureen Fuller… Yes it was I used to go every Sat morning
John Busbridge… I remember it quite well, went there on my stag night in the snow! Half of my mates didn’t make it due to the snow! That would have been in February 1983.
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Peter Millington…He did another stint in 1987 at the second Big Beat Reunion – did you miss that too? He was a master of live performance and such a genuine bloke, proud to have played on the same bill with him and chatted.
Caz Simpson… Sadly I did miss it, he’s a top notch bloke and very underrated
Mick O’Dowd… Always one of my faves.
Andre Martin… Remember a gig with these boys in Summer 67 at The Surf City Club, Tunbridge Wells. They were booked in for a special night, it was usually disco remember working the venue for several months in 1967 9.00pm – 2.00am all that I can recall was it was small and over some shops in Monsoon Road I think access not the best, but in those days all I needed were records, equipment was all built in and provided by Management.
Mike Knights… I know this gets a little bit boring, but yes I was at this one to.
Lloyd Johnson… I saw them at The Assembly Rooms in Tunbridge Wells in 1964. Fast forward to 1981 and I had a visit from a shipping agent at our Kings Road Shop. The company was Benco and the person who came to see me was Cliff. He became our shipping agent. Several years later when Chris Sayer and I were organising ‘The Big Beat Reunion’ on The Pier Cliff asked me if he could come down and join in, of course I jumped at the chance to have on the bill. I spoke to Chris about it and Henry Harvey, Jonah & Chris said we’ll back him!…they practiced for a hour with Cliff on the afternoon whilst we were dressing the stage. Cliff was so pleased to meet his old mate that was in The Searchers. We’d booked The Searchers as top of the bill. The night was a dream and a huge crowd showed up.
Paul Huggett… Great band. Saw Cliff and some of his originals at a Butlins 60s weekend a few years ago, still impressive. Chris Farlowe and the Zombies on the bill too.
Trevor Spears… I also saw them in 64 at Tunbridge Wells great band and supported by another good band The Preachers who later had a couple of members killed in a car crash! I was also in the support group in Lucerne Switzerland with them and the bass player was Chas Hodges and an amazing piano player Roy? cannot remember his surname!
Mark Randall… Is this the lady that was ‘allergic’ to the 20th century? If so, she should be feeling a bit better now
Alan Esdaile… Yes that’s the one, Polly Brown, Mark. She was also in Sweet Dreams and had a hit with Honey Honey.
Jan Warren… OMG, not my kinda music, I always went to Aquarius to see Fusion Orchestra!! 🙂 <3
Julie Corrigan… It was Sheila Rossall not Polly Brown. Sheila was in New Pickettywitch.
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Jenny Tyler… Kiki Dee was so good. Brilliant singer.
Mick O’Dowd… Highly underated talent. She was once signed to Motown and released an album on that label. One of the few “white” artists on their actual Tamla Motown label as most were found on Mowest etc.
Clifford Rose… I saw her at Hyde Park in 1976 and she was excellent, even though she used a cardboard cutout of Elton John when she performed ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’.
photo supplied by Karen Sweatman
Matt Thomas… Never stepped foot in the place but I can spot Karen lol
Gavin Hide… Yep. Remember in 86 home on leave….plus about 20 others from RAF ARMY bloody good summer leave
Lisa Jane… Went in once
Karen Sweatman… Lived there around 86!
Eugene Hughes… I was the DJ on the opening night. Played cards with Norman Courtney a few years back.
Samantha Blake… loved courtneys xx always in there xxxx
John Busbridge… Was it at the bottom of Wellington Square on the right?
Roy Penfold… Spent a few months working behind the bar around that time!
Eugene Hughes… It’s was where Flavours of India is now. Or maybe that’s gone also.
Wendy Weaver… I liked Courtneys . The last time I went there there was the film The Stud projected onto the back wall of the stage
Eugene Hughes… thats right. It was controlled in the dj booth. I can remember when I was working there one night. Alex Higgins was playing Terry Griffiths in the final of a snooker tournament. I turned off the light display on the wall and put the match on the screen. The punters were loving watching it. Norman Courtney was going bonkers.
Karen Sweatman… Willie George also DJed there in the 80s. I looked up onto that screen one evening whilst dancing, and saw my boobs jiggling about! He had focused the camera on me! One very quick and screamy flee from the dance floor!
Matt Thomas… After Courtneys I think it was called Rusty’s,but I liked Googleberry’s the diner it became after
Tony Court-holmes… used to go there a lot
Terry Hardwick… I was the dj there after Mike Alen along with Kevin Frost and Willie George remenber remember that African Grey Parrot Rupert. Then it was taken over by Joe Oriorden and called Rustys after his wife Eileen. Norman Courtney was a real Character . Billy Ocean when the going gets tough. Saturday love . Just buggin. I cant can’t wait. Set me free.
Maxwell Fox… I am Norman’s grandson – my father, Steve Fox, was a DJ there; and that’s “how she met my mom”, Norman’s daughter! Do any of you have any pics of Norman or the place in general? Send them to me please! firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Ham… Nigel Sivers on the left, Robert Hollands in the middle.
Martin Richter… name names Karen.
Karen Sweatman… I only knew the guy sitting on my lap! Had never met any of the others!
Steve Mann… I remember happy hour
Karen Sweatman… me too. Tequila sunrises lined up. I was only 16 but was never asked there!
Patrick Briggs…O yes guaranteed a fight every Friday glasses flying through the air . Great club
Dawn Mann…Yes loved it in there, they had a small stage for some mad reason I used to get up there and dance. Well at least I thought I was dancing haha!
Vivienne Gibbs… Yes I do – it was great all the while it was 21+ but went downhill a bit when they lowered it to 18s and over
Debbie Marie… I think I only went in there when I was about 15/16 and my BF at the time had a broken leg so he sat with his leg up in a chair all night
supplied by Kevin Burchett Hastings and Area, Past and Present
Kevin Burchett…this photo is of the scalliwags night club float in the old town carnival either in 1975/76 the theme was the 20s some of the people in it are Madeline Joyce Morton Les Martin Mick Betts Caroline shoe smith Shirley-marie Drury micky and myself Kevin Burchett im 2nd from left with the beard lol
Alan Esdaile… Can you remember what music was playing or was it The Charleston?
Madeline Joyce Morton… Im in the middle at the front
Kevin Burchett…They did play the Charleston at some stage
Alan Esdaile… I’ve just noticed Kevin that you and the guy next to you are both floating in the air?
Kevin Burchett… Yes I was always floating lol but was hanging the next day, I remember getting very drunk lol
Madeline Joyce Morton… so drunk and so many bruises on my hips bumping into bar every time it stopped. Lol
Don’t know a lot about Tony Morgan’s Muscle Power but they also recorded a version of The Equals hit Black Skinned Blue Eyed Boy and Racial Segregation written by Eddy Grant.
Claire Davis… Johnny Baker (John Baker) if that is the same one, still comes to Hastings and meets Tony Davis , they both DJd together at the Aquarius.