Mike Raxworthy… Been working on this one for over a year counting the postponement of last year’s event…. So really looking forward to finally presenting it. Everything and everyone in place… Sunshine is all we need now!! The dates for this years Beach Concerts are Saturday 31st July & Sunday 1st August. Are you ready Hastings…..
photos: Sue Colebrook-Gentry supplied by Lloyd Johnson
Strand Cafe supplied by Leigh Kennedy – year unknown
Sue Colebrook Gentry… Found this old picture of Lloyd Johnson, Sebastion Keep, Chris & Sid, must be from the sixties outside the old Hi Fi Club, good times.
Lloyd Johnson… I think this was when Alain a French guy had the Hi-Fi in the basement, very early on. he sold the club to Guy a Londoner that moved to Hastings. 1966/67 we’d just finished painting the front of Sid’s Cafe’Talkies’ in the OldTown High St, think the ‘High-Fi’ was in the basement. I think it is 66 as I was in Sweden in 65 and I’m wearing my bottle green corduroy jacket from CUE at Austin Reed where I work at the time. So this was probably a weekend activity, the painting of the Cafe front that is!.. Sadly Sebastian passed away some months back….he was a good friend in my youth . We both moved to London around the same time and Sebastian seemed to know everyone. I remember going to ‘BagOnails’ in Kingly street behind Carnaby st. with him in 67ish to see Jimi Hendrix, Hey! Joe! period…to say we were blown away is an up statement!….
Alan Esdaile… Great photos. Possibly a chemist shop next door?
John Gale… Excellent photos
Linda Day… I remember Sebastian Keep
Mike Waghorne… What was it called in the early 70’s ? I remember going there
Alan Esdaile… It was called Jooks cafe disco
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Angela Frances Gardner… It was a great place to go after the pubs shut and eating the wonderful Jamaican food at Chico’s on street level before going to the Hifi club. I remember that Lou Reeds song Goodnight Ladies was always played at closing time
Jackie Hersee… I went there
Simon Fraser… I went there. If you breathed you were stone
Ian Watling… It was a great place to hang out, can’t recall many nights but that’s probably because I was having such a great time
John Busbridge… Downstairs from what I remember, I used to go there must have been late sixties or early seventies?
Diane Knight… John, got to be 70’s …I was definitely there !!!
Andy Qunta… Went there many times. I think it was there that I saw Paul Kossoff from Free and John Martyn one night!
Andrew Bantock… I’ve only been here for 32 years so I don’t know why there is a hole where the HiFi used to be.
Jon McCallion… Because they can’t replace it
Colin Bell… It burnt down in ‘mysterious circumstances’…
Jo Turner… Yup
Peter Fairless… Only went there a couple of times at most, very vague memories!
Judy Atkinson… My brother used to go there a lot, Roger Fullbrook, known as Jack, anyone remember him?
Lucy Pappas… I went a few times but it was my sister Dina’s favourite place.
Colin Bell… Many times, me & Caz could tell a few stories….
Nick Webb… Many a night spent there, and if you got to go upstairs you where well in .
Alan Esdaile… Great music, great times. We used to sit in the alcove seat at the bottom of the stairs smoking Disque Bleu and drinking what we could afford. Probably only 14 when I first went there!
Steve Burt… Yep went there wild place.
Lloyd Johnson… i went there in the 60s and helped paint the front of ‘Talkies’ cafe almost next door….Sid ran the cafe!…
Simon Fraser… Never remembered how I got home from there. 1970is
Sue Colebrook-Gentry… I worked there behind the bar from 1967 — 1972 and lived upstairs. Many happy memories. Me and the DJ Jack and a couple of regulars behind the reception upstairs.
Willie Wicking… Went there a few times with older friends but was there the night it burnt down can remember it well was in Wellington Sqaure & after the 5th fire engine went past went to have a look that was a real fire fire brigade had a difficult job must have been around 77 79 can also remember all the hoses across road into boating lake
Diane Knight… Loved the Hi fi …I used to go there with the Alderson crew ( all relocated in oz) ..such great times
Chris Meachen… Had some great nights in there, fabulous place.. Pretty sure it burned down on September 27th in whatever year…
Bernard Goffredo… that was a regular haunt
Lloyd Johnson… I remember Guy and his mate on a silver Vespa GS very early on when they first came down to Hastings during The ‘Mod days’…his mate had an accident and lost a leg, does anyone else remember his friend. He went out with Lis Parrish for a while..I remember Guy talking to Les Martin , who helped run The Pamdor about buying the Hi- Fi from Alain the Frenchman that owned it….that must have been very early on…
Colin Doherty… DJ’d there and lived upstairs for a few very enjoyable years!
John Gale… Hard to believe that existed when you see the size of the gap left there after the fire
Alan Esdaile… used to be packed in like sardines!
John Gale… so I hear, just a bit before my time
Jon McCallion… It’s where it all started Alan as you would remember, I remember Fiona she invited me for the band.
Linda McGregor… It was nothing like a discotheque when I used to go ’76-’79
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Alan Esdaile… Trying to work out what the music poster is?
Lloyd Johnson… Which one is the music poster Alan?….two Cinema posters, one Carnival Week, a fire brigade one and before the party on the steps…
Alan Esdaile… The one that looks like a guy in a pork pie hat and blowing a trumpet??? but perhaps its something completely different?
David Kent… it looks like the trumpet is held up to his ear. Johnnie Ray?
Ian Quinnell… Where was this photo taken? I can’t seem to place it
Roy Penfold… High Street. Salters Lane is to the left of the picture.
Mick Knights… Bottom of the steps from the Croft, when I was a school it was a scrap metal yard.
Ian Quinnell… I just hope the old established pubs can survive, they are so much at the heart and soul of of the Old Town.
Paul Coleman… Looks like a burglar to me? Hammer in hand climbing a ladder? Nah! That must be the fireman. So what’s the music bit?
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Peter Houghton… Yes it was nice to see all the coaches down there and Uncle Tom’s Cabin was always busy in the summer
Tony Court-holmes… happy days then the bastards took away the coach park
Virginia Davis… I remember the fair being there during Old Town week every year in the 70s
Wendy Weaver… The usual mismanagement.
Jack Apps… The Wishing Well aaaaah
Merv Kennard… the mine.
Peter Higgs… my nan owned Toms Cabin in the early 70s . Margaret Cook Galloway
Eric Harmer… was a gas apprentice then and put the gas pipes in there with old towner Jimmy Curtis
Glen Aylard… The Day’s When you could park in Hastings Old Town
Mick O’Dowd… The days when the Council used to ENCOURAGE visitors especially in coaches!
Alan Esdaile… look how many coaches!
Mick O’Dowd… What’s the word for a lot of coaches? A cluster maybe?
Stuart Moir… Exactly, the decision to stop coach and bus parking on the Stade was the killer for all the old town businesses.
David Kent… Are you sure all those coaches weren’t there because they had broken down?
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Alan Pepper… Fond memories dancing to the latest sounds in the early seventies on a Thursday night and DJ Steve madman Maxted at the decks . Was a big influence !
Jan Warren… Oh yes, Fusion Orchestra!! – I LOVED that band – I saw them many times, first at the Aquarius in Hastings, then I moved to London and saw them many times at The Marquee Club, Wardor Street, London – I still have my original copy of their (one and only) album “Skeleton in Armour”, plus I still have several posters and newspaper cuttings!! – brilliant band, still play their album!! 🙂
Alan Esdaile… Great band Fusion Orchestra. Saw them loads of times and the album does still sound good.
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Johnny Smith and the DJ4 later to become Johnny Smith and the Chevs, L-R = Dave Johnson (Drums) Gordon Humphries (Rhythm Guitar) Dermot Murphy (Bass Guitar) Johnny Smith must be behind the camera. No picture of him available – YET! Played in the George Street Market Hall (Hastings) the Pier and many other local venues between 1961 and 1963
Barry Dyke… I remember all too well The Hi-Fi. Toilets leaking onto the dance floor, etc
Paul Sleet… I remember when the police came in to check on the number of people inside. Everyone crammed into the toilets and when the old bill got downstairs it seemed empty!
Nick Prince… It was called Jooks at the time of the fire! It changed its name 1976-77 time…..
Rosalind Cleave… I used to go there from 1966 !
Matthew Bryant… And now nothing there! Just a gap between Shirley Leaf and Petal and the sweet shop.
Paul Redfearn… Now then, there’s a blast from the past!
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Leigh Kennedy… October 1 st 1977. mystery surrounded the cause of the blaze but the owner was trying to sell the property at the time . The site has remained as wasteground ever since
Bob Saunders… Now there’s a blast from the past so dark down there spot of underage drinking methinks!
Gavin Martin… The forerunner of The Jenny Lind’s Sunday night vinyl club?
Madeline Joyce Morton… I lived opposite at 62 High St.
Lin Mitchell… Had some great times there
Alan Griffiths.. Now the gap next to Turners?
Fernando Silva…Was a regular customer through 66/67 when studying in St. Leonards only 48 (forty eight) years ago. Great times in Hi-fi with Alain as manager.
John Wilde… Guy and Mungo kept us suitably well oiled. I was on fire every night dancing alone to the best soul and rock tracks. Then upstairs for the after party. Lots of Swedish girls and hornacious longhairs with marching powder chased down with the best afghani. Of course I am telling lies.
Yvonne Cleland… I used to go upstairs at the Hifi, sometimes with Heather Carter! It was exactly like that. smile emoticon
Linda Day… I remember that place
Alan Esdaile… I remember taking over the decks from Jack a few times. He would say I’m just popping upstairs and would disappear for a few hours.
Chris Baker… Goat Curry was amazing! 🙂
Jon McCallion… It’s where I had the audition for Muller.
Tony Court-holmes… had my 21st birthday party there a long time ago
Andre Martin… And you can remember that far back !
Candy Clark… I wish , ha
Tony Davies… I remember the Hi Fi only to well, spent many a happy hour down there. They didn’t have a last order bell, just used to play Lou Reeds ” Goodnight Ladies” track,,,,, good memories.
Chris Meachen… Spent many a hot, crowded evening there myself, back in the day….
Diane Knight… Me too ..forgot the “Goodnight Ladies “bit ..good times !!
Nick Prince… Jooks had already been closed for a month or so prior to the fire. I remember the night it went up well. We lived on the corner of Dudley and Harold Road at the time and the sky was glowing orange. To be honest we all thought it was a repeat of something more serious like the previous years fire in George Street.