Hole In The Wall pub Hill Street Old Town Hastings.

Ray Barry… Remember it well,a Merrydown cider and bottle Brown Ale 2/10d. Circa 1963/4

Patricia Burgess… Ray, OMG haven’t heard the name Merrydown for at least 45 years loved that cider. Is it still made.

Ray Barry… Patricia, No the brewery closed some few years ago and is now a housing estate in Horam

Tony Court-holmes… Ray, my mum june used to drink that in The Anchor back in the 60s

Paul Reed… Is that street still there today or did it disappear if thats st Clements church in photo.Did I hear that area suffered bomb damage as well.?

Lynda Whatley… yes that is St Clements Church and the area was suffered bomb damage – and the church suffered too . My mother and myself posed for the local artist – when the church window over the alter was commissioned .

Ray Barry… The street is still there but the pub has long gone and is now a house. A pub round the corner called The Swan got bombed during the Second World War.

Graham Mccallion… I remember those days

John Wilde… I lived in Hill street during the late 70s and it was long gone

Jacqueline Marsh… I went to school just behind this pub

Monica Bane… My Wedding breakfast there In 1960!

Tony Court-holmes… drank in that pub

Tony Collins… Whether true or not but I did hear that at one side of the top window of the Church is a cannonball fired from an enemy ship and the other one is made or stone to balance it up. If you look carefully one is rusted and the other is grey. Can anyone confirm this?

Roger Simmonds… Tony, Yes there is a cannon ball in the wall!

Roger Simmonds… I also used to drink in there in 1964!

WA Guy Ltd High Street Hastings and Disc Jockey Records sign.

Sid Saunders… So that’s where I left my bike!

Monica Bane… As a Young girl, Use to ask Guys for drawing paper. My, brings back memories!

Claire Lonsdale… I can’t place where in the High St that is

David Edwards… Claire, by the entrance to Sinnock Square, building by Post Office demolished for Philip Cole flats

Ian Johnson… Bought a lot of reggae from the Disc Jockey back in the day

Jackie Hersee… And my old house – 86 High Street

Mick O’Dowd… I worked for W.A. Guy when it became Guy & Jones and they had moved to Sinnock Passage.

Stuart Moir… You won’t it’s such an old photo, even the trolly bus wires show that it’s two way traffic and that bike, well it looks like it belonged to someones great grandad

Boating Lake Old Town Hastings – late 50s

Alan Esdaile… Me and my sister Susan and Dad, early 60’s.

Jane Hartley… My dad used to take me on those boats too

Harry Randall… Spent many a day Patrolling lake with my brothers who worked there ! Number 36 come in your time is up! Also towing them

Jenny Power… The boating lake was so much bigger then as well

Jane Collins… I remember those days! My dad took me all the time

Jacqueline Marsh… Lovely memories playing there and if I remember rightly it was very shallow. In the very big shed at the end I remember seeing a huge whale that was on tour being displayed. Wonders of the deep.

Lloyd Johnson… just how I remember it!…

Sheila Maile… Never see those swans being used

Colin Bell… Reminds me of being on there with my Dad too, very happy days

Nicola Dobson… I’ve got one of my dad and me on one too

Dennis Torrance… The boating lake was huge then I remember with my mates early sixties walking on the ice and It cracking it broke and felt the freezing water lol

Pauline Sims… Good times!

Pete Brazier… Come in number 36 your time is up!”

Mick O’Dowd… Great stuff. Remember it well. Only one speed. SLOW!

Harry Randall… Mick, we used to tweek the patrol boats to go faster

Pete Houghton… Good times!

Graham Sherrington… I can smell the fumes from here what great memories!!

Tara Reddy…. Love this ❤️ I hope you can join us on 16 April ! We have scanner so if you bring photos we won’t keep them! Be part of a living history project!

 

 

Hi-Fi Restaurant and Discotheque – High Street Hastings 1970’s

Alan Esdaile… I can smell Disque Bleu by just looking at the photo! Well I think that’s what I can smell?

Martyn Baker… Owned by Guy?

Peter Thomson… Is that a cheese?

Patricia Wapshott… I remember that place but can’t remember who ran it , think he was called Guy and his flat above was so cool , he had a sunken bed and a vast record collection , my friend Camille was seeing him and that’s how I got to see the flat . We sat and listened to David Bowie albums while he smoked a joint and I must have been about 15 then and didn’t even know what a joint was ! I just remember that it smelt disgusting and politely said no when he offered it to me that was also smelt incense sticks burning . The innocence of my youth !

Gin Genie… Guy still drinks in the Nelson on a Monday night playing shove

Will Hadfield… I think this is where people hung out in a disco downstairs owned by a bloke called guy or max

Pete Brazier… Didn’t it become the cheese emporium? Probably the Swiss blue what you thought you could smell lol

Chris Baker… Played downstairs a few times. Usually with our electrics swimming in the mix of beer and “toilet water” and getting shocks off the Mike’s and my guitar! Health & Safety? What’s that?

Jim Hobbs…. How about old beer and cigarettes.

Angela Frances Gardner… When Chico had the Jamaican restaurant on the ground floor selling ackee and salt fish

Martin Richter… disque bleu ? you crazy beatniks

Andy Qunta…  Fond memories of this place!

John McCallion… I remember it well Alan, .It’s where I auditioned with Steve D, Paul Dove and Paul Wiseman to form Muller

John Busbridge… Disco was downstairs, used to go there!

Jemma Yasmin… What a lovely building I never knew what was here it’s been a building site as long as I can remember …. do you know when and why it burnt down? With the downstairs of Fagins and this what an amazing place the old town would have been at this time?

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Save the Electric Palace Cinema High Street Hastings

Rebecca Marshall is organising this fundraiser.

Hi wonderful people of Hastings and beyond, We’re here asking for your help to save the Electric Palace from permanent closure. Unfortunately, we’ve had to close our doors at the start of 2022, our twentieth anniversary. At the start of the pandemic we were carried through by funding from the BFI Cultural Support Fund, but it did not cater for such a terrible December in which we made huge losses due to all the booking cancellations. Now we are left in a disastrous situation. Due to the understandable concerns that affect us all regarding the ongoing Covid Omicron variant, January film bookings and venue hire were at an all-time low. It has not proved financially viable for us to open our doors for film screenings. Even standing closed has substantial outgoings, and we are under threat of permanent closure. To screen a film incurs licence fees and staffing costs that only generate further loss if badly attended.We are a not for profit ‘Community Interest Company’ with a small team of part-time staff and 30 dedicated and brilliantly passionate volunteers. Our running costs rely on ticket sales and bar profits.
for further information click on the link…  

https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-the-electric-palace-cinema-hastings?qid=578103820d3ab43f05c740f1b826bc87

Allan Mitchell… Totally agree!!!

Marcus de Mowbray… Great little cinema!

Heather Sidery… Most definitely!

 

Malcolm Mitchell, High Street, Hastings closed photo by Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

photo © Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

Phil Gill… Class outfitters

Martin Richter… all the army boots you could eat

Glenn Piper… veritable Aladdins cave of curiosity’s and lots of boots & great coats

Lucy Pappas… Bought my very wide leg sailor trousers from there! Loved Malcolm Mitchell x

Phil Gill… Lucy, You could have washed them before you turned up at the youth club wearing them though.

Lucy Pappas… Phil, I apologise for the fishy smell. Thinking about it, that would have been when we first become friends, 50+ years ago….

Phil Gill… I didn’t mind fishy, it was the beer stains from some Norwegian sailor’s night out.

Bruce Zebedee… Great shop

Colin Wells… Malcs bootique!!

Pete Blomfield… Datsun 100a or 120y?

Jeff McCall… Great shop, bought a purple parker from there, it had a bullet hole in it!

Gerry Fortsch… I remember that they sold every thing so one day I asked for a torpedo and they came up with one.

Fred Marsh… I wonder what some of our dfls would have made of it

Lloyd Johnson… Fred, Hastings is my home town.I moved to London in 1966 I went Ore youth Club with Patrick Mitchell who’s uncle owned MM .I opened my own shop/stall in 1967 in Kensington market a year later.In 1973 I was buying similar items that we’re sold in Malcolm Mitchell’s the High st,Baldocks and Winters shoe shop in George st.,Cyril Savages in Kings Road and Apps shoe shop in Silverhill by that time the stock I remembered from the early 60s was considered vintage clothing. I remember. buying an amazing W11 leather dispatch riders jacket from MM which I wore during my Art school days at The Brassey Institute above the Library in 1961/62…I guess you could say in some ways all those shops including MM were a great inspiration for me during my time. in the clothing business as was the whole teenage experience of growing up in Hastings with The Pamdor, Fiesta ,the trad jazz at the caves and the groups on The Pier. I think it is nice to see some new small innovative businesses bring some style to the town. The DFLs’ as you seem to call the creatives from London that have chosen Hastings to make their home. Several friends from London have moved to Hastings and St.Leonard’s and I think they contribute extra style and entertainment to the Town…..

Mark Syrett… Top shop

Mike Waghorne… Top clothe’s shop in the late 60’s Malcom’s boutique we used to call it !

John Mcewen… Best work boots ever!

Dave Nattress… Even us Bexhill boys knew Malcolm’s Boutique, always on the tourist may with the Trading Post

Jim Breeds… April 2021 view (Google Streetview)

Alan Esdaile… Jim, hasn’t got the same smell as the original photo!

Nelson Tigers 8th August 1992 Beach Concert Hastings – John Martyn did not turn up.

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Supplied by Chris Sambrook

Chris Sambrook… John Martyn didn’t make it in time but played on the beach the next day.

Alan Esdaile… According to John Martyn’s website, he was in America and missed the plane home.

Chris Sambrook… there is footage on You Tube JM playing between the Fishermen’s
huts which might have been the Monday after the Beach Concert weekend,  using a make shift stage and borrowed equipment. The other footage with John Martyn playing on the main stage at the Beach Concert, not sure which year but he had his band then. Through the mists of time and
many Pints later i’m confused.

Hans van den Berk… This is clearly 1992. https://www.johnmartyn.info/node/1241

Eric Harmer… Would love one of the posters Alan ? Where you there Bob it was amazing. The first time I met John ?

Alan Esdaile… Posters not one of mine unfortunately Eric. It came from Chris Sambrook. Unless anyone has got one best you can do is make a copy from this. John didn’t play this gig as was still out of the country and I think played next day on the beach. However the video clips from the beach are listed as 1991.

Hastings Beach Concert 2021 – 31st July and 1st August 2021

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…..

Freak Flag… How’s this for a freak coincidence? We’re playing at TWO fantastic festivals in Hastings on Sat July 31. Catch us at 5.15pm at the Nearly On The Beach Concert at The Stade – a free 2-day extravaganza raising money for the RNLI, Sea Cadets and Pett Level Inshore Rescue Boat. Then at 10pm we’re headlining at Hastings Rock Radio’s Welcome-Back Fest, just down the road at The Carlisle pub. As well as celebrating the return of live music, the event is raising money for broadcasting fees at the rocking good station, which is run entirely by volunteers. There is no fixed entry price but gig-goers are asked to make a suggested donation of £4 at the door. A large part of our set will be different at each event, although we will repeat a few absolute classics. So why not join us at both?

Nick Bloomfield…Freak Flag were excellent yesterday. This was their tribute to Dusty Hill from ZZ Top who died earlier this week. Lots of dancers too…

Elaine Roberts… Brilliant video, Nick – thank you once again on behalf of everyone

Eric Harmer… Great band

Graham Belchamber… They were superb

Pete Prescott… A great set. I would love to sing a few of their songs.

Stephen Rapley… Good work Mr Raxworthy next time remind me of the date.

Talkies HiFi Club High Street Old Town Hastings around 1966

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

Hi Fi Club High Street Hastings – front door – who went to the Hi Fi?

supplied by Leigh Kennedy

1968 Advert

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!