Tony Court-holmes… had my 21st birthday party in there, my god that was a long time ago
supplied by Peter Gladwish. photos by Dave Trodd © Vox. http://www.voxshowroom.com/equipment/index.html
Peter Gladwish… In 1970, Birch-Stolec Industries purchased the VOX name and company, moving their manufacturing facilities from Erith, Kent, to Ponswood Industrial Estate, St Leonards. At the same time, Rick Huxley, former bass guitarist with the Dave Clark Five, joined the company as the Southern Area Sales Executive. This sales brochure was produced for VOX by Berfolt-Holt Design Ltd., St Leonards, where a friend and fellow band member, Cliff Brooker was employed. Now don’t laugh too much but I was asked to ‘pose’ with various musical instruments and equipment, in case viewers were unsure how to use them, I suppose! The photo-shoot took place in the basement of the Hi-Fi Club, High Street, Hastings Old Town and the photographer was Dave Trodd . The club owner is in the photo above( photo 5) but I can’t remember his name. If you know him, or remember him, please let me know. The Hi-Fi Club burned down in allegedly ‘suspicious’ circumstances around 1978. Again, if anyone has any more details, please let me know. You can learn more about the history of VOX on the website link above, where this brochure is featured.
Kevin Burchett… The club owner of the hi fi was aa chap called guy not sure of his surname he used to come to scalliwags with monkey Dave i saw him last year in Morrisons.
Alan Esdaile… This is definitely not Guy. Guy rang the HIFI with his brother. Anyone remember who this is?
Ralph Town… Wish they were still there,I,d take a job on those valves and pcbs
Colin Fox… I had one. You can see it behind me on the right. I seem to remember Rev Stockdale worked there for a while.
Paul Dengate… Vox also had a workshop in Beaconsfield Road.
Caz Simpson… The man in question resembles a man Guy and Dave hired as a bouncer at the club. I thought the brothers were the owners because they lived there and rented rooms to Jack and George.
Peter Gladwish… Clearly, the man in this pic with me was not the owner of the Hi-Fi Club (Guy McFarlane), as I had always thought and no-one seems to know his name. As he was the one who unlocked, plyed us with drinks and was hanging around all day, whilst Dave Trodd arranged the shots, I just assumed he was the boss-man. Thanks anyway for all your contributions. Apparently, Stuart Moir also worked at Vox in Beaconsfield Rd., Colin Fox & Paul Dengate. Anyone else out there with any memories?
Caz Simpson… I saw Guy some years back, he was running a bar in Battle. Sadly I heard Dave died, his wife was a lovely lady who had been a bunny girl. There was a good deal of suspicion about how the club burned down. Guy and Dave had extensive wood panelling carried out to the upstairs living areas which allegedly hid a lot of rot. They tried to sell the club but surveys always brought to light the concealment and sales fell through. I understand the insurance company had strong suspicions regarding the nature of the fire so refused to pay, which is why the gap remains.
Alan Esdaile… was the Vox factory in the Philips building on Ponswood?
Will Cornell… very cool Mason’s shares that address, Alan! Did they make the electric dulcimers for Brian Jones there too?
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?
More information… https://www.hastingsfattuesday.co.uk
The Umbrella Parade – Sunday 3rd March 2019…
*Meet at The Stade for the Umbrella Parade*
An explosion of colour, music and fun for all the family, The Umbrella Parade is a firm Hastings Fat Tuesday favourite, and all you need to take part is a decorated umbrella. The parade route is from The Stade to St Mary in the Castle and features a host of second line brass bands adding a New Orleans flavour, including the Brass Funkeys, Mariachi Las Adelitas, Sambalanca, Dende along with the irrepressible Dr Savage.With dancers and musicians galore, join in the fun! To take part in the parade meet at the Stade at 11.30am Check our Events page for details of two FREE Umbrella decorating workshops from Radiator Arts.
The culmination of the Umbrella Parade brings festival-goers together at St Mary in the Castle to enjoy food and drink and great music, as the rivalry of the four second line brass bands comes to a head in a dramatic play-off. Featuring the Brass Funkeys with their New Orleans jazzy vibe and of course the irrepressible Dr Savage and the 2nd Line Band, Sambalanco, Dende and the Mariachi Las Adelitas. This is a family friendly event.
photo © Mark Richards
ticket info... https://www.electricpalacecinema.com/whats-on
Dr King was an integral part at the beginning of London’s famous 12 Bar Club, and has worked over the years with three of the true giants of British acoustic guitar: Bert Jansch, John Renbourne & Davy Graham. On Friday 21 September he’ll be accompanied by a few special guests, covering a full suite of raga crossovers with Arabic, Celtic and flamenco influences.
Alan King… I’m returning to Hastings Old Town on Friday 21st September 2018- for a gig at the Electric Palace, High Street, Hastings Old Town TN34 – Tickets £10:00 – 8:00 p.m. It will be my last ever gig.
‘Absolutely brilliant music, a joy to watch’ – Green Man Festival
‘The best gig I’ve seen in Hastings for years’ – Forum post
‘The best gig I’ve seen anywhere for years- – Forum post
‘One of the most remarkable and memorable gigs I’ve ever seen’ – Forum post
‘Exceptional musicianship’, ‘Genius guitar picking’, ‘Fantastic guitar’ – Forum post
‘King provided the platform for Bert Jansch to step out of the shadows and into the sun’ – Bert Jansch Biogrophy
‘King was most of the brains behind Vic Reeves’ Big Night Out’ – Malcolm Hardee
‘King could be as funny as Reeves but wasn’t ambitious’ – Bruce Dessau (Guardian, Time Out, Evening Standard)
‘Shit’ – some fat bloke who lives just off George St
”I’m calling the police and you’ll get nicked’ – some other fat bloke
‘But it’s not even music’ – some old woman with a 2nd hand shop
‘That bloke who plays the Pat Metheney shit’ – overheard in the Dragon Bar
Review from Neil Partrick… http://oldfolkrebels.blogspot.com
Ken Copsey…..Flyer from the legendary gig where Adults singer Jeb (also part time Teenbeats van driver) smashed up a Burns Sonic.The Adults also featured Dave Blackman on drums and Eddie Mays on bass. Andy Leaney was on guitar.Smokestack Lightning featured Ken Copsey on guitar.Huggy was at the gig, so you had four fifths of the Teenbeats present.This was definitely one of Eddie May’s designs and who could forget Noggins Deluxe Disco.
Noel Noggin… Noggins Delux Disco is still in existence, although it’s now called Zeehound and lives in mid Wales. Same DJ same great tunes. 🙂
Peter Fairless… …and Smokestack Lightning will be on tour again this summer!
Mick O’Dowd… I really liked this band because one of their Dads’ told me to but I actually did like them!
Mark Syrett… The first time I met Steve Mepham and Craig Marsh.
Tickets very limited. Further details…