Who remembers Exchange Travel in Parker Road, Hastings?

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I worked there for five years in the 70s! It was a great place to work!

Rachel Rayburn…Yes I also worked there for a while in the 70’s. Remember Jose Fernandez?

Leigh Wieland-Boys… very well, he was such a lovely man! When we’re you there? We’ve had a couple of reunions over the years. I was there from 74-78 Malta Admin then Secretary – who else do you remember? Fred Vines was Reservations Manager then

Rachel Rayburn… It would have been 1973/74 I worked in Reservations on the Malta section.

John Mcewen… Yep, lived in Parker road from 69 for 11 years. Mum’s still there.

Graham How… Apparently, I worked there too… but it was in the studio!

Terry Pack… It would seem that the real question is ‘Is there anyone who doesn’t remember Exchange Travel, and didn’t work there at some time or other?’

Chris Connell… My Mum worked in the canteen. She made cakes and scones and even helped with cooking the staff Christmas dinners.

Dave Nattress… Me Terry, Ha Ha!! One of those places, where so many worked like so many in and around – somewhat naturally I suppose, but I had many friends who did work there and knew of the place well. It was a very large operation. I suppose in a while it will be who did NOT work at Hastings Direct!!

Graham Sherrington… Ive been in the Airline Industry for over 40 years started in 1977 and I can tell you THOSE WERE THE DAYS!!!!

Jane Kilby also Burmingham… I used to work there from 81 until they went under!!! X

Bookham Ally… My old boss, John Kilroy, from my days at the Singapore Tourist Board in London was at Exchange.

Mandy Wright… I worked there from 1984 until the end , reservations, Bonanza and accounts. ( occasional we had such fun. Xx

Judith Monk… My Mum worked there Betty Hadfield.

Alan Esdaile… Pat, our late bookkeeper at Masons worked there for many years. I also looked round the empty building a number of times, as they were desperate to get rid of it  but with so many officers and limited head room it wasn’t suitable and too costly to turn into a warehouse. It’s now Ore Valley Sussex Coast College.

Peter Thomson… I remember it well as Parker Road was quite close to my home, but never worked there. While in IT Ops at Ashdown House, our ICL Support Engineers also covered for the computers at Exchange. Living in Peterborough, it rang a few bells when Thomas Cook went under last year.

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Exchange Travel Parker Road Hastings part 2 1974

Matt Thomas… I remember this building so well from when I was at Elphinstone School

Leigh Mitchell… Worked there for five years, absolutely loved it. Made some great friends there too

Rachel Rayburn… Worked on the Malta section . Reservations. Remember Jose Fenandez

Leigh Mitchell… Rachel, loved Jose, always looked after us xx

Andrew Freeman… Prior to being Exchange building it was Seeboard offices

Leigh Mitchell… Andrew, I remember Seeboard opp Exchange – we shared the car park

Andrew Freeman… Leigh, originally Seeboard had both buildings then sold one to Exchange.

who remembers organist Tina Johnson 1974

John Gale… Omg. Alan. !!!! That’s Tina that dad played with. Since he died we’ve all been trying to remember her surname. Brilliant She’s was a good keyboard player I think I have a photo with dad somewhere from the Railway club Thank you

Tony Davis… Tina and her Paradise Islanders. She tried to teach me to play guitar but my heart wasn’t in it. Wish I’d persevered

Andy James Long… you should definitely have persevered, it’s never too late to Tony!

Pauline Richards… She played at my parents 25th anniversary with John Gales dad on drums. I think she lived on Parker Road

John Gale… Hi Pauline, I don’t surpose you have any photos of the anniversary do you?? My mum and myself are always trying to find a photo of Tina playing with dad as we only have one 😪. I use to go along and watch them quite alot myself, back in the day. I thought my Dad was the world’s greatest drummer 😂😂as you do, when you’re 10 years old

Shiela Maile… Yes in the Chatsworth

Janine Hemsley… She taught me guitar

John Gale… We are  after a photo of my dad with her as we haven’t hardly any… 😥. Mum just mentioned, Tina’s first husband was also called Tony and was a drummer… She later went on to marry Ken Baker. Just a bit of useless info there..