Mars – featuring Mick Mepham Prom-In-Aid 1986

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photos by Neil Cartwright

Michael Mepham….Wa-heyyyyyy, pix of me that I didn’t have before!!!! Top is Paul Tanner/guitar, Next are, from left, Liane Carroll – keys, Robin Heggie – bass and yours truly – guitar. Next l to r me, Garry Blakely and Steve Cooke – violins and Robin Heggie during the finale, Hands Across The Water. Next – me, Bottom, the late, lamented Michael Bettel – drums and percussion. Lovely chap and a great drummer. Died way too young.

Michael Mepham….Mullets a-gogo! Garry and Steve stepped in to play the string parts as cellist Ian couldn’t make it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t filmed or recorded, as far as I know, as the camera ran out of film before the track. The whole audience sang the chorus and we thought that maybe they’d be able to hear it in Africa. Great gig. Also, as I remember it, the event raised £3000 in the day. Fantastic for Hastings in 1986! Ian Dobson presented most of the bands and Joe Macilvenny not only sang with Better Days but also organized most or all of it. Marvellous memories of that gig.

Liane Carroll….awww….memories!!! x

Alan Esdaile….The photo at the top looks like the mike stand is going through Paul Tanner’s stomach.

Mick Mepham…..A bit like the church lightning rod that falls off the top of the church in the Omen and transfixes the priest ……

Slayve – 1983/1984

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supplied by Mark Little.

Paul Tanner, Steve Simpson, Val, Mark Little, Chris Sambrook.

Mick Mepham….Excellent!!! Paul was with me in Mars in ’86 and I think I played with Mark too but can’t remember when exactly, it might have been more like ’87 ish. I don’t believe I ever had the pleasure of playing with Chris….

Gary Kinch…..Top Bloke is Chris, haven’t seen him for a while

Chris Sambrook…The band were influenced by Rush around time of Moving Picture or beyond. Why i was wearing a Fireman’s helmet and blowing a “Duck call” is beyond me.

Mick Mepham…It’s a good look though Chris …….

Stevie Simpson… Saw Chris for the first time in 30 something years last night over at The Carlisle in Hastings, hardly changed

Terry Hardwick… Those H H speakers they weighed a ton

Slayve – Circa 1979

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supplied by Ernest Ballard

Ernest Ballard… Left to right. Paul Tanner, Mark Freeman (Dec) Ernest Ballard , Steve Simpson. Band called Slayve. Circa 1979. Taken at White Horses. One of our first gigs was at The Crypt Hastings.

Chris Barrett… Great picture Ern.

Alan Esdaile… Going for the menacing look Ernest?

Ernest Ballard… I learnt that look when I lived in London playing in a rock band with attitude lol. Found it in an old suitcase I unpacked from the loft

Slayve – Mid 80’s The Crown Hailsham

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supplied by Kris Hannah

Kris Hannah…. Paul Tanner, circa 1985 Probably The Crown at Hailsham and 1987 Ernest Ballard (I think) on drums and Pete Lees on bass.

Robert Searle… Looks like Tony Kenward on the second photo in the background.

Mark Little… Before I joined I think, but Paul Tanner and Ernie Ballard for sure!

Len Smith… Yes looks like Tony Kenward in the background.

Gary Sykes… Paul Tanner was a good guitarist, anyone know what he went on to?

Terry Pack… I played a couple of gigs with Tony Kenward, Paul Tanner and Pete Shaw in Eastbourne around 1985.

Ernest Ballard… Yep that’s me on drums. Paul is still living in Eastbourne. He joined the Teenage Idols in London after this band. Great cool bloke. I’ll try contact him