Vox made at Ponswood Industrial Estate, St Leonards-On-Sea 1971 & HIFI Club chat.

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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.

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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?

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The Vogue – The New Broom advert 1st Nov 1975

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photo supplied by Peter Gladwish

Mike Mitchell… I don’t remember The Vogue but I do recall rehearsing on Saturday mornings in the basement of the New Broom.

Peter Gladwish… Vogue was my band, started in 1975 after King-Rod split up. Greg Pearce (Lead Guitar), Dave Gladwish (Bass Guitar) & Peter Gladwish (12 string Rhythm Guitar and Drums). Eric Burgess later replaced my brother, Dave, on bass guitar, when I also changed the name to Trinity. The band split in 1979 when I moved away from the area. Greg went on to play in Centre Page and when I moved back South in the early 90’s, I also joined Centre Page on drums full-time.

Alan Esdaile… Love the satin shirts (or maybe silk?) and the flairs.

Peter Gladwish… They were satin. We bought all our stage gear from ‘Underground’, at the end of the Arcade in Hastings.

King Rod & The Alamo – Hastings Pier 22nd June 1973

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cutting supplied by Sarah Harvey.             photo supplied by Peter Gladwish

Peter Gladwish… Above is a piccy of me playing with King Rod on Hastings Pier around the time of this poster!

Andre Martin…..King Rod were a group that played many venues in and around Hastings during the 60s onwards. They were very much part of the Musical/group scene at the time.

Alan Esdaile…..Both King Rod & The Alamo were popular but not sure about sexy smith? Mind you the lead singer of Alamo was Bob Smith so that might have had something to do with him?

Peter Millington….Well here goes for all you “group watchers” – King (Kingsley Trowell – RIP) and Rod (Rodney Trowell) were brothers and went out as King Rod and Co. The Co were Paul Freeman on drums and Greg Pierce on Rhythm guitar. A really good harmony group. Rod joined JINKS in 1974 with Ian Williams, Vocals and Lead guitar, Terry Chedzoy, Vocals and Drums, Peter Millington, Vocals and Rhythm guitar. In 1976 Ian left and Trevor Spears joined. This partnership born out of The Confederates in the ’60s, lasted until January 2002, 26 years! when each took a break for 12 months. JINKS reformed in January 2003 (Ian Williams, Terry Chedzoy and Peter Millington) and continue to play. Trevor Spears and Rodney Trowell now play in LOOSE CHANGE with Stuart Moir on drums (formerly of Suspect and Centre Page and Clive Drew-Clifton on Bass and formerly of the ’60s group The Springbeats.
The ALAMO had quite a few personnel changes but at their height the membership included Bob Smith – Lead Vocals, Kirk Ronchetti Drums, Nigel Davies Lead Guitar, Dave Levett Bass Guitar. This version of the Alamo was converted into GRUNDY (Nigel, Dave and Kirk) with the addition of Nigel’s brother Clive Davies. GRUNDY continue to play although Nigel passed away in 2005. A very sad loss.

Mick O’Dowd….King Rod always seemed to be around somewhere right from the 60’s onwards. One of the most enduring bands maybe?

Maggie Shearin… I so need to put my glasses on…i thought that said kings road…then i thought well friday is not the 22nd lol

Paul Dengate… I was playing with the Alamo at the time of this gig. Don’t remember it, but it’s in the diary. Played a lot on the pier.

 

The Inset – around 1964 – Railway Club St Leonards. Also UJB and Andy Franks.

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Supplied by Peter Gladwish

Peter Gladwish… This was my first proper band which was started when we were all still at school. We used to rehearse at St Helens Youth Club, by St Helens Church on the ridge and in Andy Franks parents’ garage in King Edward Avenue. I would have been about 14 when we did this gig at the old Railway Club in St John’s Road, next to Warrior Square station, sadly no longer there.  Line up (L-R): David Crouch (Bass), David Gore (Vocals), Andy Franks (Rhythm guitar), John Eldridge (Drums), Peter Gladwish (Lead Guitar/Vocals), David Gladwish (Vocals).

Geoff Peckham… Well I never! I became good friends with Andy Franks in Worthing in 1982. We played together in Uncle John’s Band for almost two decades, and had other musical adventures. I believe his dad was a teacher at Hastings Grammar, or even Head? Andy was a lovely man who succumbed to cancer five years ago. Great to see a picture of him in a band during his Hastings days.

Peter Gladwish… Thanks for your input Geoff . I lost touch with Andy after we left school. I’ve often wondered what became of him and very sad to hear your news.

Geoff Peckham… here’s Andy Franks on the left in 1982 with UJB outside the Spotted Cow in Angmering. I’m next to him, btw.

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UJB supplied by Geoff Peckham

Peter Gladwish… Amazing Geoff. Thanks again for posting this; Andy looks just the same. He really was such a nice, placid bloke and a good musician, as I recall. Such a small world.

Mick O’Dowd… Sorry Geoff he didin’t make Head at the Grammar School. Seem to remember his name as Gordon? Franks and was, if I remember correctly, an art teacher.

Peter Gladwish… Correct Mick. He was my art master.

Chris Meachen… ‘Arty’ Franks was possibly my favourite teacher at school. He let us have a record player in the tiny ‘O’ level art room & generally gave us far more freedom than most..