The Confederates – 1963 to 1965 Grove School, White Rock Theatre and Broadstairs.

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Peter Millington… (photo 1) Anyone who watched part 1 of the Sky Arts programme about Queen recently would have seen Paul Watts of EMI talking about Queen from the record producers point of view. Here is a picture of Paul singing with the Confederates in July 1963 at the Grove School Summer Dance with Peter Millington in the background (with the mandatory Hank Hornrims). Paul was a founder member of The Confederates with Peter Millington on Bass, Lucian LeCoix-Lead Guitar and Dave Saunders-Drums.  Record Collector in 1998 says… Justifiably proud, Paul Watts, then General Manager of EMI’s International Division, decided to commemorate the award(The Queen’s Award To Industry For Export Achievement) with the release of a special single. The choice of artist was easy: “The award represented the way in which Queen were so much a part of the fabric of the company,” he recalled. “They were central to what EMI was doing”. “Bohemian Rhapsody” seemed the natural choice for the record, as it was such a milestone and had been the single that had catapulted Queen into international superstardom.

To read more about the formative years of the Confederates/SPYKE/JINKS have a read and chuckle here –

https://pet842.wixsite.com/confeds-to-jinks

(photo 2) THE CONFEDERATES playing at the Observer Christmas Dance at the White Rock Theatre – December 1965 – Posted by Peter Millington – Photo supplied by Margaret Ross

(photo 3) An early picture of THE CONFEDERATES from 1964. Playing in Broadstairs – L-R Tony Goodman, Dave Saunders, Johnny Conroy, Trevor Spears, Peter Millington.

Pam Dor Coffee Bar – Early 60’s Hastings

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Peter Millington….Eric behind the counter at the Pam Dor Early 1960’s.

Mick Knights….That’s the ever popular Eric, the owner, serving. I, along with just about every teenage lad, was banned by him at one time or another!! The Pam Dor had the first Discotec in Hastings, which was on the second floor, a place I never entered, nor did very many, as it soon closed. its second incarnation was the Astral club, which morfed into Toff’s.

Peter Pursglove….i did the door up there for a few years until it closed Alan ,Mollly Russell ran it ,busy little club

Tom Boyer….Great times, we loved it, a fabulous place to meet. Tom & Lin Boyer (nee White)

Sue Bartholomew (Nee Finch)… I remember the Pam Dor, it was the best place to go, we paid a shilling entrance and that also got you a coffee or a frothy hot chocolate, and sit in there for as long as you wanted, it was always busy and behind in Middle Street was a long line of Lambrettas or Vespas belonging to some young lad who was in the Pam Dor.

Colin Bell… Love this photo Pete, met my first ‘proper’ girlfriend there…happy days…

Mick Mepham… Who were your ‘improper’ ones Colin and are you still in touch with them?

Nicola Dobson… Spent a lot of time in there…I remember that seating area..they should have coffee bars again Im sure they would be popular!

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The Confederates – Grove School practice 1965

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Pete Millington… Confederates in 1965 L – R = Peter Millington, Paul Burton, Johnny Conroy, Terry Chedzoy, Trevor Spears – Remembering Paul Burton RIP who passed away on 14th January 2015.

Chris Baker… Blimey! They look about twelve!  

Pete Millington… Not quite Chris, I was 16 along with Trevor. Johnny Conroy was 15 and Paul and Terry were 17/18 – so long ago! We used to practice in the library at the Grove School. We had several pictures taken there for publicity after or before practicing. Sad that even where we practiced is now a pile of rubble awaiting re-development. It should have been listed and graced with a Blue Plaque LOL

Robert Searle… Great photo

Dave Nattress… Great photo indeed. I’m not or wasn’t acquainted with any of the guys, but have seen most of their names on SMART. But what an iconic photo – i know “iconic” is much over-used. A real, total 60’s “Beat Group” look. Smart matching suits and ties, smiles, smart haircuts, clean image, guitars, a Vox AC30? and an old Selmer combo. Wonderful example of it’s time and local stuff!

Harry Randall… What Selmer is that in the corner? It looks a lot like my thunderbird 30 I sold to someone down the old town loved those legs!

Peter Millington… A Selector-Tone 30 watt if that’s the same Harry

Harry Randall… Well now you know! The Thunderbird thirty came with catchy legs and selector tone buttons on top kept blowing rectifier tubes if my memory serves me if correct! That could even be my old amp! Whilst in “The Chain Reaction ” I had the Selmer Thunderbird 30 and John Petrie had the Selmer Zodiac both looked very similar I sold mine to a bloke halfway up all saints street in the old town.

Pete Fisher… great photo…not many people had a real Fender Strat and Precision bass back then,,,nice colours too!!

Pete Prescott… Great photo !

Henry Harvey & Chris Sayer guesting with The Scratchers in 2007 and Pete & Henry.

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Yvonne Cleland…. Aw, lovely Chris x

Patricia Landamore… Henry Harvey= LEGEND & Chris, wonderful ,happy , magic, days

Darren Holmes… Good Old Horse!

Dennis Torrance… What a smashing guy Henry Harvey was remember him singing in the royal std pub with various bands asked to sing with them great guy fond memories

Peter Millington… Me and very good long term friend – Henry Harvey gigging at the Royal Standard – with the help of a small libation!

Carol Arnold… Walking the dog!

Peter Millington… My Babe, Talking ’bout You, Rock and Roll Music – Brilliant stuff!

Bobby Posner… So many good memories of Chris and Henry.. If they appeared at any gig all the bands would ask them straight away “come and do some songs” and they did and it rocked.. Played with Chris many times with Grundy.

Janine Anne Scott… That was a great day xxx

Mike Raxworthy…Nice to see that picture – Chris, Henry and Paul in the background… All sadly gone and so missed! I reckon we ought to start a ‘Hastings Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!!

Pete Prescott… I was at that gig. All missed

Stephen Murphy… I was there & my Dad was playing bass

Sandie Carlyon… Lovely man Henry.

Stuart Moir… That was the Standard brilliant when George had it, not the same now .

Dennis Torrance… Standard was great when George Beryl had The Standard, always a warm welcome every time I walked in, not forgetting the wonderful bar staff to. Happy memories

Hastings Pier video walk – Big Beat Reunion 14th Nov 1987 – by Peter Millington

Peter Millington….. This video captures the walk onto the pier to see one of the last shows. On 14th November 1987 Lloyd Johnson and Chris Sayer twisted a few arms and “bankrolled” The Big Beat Reunion party on Hastings Pier. Local groups The Confederates and the Talismen worked for free and so did many other contributors to this great evening. The Searchers headlined the evening and were stunning. Cliff Bennett was also on terriffic form with the help of Ray Fenwick and members of the support groups. Depending on the number of likes, and comments, I could be persuaded to upload some to the show’s highlights. The video isn’t of good quality and the sound being picked up by the camer microphone only picks up what the camera is pointing at – hence no stereo or hi-fi. Hell, it’s a precious memory of our beloved Pier which can never be repeated.

Jim Breeds…..What Pete says about the smell! And having your hand stamped. I always tried not to wash off the stamp too soon, so that people would ask what I’d been to see .Nice video Peter.

Peter Fairless… Nice to see it before they messed it up, Chris, isn’t it? How many times did we do that walk?

Chris Giles… I  know loads sometimes never remembered the walk back though. Seeing the walk from the seafront and it was quite a long way to the ballroom… Taking the tickets and hand stamped… It was never the same when it all was done up.

Mick O’Dowd… Walked that walk many, many times. At least this part was in the dry!

 

The Talismen & Cliff Bennett – Big Beat Reunion 14th November 1987 video by Peter Millington

Peter Millington…..video features The Talismen, another group local to Hastings and who were very popular. They played a mixture of pop and rock in the 1960s and also reformed for his very special event.

Peter Millington…..The Big Beat Reunion party on Hastings Pier on 14th November 1987. features Cliff Bennett and Friends, Ray Fenwick, Pete Shaw, Pete Head and co-organiser of the event, Chris Sayer.

Alan Esdaile….WOW, we are spoilt today.

Stuart Moir….Ray Fenwick on Gibson Les paul lead guitar, and Pete Shaw on drums and of course Peter Head on bass. We were support band for Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers around that time playing at Chislehurst Caves.

Peter Millington….I think you’ll find that Ray was playing a Yamaha and not a Gibson Stu!

Pete Shaw…..I remember it well! We all met, on the pier late that afternoon and ran through some numbers that Cliff had outlined…a couple were really versions of Johnny Mars set pieces as Ray and I were still gigging with Johnny…Cliif B was great  and after the gig he asked if we could work with him at other gigs he had…Ray and I did some more for him but Pete H and Chris S could not! Great fun and hey, that kit wasn’t even mine but even with only a couple of cymbals it sounded period authentic although some of my staggered breaks were a bit modern! Ray’s guitar was one of two Yamaha specials he had picked up from Yamaha themselves?? His accomplished and searing sound accompanied me and my kit for years!! I’m very thankful for his friendship at that time…Chris Sayer and Pete Head all time Hastings musical heroes! Thanks Pete for posting this…I’ve never seen it before!!

Caz Simpson…. I can’t believe I missed the Big Beat Reunion on Hastings Pier in 1987! Cliff Bennet played, where was I??

The Confederates & The Searchers – Hastings Pier 1987 video by Peter Millington

Peter Millington… Here is the second video of the great Big Beat Reunion held on 14th November 1987 on Hastings Pier. This one features The Confederates who re-formed for the occasion. I hope the video brings back some good memories of the Pier in its hey-day. It’ll never be the same, just look at everyone dancing!

Peter Millington… The Searchers in full flow. They were obviously impressed with the atmosphere on the pier and made the most of it, as did all the musicians from The Confederates, The Talismen, Cliff Bennett and Friends and of course the enthusiastic audience.