The Sabres – Early 60’s Eastbourne Seafront.

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supplied by Len Smith Eastbourne Bands From 1960 on.

Here’s when they played the pier in 1964.

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Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Roy Penfold… These teenagers and their raves…..I just don’t know what the world will come to!

Alan Esdaile… Lots of the gigs were called raves in those days. I wonder when it first appeared.

Glynn Brown… I have a feeling they were the support band when the Honeycombs performed on Hastings Pier in the early 1960’s.

Andre Martin… You are right Glynn when they changed their name to Shelly…. this week we have The HoneyCombs and the support from Brighton – Shelly – formerly known as The Sabres, who were about to embark on a future playing in Europe, and would become top names in both Denmark and Scandinavia within the next few years. This was to be one of the last appearance from the band in Hastings.

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Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Keith Flanigan… Anyone know the names of the guys in the Eastbourne band the Sabres, back in the early 60s.

Alan Esdaile… you were asking about The Sabres line up. Pretty sure its the same line up as Shelley????

Ken Copsey… Love the Wem Watkins Dominator, matching Copicat and Burns Sonic guitar.

Keith Flanigan… 1963?

The Big T Sound & Town Council – Hastings Pier 21st September 1968

all cuttings supplied by Sarah Harvey

Chris Baker….Brian (Bear) Williams (Drums), Bob Shipway, (Bass), Pete Robertson (Vocals) and (Batty) Bill Willshire whose real name was Pete! Fun times! Bill joined after Steve Hersee left and we got Bob the bass player.

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Here’s Chris at his 18th birthday with the group Town Council. Harry the manager and Bob Shipway in the photo.

Chris Baker… I am not sure I’d quite developed the Rock God image at that point in my career!

Phil Gill… But the Hofner was too cool for school – do you still have it?

Chris Baker… I do indeed Phil. I had a Humbucker fitted and split to two leads for “stereo” many years ago. It can make more different tones than most! I also have a Strat which I love to bits

Mick O’Dowd… Went to school with “Bill” Wilshire and we used to get together at his place in OLd London Road that he called “Fat’s Pad”. We tried to form a band with me on vocals(ouch) , Trev Partridge on bass, Neil (can’t remember surname) on drums, “Bill” was going to be on keyboards when he could manage to buy one, Tim Purcell on guitar and I think Pete Shaw might have got involved near the end. Working name was The Thoroughbreds. First and last time I tried to be in a band so decded to become a DJ instead!

Chris Baker… Bill’s name was Peter really and Willshire not WilTshire.

Conan Howard… played my first ever gig with Chris Baker somewhere in a basement, in George street Hastings BACK IN THE 70S Conan (Len)

Chris Baker… I remember mate! 7 George St. “Showstopper” was the shop we had. The basement got “damp” when it was high tide

Iain Cobby… Nice to see you Chris! and a young Bob and Harry. Thanks for many memories.

Chris Baker… And you too Iain! Looking back at those pics makes me think we were lucky to be playing the music we loved and getting paid for it too!

 

 

Photos of Centre Page by Gail Gardner

photos: Gail Gardner supplied by Stuart Moir

Stuart Moir… pics are of the band trying to pull an old car, the Centre Page line up was Dave beano Easton lead vocals Mick Ingram on bass Graham Putland on rhythm guitar Revie Stockdale on keyboard and your truly on drums, at that time we were into Beach Boys and Four Seasons covers amongst other popular songs going around in the 70s and 80s

Robert Searle… Suspects, Graham wasn’t in Centre Page

Stuart Moir… Yes he was Bob he’s the second from left Stading on the log the rhs car door and the Y of the tree, before your time with CP

 

Mungo Jerry – Hastings Pier 28th August 1976

I did have this date down for The Sounds Summer Rock Show but could that have been 1975?

Lance Collins… Gerry, did you support at this gig ?

Gerry Fortsch… Lance, yes the old Hippo Band was there and enjoying a beer. The lads in Mungo Jerry were a great bunch of guys.

John Mcewen… I was there! Great night. Hippo good as always!

Stuart Moir… Great band saw them in the early years in London.

Marcus de Mowbray… “In the summer time When the weather is a bit naff, grey, cold and damp”  Pretty bad lyrics, but more likely than the original ones!

Kate Recknell-Page… I loved them great music x

Style Promotions and Entertainment Agency & Simon Hanny 1985

Lance Collins… Brings back memories. I use to DJ with Terry years ago. Style 04 Disco

Tony May… I was with Style Promotions when working at Stylus and D.J’ing up at Flamingoes in Queen’s Rd.

Terry Tollan… Was our agent too back in the day Black Velvet.

Tony Ham… The Dekorators, used to see them playing in Rye. Used to go on Terry Avann’s coach trips to WWF wrestling, also remember seeing wrestling he put on on Hastings Pier.

Nastassja Kaschevsky… We played some good gigs there Tony, happy days!

Tony Ham… The place next to the police station.

Nastassja Kaschevsky… You’re right, it was Ma Beeton’s.

Mick O’Dowd… Terry Alan was also DJ Terry Avann who was a regular at Pebbles Night Club Winchelsea Beach in the 80’s. Anyone know if he’s still around?

Sweet Nothing – Hastings Pier 18th July 1970.

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supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey… 45 years ago! July 18th,1970. Sweet Nothing. I know nothing about this band…… anybody have any information?

Mick O’Dowd… I know sweet nothing about this outfit.

Jim Breeds… I know sweet nothing also.

Chris Meachen… Don’t know about the band, but I worked part-time in the ‘zooquarium’ for a while, feeding the snakes mostly…

Nigel Ford… I wonder if their offspring went on to be the band of a few years ago from the Hawkhurst area “SWEET F A” that played at Flimfest more than once over the few years it was going?

Sarah Harvey… It would be nice to know if this was a local band because thats what it seems. Can’t find any information about them when I google.

Raven – Saturdays Discotheque Hastings February 1977

Shaun Pont… Second right, Paul Ray

Len Smith… Believe line-up is ?, Dave Hacker, Paul Ray & Alan Davies.

John Kitcher… Paul Ray I played with many times.

Chris Coleman… Second from left Dave Acker

Mark Little… Paul Ray, Dave acker

Alan Davies… L to r Aus Tony, Dave Hacker, Paul Ray and me