supplied by Mick Mepham and Pete Prescott
featuring Pete Prescott, Andy Qunta, Tony Qunta, Steve Kinch and Mark Thirsk.
Pete Prescott… I remember this gig. I was very nervous. They were amazing players. Nice guys as well.
Andy Qunta… I vaguely remember it too! Pete did a great job! Unfortunately I think it was the last gig we did. Couldn’t fight punk rock with prog rock! Fun while it lasted though!
Tony Qunta… I remember it too. A line up with great potential!
Ernest Ballard… Great band saw them a few times before I started playing drums (wink wink ). Long time ago now
Pete Prescott… We played a gig at a boutique in London. After the gig I got really drunk on punch (dangerous stuff). We got back to Hastings in time for me to go to work. The green cross code man was there. Huge guy. That was (I think) the last gig. Mark was an amazing drummer. Brilliant players. I felt out of my depth. I remember loving Tony’ s voice on “only you”. I’ve still got a tape of songs like “the burning of Atlanta” it was great being in the band with guys like that. And they were so funny.
Steve Kinch… Yes Pete, absolutely agree, Mark was a fabulous drummer with a great sense of humour.
Tony Qunta… Great memory Pete! Yes the green cross code man – was he in Star Wars or something? Thank you for your lovely comments about the band. Your vocals were fantastic with the band – it’s a shame the band didn’t keep going! ‘Dinosaur Promotions’!
Steve Kinch… David Prowse – He was only Darth Vader!!!! Great times! Hastings in the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s was the pefect environment for young musicians learning their craft. With hindsight, the late 70’s wasn’t exactly a good time to be attempting to get a “prog” band off the ground
Andy Qunta… True, Steve, but it was fun trying! Listening to the old tapes makes me feel it was well worth it! Pretty darn good stuff!
Chris Coleman… now that brings back some memories.
Caz Simpson… I loved Bonitas!
Leigh Wieland-Boys… Moved to Hastings in 1971 & spent many evenings down Bonitas during the next few years – wasn’t Colin Bell one of the DJs? Great Memories…!
Mick Knights… Did anyone successful gain entry via the gents toilets in the Queens bar, I tried several times but was always intercepted!
Colin Bell… When I was the resident DJ there and was keeping the crowd happy i’d nip off to the kitchen to get my portion of chicken and chips and spend a happy 5 minutes flicking the cockroaches off…! Happy memories flood back, those were the days!
Gill Harrod… 25p !!!!!
Carol Tree… Omg had some great times lol
Leigh Wieland-Boys… I’m not sure I wanted to hear that Colin😏! But I’m still going strong so it didn’t do me any harm!
Janine Anne Scott… Loved it xxxx
Mick O’Dowd… I got a cockroach in a basket too when I DJ’d there. Took over from Colin. Great venue made lot’s of friends. Track I inherited from Colin was I heard it through the grapevine by Creedence Clearwater Revival, all 15 minutes or so of it Oh happy days!
Jon McCallion… Played there after recording Fooling Around good venue.
Leigh Weiland-Boys… Just heard Sex Machine on Gold..now that always reminds me of Bonitas!
Alan Esdaile… In a cold sweat.
supplied by Mick Mepham
supplied by Phil Thornton
Alan Esdaile… Great find Phil. Stringer Jones, was a duo with Martin Stringer and Malcolm Jones.
Martyn Baker… Malcolm Jones was the other half of Stringer-Jones with Martin Stringer in Hastings (1975-6). I kind of re-met Malcolm again when we both worked for Capital Radio in the 80’s. Martin now lives in the west of Ireland. Both top geezers.
Harry Randall… RIP Vic/Tony and Steve gone to young! Sadly missed I’m sure by all who new them!
Leigh Wieland-Boys… My that takes me back. Fond memories of Steve D, rest in peace dear friend.
Martin Stringer… Crikey.
Phil Thornton… wow ! Great pic. Don’t think I’ve seen the one above before. SSV&T !!!
Linda McDuffie… Cottage! Blast from the past!