Yvonne Cleland R.I.P.

Alan Esdaile… Just heard this shocking news. Many happy memories, a lovely lady x

Diane Leigh… Gosh remember, Lady in the Nelson years ago.

Lucy Pappas… Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear this. I didn’t know Yvonne was ill again. Sad news x

Liane Carroll… Oh noooo. God. Am so sorry to hear this x

Elizabeth Turner… Oh no 😯 It’s so sad x She will be missed

JS Bythesea… I am very sad to hear this. I have many memories of Yvonne going back to 1970 when we were good friends at school.

Jo Turner… So very very sad. RIP Yvonne

Jaffa Peckham… So shocked to read this. So sad. Lovely lady. xx

Andrew Clifton… Sorry to hear this news, Alan she was a lovely person. It seems  a lot of good people are going. RIP Yvonne xx

James Turner… So sorry to hear this.

Virginia Davis… So sad. R.I.P Yvonne.

Jim Breeds… Oh no!! That’s terrible news! 🙁

Jane Hartley… That’s a shocker, was only thinking recently that she hadn’t been commenting lately. She was a year below me at school, but she seemed to like hanging around with us. RIP Yvonne x

Linda O’leary… Very sad xxx

Angela Frances Gardner… Such sad news. Yvonne, you will be missed, RIP

Sue Strong… Oh no what a shock, we used to be together a lot when we were young, always lovely

David Francis… I’m so sad to hear this.

Sam Rosewell… Only knew her through my parents and what a lovely woman she was to know 😥 RIP Yvonne Xx

Michael Prochak… So sorry to hear this…

Perri Ann Haste… So sorry to hear the news, I used to work with her at Ashdown House in the 70’s. Taken too soon. RIP Yvonne. x

John Wilde… Farewell Dear Friend x

Leigh Mitchell… 😞

Nigel Sinden… We had been friends over many years, we would often meet each other around town and spend some time talking about each other and those we knew. Good bye – good friend. I and many others are missing you.

Jennie Tocock… Oh noooooo 😭😭😭… I’m so very sad to hear this. I’ve known her since the 70s …. heartbreaking news. Sending so much love to her family. RIP Yvonne xxx

Bernard Goffredo… That’s very sad news

Alan Roberts… So sorry to hear this

Steve Cooke… Shocked and stunned. I knew Yvonne from West St Leonards School onwards. We started violin lessons together and in later years saw each other at gigs around the area. I am numb! RIP Yvonne xxxx

Peter Fairless… That is very bad news

Andy Caine… Oh no! Terribly sad news:( R.I.P. Yvonne. 💔

Pauline Hillier… Oh this is a shock ! RIP Yvonne ❤️ xxx

Dave Nattress… Absolutely gutted to hear this. Yvonne used to work with some friends in Bexhill in the early 70’s, was always at the local gigs and was a great contributor to SMART and very well known, respected and loved. Just unbelievable. May she RIP.

John Wilde… You didn’t die. You are here in my heart

Andy Qunta… So sorry to hear this! Yvonne was a lovely person, and always a big supporter of Factory. She even lent Tony Qunta an electric violin for us to use on our Back In The Time Machine album. Thanks for everything, Yvonne! RIP.

Wendy Weaver… Such sad news. Much too soon. 😥 R.I.P Yvonne.

Alamo Leal…Truly sad. I have very good memories of her back in Hastings. RIP Yvonne..

Gail Haffenden…. Rest in Peace Yvonne my cousin. Xxx

Chris Meachen… I’m still in shock, having known Yvonne since I was 15. Always held her in great affection & totally saddened that I won’t see her again. A wonderful soul has left us…

Jo Turner… Chris, She was the coolest person in the Nellie to me x

Linda Christine Bourner… so very sorry and sad to hear about my cousin Yvonne, RIP ,xxx

Stephen Moran… I’m shocked and very sad. I have so many fond memories of Yvonne from the 70’s when we worked together on the same Trade Union Committee and we became close friends, a highlight was going with Yvonne to see Bob Dylan at Blackbushe Aerodrome in July 1978. She was a unique and wonderful person, I’m lost for words

Andy Ives… Very sad news 😢 Rest Peacefully

Huggy Leaver… Oh no so so sorry to hear this news we were friends since our early teens x sleep well old friend x

Colin Bell… Shocked and very saddened, deepest condolences to family and friends x

Xilo Pan… Catch you later fellow reggae lover …

Lyn Humphrey… What shockingly sad news. I worked with her at Ashdown House nearly 50 years ago now, and she was always such a cheerful soul.

Dee Oak… Sleep well to my cousin will miss you. Rip Yvonne xx

Tony Court-holmes… r.i.p., young lady

Phil Little… Very sad news, Yvonne was cool.

Tony Hughes… Rest in peace cuz xxx

Roland Clarke… Sad news. My sincere condolences to her family and friends.

Andy Knight… I am completely shocked, we worked together in an interesting time. Yvonne was always there for you, with a smile and an unexpected response, RIP you were a one off xx

Mike Mitchell… Andy, wasn’t she a union rep at Ashdown House when we were there?

Andy Knight… She was and a good one too

Kelly Parsons… Sending love and condolences to Yvonne’s family from Carol Tony Kelly and Ian xx

Barry French… Very sad news.

Andre Martin… Sad News RIP Yvonne.

Helen Callaway… So deeply saddened….Sleep well big sister much love Helen xxx

Jim Breeds… Does anyone have any info on the funeral arrangements? There’s nothing in today’s Hastings Observer.

Alan Esdaile… I did hear today that it’s not likely to be before February. Her son will post the information.

Adam Cleland… I’m her son, these comments and messages are lovely. The funeral will be at Hastings crematorium at 09.30 on Friday February 3rd.

Emma Tickner…Deeply shocked and saddened to hear this. RIP Yvonne.Much love to family and friends Emma & Julianx x

Martyn Baker… Yvonne was a lovely woman.

Eleanor Cleland… Thanks for all the loving messages. Following the funeral, Wake will be at The Jenny Lind, Hastings old Town, February 3rd 11am

Eleanor Cleland… If anyone would like to send flowers/messages, these should be sent to our funeral directors the day before the funeral (So 2nd Feb no later than 4:30pm) The funeral directors is Arthur C Towner Ltd, 43 High St, Battle TN33 0EE

Elizabeth Murby… RIP Yvonne


David Crosby R.I.P.

2012 photo © Christopher Michel

Eric Harmer… Sad news

Lesley Brown… Absolutely loved his music.

David Ambridge… A man that wasn’t shy to air his opinion’s .. pissed a few people off in the process..but hey, what some music he made. Well documented his drink and drug abuse..but still one of my favorite musicians. David Crosby. God bless you.

Gin Genie… Sad news

Cathy Cobley… a true great

Alan Esdaile… Terrible news. He’s given us some wonderful music which will live on. I remember seeing the documentary ‘Remember My Name’ which gave me a complete different insight into him and he came across as a really nice guy. Very sad

Harry Randall… This is starting to be a bad year for musicians!

Dennis Torrance… Very sad indeed just so many greats gone RIP David condolences to family friends and fans


Jeff Beck R.I.P.

photo © Chris Hakkens. Amsterdam 1979

Claire Lonsdale… Incredibly sad and I’ve been listening to his music since I woke up. 😢

Dave Jenkins… Remember seeing him at the Lyceum in the Strand,in the 60s with Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood ,fantastic gig. Some time back I found Jeffs boyhood home in Wallington Surrey. When visiting my mum in Carshalton

Paul Cullen… Just seen this. One of the greatest players in the world. An irreplaceable loss to music,R.I.P. Jeff Beck, Legend

Gerry Fortsch… So sad, my heart goes out to his family and his millions of followers, Jeff could make a couple of notes played by him sound like a symphony.

Mick O’Dowd… It’s sad that with all his immense talent that most people only know mhim for Hi Ho Silver Lining!😟

Patrick Fairhead… Rip. Rock on

Mike Curtis… RIP Jeff Beck. Genius guitarist.

John Wilde… Consistently brilliant Artist

Colin Bell… Oh no not ‘Becky’ shocked & very sad, deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Pete Prescott… So sad. One of the very best. Terrible news.

Iain Cobby… A true pioneer of the electric guitar. What a technician! Saw him in Rye on bonfire night some years ago, walking past the George. Said to my wife Jo, ” Look! its Jeff Beck!” turned around and he disappeared into the crowd…. best album “Truth” best gig , Ronnie Scotts. amazing.

Kurt Helge Andersen… October 1965 at The Witchdoctor and just last year in my home town in Denmark – a musical powerhouse all the way

Patrick Fairhead… What a man, sad we all end up dead eventually but I suppose it’s the legacy you leave and man what a legacy!!! Rip brother ya are already missed

Barry French… On guitar he was a Jack of all trades genius, who was a master of everything. RIP

Christine McVie R.I.P.

photo © Raph_PH https://www.flickr.com/people/69880995@N04

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Heather Sidery… RIP, dear Christine

David Jenkins… So very sad , see her when she was with Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack, RIP dear lady

Dennis Torrance… Very sad news indeed what a voice she had Condolences to family and friends and members of Fleetwood Mac

Jan Warren… Sad news, the “Songbird” has flown, RIP Christine xx

Colin Bell… A very talented woman, she’ll be much missed, first heard her when she was Christine Perfect, aptly named, RIP lovely lady.

Andrew Clifton… All the good legendary singers are sadly no longer with us. X

Alan Esdaile… So sad, what a talent. Songbird will live on forever.

Peter Houghton… I’m sorry to hear this RIP Christine

Steve Amos… Very sad news.

Carole Prescott… So sad. Wonderful lady.

Jim Peckham… I can’t believe that

Willie Wicking… Lovely lady lovely music so sad

Paul Durrant… Such an amazing artist…..from listening to her ‘rather go blind’ as Christine Perfect in Chicken Shack in my schooldays to 8 July 2015 in Glasgow (last time I saw Fleetwood Mac live) absolutely amazing and she told that story of Songbird before she sang it too – RIP Christine

photo © Paul Durrant . Christine from July 2015 live in Glasgow

Mariltn Spence… RIP Beautiful lady

Allan Mitchell… So Sad R.I.P Christine Thanks For All The Awesome Music.

Dave Nattress… Another terrible loss. Like my old friend Paul Durrant I too recall her as Christine Perfect in Chicken Shack, so, so, long ago. My school days too in Bexhill. Of course the first generation Fleetwood Mac too, I recall myself and a few mates, Jaffa and Steve Barnes, Jeremy Britten well into these bands and then later the two come together. BTW, very best wishes Paul!!


Wilko Johnson R.I.P.

More information https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-63728503

John Gale… RIP Wilko Johnson

Steve Vollrath… Seen him many times over the years, great musician RIP

Tony Court-holmes… saw him live

Jane Hartley… Saw him at DLWP a few years ago.

John Gale… Jane, same here, he was brilliant…with Norman from the Blockheads on bass

Dave Nattress… I am absolutely gutted. Loved the man and everything he did. Lucky to see him at the DLW Bexhill a couple of years back.

Graham Belchamber… Such sad news. I saw him live a few times over the last 30 years. A great guitar player and live performer. The film about his life and career; ‘ Oil City Confidential ‘ is well worth a watch.

Barry French… Such sad news. We have lost a real character & inspirational guitarist, famous for his strut/stride performances & his unique style of guitar playing.

Dan McCafferty of Nazareth R.I.P.

Peter Fairless… Saw them on the pier, 197-long time ago. What a great band!

Perri Haste… Me too, think I saw them in 1975 on the pier & they were amazing.

Peter Fairless… (having looked it up) May 1975. ‘Hair of the dog’ was the new album and ‘My white bicycle’ the single

Alan Esdaile… and they were loud!

Judy Atkinson… Peter, me too – so loud, we listened from the bar. About 1975

David Jenkins… So very sad , fantastic band.

Colin Norton… RIP Dan.

Sheila Maile… Did they sing (She’s only a broken down angel)?

Merv Kennard… Yes they did. Not sure if it was on the lp loud and proud.

Ian Ross… Yes Sheila

Gerry Fortsch… I was lucky enough to meet Dan once many years ago, what a sad loss to every one that loved him and Rock n Roll.

Tony May… Dan was such an original singer – no one ever has sounded like Nazareth. The first single I ever bought was ‘May The Sunshine’ so Nazareth will always be remembered by me. Love to all Dan’s family and friends xx

Colin Bell… Yet another sad loss, condolences to family & friends.

Jacquie Hinves… RIP Dan .Truly a sad day

Dave Nattress… Another old rocker goes. A fav. band back in the day, got a couple of albums. Pretty sure I saw them on the Pier

Nigel Kennard… Did they do ‘This flight tonight’?

Alan Esdaile… Yes Nigel, it is a Joni Mitchell song.

James Bell… This is a sad lose. The band where great, and what a singer. My condolences to the family.


Nana Tsiboe R.I.P. (24th May 2022)

Shared from Orphy Robinson… https://www.facebook.com/nana.tsiboe Sad news of the passing of Ghanaian master musician Nana Tsiboe! He has been a knowledgeable, dedicated and inspirational friend to all who have worked with him over the years. May his memory always be a blessing!

John Wilde… Thank you Nana.

Andy Guainiere… Such a lovely man and a great sense of humour…

Mark Baker… Very sad news x

Paul Cullen… That is the saddest news,I met Nana playing in a marquee outside the museum when he was playing with Trevor Watts. He one of the nicest people I have met in my life. I will miss him. Thank you Nana

Leo Mpuuga… Sad news r.i.p thank you for the music

Angela Gardner… You will be missed Nana Tsiboe RIP

Willie Wicking… Lovely man great musician lovely memories from his days in the Ypres. R.I.P Nana

Sam Rosewell… Oh that’s such sad news. RIP Nana, you’ll be greatly missed xx

Gilly Johnson… Hamba Kahle my friend

Steve Amos… Sad news.

Reid McDuffie… This is such sad news….

Phil Little… Great musician and inspiring drummer as well as a beautiful human being RIP

Terry Pack… RIP, Nana xx

Renzi Lowend… Like many others I had the privilege of sharing a stage with this amazing man and musician. A beautiful heart has gone. RIP Nana

Jacquie Hinves… God bless Nana, I’m so sorry to hear this dreadful news. He was a super guy and a lovely friend. Another legend gone. Rest in Peace Nana. Xx Rest in peace my lovely friend. Xx

Nick Gold… Such a beautiful man and wonderful musician. Rest in Peace my friend x

Trefor Watson… Thank you for some amazing evenings in Hastings. God bless you.

Dean Brodrick… A great and inspiriational man who connected me with the spirit of our ancestors. A master in every way. I learned so much from Nana. A truely magnificant human being.

Simwinji Zeko… Just found out Nana has passed. I was doing one of my periodic ‘wonder how Nana is doing’ checks and hoping yet again to find his music somehow. Been trying to find and see him for 20 years plus. Last saw him in South Africa in the early ‘90’s when he toured with Trevor Watts. A gentle inspired musician with a huge human spirit. Will be missed

Nick Foster… Nana was a frequent musician in the Pig in the eighties. Always a delight seeing and hearing him. The highlight was with Dade Krama in the back bar of the Pig during the Hastings Fringe Festival circa 87, 88. Absolutely f…Ing brilliant.

Nick King… Well my earliest memories of Nana was at Kingswood School Bath….He would sit at meal times with two ring fingers bent beating out the most amazing mesmerising rhythms on the table while chatting to everyone (and very occassionally taking a very small break for one hand to lift a fork and eat. !) A lesser known non musical fact was that he was an amazing sportsman and a true natural. I was in his rugby team and coaching us was easy with the instruction ‘just get the ball to Nana and he’ll do the rest !!’ He ran like a panther and even played rugby with incredible rythm and balance…School memories of a truely lovely, gifted and well respected gem. I’m sure he’ll still be tapping away in the heavens …RIP Nana

Leslie Phillips R.I.P.

more informationhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-63557414

Peter Fairless… Why was he not Lord Phillips?

Roger Ferris… RIP Leslie Phillips – Comedy Legend !

Mark Randall…

Alan Esdaile… wonderful actor.

Angela Gardner… Ding dong!

Marilyn Spence… So sad to hear. RIP Leslie

Drew Barney… Well goodbye!      The passing of a legend

Stuart Moir… Sad to lose a fantastic actor but life goes on and we have many young people doing a fantastic job on the silver screen .

Maria Macari… Such a brilliant actor who no one will ever forget R.I.P

Jacquie Hinves… A part of our national heritage. RIP. Xxx

Robbie Coltrane R.I.P.

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John Wilde… Sad news. Thank you Robbie for everything!

Alan Esdaile… He was wonderful in Cracker. Very sad news.

Caz Simpson… Cracker was my absolute must watch, a brilliant actor who will be sadly missed.

Kate Recknell-Page… Another great actor gone to the big stage in the sky RIP

Linda Holter… Loved him in Cracker and loved his voice. Sad news. x

Iris Feighan… Very sad news

Paul Cullen… R.I.P. Robbie. A great loss

Claire Melhuish-Durkin… Great in National Treasure. RIP.

Mick O’Dowd… Sad loss of a great actor. R.I.P Cracker!

Sandra Francis… Yes indeed. Sadness

Marilyn Spence… Sad to hear Loved him in everything he portrayed RIP Robbie


The Queen dies

photo:  © The Royal Family

The Royal Family. The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.

Claire Lonsdale… I’m not a royalist but I feel quite sad. RIP

Neil Cartwright… Yes, Claire. I think it’s because she was already there before most of us were born – and she has always been there. I’m not a royalist either, but there’s no denying that she has been some kind of a figurehead for the country – a figure of stability.

Claire Lonsdale… Neil, that’s exactly it. She’s been a constant in our lives , always there. She was a year younger than my mum and so it makes me think about my darling mum who I lost many years ago.

Deb Hoad… Lovely photo .RIP

Jim Peckham… The United kingdoms mum. Bless her

Alan Esdaile… So very sad. It feels to me as if I lost one of my own family.

Lyn Humphrey… Very sad. The only British monarch most of us have known. I’m grateful to have had the Queen as a constant in the background of my life, rather than most of the PMs that have come & gone.

Dave Nattress… So sudden. Certainly took the wind out of my sails and the TV coverage I’ve had time to watch and pageantry involved has been interesting. We all knew it would happen one day and not so far off obviously at such an age, and of course the operation was rehearsed and scripted long, long, ago, but the thoroughness of all the formalities put so suddenly in place shows that this country really do the job when minds are focussed!