Rolling Stones Charlie Watts dies at 80

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Paul Cullen… R.I.P.Charlie,a great loss

Malcolm Sharp… Great drummer, r i p

Tim Harris…Just heard. He was the glue that kept the band together during their turmoil years Remember the It’s only Rock n Roll video when it was filling up with bubbles He needed a piss but wasn’t allowed out ! Filmed with him not being amused

Jan Warren… Very sad, R.I.P Charlie

Robert Searle… RIP Charlie

Tracy Birrell… Thank you for all the years of music. He will be missed.

Alan Esdaile… Very sad news.

Marcus de Mowbray… Everyone who met or worked with him all say the same things: perfect drummer for the Stones, perfect gent.

Pete Prescott… A legend gone ! But what a life ! Still sad.

Philip John… Pete, I would second that, a first class drummer and an old school gentleman and as you say’What a life’ !

Dennis Torrance.. More sad news my condolences to Charlie Watts family The Rolling Stones and his friends

Tony Qunta… Very sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. Great drummer and by all accounts a lovely man.

Alan Vale… RIP Charlie saw 2 shows both at Twickenham

Kevin White… Another legend passes, RIP Charlie Watts.

Nick Prince… One of the oddest musical family links ever…… Charlie Watts was Lennie Peters (Migil 5/Peters & Lee) nephew. RIP.

Marty Thongman… One piece of the most iconic Rock and Roll band,gone.A sad day for music.

Robert Fisher… Very sad loss of a great drummer and performer.R.I.P. Charlie

Colin Norton… RIP Charlie



Mick Bolton R.I.P.

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Andy Gunton… Not a good way to start the new year. Very sad to hear the news of the death overnight of Mick Bolton. A lovely man & a fine pianist too, who many local people will have seen playing around the Hastings area. In the past he’d played with Mott The Hoople, Dexy’s Midnight Runners & Linda McCartney, amongst others.I had the pleasure of working with Mick on several occasions, something I have very fond memories of. R.I.P Mick, you will be sadly missed

Alan Esdaile… Very sad news. Such a warm and genuine person and a great musician.

John Wilde…Farewell Mick.

Nick Shute… So sorry to hear this sad news… Mick

Caroline Moor… very sad news

Janine Hemsley… So so sad. Thoughts are with Mick’s family.

Wendy Weaver… Sad news😥. R.I.P. Mick

Ricky Long… Sad, Rip Mick great guy

Willie Wicking… So Sorry to hear this, a lovely genuine guy it was only last year we were seeing the New Year in with him at the Grapevine in Rye. Thoughts with his family & friends R.i.P Mick

Nick Bloomfield…  I will remember him though singing this song which is one of his own compositions. I was very fortunate to record  ‘Serpentine Summer’ which is a lovely song about the Hyde Park Concert in 1969.

Elaine Roberts… RIP Mick – a great musician and a lovely, unassuming man. Condolences to all his family and friends – he will be much missed

Carole Prescott… So very sad. Such a lovely man. Condolences to Carol and all other family & friends. Such a shock.

Andy Qunta… Very sorry to hear about Mick. RIP.

Colin Norton… Very sad to hear this news. RIP Mick

Dave Nattress… Not another! I did not know Mick but have read widely of him and the local connections. After the passing of Kevin Hoad recently to lose another notable member of the music community is truly awful.

Iain Cobby… Fond memories of sing along with Mick at the Grapevine with Messrs T Davis, C Rigden and P Merison on nights out in Rye. What a really nice guy. The place won’t be the same without you Mick. RIP

Phil Little… Barry Jones and I played some of our best ever gigs with Mick Bolton since 2011. He was a really great intuitive player and will be irreplaceable to us. Thoughts and Condolences to Carol and Richard. RIP Mick.

William Third… So sad to hear it, what a lovely person as well as a wonderful musician, he will be greatly missed.

Pam Staffell… Memorial bench for Michael on the seafront. It was Carol’s desire today of getting a memorial bench on Hastings seafront that prompted me to suggest “Go Fund Me” Thank you X

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Pam Staffell… Hello everyone. I am so pleased with how this fund is doing. Thank you all for being so generous and kind. It isn’t an easy time right now to be asking for money, so an extra big thank you to you all on behalf of Carol and Bobby. I know the money raised so far will buy a standard bench – there are many styles for Carol to choose from. There is also engraving to be paid for. Plus any administration which Hastings Council asks for! That is how I came to the fund aim of £1500. We have done so well, in these two days, so I am confident the goal will be reached! Thank you again X

Pam Staffell… Hello everyone! I hope you are all well. As I write this it is snowing outside. Sunny days ahead – and news to share with you all. This morning we heard that a Seafront Bench would be available.  Also today, thanks to everyone that has donated, the goal of £1500 has been reached. A huge thanks on behalf of Carol and Bobby who will be able to sit on the bench. And now there will be a seat for you all too, to come and spend some time on “Mick’s Bench”. Thank you all again X

Pam Staffell… Hello again to you all. Sorry, it has been a while since the last update. The bench is going ahead, although we haven’t been given a date of installation yet. We’re looking at options for what to do with the amount that is outstanding, such as a plaque on Hastings pier or memorial trees from friends and family, but that with things closed or delayed due to Covid it might take a while to sort that out. I will, of course, keep you updated as soon as I have more information. Take care Pam X

Pam Staffell… Hello everyone and I hope you are all well. Tonight, I am so pleased to finally be able to give you the news that Mick’s Memorial Bench is finally in situ. I have only been told it is in Sea Road Hastings – its exact position, I yet to have confirmed – (but if someone should visit first, please do update with the location). Thank you again everybody for your kind donations. Look forward to sharing the bench with you one day! For Mick X

Nick Bloomfield… Here are the photos of the bench that myself and many other people contributed to for the musician Mick Bolton (born in Wigan) who died on the 1st January this year. Mick who played with Mott The Hoople and Dexys Midnight Runners among others was an extremely talented keyboards player. I filmed him on many occasions and I have to say that he was a sweet and self effacing man too. There’s something nice about having a name on a bench looking out to sea…

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Pete Prescott… A lovely guy!

Chris Jolly… A lovely man and a terrific keyboard player…

Derek Johnson… Great Tribute well done everyone involved

Tony Davis… miss just stopping for a chat with him in the park. Such a nice guy

Willie Wicking… Lovely Gesture 👍Lovely Guy great musician


Prince Philip R.I.P.

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David Miller… Feeling it for Queen Elizabeth after 74 years of marriage and the rest of the family too. Farewell Prince Philip.

Jacqueline Marsh… Oh dear, so very nearly made it to 100, poor Queen, wonder if she will carry on with out him? Perhaps a regency is on the cards?

Julie Findlay-jones… Thinking of the Queen at such a sad time

Paul Cullen… Her Majesty has lost her right hand. R.I.P. Prince Philip

Mick O’Dowd… So sad but not unexpected. Personally I think the Queen will hand over to Charles soon.

John Mcewen… He did say once that he couldn’t think of anything worse than living to 100. Whatever your opinion, I doubt his commitment to queen and adopted country can be questioned and his way with words was legendary.

Stuart Moir… RIP Mr Duke, shame you didn’t hit the ton as your misses would have had to send you a telegram.

Alan Esdaile… Feel really sad for The Queen. This was not unexpected but after leaving hospital recently I thought he was going to make 100. Still a very good age and his support for The Queen and the country throughout.

Lyn Humphrey… He’ll be missed: a real character, and I’m sure he was a great support to the Queen. R.I.P. Duke of Edinburgh.


Henry Darrow R.I.P.

Heather Sidery…. I used to watch that! 🌿💐RIP Mano

Pete Prescott… He was my favourite character.

Judy Atkinson… and mine

Faith Brooker… Me too!

Tony Stevens… Have seen it maney time on tv from 60s too now. rip

Wendy Weaver… R.I.P Mano.

Jacquie Hinves… Mine too Pete. RIP .

Linda Lowcock… My favourite

Willem Rietdijk… R.i.p

Perri Ann Haste… I used to love that series as a kid. Lovely character.

Stuart Moir… Always in great westerns RIP

Amber Turner… Loved this.

Steve Thorpe… Great character actor

Tom James Cowan… There’s a great scene where Mano and Buck are doing the washing up together, Mano makes him dry properly!

Nuttall Summerfield… R.I.P. little Joe

Judy Atkinson… High Chaparral seemed to be on constantly, but they never repeated the Virginian (with the gorgeous James Drury, who popped up as the sheriff in Alias Smith & Jones, and Doug McClure)

Tracy Birrell… I loved him as Manolito in The High Chaparrel.

Dave Easton R.I.P. 2015


Dave Easton R.I.P. Very sorry to report that Dave has passed away. My thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.

Susie Prescott… So sad. What a decent bloke he was. RIP Dave xxx

Graham Burfield… RIP Dave a true gent will always remember you,condolences to Pearl and family.

Kevin Burchett… R.I.P Dave my memories go right back to when i was 17 you playing at the Battle hop.

Richard Moore… Wonderful character of the local music scene. May he be at peace and in a special place now.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Sad news, my thoughts are with his family & friends.

Virginia Davis… R.I.P. Condolences to his family.

John Wilde… Sincere condolences to Daves family. He was a truly wonderful Man.
His passing will send ripples of sadness. Soar high good Soul, journey on.
Thank you for your Voice and personality. You will be remembered fondly.

Phil Gill… Very sad news Alan, Dave was a top bloke. My condolences to Pearl and the family.

Pete Prescott… Very sad. I have great memories of singing with dave at the hop gigs.we had to dance as well. We had a lot of fun. Nice guy. Very good singer.a real character. A loss. There will be a lot of stories. A legend.

Chris Cozens… Dave meant so much to so many of us locals. It was a rite of passage to work with Dave for so many of us. It was a pleasure and a privilege to know and work with you Dave. X

Karen Sweatman… Very sad news. Condolences to his family and friends.

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Mary Wilson of The Supremes R.I.P.


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John Gale… This is really sad, there was even a rumour that she wanted to reunite with Diana Ross at Glasto for a track, had it been on

Maureen Anderson… R i p

William Rietdijk… R i p

Wendy Weaver… R.I.P.

Ron Tennant… Real sad news

Pete Houghton… Really sad to hear this RIP Mary Wilson

Mick O’Dowd… A bit of class! R.I.P.

Alan Esdaile… never got to see her or The Supremes live but regually saw her talking on music documentaries and always came across as a nice person. Another sad loss.

Robert Searle… She was a lovely girl,a lovely singer RIP

Pete Houghton… Remember seeing the Supremes at Eastbourne Congress

Mick O’Dowd…Sure I saw a form of them at The White Rock with the Miracles in the 80’s.

Stuart Moir… RIP beautiful Lady 😢saw then at Kings in Eastbourne fantastic vocals x


Captain Sir Tom Moore R.I.P.

Alan Esdaile… Very sad news

Samuel Freeman… Very sad news

Helena Kingshott… What an amazing man RIP. Captain Sir Tom

Helen Knight… Rip Sir Captain Tom a true gent xxxx

Julie Jones… So sad sleep well lovely man

Michael Sugrue… So sad he died a hero

Martin Waghorne… Sad news, amazing fund raiser RIP Tom

Terry Hopper… Sleep tight sir captain Tom

Tony Davis… A real gentleman and inspiration. Condolences to his family. RIP Sir Tom

Jeff Belton… How very sad , what a man ? Would had loved to met him. Rest in peace now Sir Tom.

Becky Fletcher… Rip captain Tom you did is all proud x

Dawn Mann… Very sad news R.I.P Sir Tom

Sally Evans…So, so sad…. a true gentleman with real grit. R.I.P sir Tom

Peter Winter Mbe… RIP Sir Tom you were a legend

Colin Bell… A man who truly deserved his Knighthood, RIP.

Rose White… Very sad I have read his autobiography amazing gentleman

Barry Upton…Very sad indeed, I believe he had pneumonia for 3 weeks

Peter Brazier… Respect

Maureen Anderson… How sad rip captain Tom god bless you

Neil King… RIP…

Steve Thorpe… Legend

Edward Adams… rip sir

Alan Pepper… Good night Captain Tom ! And thank you .

Chris Barrett… I found that quite sad today.

John Mcewen… A national hero.

Jan Warren… So sad, he was a true old soldier to the very end!! bless him, R.I.P. Sir Tom xx

Kevin White… So sad, RIP Sir Tom

Roger Simmonds… Very sad!

Dennis Torrance… God bless him Rest in peace Captain Sir Tom Moore thank you for what you have done so amazing for your country. Condolences to His family and friends.

Wendy Weaver… An outstanding gentleman. R.I.P.

Tim J Street… A true Hero in every sense of the word …. sleep well Sir Tom

Lyn Humphrey…Very sad, though he is still an inspiration. “Tomorrow will be a good day.” RIP.

Dame Barbara Windsor R.I.P.

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Alan King… I was upstairs in Starbucks in Bromley with the missus and there were all of these dwarves in there drinking coffee and having a laugh, me and the missus scratched our heads for a while, then after about 10 mins in walked Barbara Windsor. After leaving Starbucks we walked past the Churchill Theatre and you would never guess what that Panto was, never in a million years

Eric Harmer… Sad news

Fred Marsh… altzeimers is such a cruel disease, rest in peace Babs, and thankyou for all the laughs

Ian Mcgilvray… RIP

John Coleman… A real genuine character! Brilliant actress!

Alan Esdaile… Sad news. Happy memories of all those Carry On films.

Dennis Torrance… Rest in peace Dame Barbara Windsor Our country celebrate s your life. Condolences to family and friends who are many

Janet Rennie… Going to watch sparrows can’t sing

Robert Fisher… Great entertainer sad loss.R.I.P. Barbara.

Kevin White… She was an English institution, RIP Barbara.

Roger Simmonds… So sad she was great !

Stuart Moir… RIP lovely Dame x

Vic Williams… Loved her . Great entertainer

Adele Nelson… RIP to a wonderful and beautiful actress. God bless



Des O’Connor R.I.P.


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Helena Kingshott… Oh no ,not another celebrity gone

Gareth Huggett… Legend

Jacqueline Marsh… So very sad he was a lovely man

Jeff  Belton… Never met the gentleman, but had a great sense of humour, play his music on my radio shows. Will sadly be missed

Dennis Torrance… I grew up watching his tv shows always good entertainment . Another entertainer gone from our lives just seems to be endless lately. RIP Des god bless condolences to his family and many friends.

Kevin White… My mum used to love him when she was still with us, he was a proper celebrity and all round entertainer. RIP Des

Roger Simmonds… Oh no every week or so a famous person dies lately!

Roland Clarke… A customer of mine recorded one of his albums and he told me for all the jokes, he was a consummate professional who pretty much nailed in a single take. With many years in the business, I can tell you that this is really rare and there are only a handful of pros that can do this. RIP Des.

Janet Rennie… Saw him at potters bar a few years ago . He was so good . RIP des

Rosemary Hughes… RIP Des xx

Peter Houghton… RIP Des

Alan Esdaile… sad news. All round great entertainer, that had to put up with a lot of stick over the years from Morecambe and Wise and others about his singing but his records during the heyday sold very well.

Vivienne Gibbs… Alan, they were only jealous cos he always had a beautiful younger girl on his arm. I loved Des – always had such a cheeky smile

Harry Lavender… R.I.P. Des O’Connor

John Beeching… Saw him at the Paladium in the early 60s, one of the funniest stand up routines I’ve ever seen.

Tony May… What a great guy Des was! So many smiles he gave us all and he was such a wonderful sport… A lot of today’s ‘snowflakes’ could learn a lot from his attitude! THANKS for everything Des – I won’t forget that infectious laugh of yours!

Warren Elias… What a great person sad.RIP

Steve Thorpe… I remember his Andy Pandy sketches. So full of innuendo carried off with the cheekiest grin on TV. RIP to a very funny guy.

Mick O’Dowd… Such an all round entertainer of the old school. Very few left now and there will probably be no more of his ilk. Always raised a smile and he could take stick (Morecambe & Wise) and turn it around. What a trooper. RIP Des. Thanks for the memories.

Eddy Butcher… Very sad to hear R I P sir a perfect gentleman

Nicola Dobson… RIP Des

Andy Qunta… Great entertainer and personality. R.I.P.

Jan Warren… R.I.P. Des 🙁 xx

Rontenn 2001… Des was brilliant and a real legendary super-star. R.I.P. Des O’ Connor.

Iain Cobby… Quote from Eric Morecambe; ‘The Des in Des O’Connor is short for desperate’ and, ‘Des has just done a one-man show. Let’s hope two turn up next time’. So funny guys, all those memories from the halcyon days of variety. RIP Des.

Wendy Weaver… I remember seeing Des on the Palladium the very first time he appeared as an unknown. He was filling in for somebody at short notice and he was so funny. I can still remember his routine.

Colin Norton… Des was the compere on the Buddy Holly UK Tour 1958.

Linda Lewis… RIP

Barry French… Very sad, used to like his comic sketches with Jack Douglas (Check out the green eyed yellow God sketch on YouTube) R. I. P.

Paul Coleman… Such a brilliant all round entertainer. Good comedian. Saw him a few times, mostly at Kings Country Club. Maybe him & Eric are havin a laugh together.! R. I. P.

Geoffrey Palmer R.I.P.

Tim Moose Bruce… I’m a doctor and I want my sausages.😅. Fawlty Towers

Rick Startin… Cock-up on the catering front.

Mike Mitchell… Rick, that was exactly my comment on hearing the news

Kev Towner… A bit of a cock-up on the mortality front.

Richard J Porter… Lovely man, brilliant. He had a niece that was on Facebook, she also said that within the family he was lovely too.

Julie Findlay-jones… Oh no, loved him especially in Butterflies

Monica Bane…RIP. He was a good actor!

Alan Esdaile…Great in Butterflies. I loved his deadpan style of humour.

Andy Qunta… Great actor! Loved him in Butterflies, and even more in Fawlty Towers – “I’m a doctor and I want my sausages!”

Liane Carroll… loved him in that! Xxx

Heather Sidery… RIP. Loved this actor

Jeff Belton… Very sad news, we lose another great actor this year. He was a great actor.

Reid McDuffie… I hope he finally got his sausage breakfast

Stella Huggett… A good age at least. I loved him in Butterflies. RIP Geoffrey.

Dennis Torrance… RIP Geoffrey

Pauline Sims… RIP Geoffrey.

Helen Downton… So sad. One of my favourite actors.

Harry Norcliffe… He is an icon of the sitcom R.I.P.

Lynne Ashmeade… Loved Butterflies. Great actor

Kevin White… One of the greats on tv,they don’t make them like that anymore!! RIP

Yvonne Ellis… R.I.P Geoffrey Palmer

Robert Fisher… Great actor,R.I.P Geoffrey.

Neil Partrick… I think his performance and lines in Butterflies were fantastic. I also have a lot of sympathy for his role in Reginald Perrin and the occasional straight role, like this powerful one in Alan Bennett’s A Question of Attribution.

Janet Brophy… Very Sad, He Was A Good Actor, Lovely Man