Mick Bolton R.I.P.

photo © HLBP Dan Large

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…..rip 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

Click here… https://gofund.me/1ccac08f

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


Dame Barbara Windsor R.I.P.

photo: portlandvillage 2010

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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.

photo: http://www.desoconnornow.com

more details... https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-54950051

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

Ken Hensley R.I.P.

Photo by: Helge Øverås. Ken Hensley Uriah Heep, Chateau Neuf, Oslo, Norway 1977.

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Stuart Moir… Sad eh, I’m know thier former drummer Alex who used to live in Hastings old town running a pub called the Crown

John Williams… We played lots of gigs for Alex

Mike Mitchell… Heep were the first band I ever saw in concert… Only 75 is a shame

Angela Frances Gardner… me too I saw them at Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone, I was 16 and we went backstage after the concert and they all signed my No 6 packet!

supplied by Angela Frances Gardner

Mike Mitchell… Brighton Dome for me

supplied by Mike Mitchell

Paul Buxton… Saw them De mont leicester RIP Sir

Bobby Ball R.I.P.

more information... https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-54731384

Roger Simmonds… Oh no I liked him very sad!

Vic Williams… Such a shame . Great part of that comedy duo . RIP .

Mike Holoway… ❤️❤️

Alan Wood… Seen live in London years ago, very funny,bloody Covid

Graham Sherrington… Oh Nooooooo Their film The Boys In Blue is on YouTube well American You Tube.

Peter Brazier…Tragic News! Another of our great comedians gone! 😪 (Diagnosis doesn’t mean that that’s what killed him though!)

Allan Testot-newick… Very funny guy…

Roland Clarke… Great comedian and actor!

Eric Harmer… Sad news great talent. Funny man and good actor

Ricky Adelaide… Sad news

Jacquie Hinves… Such very sad news.

Jacqueline Marsh… Oh dear another lovely person gone from us

Alan Esdaile… Very sad news. He was still very funny in Not Going Out with Lee Mack.

Mandy Wright… he was great in that. Brilliant show ! Xx

Yvonne Ellis… Prayers to his family and friends x

John Warner… Rock on Bobby!

Sean Connery R.I.P.

Sean Connery shooting the James Bond movie “Diamonds are Forever” in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 31 July 1971. photo: Dutch National Archives, The Hague, Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANeFo), 1945-1989

more information... https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-54761824

Julie Findlay-jones… Noooooo

Jacqueline Marsh… Heartbroken RIP

Ian Luck… RIP what a legend

Steve Thorpe… 1st and best James Bond. RIP

Yvonne Reynolds… Rip

Rosemary Battle Hughes… Rest in peace Sean you will be sorely missed xx

Gail Edmunds… No way

Dennis Torrance… Oh no not Sean as well gone, like many grown up with the best James Bond . His other films as well RIP 007 Sean condolences to family and no doubt his many friends

Louise Burt… The best Bond to me as well

Graham Sherrington… Tommy Boy, I knew his nephew in Ft Myers believe it or not. He works in the local Library RIP Sir.

Gaynor Lewry… Rip Sean absolute legend

Colin Bell… It feels like losing a friend, he was such a familiar face and voice. Best Bond, no question RIP Sir Sean.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… yes, best Bond 🤵, sad news

Ricky Adelaide… True legend

Paul Marshall… Nooo

Nicki Dann… Oh no . Legend

Dave Stringer… Great actor awesome shaken not stirred

Sarah Marriott… My favourite all time actor 😭😭😭 and by far the best James Bond. RIP you were and always will be a legend

Steve Cooke… He WAS James Bond. RIP

Pauline Sims… RIP Sean – another legend gone, sad

Cally Hopkins… Shame.. RIP you gorgeous man

Jan Warren… Oh nooooo, so handsome and great actor R.I.P. Sean Connery 🙁 xx

Colin Norton… RIP SIr Sean

Peter Fortsch… The only proper James Bond 007

Steve Thorpe… The iconic Bond. RIP

Josephine Claire Hamill… Aw….

Nicola Barfield… I’m gutted that voice and my favourite film is The Rock

Pete Houghton… RIP Sir Sean Connery one of Our Great Actors Loved your Film’s Another Great Legend Gone

Bernard Goffredo… Sad news grew up with him as Bond and he was the best

Yvonne Ellis… His family in my thoughts and prayers x

Jacquie Hinves… Another legend has left is. RIP.

Karen Towner… The best . RIP

Alan King… forget James Bond, he was in Hell Drivers – what a cast that film had – Herbert Lom, Syd James, Patrick McGoohan, William Hartnell and David McCallum and none of them were playing the lead. James Bond, The Man From Uncle, The Prisoner, Doctor Who, The Ladykillers and Bless This House all in the same movie


Spencer Davis R.I.P.

photo: https://www.discogs.com/artist/383912-Spencer-Davis

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John Gale… Sad news

Alan King… here’s my old mate and sometime band member Miller Anderson playing with Spencer back in ’07 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji2RIXWywrY

Stephen Moran… That’s very sad, my dad and Spencer worked together in Holborn, London in the fifties in what was then called Customs and Excise. Apparently Spencer came round to our house when I was very young to look at a mandolin that my dad owned. I think my dad was hoping Spencer would buy it! RIP Spencer

Yvonne Ellis… RIP love to Family and friends x x

Mike Waghorne… RIP

Allan Testot-newick… What a great band very sad

Roy Winchester… very sad news he was great.r.i.p.

Colin Bell… I thought Autumn ’66 was one of the best albums of the 60’s. RIP Spencer.

Alan Esdaile… Very sad news.

Keith Veness… Sad news

Jacquie Hinves… God bless him. Such a lovely man. Ray Fenwick will miss him , we all will . RIP and “keep on running”

Gerry Fortsch… More bloody sad news, one of my favorite bands from the 60’s when some others were playing mamby pamby pop.

Pete Houghton… So sad to hear this news RIP Spencer Davis

Stuart Moir… One of the hop bands we supproted. All my hero musicians are going to the band above RIP Spencer

Dennis Torrance… A great shame, made some amazing music which I grew up with. RIP Spencer condolences to his family and friends

Mick O’Dowd… Sad news indeed.

Steve Thorpe… RIP

Robert Carey… Coincidence. I was watching Here we go round Mulberry Bush today featuring Spencer. Great film of time and that music.

Alan King… last time I saw him he was playing with Long John Baldry ! at the Fairfield Halls, must have been 20 years ago



Johnny Nash R.I.P.

more information... https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-54444297

Paul Buxton… He was great’ God bless him

Colin Bell… Another sad loss, only last Saturday wrote a piece on him, had no idea he was in bad health. Great voice and talented song writer. RIP Johnny.

Malcolm Sharp… Great singer, still remember singing. I can see clearly now loraine has gone

Eugene Hughes… Such a lovely voice, such memories. RIP

Jacquie Hinves… So sad. Another great man gone. RIP Johnny.

Stuart Moir… All the best of music are moving house RIP Mr Nash

Eddie Van Halen R.I.P.

photo © Carl Lender. Eddie Van Halen performing at the New Haven Coliseum.

more detailshttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-54443394

Roy Winchester… so sad jump into the next world bro r.i.p

Colin Bell… Another hero gone, so sad RIP Eddie.

John Gale… RIP Eddie Van Halen

Lyn Farkley Appleyard… Music in Heaven ~ expanding again. Rip ~ I can hardly believe you have gone 💐Shining 🌟 Diamond geezer 💎

Iain Cobby… Memories of The Tommy Vance friday radio show and listening to “Running with the Devil”. Thank you for the music Eddie. RIP