Tony Gale and Tina – Railway Club Warrior Square, St Leonards – Seventies & Tony solo photos

All photos supplied by John Gale

John Gale… dad on his drums,, he had a residency with a lady called Tina (on keyboards) 1975-79. Railway Club near Warrior Station most Saturday and Sundays,,,, God they were busy nights,,, not sure if it was because the band was good or the drink was cheap,,, 🤣🤣. Think I know the answer

Chris Boorman… I know I’ve said this before, but Tony was my greatest drumming inspiration when I was growing up. Fantastic drummer and such a nice bloke.

Mike Mitchell… This is a nice set of photos. I particularly like the one of your dad using on some “music oil” aka Best Bitter.

Ken Copsey… Great set of pictures John. I notice that Tina is playing her keyboard through a very nice and extremely desirable Ampeg amplifier as used by the Stones in the 1970’s. Also very loud. Was this so that she could be heard over the drums! Only thought of this as it appears that your dad was a big influence on a certain Mr Boorman? Just saying.

Mick Bacon… Great photos

Mark Mackenzie… Fab pics, thank you.

Peter Millington… Knew Tony well at FJ Parsons. Regularly chatted with him at the EHSAA on a Saturday night. Nice bloke

Pete Millington… Those were the days, Observer Office party Christmas 1964. Dave Johnson (lead foot) on drums

supplied by Pete Millington

The Inset – around 1964 – Railway Club St Leonards. Also UJB and Andy Franks.

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Supplied by Peter Gladwish

Peter Gladwish… This was my first proper band which was started when we were all still at school. We used to rehearse at St Helens Youth Club, by St Helens Church on the ridge and in Andy Franks parents’ garage in King Edward Avenue. I would have been about 14 when we did this gig at the old Railway Club in St John’s Road, next to Warrior Square station, sadly no longer there.  Line up (L-R): David Crouch (Bass), David Gore (Vocals), Andy Franks (Rhythm guitar), John Eldridge (Drums), Peter Gladwish (Lead Guitar/Vocals), David Gladwish (Vocals).

Geoff Peckham… Well I never! I became good friends with Andy Franks in Worthing in 1982. We played together in Uncle John’s Band for almost two decades, and had other musical adventures. I believe his dad was a teacher at Hastings Grammar, or even Head? Andy was a lovely man who succumbed to cancer five years ago. Great to see a picture of him in a band during his Hastings days.

Peter Gladwish… Thanks for your input Geoff . I lost touch with Andy after we left school. I’ve often wondered what became of him and very sad to hear your news.

Geoff Peckham… here’s Andy Franks on the left in 1982 with UJB outside the Spotted Cow in Angmering. I’m next to him, btw.

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UJB supplied by Geoff Peckham

Peter Gladwish… Amazing Geoff. Thanks again for posting this; Andy looks just the same. He really was such a nice, placid bloke and a good musician, as I recall. Such a small world.

Mick O’Dowd… Sorry Geoff he didin’t make Head at the Grammar School. Seem to remember his name as Gordon? Franks and was, if I remember correctly, an art teacher.

Peter Gladwish… Correct Mick. He was my art master.

Chris Meachen… ‘Arty’ Franks was possibly my favourite teacher at school. He let us have a record player in the tiny ‘O’ level art room & generally gave us far more freedom than most..