Gifford Boyd camera centre, Robertson Street, Hastings. photo by Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

photo © Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

Oliver Leonard… That red Peugeot 309 has long been scrapped

Angela Gardner… I bought my camera in the many years ago.

Jeremy Harrison… Very reasonable prices at the time. They sold Russian and East German cameras before the wall came down.

John Mcewen… I got my zenith E in there in the mid 70s. Still got it!

Jeremy Harrison… John, they introduced so many people to serious photography. Doing mail order and advertising in the big magazines I thought GB would last forever.

Chris Meachen… I  used to be in there on an almost daily basis, so much so that they would allow me to borrow gear to try out. I still have the cameras & lenses I bought there in the 70’s..

Jim Breeds… Chris, I still have a camera that I was bought from there when I was 8 (1962).

Stephen Moran… me too Jim, I bought a Zenit E and later traded it in for a Pentax ME Super!

Peter Fairless… Stephen, I did exactly the same!

Stephen Moran… Brilliant Peter! I still use my 35mm camera!

who remembers Jepsons Robertson Street Hastings?

Alan Esdaile… Who remembers Jepsons? I remember very posh staff, that would give you a dirty look and shout don’t run, WALK, as you teared up the wooden stairs to get to the wonderland of the toy floor at the top.

Pete Fairless… Didn’t you have to go to a cashier with a ticket, pay, then go back to collect your item? Bit like the butchers!

Pauline Richards… Pete, remember that in Mastins

Alan Esdaile… yes I’m sure your right Pete. The person serving you (or should I say the person watching you in case you pinched anything) they wouldn’t take the money but told you to take it to another counter.

Pauline Richards… Yes remember it. It had the most wonderful wooden staircase

Pete Fairless… Which is still there – it’s an ice cream parlour, now Pauline

Marcus J Lamb-Bentley… I still have trains and track. I set it up now and then to clear motors

Ralph Town… I actually bought a 1/72 Spitfire kit by Revell in there.It was moulded in pale blue plastic and was a mk9, I think.

Colin Bell… Have very fond memories of my Nan taking me in there to choose a toy for Christmas. Remember the staircase well.

Fiona Evans…. Wonderful shop

Glenn Piper… Oh yes, loved Jepsons

Roger Carey… I remember Jepsons now you have put it up! The great toy floor via the elevator or stairs, think it had bicycles and scooters as well? Oh yes , stairs, not elevator- just seen that others remember the stairs as well!

Chris Meachen… One of my favourite shops as a child, absolutely loved the place.. Came to appreciate the stationery department downstairs when I got older & interested in art & graphics too..

Nigel Ford… Yes, the staircase, went off both ways (?) but toys to the right(?). I think I got my BAYKO building extra parts there in the early 60’s that weren’t in the standard sets. Never got to get the parts I really wanted though, like MECCANO! Incidentally I recently acquired a catalogue showing that Bayko was made by the Meccano group, which I had not known until then.

Peter Fairless… Wow! I inherited BAYKO from my brothers. It was metal rods and plastic bricks. Not sure where it went, charity shop, probably, like the train set!




The Continental Coffee Bar/Nest Club – Hastings


Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection

Clive Richardson & ? at The Continental. supplied by Clive Richardson

Lynn Graham… Who remembers the Continental with Dick Masters at the table at the top of the stairs?

Leigh Wieland-Boys… The Continental in Robertson Street. Used to go there all the time when I first moved to Hastings in 1971, downstairs was the ‘smelly’ disco with the juke box! Same people in there all the time, loved it!

Andre Martin… Go back about 7 years and it would have been the Nest Club, with live groups on Friday & Saturday Night – now that was really packed !!

Peter Fairless… How could you ever forget? I think this might have been a bit before my time, though!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Spent a lot of time there drinking coffee & putting money in the juke box!

John Busbridge…  I used to play down there in a group called the Fugitives.

Eric Harmer… Was that with Richard Chamberlin John

John Busbridge… No, I was with Keith Attwood and Jim Beadle.

Glenn Piper… I think the young lady had a twin

Kevin White… you’re right,her twin was Julie, this is Jane.

Lynn Graham… Worked for John now and again.

Super Tramp – records and fashion Robertson Street Hastings 1974

Who remembers Super Tramp?

Sandy Max… My friend Peter couldn’t stand the song Dreamer so he wrote his own lyrics…they’re too rude to post here!

Mick Knights… I picked up quite a few unusual LPs from there.

Nigel Goodman… Omg yes had forgotten that one

Chris Meachen… Spent many a lunch break in there.. It was owned by Rob, who went on to start a double glazing business, then I think opened a care home?

Anyone remember Boots Record Department in Robertson Street?

Thanks to Matt Thomas for finding this.


Dave Luck… Yes

Nick Prince… Yes. It was upstairs…

Steve Thorpe… Yep, still got a C60 cassette bought from there with a Top 20 recorded onto it!

Roy Penfold… Upstairs – past the home brew section!

Alan Esdaile… I did buy a few singles from them, when the others were out of stock but if I remember rightly the album sleeves were so jammed tight in the racks you couldn’t see what they were!

Alan Pepper… Yes I think in October 1971 they were 50pence each and remember i bought Al Green’s tired of being alone ! They also had a reduced section 29 pence singles and bought any on Tamla Motown label that didn’t chart . Good old Boots !

Nigel Ford… Sure do!… the arched listening alcoves had headphones wired in and the first one wasn’t working when I asked to listen to GRAND FUNK “Live Album” whom I’d not heard of before, but the sound came through the second one well and a band that were the loudest in the world at the time (ousting Grateful Dead..?) became one of my all time favourites from just seeing the album cover and thinking “Hey, they look exciting”….. another power trio like CREAM? I don’t remember buying anything else from there though, normally it was Disc Jockey & later Stylus where I bought stuff.

Eric Cawthraw… Never used it myself, but then I was never in to sole music. [Apology to all – but I couldn’t stop myself].

Jim Breeds… Yes remember it well. Good selection too. Alongside the photographic section I think. Steve I have loads of cassette tapes with the Sunday evening Radio 1 charts programme. Probably a couple of dozen. Some may be on Boots cassettes.

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Mullett Smith Music – Hastings Early 70’s & talk on Supertramp record shop.


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What memories do you have and what did you buy from them?

Jim Breeds…  I don’t remember either of those at all! Further long Robertson St. towards the seafront there was a place on the left called Supertramp. They sold records, posters, joss sticks,hippy bells, etc., etc., and loon pants if I remember correctly. smile emoticon I hope my brain hasn’t made that all up, lol. Who ran that and what do we know about it? It wasn’t you was it Alan?

Alan Esdaile… No nothing to do with me Jim but your right and it was called Supertramp. I’m pretty sure Mullett Smith was in the same building a few years earlier?

Phil Gill… I never actually bought anything off them. Just used to wander in and gawp at the guitars. Sometimes, they’d let me play one.

Jim Breeds…  If you mean as per the ads Alan, it says 34 which was closer to Geo. Halls than Supertramp was, I think.

Alan Esdaile… yes definitely in that block, just checked Cafe des Arts which is in the old Hall’s building and that is listed as 28-29.

Natassja Kaschevsky… I remember Mullett Smith’s shop. It became Supertramp later…….my dad had a shop at no 37 at the same time!

Jim Breeds… Wow. Thanks. I might have a Supertramp carrier bag somewhere with some other memorabilia I can’t find frown emoticon

Chris Meachen… Ahh, Mullett Smith, the well-known hairstyle & music shop…. I might still have something I purchased from there…

Terry Pack… I bought my first bass amp and cab from them in 1973, and a bass guitar. All Vox: a semi acoustic, a 50 watt, and a 2×15 cab.

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