more classic early Factory photos – All Saints Hall Sidley.


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supplied by Lol Cooksey

Geoff Peckham (referring to the photo of Lol)… The madman of Little Common Road! Rock on, Lol.

Andy Qunta… Yeah! Great Lol pose!

Tony Qunta… Yes that pose brings back memories!

Glenn Piper… That is how I remember Lol 🙂 our very own Keith Moon. I mean that as a compliment 🙂

Geoff Peckham… (top photo) That’s well early, isn’t it. Where and when was that?

Mike Curtis… Early? Around 6.30 I reckon.

Tony Qunta… Must have been pretty early as it looks like I just left the office! Wish I had kept the snakeskin strides! 😉

David Miller… Looks like a Arbiter Fuzz Face there on the floor…

Yvonne Cleland… Looking like a dude… 🙂

Andy Qunta… Probably ’71. Tone doesn’t seem to have the Strat yet!

Phil Gill… Andy,  I still own your old 12 string in that picture. One day, it will be restored to its former glory and I will make it ring to the chimes of “Castle on the Hill”.


photo supplied by Phil Gill

Andy Qunta…Wow! I’d completely forgotten you had it, yet there it is! Fabulous to see it again! Hope you get it going & have fun with it!

Alan Esdaile… Could it be All Saints Hall, Sidley?

Geoff Peckham… Very likely, Alan. We played there at least once in the early days. My folks came see us there, I recall. My mum came in and my dad stayed outside. During the break I went out to ask him why he didn’t come inside. He (a danceband musician who resented the coming of the noisy ‘beat groups’) replied “I can hear it perfectly well from out here, thank you”.


Factory – Time Machine Record Wanted


Can you please put me in touch with the members of Factory? I’m looking to purchase a copy of their “Time Machine” 45. Thanks, Lance. Lance Barresi Permanent Records email…

Information has been passed on to Factory and if anyone else has a copy to sell then please email Lance at above.

Mike Curtis…..You’ll be lucky Lance. The last one I saw for sale the dealer wanted £800. Like me, my copy is warped, but it ain’t for sale.

Phil Thornton….mines all scratched up and I’m keeping it !

Sarah Harvey….I have a copy in excellent condition. I kept it in a cardboard sleeve all these years…but simply can’t part with it.

Factory – more classic photos & PN Club


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all photos supplied by Lol Cooksey

Phil Thornton…..ahhh ! the WEM 12 string and the tiny kick drums ! brings back memories !!!

Andy Qunta…..Wow! These are classic photos alright! Somehow thought it was a Baldwin 12-string I had, but no! A WEM Sapphire! Of course! Just showed my 22-year-old daughter that pic of me! Her comment? “That’s horrifying!” Kids! They know nothing!

Steve Kinch…..Wonderful shots! As has been said many times… considering the size of Hastings, there was an amazing music scene and a huge amount of talent.

Andy Qunta…..Maybe I had the Baldwin Double Six later on? Anyway, both fabulous!

Steve Kinch….Indeed you did, Andy!


photos supplied by Steve Kinch

Phil Thornton…..brilliant pics ! – and that T shirt brings back a few memories !! The PN club !!!!! I remember chatting to someone in the dressing room after a gig at the PN club, next thing I knew everyone had gone home and we were locked in ! Went to the front door on to the street and attracted the attention of a passer by who went and phoned the Police (doh !) ….. next it was all machine guns and leather trench coats etc. ….. messy.

Andy Qunta…..PN Club always produced interesting tales!

Phil Thornton…..yes ! and some of them were not so bad ! – We had Supertramp in the audience one night, they used our gear to play a set and invited us to see them play at the stadium !

Andy Qunta….Awesome! We were told there were some Led Zep crew there for a couple of our gigs, but can’t confirm. They were recording “Presence” there in Munich at that time.





A great picture of Factory from Andy Qunta’s website



I asked Andy where the name ‘Factory’ came from and got this reply :

Well I was working in a factory around that time, it was on an industrial estate. (Tich Turner was working for another company on the same estate, which was where I first met him). I don’t know if that’s why we called it Factory, but maybe. We thought of it as a band that made music, therefore – Factory. The first name we had was Jack Plugg, which we thought was hiliarious for a couple of weeks, and then the joke wore off! A friend of mine at Hastings College, called Dave Gurney, suggested we call ourselves Cherubim, Seraphim, Angel & Tone! Umm, thanks, Dave!                          Andy Qunta

Drummer – Lol Cooksey