P M Jackson Queens Arcade Hastings 1975

Louis Comfort-Wiggett… Stallion!

Dave Nattress… Well I sort of remember a Jackson in the arcade. Wondering if it was connected to Peter Jackson’s a men’s clothes shop in Bexhill on the corner of Sackville Road and Wickham Avenue . When I was a lad, the only place we knew of to get half decent gear. was Peter Jackson’s in Bexhill. Otherwise it was Wards and old men’s shops. The Trading Post in Hastings of course for hippie great-coats – ex. fire brigade I think and ex. German army para’s fatigue trousers. “Peter Jackson” in Bexhill used to sell me my Levi 501’s for £3, 2 and 6, shrink to fit style, (this was the only style), buy them a size bigger than you wanted to get a good fit when they shrunk in the wash, wore them in the bath, in the sea, washed them time and time again in the local Laundromat – see Rory Gallagher – there’s a good track , to get them to fade. This would be from about 1968. Also got Levi denim shirts and anything a little bit out there came from Peter Jackson’s.

Mark Jackson… Hi this was first my grandads business then my dads & I worked in them when a teenager – there were shops in Trinity Street, The Arcade, Bexhill & Hailsham.

Milletts Hastings Top Ten – 1978


Thanks to Pete Fairless for finding this commercial…

Jim Breeds… Bonjour matelot!

Wendy Weaver… I don’t remember the advert😗 I remember Millets – not in Hastings though. Graham said the Hastings Millets was where Argos is now?

Peter Fairless… Yep, it’s on the right…


Sue James… Used to always buy my Levi’s from there

Roy Penfold… Did they move over to the end of Queens Arcade at some point?

Peter Fairless… Probably, when their shop was demolished?

Alan Esdaile… I used to like Huckells.

Pete Fairless… Flash git!

Dave Nattress… Yes Alan, in the (my) smart stage as the hair got slightly neater and slightly shorter, Huckells and Fab Boutique were the places to go to to buy the horrendous flares, smart shirts with weird designs and platform shoes.  The disco’s of the day beckoned.  Milletts was also a good place to go to.  In Bexhill there was only Peter Jackson’s clothes shop on the corner of Sackville Road and Wickham Avenue.  Good for Levi 501’s and Dickies jeans in very dark Blue only and stiff as boards and it took lots of effort and washes to get them to begin to fade. The other must have were dark Brown suede type ankle boots called “fell boots” I think – distinct from the lighter “desert boots”.  Then for the military great coats, ex. US Forces combat jackets, (Korean war vintage I think), and general army surplus it was of course the trading post.

Tim Moose Bruce… Remember Baldocks in George Street?

Tony Court-holmes… allways got my jeans at Baldocks

John Beeching… Baldock’s for jeans, Malcolm’s boutique for most everything else.

Underground Boutique York Buildings Hastings – with a smile 1973

Barry Upton… Remember that and bought suits there, the shop assistant had really curly long dark hair. Don’t know why I remember that bit but I do. Oh and was female

Mick O’Dowd… Could this ad be aired in these troubled times?

Alan Esdaile… probably not Mick, a bit behind the times.

Mick O’Dowd… A bum deal I suppose!