Matt Thomas… Is that Alan Randall the George Formby impersonator?
Alan Esdaile.. Yes
Colin Bell… And people ask me why i moved to London in the 70’s……
Carol Ann Bolton… Wee Lena!
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Mike Mitchell… You don’t see an apostrophe at the front of the word phone these days. Oh how standards have slipped
Neil Partrick… Yes and a “disc jockey” too. Great poster.
Eugene Hughes… DC Disco. I was only chatting with Adrian last week.
Anyone remember The Magnets?
Martin Richter… er……….no 🙂 they must have cooled down by the time they reached the coast
Mike Hatchard… They no doubt had a certain attraction.
Robert Carey… They were quite a draw.
Graham Matthews… They do say opposite poles attract.
Martin Stoggell… A very attractive band
Nigel Goodman… yes they had quite a pull
Martyn Baker… I remember deciding not to attend this one.
Peter Webb… Shame the law still prohibits public singing.
Nigel Ford… No, I wasn’t drawn to them either, infact we were poles apart…..
Jim Breeds… Not sure I’ve heard of The Magnet. Anything to do with The Attractions?
Chris Stratton… Not remotely familiar.
Richard Brown… I went to most gigs back then but don’t remember these.
Mick O’Dowd… Seems they have lost their magnetism & attraction!
Mick O’Dowd… Saw him at Witchdoctor or was it The Cobweb and just before he died at Butlins Bognor Regis. Great artist!
Lyn Humphrey… We saw DD at Caister that year. The main event didn’t show,and (I think) he happened to be in the bar. Anyway, he came on and was absolutely brilliant. In the break he just wandered amongst the audience, pint in hand, barely able to stand up .
David Edwards… The Israelites song became a standard played at The Cobweb.
photo Billy J Kramer 1965 Imperial Records Ad
Leigh Wieland-Boys… Carlo Santana?? Was that before he became Carlos?!
Alan Esdaile… I thought what! Carlos Santana when I first read this Leigh. Then found out Carlo Santana used to be in Paper Lace.
Mick O’Dowd… He is billed as a “top vocal entertainer”
Lyn Whiteman… I was there! Worked as a waitress at Kings back then and allowed to stay at watch the acts!
Joe Knight… Saw him at falaise hall about 81/82
Nadia Compagnone… My birthday treat every year. Absolutely loved it, especially Bobby Crush!
Alan Esdaile… Bobby Crush could certainly play but his cheesy smile was annoying!
Tony Davis… I had a summer romance with one of the dance troupe on this show. I met her at the Astral Club
Barry French… Went to see his “Take A Tripp” show at the White Rock. This would have been early seventies. It was a typical, entertaining seaside holiday show. I remember his opening song was “Along the prom prom prom prom promenade” (You don’t get song titles like that any more)
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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
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John Gale…15th December 1979 The Jam played Brighton Centre. I couldn’t get a ticket “oh well,, this’ll do “. Went to this instead. it was quite busy, considering the Jam were playing the same night in Brighton
Steve Sampson… Was at The Jam … was living over there at the time as was at Brighton Polytechnic… did go to The Purple Hearts one with The Teenbeats ? at the pier … and a very violent UK Subs Gig which I think The Teenbeats did the support
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Dennis Torrance… Most of my time growing up
Lloyd Johnson… I do!..I still wear them now and again…
Mike Waghorne… I do ! but cant remember if I had one as a kid !
Wendy Weaver… I think every boy wore one.
Tony Ham… Snake belts, zip up platform boots, flares, tank tops and long hair
Yvonne Ellis… Cool
Jim Breeds… I’m saying nothing, to protect my sharp dresser reputation!
Heather Sidery… I had 3
David Edwards… I thought it was only boys who wore them
Graham Matthews… Oh yes. Are they still made does anyone know ?
Colin Bell… Saw some new on ebay, apparently they are trendy again now!
Graham Matthews… Yes I looked on there straight after this post but don’t think I will get one.
Pete Prescott… I did !
Kevin White… Yep. Had several.
Richard J Porter… I had the dark blue/light blue one. School colours.
John Warner… Had a school one black and amber!
Janet Rennie… Yes I did
Chris Downton… I did too… & loved it
Gary Benton… Wish I still had one.
Alan Esdaile… I can’t remember having belts before this, perhaps it was a piece of string we had!
Colin Gibson… You were lucky to have any trousers to keep up. We had to wear rolls of lino held together with reinforced spaghetti
John Gale… bloody luxury, we had sack cloths sewn together held up by barbed wire from cast off war defences
Tony Court-holmes… trying not to
Ness Freeman… Hi all , I’ve been reading through lots of these posts and am wondering if any of you can help me. I’m trying to trace a gentleman by the name of Malcolm who I believe used to be the drummer in a band that played in venues around Hastings during 1977. The only other information I have is that by day he was possibly a bus driver , long shot I know but any help would be much appreciated.
Diane Leigh… Was he based at Silverhill or Hastings bus company ?
Ness Freeman… Thanks again for adding my comment. I now have further info on a definite venue Malcolm played in was The Inn at Crowhurst during early 77’. I did see a post on here from 2019 that mentioned this venue but am unable to find it again. As before , any info no matter how small would be greatly appreciated. Diane, hi, I honestly wouldn’t know. We have such limited info at the moment. We are literally starting from scratch.