Who remembers Pinball Machines?

David Miller… Tommy does….

Roy Penfold… Plays by sense of smell! I remember there used to be a row of four or five on the pier amusements at one point.

Mick Knights… There were several in the games room at The Pam Dor, Eric banned me for playing one of them as my name wasn’t in the members book. Not bitter or anything!!!

Phil Little… Are there any left in Hastings now ? There used to be loads of them on the Pier.

Mick O’Dowd… Met my first wife in the games room of The Pam-Dor coffee bar. I was playing the pinball machine I thing was called “Buckaroo”.

Jim Breeds… TILT.

Alan Esdaile… Love them, remember playing the ones in The Pam Dor, Black Cat, the club at the top of the stairs above The Fiesta (can’t remember the name), The Pier, Olympia amusements George Street, come to mind.

Steve Cooke… I am a reformed pinball addict. Oh… TILT!

Paul Huggett… None in Hastings now (apart from three a mate of mine is restoring 👍) but if you’re ever in Minehead, Somerset, there’s a room full of them in an arcade near the WSR steam railway station….

Nigel Ford… There was one in the Kings Head, Battle, late 60’s- 70’s that got changed at least once over the years. A friend of mine sat on it and broke the glass – very expensive! Another in the Abbey Hotel too, I think.

Dave Nattress… There were many pin-ball machines for budding wizards in the amusements in Bexhill – the place is still there and open but I haven’t been in for years. Must look next time I’m down that way. This place and outside on the steps was a major hang-out in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Juke box always on and Fortes coffee bar across the road and the Cont a little further along.

Pete Prescott… Roger Carey and I play this song ! Love it !

Tim Anderson… He’s an actor and producer now.

Paul Huggett… Still do, when I can find one. There’s a large arcade in Minehead, Somerset, that has quite a few modern ones – very rare now. I have a PC game called Pinball Arcade which I love, features very accurate representations of old and new real life machines; I played the real thing at Minehead on holiday a couple of years ago and it was spot on! There’s an old one in the Piper in Norman Road, wasn’t on when I went in there recently. The song BTW, always thought it was good, and he’s not a bad actor either.

Jan Warren… Yeah, I love that song too!!

Paul Crimin… A songwriters song.

Richard J Porter… We know a chap in Australia that builds arcade style machines that contain every arcade game known to man since they began including electronic pin ball games.

Tim Moose Bruce… I remember the ones on Hastings pier in the 70s. Loud, with air horns.

Clive Garrard… I loved this song reminds me of sitting my o levels in 1974

Jane Hartley… I have that single!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… That’s bizarre…. I downloaded this Brian Protheroe track just the other week! Loved it then love it now!

Judie Struys… I loved the one in the Lido. I perfected the art of nudging it with my hip just enough to steer the ball without it tilting.

 

York & Crypt Bars, Orion Cinema, WH Smith 1978

Steven Graham… My dad was landlord at about this time

Peter Houghton… I used to go to watch films at the Orion cinema and go down to the crypt for a drink and I think they had things on the wall

Jacquie Hinves… I saw the “ prime of Miss Jean Brodie “ at the Orion in 1972! Great days.

Diane Knight… I remember when my parents had an old folks home , I was sent down to the Orion to pick one of the old boys up …I went up to the counter and said I was looking for an old man in a raincoat…”we get a lot of those in here “,was her reply 😂😂😂..happy days !!!

Julie Morris…  The Orion – otherwise known as The Fleapit!

Angela Frances Gardner… I went there as a teenager watched a film that totally confused me. It was an X rated film which I shouldn’t have been allowed in to.

Nick Prince… the Orion never worried too much about things like your age. I think the weekend cashier was only about fifteen on Weekend afternoons.

Gerry Fortsch… I remember seeing Chesty Morgan in the Flea Pit as well as Dr Who in a more adult role being w—-d off, great memories from my younger days.

Roger Simmonds… Wonderfull remember them well!

Liane Carroll… My Auntie Vera was an usher there and she used to giggle at the XXX films

Josie Lawson… my mum worked there and she used to say she had a friend there called Vera. My mum was a cashier after usherette. I knew Julie Bull who became my friend daughter of the manager Mr. Bull. Did you know them too? my mum knew a Vera when she worked there

Sue James… Used to go to the Crypt then

Jane Hartley… me too

Tony Court-holmes… Hastings used to have a lot of cinemas

Nick Prince… That photo was actually from October 1977. From when the whole block was sold at auction. For the record, the Orion was screening Emmanuel when the pic was taken. At the time of its closure, the Orion was still making a profit

Jonathan Mendenhall… wonderful memory ..a thriving un pretentious town. The Orion was the local “flea pit”..it showed dirty movies

Josie Lawson… that’s why I left my job there Jonathan but that was when it changed. When I started working there it was a nice ordinary picture house with ordinary films even films for children. Last time I had a chat with you was at the Kings Head pub that was in 2009…was at my ex’s funeral wake.You know my brother Robin, but also we discussed the non profit mag I founded and edited in the past.

Roy Marven formely Syrett… same here

Josie Lawson… maybe you know a friend of mine from the past..,Linda Syrett ?

Roy Marven formell Syrett… that would be my auntie – Lynda Craske – she is in facebook

Mick O’Dowd… AAh! The Flea Pit as the Orion was once known. One of the last films shown there was the original Star Wars and you sat ankle deep in discarded sweet wrappers, drinks cups etc!

Jan Warren… Used to go to the fleapit with my hubby, Pete (we lived just around the corner in Middle Street at the time) I remember seeing “Emmanuelle” (Sylvia Kristel) there, although that was mild compared with some of the films they showed?!!

Martin Richter… i don’t think any would be seen as that bad these days – i seem to remember it was “confessions of ….” type of stuff ?

Wellington Pub White Rock Hastings with Ben on the piano 1977

Elaine Roberts… 50p for a double!

Dave Weeks… Who was Ben ?

Coco Pops… The poor Old Wellington wonder who has the sign???

Graham Marriott… I don’t know but it’s not a pub any more you can’t even tell where it was Alan and Dot Chapman were the best landlord and landlady the pub had in the 1980’s used to go in there after ice skating

Coco Pops… Its now a curry house, Sir are you the owner of Marriott’s who had damage from when they were renovating the pub?

Tony Court-holmes… yet another pub that closed

Alan Esdaile… Russell Field mentioned it on my radio show today.

Dawn Leaney… Ben was an older man and used to play regularly in the saloon bar in the London Trader..l believe on the keyboard and sing.

 

 

 

 

Clive Vale Hotel – 1973

Alan Oliver…  I used to own that place! 1989 ish.  I called it The New Clive Vale with Dave Gurney as manager.

Nick Prince… Im sure that it had the name Oliver’s above it and around 1989 time. It had an entrance at first floor level in Alfred Road. I never went.

Alan Oliver… Yes the upstairs ‘Function Room’ was called Olivers. The pub was called ‘The New Clive Vale’ Ray agreed to rent the whole place from me.

John Austin… That brings back memories !

Jim Breeds… Many family “do’s” upstairs there. “Cathy on the organ”! Now you tell me!

Andy Qunta… And the governor with his back teeth submerged!

Virginia Davis… Would prefer it to still be there rather than the monstrosity that’s replaced it

Peter Thomson… Was this a spoof? Made me laugh – looks so much like a ‘Viz’ ad. And who was Clive Vale anyway?

Mark Gilham… Clive Vale’s the bloke illustrated on the ad with the tankard

Roxine Lucas… I remember going there with my late father had some good nights there

Nick Prince… I remember going there when Electric Ray had it. What a character. Lol

Lucy Pappas… We used to go there after youth club. Underage drinking wasn’t such a big deal at that time!

Chris Meachen… Spent many an evening there in the 70’s.. Dedicated much of my time to ensuring the pub’s mynah bird was the sweariest & most foul-mouthed in the town…

Ernest Ballard… Trust you Chris ha ha

Mary Lipscombe… Known as monkey island!

Tony Court-holmes… used to sell back in the day some bloody good rough cider

King’s Country Club Eastbourne – 1975

Martin Richter… impressive line-up !

Patricia Lloyd… Loved kings

Julie Morris… Often went on a Thursday night – loved it!

John Scaife… Peter Gordeno -Commader & The Pilot of Sky 1 (Submarine in UFO)

David Edwards… Imagine Ella Fitzgerald like a diamond atop a pile of also tans, Kings certainly pulled out all the stops there!

Jim Hobbs… Fair comment, but to give them their due, the others on the line up were big UK stars in their day.

Tony Court-holmes… Andre and i worked there

Cliff Bennett… What a programme!!!!????

Colin Creagh… Just look at the names

Terry Pack… The sad thing is that most ‘entertainment’ in Eastbourne is unchanged in 45 years. The Devonshire Theatre has pantos and Agatha Christie, the Congress has bands from the 60s, comics from the 70s and orchestral music from the 1800s, and the Bandstand has tribute bands all Summer. The idea that a musician like Ella could do a week long residency these days… if only.

Richard Cripps… Mum and Dad owned a chalet there, spent so many memorable years there from the age of 8 [1971] until it closed. Had the opportunity to see sooo many stars of the time there… and then across the road to the disco. Any one remember Nan on reception? or Barry the house drummer?

Michael Williams… I lived at Kings, as my father was public relations officer, I remember him introducing the acts on stage including Sandie Shaw, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck , Dusty Springfield and loads more. My father had an album with him shaking hands with all the stars before he introduced them on stage. That would have been the sixties.

Robert Searle… Clark-Elsom Collection,who remembers them? What ever happened to Graham Clark, the bass player?

Perri Ann Haste… I used to go there in the Mid to late seventies – always had a great time! – happy days… those were the days eh

Julie Morris… Thursday nights Perri – and still went to work the next day

Tony Court-holmes… went there a few times

Mavis Johnson… I was life guard at Kings swimming

Harry Worth – who remembers doing this?

Alan Esdaile… Used to be a shop in Robertson Street about where Walkers is now. I think it was a shop that sold televisions and we all copied this.

Dennis Torrance… So remember this grew up with Harry Worth on BBC think most at this time tried this

Philip Wood… …..I don’t know why, but there it is.”

Matt Thomas… Used to be able to do this at the bus stops in Queens Rd

Virginia Davis… Remember it well !

Tony Davis… There was also a suit shop, John Colliers I think by the bus stops that used to be in Wellington Place. It was opposite the very old wood and marble decorated Sainsburys

Mark Randall… Did Mr Worth do anything else apart from this ( that people remember)

Dennis Torrance… Made me laugh at most things he did not like some of the modern comedians

Philip Wood… His sitcom was funny and he did Panto.

Jim Breeds… Gosh yes, I think I remember doing that at the shop in Robertson Street!

Diane Knight… me too !!!

Jo Turner… Yep

Flanko Fin Barr… my mum loved him bless her heart

Keith Cowper… I did it!!

Jake Nelson… Me & my mate ‘did the Harry Worth’ every time we passed a certain newsagent’s window!

Alan Pepper… Yes waiting for the bus in Queens Road by John Colliers we all did it early 70’s !
Did find him a bit annoying though to be honest !!

Lesley Brown… Some of us still do!!!

Karen Towner… Remember it well- my dad always had a go.

Michael Wilson… The window of the Sewing shop in London Road Bexhill with my brothers and sisters every Sunday morning in the late 1960s/early 1970s.

Kevin Williams… Still do it!!!

Jim Breeds… Part of Walkers is at No. 47. It’s the one on streetview with curved windows. In 1960s and 1970s directories, that was occupied by Rediffusion. I wouldn’t have thought, though, that the curved windows allow for a Harry Worth moment. And my recollection of doing similar is that it was on the other side of the street.

Eugene Hughes… I used to do that in a shop in Robertson Street too

Joe Knight… Good old Harry bless great comic act

Ernest Ballard… Still do it lol

 

Who did you see at Aquarius in 1972?

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Martin Richter… never heard of any of `em 🙂

Jim Breeds… Quite a list wan’t it! I mostly saw my friends there, lol. And Steve Maxted. It’s about time he got another mention in this group 🙂

Chris Meachen… Edison Lake & Palmer eh?

Alan Esdaile… I thought that was a bit bizarre Chris. Perhaps they meant Edison Lighthouse instead!

Kevin Burchett… i saw quite a few off them great days and of course steve maxted.

Chris Meachen… Certainly don’t recall ELP ever playing here:- that would’ve been a really big deal…

Alan Pepper… Wow great reminder of a golden age of my youth !
Out of that list I can recall…. Hot chocolate , elgins, bay city rollers (when keep on dancing came out ) Edwin Starr (fantastic ! ) Geno Washington Donny Elbert (singing a little piece of leather another great night !) And Gary sadly !! And 1973 shortly looming ….

Colin Bell… Most of them, compered some, got pissed with Geno Washington, Sally Carr from Middle Of The Road tried to nick my trousers! But best of all i love all the misspelling of the artistes names!
The best has to be Edison Lake and Palmer..Wasn’t there for that one but would have loved to hear their medley of Love Grows..where my Tarkus goes..Lol!

Lucy Pappas… I  loved the Aquarius though I never appreciated how big or notorious some of those bands would become in time!

Nigel Ford… BUDGIE on a midweek day (Thurs) I think, I travelled back from my residence at Plumpton Ag College specially with fellow student Pete Kingshott of KINGSHOTT Transport (local). Was definitely over that winter 72/73.

Alan Esdaile… They played on a Wednesday Nigel 14th Feb 1973.

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Yvonne Cleland… Would that be the same Factory who just happen to be playing the Carlisle on Oct 16th, per chance?

Tony Davis… Did a short stint as the house DJ here in the seventies and can remember standing at the side of the stage talking to Errol Brown from Hot Chocolate. He was pretty cool! Don’t ever remember Roxy Music being there though.

Peter Thomson… I was still only 15 for most of ’72, which meant I missed almost all of this list, as I would have been stopped on the door. Shame, because it is an astonishing array of talent. I filled out a bit(!) and managed to get in to see Blackfoot Sue. Also remember a sell-out Sweet gig about the same time. Must surely have been in ’73 I recall Kiki Dee and The Marmalade?

Jan Warren… Fusion Orchestra, saw them quite a few times at The Aquarius in the early 70s!!

SMART 52 coffee meet report

Wet and very windy 52nd meet but didn’t discourage a Great turn out. Among the newbies this time were Nick Bloomfield, Peter and Sue Thomson and Paul Crimin. Nick was talking about his interesting website about the power of music to inspire, provoke and entertain, musicfortheheadandheart.buzz and also his filming and working on his song ‘beyond the lies’. Great to see Peter and Sue and Pete have with him a collection of old gig tickets of Thin Lizzy, Be Bop Deluxe, The Who and The Stranglers. They were also reminiscing with Tony Davis about when Tony did the disco at their wedding. Paul Crimin was chatting about his new cd that is due for release next month and called ‘Unplugged and Unhinged’. Reg Wood had with him a copy of Ginger Baker’s Airforce album from 1970 and I hadn’t noticed before but the image inside the gatefold sleeve has the silver style of Wheels of Fire Cream cover. He was also talking about what’s happening for Hastings Week. Cliff Wootton left some leaflets for his ‘Beggars’ Gate’ gig at All Saints Church Crowborough on 16th November 2019. Pete Prescott was talking about creating a list of albums & singles released by Hastings area musicians. He had with him a bundle of singles, as well as a copy of the Home Studio Recordings magazine with Chris Cozens and Nick Magnus feature. Steve Fitzy was talking about his memories and the groups he has sung with. Roger Carey had a photo from the Peter Kirtley Jubilee Charity event in 1998, to aid the street children in Brazil. The photo features Liam Genockey, Nana Tsiboe, Peter Kirtley, Colin Gibson, Liane Carroll and Kenny Craddock. Phil Little was talking about local bands and singers don’t get their fair share of royalties when played on the radio and the Live Music Forum has written to PRS. Paul Huggett was reminding people about the forthcoming ‘Willfest’ in tribute to drummer Will Powell, which takes place at The Duke St Leonards on Saturday 26th October. Too many other people to mention but this is just a very small bit of what I remember, anyone who wishes to add anything interesting you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.

Lucy Pappas… Hope you all had a fabbie catch up xx

Josie Lawson… Glad it went well

Lance Collins… One day I will get away from work early !!!!

Robert Searle… Glad it went well

Peter Houghton… Sorry Alan I had everything to bring down but fell asleep in the chair.

Mick O’Dowd… Just as interesting as ever Alan. Well done.

Phil Little… Well done Alan.

Paul Crimin… Thank you for letting me sit at the same table as all of these local legends!

Reg Wood… Enjoyed it Alan. Thanks.

Elaine Roberts… Enjoyable afternoon, thank you. PS Nick Bloomfield’s song Behind The Lies is his first foray into music and he’s written, sung, and created it all himself – he usually films other people making their music https://youtu.be/JJwfvo30ERA

Peter Thomson… Great afternoon and so pleased we made it at last!

Colin Gibson… Ginger designed the cover as well as the Wheels on Fire cover