Dave Nattress… Would I be right in saying Mama’s gonna take us to the zoo tomorrow? And…we can stay all day.
Neil Partrick… Message Music was interviewed by me and he mentioned what it was like working with Julie http://oldfolkrebels.blogspot.com/…/kelvin-message-life…
supplied by Phil Gill
Phil Gill… OK folks, this is an ORIGINAL 1973 poster, not a reproduction, advertising Hastings Carnival and Gary Glitter show in Alexandra Park. It’s in top condition, no fading at all and was acquired by my then wife to be, in 1973, when she attended the show. Fairly sure there will be some collectors on here – anyone know what it might be worth, taking into account that the star turn may now be somewhat tainted?
Sheila Maile… I was there in the park.missed last bus home & started to walk .got to Battle & got picked up by police.had 10 yr old brother with me.they thought we had run away from home so they gave us a lift back to Netherfield
Phil Gill… Here’s a question…does the Gary Glitter aspect make it more, or less attractive to a collector?
Alan Esdaile… I would think a lot less. What might be worth trying is to contact Omega Auctions as they seem to get the best prices at auction for music memorabilia. https://www.omegaauctions.co.uk
Steve Blackman… Went to that show!
Tony Court-holmes… missed it living in the States at the time
Martin Curcher… My first gig at the age of 8. Family ticket was a Pound and 1.50 at the gate
Mick Turner… Great Show,even though it rained in the evening. I liked his music and he played on even though there was a danger of being electrocuted, had to admire him for that
Peter Howard… Spare a thought for my mate who got a Rolf Harris tattoo in the 90s, on his leg thankfully, and he never goes to swimming pools
John Gale… Peter, “Can you tell what it is yet? ”
Mick O’Dowd… I was billed in the programme as Stage Manager (Hastings). Spent the previous night in a caravan with Chris Gentry backstage as security. We didn’t need it as there was the mother of all storms . Played footie with the Glitter Band when they arrived in the afternoon. Nice bunch of guys.
Tony Pettifer… I was in one of the support bands talking to the Glitter band after wheres Garry off chasing 14 year olds ha ha ha but now
Leigh Wieland-Boys… I was there!
Janet Cruttenden… I was there selling Fanta and Coca-Cola from a wooden hut seem to remember it rained hard
John Mcewen…Was there that night. Pi**ed down.
JS Bythesea… According to my sister, Jan Cash, she went to the concert, and grabbed a sequin from GG’s costume. Sadly, Jan died in 2019, but her legacy of colourful stories lives on.
Nick Webb… I was there
Willie Wicking… Was there he was my hero loved the Glitter band left halfway through but could hear every word out my bedroom window in Three Oaks
Mike Waghorne… Light & Bitter !
Mick O’Dowd… Here it is!
programme supplied by Mick O’Dowd
Tony Pettifer… I still have this program
Colin Bell… Another piece of memorabilia i didn’t bother to keep a copy of for myself…..duh…
Nigel Ford… Blimey!….I thought Mammoths were extinct by then…. any pictures?
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 ?
Paul Coleman… Tony Court-Holmes mentioned Hastings used to have a lot of cinemas. Believe it or not, but Bexhill used to have I believe 5 of its own!
Nick Prince… If one includes the Kursaal and the virtually unused one under the balcony Bexhill has had seven cinemas but no more than four were open at any one time.
Lloyd Johnson… The Gaiety,The Orion,The Ritz,The Deluxe, The Curzon,The Regal are the cinemas I remember from my childhood in Hastings and St.Leonard’s.
Tony Court-holmes… Roxy in silverhill 3 in bexhill 1 battle and 1 in rye, i remember it like that
Lloyd Johnson… Tony, The Roxy that’s the one I forgot. I remember going there with Dave Trodd!..he said I know this great little cinema all the ton-up boys go to ,it’s just like the 50s.It was a great laugh,very rowdy at times!…
Pete Houghton… That’s a great picture
ticket supplied by Pete Fisher
Alan Esdaile… Didn’t it annoy you when you handed in your prized ticket that you wanted to keep for a souvenir and they ripped it in half. Gracious were a Great band.
Geoff Peckham… I agree Gracious were a great band. Saw them at the college and was mesmerised by the lengthy pieces and the mellotron. Factory supported them twice on the pier, this one included.
Mike Curtis… I have two of their LPs. Worth quite a bit I believe – but I’m not parting with them…..
Dave Nattress… Whilst the memory is SO SKETCHY on this, I went to this concert, either at the college or one of those on the pier – such a long time ago. I had a gig poster for many, many years on my bedroom wall when I lived at my parent’s house, of what I think was a pier gig or all-lighter maybe with definitely Gracious, Pink Fairies and 2/3 other bands. One was “Strife” possibly another was “Total” but I’m sure it wasn’t “Total Strife” (as a band name). I think Factory were maybe one of the other bands on the line-up – sorry Geoff – I went to many of your gigs but it was such a long time ago!! Anyone with better memories? I so, regret losing the poster and unlike so many have not hung on to gig tickets etc.
Martyn Baker… I remember helping STRIFE (from Liverpool?) on and off the pier with their equipment (on the pier trolley). Their roadies got us in the gig for free and also promised to get us a drink too, but that never materialised – could be because myself, Paul Guimbeau and Chris Wood were only very young.
Gary Kinch… I remember the Gracious album, I seem to remember Steve had it and maybe 1 or 2 mates had a copy.
Alan Esdaile… Still got both Gracious albums which have been played to death.
Geoff Peckham… I’ve just discovered that Factory were playing this night too! A quote from Andy’s diary: “March 12th at Hastings Pier for £5. Last minute booking for Hastings College dance, backing Gracious and Pink Fairies. Only 1 45 minute set. Fairies almost booed off. We got good applause from crowd of about 400. Encouraging reactions from people.” I remember it fairly well. The Fairies were quite stoned. I had a chat with one of Gracious’ roadies. He was articulate and posh sounding and was about to resign after a gruelling tour of W. Germany. We’d find out about that sort of thing later!
Iain Cobby… I remember Steve yo bro, coming back after catching Gracious doing a sound check on the pier. He said they were really good like an early Genesis with lots of Mellotron and pomp. Years later I bought a double CD with both of their opus in one . Bit disappointed. perhaps they were better live?
Geoff Peckham… I know what you mean, Iain. I bought the same CD, having lost the LP years ago, and although some of the magic’s still there, there are some fairly cringeworthy bits; eg the words in “Dream”. But nothing matches actually seeing them live at Hastings College in 1970. I thought they were amazing. I’d never heard live mellotron before, and the long pieces were so engrossing and riveting; a new experience for this impressionable 17 year old!
Andy Qunta… Fabulous!
Bernard Goffredo… I went to that gig probably with Pete Fisher
Lee Evans… The Fairies were one of my all time favourites …
Iain Cobby… I can see the influences Geoff. I just love Amulci and Howard. Great prog tracks. Great band, Factory!
Phil Thornton… would have loved to have been at this one ! – I loved all 3 bands !! – imagine hearing ‘blood red Sun’, Walk don’t run and Time Machine on the same night !
Martyn Baker… I wasn’t allowed to go. Mum & Dad said no way, as I was 12. Wanted to though!
James Turner… I seem to remember The Pink Fairies in Hyde Park a very long time ago.
Tony Court-holmes…I remember that night i think
Vaughan T-W… I was on the students union back in those days and along with fellow students from the (mainly) art department, heavily involved in booking the bands. I remember long and earnest discussion about Gracious because of the mellotron – was it an existential threat to backing musicians everywhere or just a great instrument in the right hands? Gracious and the mellotron won the argument and were a firm favourite across the college circuit. I don’t remember much about the Pink Fairies except at the time they were the loudest band I’d heard – I made the mistake of being stood in front of one of their speaker stacks as they started their set.
Geoff Peckham… Hi Vaughan. Long time…….! Jaffa here. I probably had these ‘earnest discussions’ with you, being a big Gracious fan doubtless urging you to book them again! Hope all’s good with you
Anyone remember Lazybones?
Peter Fairless… Which one was that, under the Queens?
Jim Breeds… That rings a distant bell … was it under Queens Hotel?
Alan Esdaile… Yes Pete and Jim, trying to remember the chain of different names, was it The Flying Machine at one time? Bonitas, Emmas etc.
Chris Giles… Bonitas I remember chicken and chips on a Sunday Eve
Alan Esdaile… Thanks Chris! You just reminded me of the smell and the greasy taste. I feel sick!
Jane Hartley… Bonitas, Lazybones, Queen of Clubs, JRs.
Virginia Davis… That brings back memories
Andy Qunta… Yes indeed!
Jim Breeds… Bonitas I could have volunteered as a name but Lazybones had gone from the memory until now! Gosh yes. Chicken in the basket wasn’t it? And Scampi too, probably! lol.
Chris Giles… Yep it was in a basket.
Jon McCallion… We played at bonitas after recording fooling around the same night I think.
Mick O’Dowd… Don’t forget cockroaches in a basket at Bonitas.
Janine Anne Scott… I was down there singing with them. 🤦♀️xxx how long ago 😱. I was 16 .
Jim Breeds… Had more than a few chicken in baskets in there!
Janet Rennie… Ha , so that’s why I love Hastings . Family ties
Martin Brown… Rennie’s / Dennie’s we use to love it
Julie Morris… What ever happened to chicken in a basket and sticky carpets! Happy days!
Terry Pack… I used to play with Harry back then. I don’t know if I was on this one…
Joe Knight… Great times
Tom Walton… Harry Walton, he was my dad
Lynn Graham… we were neighbours with the Waltons. Lived in the flat below them.
Sandie Carlyon… I used to know Harry. Great sessions at the Warrior Gate pub in St. Leonard’s. Lovely man and great musician. Sad way for him to go.
Chris Howard… Used to play there on a Thursday night with Centre Page in early eighties great venue.
Stuart Moir… We did Chris many a good nights playing in that venue
Chris Howard… Loved those days Stu