SMART 24 coffee meet report.


A great turn out for our last meet of 2015 which turned out very magical. Among the newbies this time were Martin Stringer, Martyn Baker, Jim and Allyson Breeds and Margaret Beckett. Martin Baker brought some great cuttings and photos of Before The Storm, The Roaring 80s, Missing Persons, Billy Whiz, The Teenbeats, The Breathers, Titch Turner’s Escalators, Salvation Sunday and loads more. He also had cuttings on The Graffiti Club which I had forgotten about but this was the name of the club underneath The Queens Hotel after it changed from ‘Emmas’. Anyone remember it?  Martin Stringer had with him some great photos of The Abysmal Sister and pre Ritz group photos which we are still trying to find out the name of the group. Jim and Allyson Breeds had with him some Decca 78’s from the 1930’s of The Hastings Municipal Orchestra. Unfortunately we were unable to play them but hope to get them copied across so we can hear them at a later date. He also had The Radio Times from 1972 and lots of rare early Beatles cuttings. Mick O’Dowd brought some Q Magazine photographic supplements which featured many iconic black & white photos. Margaret Beckett was asking everyone for hi res versions of some of the early photos and cuttings we have posted. This is for Archie’s forthcoming pier video.  Roger Carey had with him leaflets of Head On  Martin Casson Agency Pier gigs, Fusion Orchestra, The Kinks, Jon Hiseman Tempest, Wild Turkey, Quadrille, Steamhammer, press cutting of Pueblo and an autograph from the Hawkwind gig. Expecting it to be Lemmy’s but no it was the  exotic dancer Stacia signature!

Halfway through the proceedings we were very lucky that Martin Stringer agreed to treat us to some impressive magic and mentalist tricks. Further chat was about ELO, when John Bonham played Hastings Pier, interesting story from John Petri when he met Jimi Hendrix plus lots more. Anyone else have any other comments to add about interesting bits and stories you discussed then please do so.


Mick O’Dowd… Quite a “magical” SMART Meet this month. Those of you hardy souls who made it will know why. Interesting find from Jim & Allyson Breeds who brought along some 78’s of The Hastings Municipal Orchestra at The White Rock from 1926! None of the Smarties is old enought to remember this event although some might be feeling they were! Interesting afternoon and totally different to what’s been before. Nice to see our photographer is back from her holidays. Well done Alan as per usual. Take a break ’till next year now.

Jimmy Kent… Cheers Alan, enjoyed myself during the short time I was there. Next time I’ll make sure I can stay longer.

Allyson Breeds… It was fun. I think 😉

Andre Martin… Having seen the original 78s, they are a little bit of History of Hastings Music Scene circa 1930s, let hope that Jim will be able to get they digitally recorded so that we can keep copies in the Museum for future generation to hear.

Andy Qunta… Sounds great! Another fab time missed! 😉

Geoff Peckham… Wish I was there, too. Family duties prevailed again. Hopefully next time.

Chris Baker… What ever happened to Bob Shipway?

Jim Breeds… We had a great time meeting Facebook friends, some of them met in person for the first time. You can’t bottle this stuff, sadly! 🙂

SMART 22 coffee meet report


SMART 22 Coffee Meet Report. WOW!  Very busy afternoon and getting more people every time. It’s working out well with the big tables, so people can show their scrap books and albums etc. The chairs round the side are fine but as for the little tables! Always welcome any other ideas on how to arrange the room.

Among the newbies this time were Kendal Eaton,  Keith Day, and Andy Knight.  Everyone is excited about the Concert for St Michael’s on Sunday 6th September at The White Rock Theatre. Barry Taylor was plugging his Bare Faced Blues Festival at the Gecko Bar on Sunday 4th October which has been confirmed that Pete Brown will appear. Anyone that doesn’t know, Pete Brown was always considered as the 4th member of Cream and wrote the lyrics for White Room  and Sunshine Of Your Love among others. Colin Bell had with him a rare pass for the Samanthas soul club in London.  Mick O’Dowd had with him his pier cuttings and Nigel Ford had some photos he took at Hyde Park in 1971 of Humble Pie, Head Hands & Feet and Grand Funk Railroad.  More great photos of The Confederate from Peter Millington. Linda Day was talking about the album she has by Rollerball featuring Michael Baldry and produced by Terry Pack and Tony Bird. Three quarters of Factory were present and very pleased to see the page ad in this weeks Observer for the reunion gig on the 16th October.  Pete Prescott was showing some great photos of Five Bob Rocket. Roger Carey never fails to find some rare pieces and had with him leaflets and cuttings from Rumours  Club, Reading Festival, Marquee Club, Expandis play list and Vines Cross photo, Jukes photo 1983, A Minute Passed photo, Fender Hot Squad & Jon Hiseman at Bonners and A21 promo leaflet.  John Petri had photos of the bands Chain Reaction, Same Size and Stallion. Other talk was about bottle alley, 4A.M., Shaft, drum tuition, The Black Sheep (nice CD), Paul Wiseman, Battle Memorial Hall, Green Cardigan Festival, Mott The Hoople, Prog Rock Chart, 70‘s festival gigs, Jinks, Prinnys Club and Jim The Jolly Fish! This is just a small part of what I heard and can remember!  If you wish to add anything here that I missed then please do so.

Linda Day… It was good seeing lots of people attend

Mick O’Dowd… Seemed like a swarm of …. there were so many. Excellent meet. Nice to see so many new/old faces and fantastic talk .

Nigel Ford… My Hyde Park photos included “Magic Michael” on stage between bands. I seem to remember he was also at the Pier before Hawkwind. Head, Hands & Feet in ’71 preaching “peace & love” or similar when I saw them. Anyone remember him (in a long dress)?

Stuart Moir… Will try to do the next meet.

John Wilde… Very sorry to have not been present but we were preparing for that evenings gig at The Big Green Cardigan festival. Please may I ask a favour Alan, could I have a souvenier copy of this months mag? Expandis plays Flairz December 18th. See you at the next Smart meet.

John Wilde… Yes Nigel, Magic Michael was also fondly known as Jesus. He would always stand centre stage in the crowd either in a dress or baretop. He was at just about every festival I went to. Sadly rumour has it he passed away. RIP.

Tony Davis… Nice picture of the Stallion guys. Sorry I couldn’t make it but hope to see many of you at the St Michael’s gig tomorrow.

Tony Court-holmes… Phil with hair, my god.

Nigel Ford… Well I Googled Magic Michael and it seems he’s alive and kicking with his own Facebook page…

John Wilde… Well that is good news. Gawd bless Magic Michael.

Andy Qunta… Steve D. & Phil T. look almost like brothers in this photo!

Alan Esdaile… Please note the Stallion photo should be dated as 1976 not 1975. Thanks Phil Gill.

SMART Coffee Meet 22 – Friday 4th September 2015.


The next SMART coffee meet is Friday 4TH SEPTEMBER 2015 – 3.30pm till 6.00pm – The Seafront Room, White Rock Hotel.

Please bring any photos, cuttings, posters, records etc that would be interesting for others to see and please mention it to others.

New people are most welcome to join us.

Keith Forbes… and if you finish on time, you can get to the BGC festival…

Janette Clare Morfey… excellent!

Alan Esdaile… and later on the 4th September don’t forget the Big Green Cardigan Festival – Titus 18.30-19.00, Mick Bolton 20.00-20.20, Expandis 20.30-21.20 and others.

Mick O’Dowd… Oh come all ye faithfull!

Matt Thomas… Might pop down

Jimmy Kent… Hopefully see you there

Linda Day… See you there guys

Tony Davis… Sorry – won’t be able to make it this time folks. Sometimes work comes first – regretably

Mick O’Dowd… Remember it’s now to the left of reception & not in the bar as was.

Jim Breeds… A week too early for me – I keep missing ’em! One day! 🙂

More classic Disc Jockey Ads from the 70’s.

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Anyone remember getting a potato?

Tony May… The D.J. sale was a MAJOR event in Hastings! I seem to remember that some people even slept outside the night before in sleeping bags to get hold of the new Duran Duran album for 10p. Alan used to do silly offers like that for the first ten customers. I used to LOVE the mystery bags though. 10 12″ singles for a pound or 10 7″ singles for a pound all sellotaped up in a D.J bag so all you could make out was the first and last inside. Bought loads of those bags every time!

Alan Esdaile… As the Disc Jockey was an important chart return shop and when no restrictions were in place, it was amazing what they gave away from freebies from the record companies, to get higher chart placings. I remember they had buy one new single and get a free record case or a free video cassette.

Mick O’Dowd… I got many a freebie from him including the pic disc single of FGTH Relax and a 12″ Michael Jackson megamix that was very limited edition.

Andre Martin… What some of you may not know, is that back iin the early 70s there was a potato shortage – crop failure I think, and this would have been something worth winning ! OK AJ did have a sense of humour and would use this in all sorts of adverts that he and I think it was Cliff at Berforts would produce. I have a great selection of his works – great memories.

Peter Fairless… We did like Big Al!

SMART coffee meet number 21 – Friday 24th July 2015


SMART Coffee meet 21.

The next SMART coffee meet is Friday 24th July 2015 – 3.30pm – 6.00pm White Rock Hotel and as more and more of us join, they have moved us into The Seafront Room which is on the left hand side as you enter the building. Please bring any photos, cuttings, records etc that would be interesting for others to see and please mention it to other like minded people.

Matt Thomas… They have put you in there because you was getting too rowdy i expect lol

SMART Coffee Meet 20 – Friday 5th June 2015

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SMART COFFEE MEET 20. The next SMART coffee meet is Friday 5th June 2015 – 3.30pm at the White Rock Hotel. Please bring any photos, cuttings, records etc that would be interesting for others to see or just bring yourself. Please mention it to other like minded people. Always looking for new people to join us.

Mick O’Dowd… John Wilde has stated that he is going to attend this one to deliver my sherbert lemons. Very disappointed if he doesn’t come.

John Wilde… I am looking forward to attending. Be gentle with me, I am a smart meet virgin.

Mick Mepham… Do you mean the 15th Alan?

Alan Esdaile… Sorry Mick, we gave May a miss due to holidays and other commitments, so the next SMART meet is not until Friday 5th June 2015. Hope you can make it.

Sarah Harvey… Heard Tony Davis give a really good long piece on Hastings Rock this afternoon about SMART and the next meeting.

Mick Mepham… Thanks Al, the 5th!!! Got it now ….

John Wilde… How about a Stallion reunion at the next smart meet? Two Phils and two johns and maybe Julian? Digger?

Phil Gill… John – I’ll be there. Philip George Thornton has been known to attend and I can drag Johnny P away from his guitars for an hour or two. See you there?

John Wilde… I  will defo be there Phil. I owe Mick O dowd a bag of sherbet lemons. It would be great to see Johnny P too. Looking forward to being a smart one.

Yvonne Cleland… Have a good one x

Rogues Gallery – Eric Cawthraw, Mick Hurton, Malcolm Hutchison, Simon Pont, Yvonne Cleland, John Storer, Mick Watson, Gary Peters.

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Eric Cawthraw… I was thinking – we have photos of various bands as they were in there youth – but what about the rest of us! OK – we’re a sad old bunch of gits now, but it occurs to me that we ought o have a ‘rogues gallery’ for how we all looked in the days of our youth.

I thought I’d start the ball rolling with a couple of shots – these should scare the living daylights out of you, so snaps of others can only improve things. I’m in soft focus in the first one – probably just as well, the second photo is me on the left and Mick Hurton on the right. They’re a bit small – hope they are OK. It was taken in about 1970/71, so we would be about 20. They were taken on a day out in London, we’re up on one of the plinths with the lions in Trafalgar Square. Get that hair – very bouffant! Old hippies and proud of it! The third photo is  photo of Malcolm Hutchison.

Alan Esdaile… Anyone else?

John Storer… Remember seeing those pics often, Eric … My sister sent me some pics of me and Colin Jarvis that they found after clearing out my Mum’s house … will dig them out and post them in next couple of days

Sarah Harvey… Well I haven’t changed a bit as everyone knows! 🙂

Eric Cawthraw… Some of you in SMART will know my old mate Simon Pont. Simon has mobility problems these days so it isn’t easy for him to come along to the monthly bash. He has asked me to add his photo to the Rogues Gallery and provided a suitable picture, thankfully he has got his clothes on. It looks like it is taken back in his biker days, I think Mick Mepham is just out of shot with his bicycle and stablisers!! [Nobody sing ‘The Push-Bike Song’ please].

Yvonne Cleland… Please tell Simon Yvonne says hello! Above photo was in about 1975.

Eric Cawthraw… Thanks Yvonne – I’ll pass your best on to Simon.

Eric Cawthraw… (group photo) I know that John Storer was going to put a picture of himself as he was in younger days on the ‘Rogues Gallery’. Unfortunately his sad demise meant that this didn’t happen. So here is a picture of him at the Reading Festival taken in ’77 [I think!]. From left to right: John ‘er-um’ Storer, Mick ‘Curtains’ Hurton, Mick ‘Spanner-hands’ Watson and Garry Peters aka ‘The Spadger’.  Thanks to Kev Potter for providing the photo.


Factory reunion update by Andy Qunta

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photo – Factory rehearsing in France March 2015 – supplied by Factory


© Factory.  Factory Rock France. Reunion gig photos.

Andy Qunta… I’ve been in quite a few bands in my time, mostly really good, and some quite successful, but none have been as close to my heart as Factory, the band I was in back in the ’70’s. We played all over the UK & Europe, sharing the stage with many top bands of the day. Roger Daltrey of The Who invited us to his studio several times, & came and saw us play live, so we must have been pretty good! We’re now working on a reunion gig, and maybe more, this summer. It’s slightly complicated as I live in California and the other three band members (one of whom is my brother, Tony) are in England, but I’m going over to rehearse with them for a couple of weeks next month! Exciting!

Phil Thornton… cant wait to hear FACTORY !!!!

Colin Norton… You will have a lot of fun!

Terry Pack… It’s been a while, Andy. Having heard you as a group back in 1974, and having worked with you, Tony and Geoff at various times over the past 36 years, I can’t wait to hear the four of you back together again.

Steve Cooke… Missed you first time around, I was working away in various musical guises. I’ll not miss you this time though!

John Wilde… We want Factory to christen the refurbished Hastings pier! Rock on guys. This is great news. Best wishes.

Mick O’Dowd… Totally with you on that one John.

Martyn Baker… Stay in touch. We’ll make a film of it.

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