photos supplied by Andy Knight
featuring Bob Shipway, Colin Pierce, Andy Knight, Jim Beadle and Dave Shaw. The graffiti photo was taken in Alfred Street, St Leonards. Is that Daisy on the wall?
1970’s advert Shaft & Valhalla Disco – Christ Church.
Robert Searle… I remember seeing Shaft play at The Regent St Leonards. Dave Shaw was with me in a band called Foxy with Colin Fox and Les Harding.
Yvonne Cleland… Yes looks like Daisy graffiti!
Bob Shipway… Happy (and great fun) days!!!
Nick Patching… I played with Dave in a band called Burnt Ice. RIP Dave.
This is a promotion photo for Martin Casson Agency, taken at Rock A Nore Road. I think the car belonged to the photographer?
Shaft on the stage at Hastings Pier – Early 70’s photos supplied by Andy Knight
Andre Martin (commenting on the last photo) That is a really excellent shot of the Happy Ballroom – and of Andy when he had plenty of hair -Hah Hah
Andy Knight… Shaft (son of Freeway) on the Pier
Nick Shute… wow!! a sound city pa and the hofner bass….looks like a lot of my old gear up there!!!
Len Smith… Colin Pierce, Jim Beadle, Andy Knight, Bob Shipway, Dave Shaw
Ross Holter… Great band
Mark Gilham… Is that a Marcos?
Ralph Town… Yes Mark.
Robin Hughes… (To Mark Gilham) – that certainly is a Marcos and that presumably means that the photographer in question was John Sweet who was based at the top of London Road in Silverhill
Mark Gilham… Great British car, as was the TVR.
Robert Searle… Dave Shaw on the right
Robin Hughes… A photo very similar to this, taken at same time but different expressions and head positions, appeared in the Hastings and St.Leonards Observer in the Spring of 1972 above an article about the Carnival Queen’s contest. The subject line of the photo said ” Shaft, the up-and-coming pop group who will be at Bonita’s on Monday when the Carnival Queen contest will be decided”.
poster supplied by Andy Knight
Phil Gill… I was there.
Chris Giles… That’s one I went too. I do remember going to see AG&D
Nick Webb… Was i there ? let me know
Mick O’Dowd… Good band!. Remember seeing them on a young Channel 4 show called “Gas Tank” that was hosted by Rick Wakeman and was a live show rather than mimed but was very short lived. Does anyone else remember it?
Martin Round… They were class! I reckon in the 70s Andy Killick and I were at every gig and a few others we knew came along periodically.
Alan Esdaile… Don’t remember who Tzar were?
Chris Giles… I don’t either but usual frequented the bar before the top act
Andy Knight… Tony Barraclough? Not sure?
Sarah Fox… Resurrection Shuffle, One of my all time favourite tracks. 🎶 great to see them playing.
Eugene Hughes… What a great song. Another around at that time was Family In My Own Time.
Alan King… Tony Ashton was a good friend of mine, that man could drink for England (Scotland, Wales & Ireland all put together,,and more) it was he who gave the name to Derek & The Dominoes, he used to always refer to Clapton as Derek
Ray Bates… Tzar- Tony and Dave Barraclough, Brendan Bourne, Dick Wild and Trevor Cheney. Hastings Grammar School’s finest.
supplied by Bob Shipway
Bob Shipway… Shaft Mk1 (L-R) Pete Shaw, Andy Knight, Colin Pearce, and Bob Shipway. Not sure of the date or location.
Andy Knight… What were we doing, you look v happy on drums! Dave and I singing, mad or what, Jim hiding, looks like Hastings Pier to me or maybe Lees Cliff ?
Bob Shipway… yep very happy indeed. I thought it may be Hastings Pier. Yes, mad, and good, times. I can remember swapping onto drums so you could sing at the front on a couple of songs but can’t for the life of me remember what they were.
Alan Esdaile… Rare to see Andy out front. Does look like the pier.
Robert Searle… Remember seeing Dave and Shaft at the Regent
Andy Knight… Will look that date up, not sure about Pete Shaw, prob Dave?
photos supplied by Andy Knight, cuttings supplied by Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection
John Kingdon (Voc), Dave Shaw (Voc), Jime Beadle (Bass), Colin Pierce (Gtr), Joe Milligan (Tenor Sax), Ron Milligan (Baritone Sax), Clive Pearson (Trumpet), Andy Knight (Drums).
some great pictures of Freeway. Taken around 1970 on Hastings Pier.
Yvonne Cleland…..Bonitas! That was the name I forgot.
Philip Meston….. I remember Bonita’s, but not the Freeway Show Band
Andy Qunta….Great band! Freeway were great, and very ambitious with the brass section!
Ralph Towns… I remember the zoo that was in there .I think a copy of the Bayeux tapestry was in there for a while and I remember seeing a Dalek in there but what the hell that was doing there,I don,t know.
Len Smith… Freeway with Dave Shaw singing. Bonitas gig was 1971.
Ian Plater… Is that the same john kingdom, that had J K’s burger world in Eastbourne.
Tony May… Aside from the musical history side of things this picture is a rare shot of the old Hastings Pier and an attraction I was too small at the time to remember? If anyone knows more about it I would be interested to hear more. Any chance the photo owner would allow me to use it for an article in ‘Hastings Town’ perhaps?
Mick O’Dowd… This was the old Triodome that graced the Pier for a while. It was used for various events including the Zooquarium and a skating rink (can’t recall if it was ice or roller). I believe it was moved to Warrior Square Gardens after The Pier.
Jim Breeds… The Triodome was originally built to house the Hastings Tapestry to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 1966. It features on several postcards that I have too.
Natasha Kaschevsky… Later used for Amusements around ’76 – ’78, I used to work in there in the summer holidays
Alan Esdaile… I’m sure at one stage it was suggested that The Triodome be rehoused on the Ladies Parlour West Hill with The Tapestry.
Andy Knight… Tony, you are welcome to use it.
Tony May… Thanks for the info Jim and for the use of the photo Andy. If any of the band have any memories of playing the Pier or can give me more info please e mail it to email@example.com. Thanks!
Flanko Fin Barr… The Good times
Andy Knight (drums), Jim Beadle (bass), Bob Shipway (guitar), Colin Pierce (guitar), Dave Shaw (vocal), Ross Holter (mixing).
Harry Randall… Jim use to play bass in met band in 67-68 “The Lloyd Milligan Sound” an 8 piece soul band who basically went pro to Keel but got fiddled (didn’t wait for contract)
Judith Monk… Loved the ‘Grey’ used to play bar billiards there.
Tony Court-holmes… used to be good for a fight I remember but still some good bands played there
Jan Warren… Yeah, used to go to The Yorkshire Grey quite a lot in the early 70s, saw all the local bands!
Barry French… Grundy still going strong!! Saw them playing at the Queens Head Icklesham a week prior to the “shut down” As always a really good entertaining set.
Mick O’Dowd… Weren’t (Black ) Raven and Rubberband one of the same Alan?
Alan Esdaile… Yes Mick, they were but odd that one poster says Rubber Band tonight and Raven next week. Maybe a different Raven?
Mick O’Dowd… Didn’t Black Raven suddenly disappear and reappear as Rubber Band when a single by RB materialised. Never quite understood that.
Alan Esdaile… Friday On My Mind is a classic track which stills sounds good today. Most local bands used to play it and I remember Shaft doing a great version.
Andy Knight… Here is the Shaft version.
Terry Huggins… Friday on my mind was a classic, but the rest of their tuff was less memorable. Rhythm guitarist George Young was the elder brother of Angus and Malcolm of AC/DC.
Phil Little… Vic Young, who now lives in Hastings, used to play with Steve Wright in Australia.
Andy Qunta… RIP, Stevie!