SMART 54 coffee meet – Friday 17th January 2020

New people welcome to join us

Mick O’Dowd… Oh come all ye faithful but not until January!

Nick Warren… I had never been to Hastings until 1990s – I was in Brighton and following the music scene there in the 1960s-70s. Hope to get to a SMART meeting one day but they always seem to clash with other things up until now. Happy Christmas

Monica Bane… Hope to see you there Alan! If all goes well Monica x

Punishment at School – did you get the cane or the ruler?

Phil Gill… It was always the gym slipper at Hastings Grammar School. I was slippered once in five years and I’ve lived opposite the teacher who slippered me for over 30 years now. My house is bigger than his, so I guess I won.

Geoff Peckham… That’s sort of weird, Phil!

Nigel Sherwood… Remarkably I got away with it during my 5 years Phil

Ian Brown… I did but not from Jimmy Edwards

Geoff Peckham… I had the slipper (plimsoll), the cane, a knuckle on top of the head, a ruler on the knuckle and other wacky wacks. I was probably a guinea pig. I was certainly very naughty. Never did me any harm though……

Jan Warren… If you don’t eat ya meat, you can’t have any pudding!! Haha – didn’t do us any harm!!  Lines ,,,,,,,,,,, we had lines and I remember being severely punished for wearing “John Lennon” glasses in class!! Anyway, it never did us any harm, I think kids these days don’t have enough discipline, they need the basics, wrong from right and to respect others, its just logic really?!!


Jim Hobbs… Stand still will yee

Maggie Geary… Ruler when learning to type!!!

Andy Qunta… Yup! Cane & slipper. They said it would make a man out of me! Hmm…!

Martin Richter…  P.E. torture!

Peter J Brazier… The dreaded Slipper (Mr Fulton Hart’s “Toe Joe”)

Chris Meachen… I managed to get the cane, but only once..

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Who remembers The De Luxe Cinema Hastings?

cuttings 1965

Alan Esdaile… Always remember it was cheapest to go to the very top of the building.

Keith Veness… So high up there

Sid Saunders…  I remember that there were wooden benches behind the top seats that we were not allowed to sit in.

Dave Nattress… The advert says it was on the seafront so whereabouts? I recall the other cinemas in Hastings and the Tivoli (was it) – the one in Norman Road, St Leonards but not one on the front. Or was it where the large amusements place has been for years along from Pelham Crescent?

Alan Esdaile… Yes the large amusement place which has a bingo club above.

Tony Court-holmes… saw rob roy there 4 times one week up in the gods. Remember Roxy silverhill, Curzon norman road and the flea pit now Yates god i feel old

Trevor Unwin… The flea pit was the Orion and yes we are old

Remember Ice on the Windows – inside!

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Wendy Weaver… I can remember waking up with the dregs in the teacup from the night before frozen in the cup. This was in the room we were sleeping in😣. This, of course, was the winter of 1962\63.

Roger Simmonds… I did and my sheets wet from my breath. Happy days

Nigel Goodman… Yes

Dennis Torrance… Yes lived in house no heating and blankets on bed the not so good times

Mick O’Dowd… Yep! Been there done that!

Vic Williams… My wife was banging on the window saying it’s snowing it’s snowing. If she carries on much longer I suppose I’ll have to let her in .!!!!

Jennie Tocock… Yes!

Terry Hardwick… You were lucky we had no glass int widows

Sue Bennett…  What about the milk coming out of the top of the bottle on the doorstep with the silver top sitting there !!

Paul Crimin… I used to get up before I went to bed, lick ‘t road clean…

Terry Hardwick… You were lucky there were 47 of us living int water tank ont rubbish tip and ave arf hanfull of cold gravel for breakfast but we wer Appy. You tell he kids today and they don’t believe you

Chris Garrod… Remember this well in the 1970s on my bedroom windows. We were made of sterner stuff back then.

Judy Atkinson… Frost fairies

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The Riot Squad – Witch Doctor 16th September 1967

Alan Essex… One of Joe Meek’s bands.

Lawrence Ralph… Is this the same Riot Squad, that David Bowie recorded 4 – 1967 demos with, released on a 2013 Acid Jazz label E.P ?.

Alan Essex… Yes a young David Bowie joined in 1967, after the death of Joe Meek. Some info and a picture here:…/david-bowie-and-the…/


Hastings Pier – Tommy Quickly, Remo Four, Pagans and more happenings – Saturday 27th Feb 1965 by Andre Martin


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Andre Martin… Things are changing, here we are at Saturday 27th February 1965, and the Ballroom – The Happy Ballroom on Hastings Pier, has gone “POP” – this week’s entertainment would be topped by TOMMY QUICKLY, with the Remo Four and supporting The Pagans. As the press has reported Tommy has just completed a Christmas Show in Liverpool with Gerry Marsden and currently taking part in the Nationwide Tour with P J Proby. So this will be different from the dances of recent weeks.
The Friday Night had started well, with ITV Ready Steady Go – this week —The Rolling Stones – “The Last Time,” “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love”/”Pain In My Heart,” “Play With Fire” and “I’m Moving On” –The Who – “I Can’t Explain” Additional guests–The Dave Clark Five – “Reelin’ & Rockin'”
–The Animals – “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood. With Cathy and Keith, in control, proved to be an excellent 30 minutes.
Incidentally anybody who stayed home that evening would have had the chance to see “The Likely Lads” – Bob and Terry getting up to their usual mischief and supping a few pints at the Fat Ox!
Back to the Music, The Witch Doctor this week, had an excellent selection of entertainments – Saturday it was the double bill The Sunspots and The Gunshots. Sunday Club, saw the return of the Mark Four and Friday – Dave Curtis and The Tremors. Spinning the records during the rest of the week were Trevor Olive and Ginger Powell.
BBC Radio was actually putting out a lot of pop music at the time, Saturday – The Light Programme 10.00am Saturday Club featured – Roy Orbison, Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames, Nashville Teens, Bill J Kramer & Dakotas, Fortunes, Donovan and the Three Quarters – linking all the act together was Brian Matthews. 2.00pm we had Saturday Swings –this week featuring – Julie Grant, Polka Dots, Pat O’Brian, Margo & The Marvettes, Jerry Allen Trio and The Northern Dance Orchestra. 4.00pm Brian Matthews was back with Top Gear – The Hollies, Mark Wynter, Ivy League & Jackie Ross. In the evening not strictly “pop” 8.40pm Variety on Tour – this week from RAF Wyton – Beryl Read with The Settlers and Tommy Reilly. Later that night Pete Murray would be in the chair for “ Late Night Saturday” and this week the feature LP was “ Down Town” by Pet Clark.
Sunday – 10.30 it was time for Easy Beat, and on this show The Zombies, Val Donican, Tom Jones & Patsy Ann Noble, with Keith Fordyce spinning the new releases.
Television at this time, Saturday BBC 5.10pm Juke Box Jury with David Jacobs in the chair, and on the Panel: Jane Asher, Bill Crozier, Georgie Fame and Jean Metcalfe. On the other side at 5.50pm Thank Your Lucky Stars – Brian Matthews with The Searchers, Nashville Teens, Zombies, Tom Jones guest DJ – Simon Dee, selecting the new releases Janice Nicholls.
Monday Nights BBC TV highlights included Miss England Competition from the Lyceum Ballroom – Music Provided by Joe Loss and his Orchestra, compared by Michael Aspel with Sheila Tracey. It will be interesting to see the outcome of the re-introduction of POP acts to the Happy Ballroom, The Hastings Observer tells us that The Gordon Rider Dance Orchestra will be back the following week in the Happy Ballroom – but we will have to see. Well its March just round the Corner, and St David’s Day is the next National Celebration – to all my Welsh friends,” lechyd da! “ – I have a lot of happy memories working in Wales over the years, and I always knew I had arrived when crossing the Seven Bridge the greeting sign said – Crueso Cymru – Welcome to Wales – I knew that I would be at The Red Dragon Club RAF St Athans very shortly. Until next week – you all take care……………. Andre Palfrey-Martin© 2015

Andre Martin… The interesting thing about this tune is that it was actually recorded by an old friend of The Pier & Witch Doctor – Tony Rivers of Tony Rivers and the Castaways Fame. This is a classic clip of a great show. I think that original show – for those of us who can remember back that far !! is the better !

Mick O’Dowd… Sooperb stuff old bean! Wot happened to together dancing?