Mayor and Mayoress Ball Hastings

Supplied by John Busbridge

John Busbridge… The Mayors Ball, one of the big occasions of the year, held in December near Christmas I think. Look at the band playing in the Gloucester Room! Whats the Years?

Nigel Sinden…  I did not get any gifts this year. If I had they would gone to others needing them more than me. I hope to see many changes this year. As we can not go down truther perhaps it is time to start looking at raising those at the bottom instead of supporting those at the top.

John Busbridge… I believe the Ball was organise by the Hastings Rotary and the Gifts were all collected by the Mayor for distribution to local Charities! It would be good if something like this could be re-invented. Everything about Christmas has got too materialistic. My wife and I didn’t even give each other cards or presents this year instead we gave the money to Crisis to help the homeless and just kept our cards from the year before!

Pete Millington… I’m pretty sure this was 1975 which is when we changed our name from Spyke to Jinks. It was also when Rod Trowell joined making the line up Peter Millington – Rhythm guitar (formerly on Bass) Ian Williams – Lead Guitar, Terry Chedzoy – Drums, Rod Trowell – Bass Guitar. Don’t recall the Music Masters – do you know if they were dance band or group?


SMART 20 Coffee meet 5th June 2015 Report.


SMART 20 REPORT. Another great get together. Andre Martin popped in early, just to let us know he’s still got problems with telephone and internet connection but hopefully back on line next week. Among the newbies this time were Linda Day, Sylvia Sinden, Ted Adams, Rowena Wood, John Wilde, Mick Bolton, John Petri and Janaln Stoggell. Pete Horton had with him some interesting gig lists from the bands he was involved in, including a drawing of the Voodoos from 1964. Mick O’Dowd had a copy of the early Cymande CD to show Tony Qunta as he was in Cymande 2.  John Wilde did not disappoint and had the bag of sherbert lemons for Mick.  Very lively afternoon and among the conversations, Mick Mepham was talking about working on a new acoustic album, Expandis are going to play The Big Green Cardigan Festival in September, lots of Stallion chat and possibility of a gig in the future. The success of Hastings Rock Fest and the Scalliwags reunion which looks like happening again next year.  Calvert Youth Club, The Deep Purple, gigs in village halls,  what’s happening with The Beach Concert, Phil Gill’s interview, The Happening Club Kings Road, The Round Table youth club and more old photos needed. Factory’s upcoming gig,  Performance and Lysander,  Mott The Hoople, how gigs used to finish early,  Spyke, cleaning vinyl,  how come De La Warr Pavilion are getting all the big names and not The White Rock Theatre, Bruce Springsteen, Mullett Smith & Leisure Music, who’s going to open the new pier, The Flirts, Paul Wiseman, Roger Waters new The Wall film,  The Town Council, 58 Club/Pebbles Winchelsea beach,  King Rod, Cobweb and TheWitchdoctor. The Who, Jimi Hendrix,  The Pam Dor and anyone remember seeing Bob Marley and Paul Simon play Bexhill. This is just a small part of what I can remember and please free free to add anything intersting I missed. A big Thank you for the continuing support.

John Wilde… Thank you Alan it was my absolute pleasure and delight. Sad I had to leave early. There were many more peeps I wanted to meet. I got the buzz!

Eric Harmer… Sorry I couldn’t make it Alan. Will be there next time mate

Linda Day… we both enjoy it alan thank you very nice friendly people x

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