Robin Gibb in train crash, back from Hastings November 1967

Eric Harmer… Didn’t he live in Icklesham for a while ?

Barry Newton… Married to an Icklesham girl, Molly, Eric. l knew her sister. We used to get donations from the Bee Gees for raffle prizes, signed LP album etc

Paul Phillips… I use to work with her brother Pete Hullis at Hollingsworths

David Edwards… He went out with the daughter of a bricklayer from there

Mick O’Dowd… Molly actually lived in Icklesham when I lived there. A few years later there was a charity auction at the Village Hall and one of the lots was one of Robin’s satin tour jackets. It didn’t sell and I was offered it but declined as it wouldn’t fit me.

Eric Harmer… Tragedy

 

 

What Song or Songs Do You Really Hate?

Terry Corder… I’ll name 2 if I may. House of the rising sun and a whiter shade of pale. Oh, and peggy sue. Oops, that makes 3.

Phil Gill… Brown Eyed Girl.

Eric Peckham… Anything and everything by the Carpenters. So middle of the road, it should be run over.

Terry Corder… Brown eyed girl. I hate that one as well and Freebird.

Michael Wilson… Anything they play over and over again on Heart Radio. Especially ‘Galway Girl’ by Ed Sheeran.

Alan Esdaile… Loads but Mr Blobby comes to mind.

Eric Peckham… I just want to stick a bullet in my head every time I hear that one.

Terry Huggins… Anything reggae or ska, most punk rock and anything that’s played too often.

Eddie Caffrey… Apart from the obvious ones -long haired lover etc O Lori by Alessi …sooo annoying!!!

Peter Thomson… Y Viva Espana or Una Paloma Blanca. Got me thinking what my problem is with Spain now…

Rick Pentecost… Sweet home bloody Alabama and Freebird

Simon Page… Boo Boo Boo! Rock Me Amadeus by Falco. Life Is Life by Opus.

Peter Antony… I don’t know… I mean there are the obvious ones. But to tell you the truth, I’m probably not that happy with the current top 5, whatever they are this week.

Richard Wood… “Bohemian Ratshit” – pompous, pretentious glam-rock at its worst.

Mandy Wright… The birdy song!!

Eddie Caffrey… Right on Mandy as it falls into the silly category Long haired lover….combine harvester….mr blobby….tellytubbies….bob the builder….

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Looking for more photos and cuttings.

Stuck at home, time to dig out those old photo albums, cuttings in the loft etc. that would be of interest to our members. Especially music related items from the Hastings area. One photo can cheer up hundreds of people and help to bring back those happy memories. Please email over, with as much detail as possible. Thank you.

Who remembers having an outside toilets as a kid?

Darren Holmes…. 58 Blackman Avenue!!!

Virginia Davis… That looks like my great grandparents house. Spiders as well !!!!!

Sandie Carlyon… My dads house. Just like Steptoes loo.

Nick Prince…..

Jan Warren… Aaaaaaarrrrrgggghhhh, the “torture” paper?! – well, it was either that or newspaper, hahaha, happy days!!

Mark Asseenontv Scutchings-Stevens… With most of it on your fingernails…….

Chris Meachen… We lived in a house with an outside loo, much like the above until I was 6.. I was always fascinated by the various coloured snails that inhabited the place. Was bloody cold in the winter, & you used a pot indoors unless you absolutely had to go outside…

Paul Morfey… My grannys house in Brede, makes me think how things have changed and how few realise!!

Paul Huggett… Yup, Romney Marsh in the 50s. We had no electricity, mains water only arrived in about ’56, and no dustbin collections; a dry pond near the house (much of which was built from asbestos, by the way!) had all the tin cans, bottles, batteries for the radio etc chucked in.

Joe Knight… Stopped all your fears of spiders 😂😂 Also the expression (DON’T FORGET TO PULL THE CHAIN )😂😂

Pete Prescott… The cold seat in winter. It was like sitting on ice. All I remember is shivering. I was very young and petrified of going to the outside loo. My father caught me having a wee out of the back door when I was five. He was very understanding. Such a lovely man. He knocked the wall down and made an entrance from the kitchen and then bricked up the outer doorway. It was then an INSIDE loo ! There’s “posh”

Alan Esdaile… My dad also did the same Pete and knocked through and blocked up outside. A lot less spiders, snails and woodlice.

Pete Prescott… I used to use the toilet paper to trace the maps I was obsessed with. My school books were full of maps and (izel?) Paper. Terrible toilet paper.

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Gerry Clements disc jockey – Hastings Pier March 1964

Who remembers Gerry Clements? He changed his name to Duncan Johnson and worked on Radio London and BBC Radio One.

Robert Searle… Wonderful Radio London 266m

Mick O’Dowd… very deep voice if I recall.

Paul Huggett… Ah yes, very sonorous Canadian, Mick.

Graham Matthews… Word of the week PKH ?

Kazoos. Who used to play one or maybe still does?

Andy Morrison… Had one as a kid, great fun

Dennis Torrance… About the only thing I could play lol third man theme good to see

Jeff Belton… I used to own one of those . Can you still get them ?

David Wilkinson… and then there’s a jew’s harp

Phil Little… Steve Waller always used to play one onstage.

Arthur Sutherland… Comb and tissue paper.

Joe Knight… The same

Eddie Larnerd Lane… I still have one somewhere

Joe Knight… Izal toilet paper and a com

Arthur Sutherland…  It is about all Izal toilet paper was any use for.

Joe Knight… even newspaper was better 😂 have a good day!!!!

 

Who remembers having a knickerbocker glory in Fortes?

Wendy Weaver… They always looked lovely but my mother couldn’t afford things like that. When I had my own money I never got around to buying one😋 We had several large Forte establishments in Bournemouth including The Barbecue where Ted Heath, Edmundo Ros, Mantovani played. Charles Forte lived in Bournemouth for a while.

Matt Thomas… They still do them in Rainbow Restaurant

Alan Wood… Yes, was a Grans treat for me, very occasionally in Hastings

Nicola Barfield… Omg yes and they used to do the extra large brandy glass with Eccles cake in bottom so many other cakes with ice cream then loads of cream

Eric Harmer… Free one from Phil ? I think , as my mum worked there

Dennis Torrance… Yes and also lime ice cream sodas

John Coleman… Had one yesterday! In Liverpool! WTH cookie dough & salted Caramel!

Charlie Ball… Yep

Steve Thorpe… Nice ones in Dimarcos!

Jan Warren… Fortes on Bexhill Seafront opposite “Ags” amusement centre, we all used to hang out there in the 60s/early 70s!!

Lyn Humphrey… Yep, and also had one last month in Simply Italian at E/B Harbour!

Pauline Richards… Banana split was my favourite

Monica Bane… No way as good as they use to be with jelly and real cream not cheap at over a fiver!

Mike Guy… My goodness, you were rich!

Dave Nattress… In Bexhill as Jan Warren said we had the Forte’s Ice Cream/knickerbocker glory/coffee bar on the seafront on the corner of Wilton Road opposite the amusements, round the corner from the Wimpey bar in Devonshire Road, and along from the Continental cafe/restaurant and basement club. Used to gravitate from one to another. Across the road by the amusements was a little late night club – drinks after hours – forget the name now – was it the Arcadian? Could have made that name up. There might even have been another little place along from that one for a short while. On the corner the RAF club. Further along was the Bexhill club – far too straight for a bunch of long-haired weekend hippies, no way would we have got in there, or wanted to. It was for people back then who were at the age I am now – which is very old! We were never gonna be that old. Never thought about getting old or anything like, being young was going on forever and in many respects you bet, it has. You know the old gag, went out with a girl the other night but it was all knickerbocker(s) and no glory!! Had to lower the tone!! The Criterion – one in Western Road the other (think it was also The Criterion opposite the DLW did knickerbocker glories and all sorts of ice-cream. The old type with little chunks of actual ice – remember those? Hastings seemed to have many more ice ream parlours.

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School days – blackboard rubber thrown at you?

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Alan King… almost all of the above

Mike Waghorne… Mr Thyne our maths teacher at the Downs secondary use to throw them at us if not paying attention ! And I would say all of those !

Mike Guy… Sent outside the classroom [once for raising my hand to ask a question, ear twisted for talking, lines, hit on hand with ruler[s] – they kept breaking, detention. I deserved just about all of it as I was bright but with lack of focus, & didn’t make the most of education until after I’d worked for 7 years, then managed to get into university. At least I grew up eventually. 🙂 Oh & became a teacher!

Barry Newton… Most of the above, never had the hat treatment but did have broken eardrum due to slap round ear, still gives me problems from time to time.

Neal Hunter… All of those the teachers at priory boys school were experts in punishment.

Pete Fisher… Not funny…

Andy Davies… Some teachers were pretty mean at the Grammar School, terrified of being hit in the head with a board rubber, many teachers had a slipper in their desks too…

Mick O’Dowd… All part of growing up! Never did me any harm any harm any harm….

David Edwards… All bar dunces cap never saw one at Priory Road.

Virginia Davis… Some of the teachers at Hastings High School seemed to relish dishing out some of these. Its still regularly discussed when we have a reunion.

Peter Howard… “I must not under any circumstances forget to do my mathematics homework”

Phil Foley… All except dunces cap,didn’t have that at my grammar school. One particularly evil punishment was standing with outstretched arms whilst holding two or three of those long wooden “set-square” things they used in Technical Drawing classes. Can’t remember how long we were made to do this but it felt like eternity! But we got our own back by inserting Swan Vesta heads in the grooves between the felt pads of the blackboard rubber

Nick Bearkeeper Rowland… There were some sadists at my school. One boy was caned until he bled and the school made an out of court settlement. I got the ruler and was made to stand in the corner because I had extreme difficulties with maths.

Chris Boorman… I remember having a bit of wood thrown at me at school (Priory Road) which caused a slight cut on my head. I was taken to hospital as a precaution. When a teacher explained to my mum what had happened she said “well, I expect he deserved it”

Alan Parker… Happened once in my class back in the ’60s. picked it up and threw it back , he never did it again

Merv Kennard… Alan do you remember mr t and his rubber hose or mr h and his old plimsol with the h in a circle ?

Alan Esdaile… Also remember Mr Brown and Percy The Slipper!

Gill Ives… We had a teacher in junior school that used to twist a sharpened pencil into your shoulder

Alan Pepper… At the Grove in 1970 I was given an accidental nosebleed in the French lesson by a teacher who threw the blackboard duster at me . Before that in the 60’s the lovely sadistic Catholic Nuns at St Mary’s enjoyed giving the cane over our hand .

Conan Howard… Yes many times at grove park school in grove park school Bromley

Lyn Humphrey… At the Downs in Bexhill, Messrs Peckham & Nattress will also recall Mr T regularly chucking the blackboard rubber and the chalk at us!

Jan Warren… Hi you naughty schoolkids, here’s a lovely pic of the beautiful, but sadly demolished, Downs County Secondary school : and what about Mr Evans (Headteacher), “Taffy” Thomas (Deputy Head Teacher), Mr Thynne (Maths), Mr Slater (Geography), Mr Vale (Maths), Mr Rye (RE), Mrs Miller(Art), Mrs Grimes (History), Miss Wignall (Domestic Science), Mr Bone (French), Miss Mills (PE), Mrs Blakemore (English), Miss Elsworth (Music), Miss Watkin-Jones, and many more, can you remember?? – but not forgetting the irreplaceable Mr Warren, the ever committed Care-Taker who kept the school running “ship-shape” at all times, my brilliant DAD!!

Pete Houghton… Hi Jan so many names Their was Mr Brookes Art Mr Hill English Mrs Warburton Domestic Science Their was another Geography teacher next to Mr Slater and the Woodwork Teacher Mr Bridges and Mr Harris Some woman who taught Typing she wore glasses Mr Salter there are a few i can remember And yes your Dad who did a fantastic job xxx

Jan Warren… Hi Pete, thanks for adding some more names to the list of teachers, I remember them all and I’m sure there’s more!! Yes, my Dad was a brilliant Caretaker, that School was his “pride and Joy”!!