Who remembers the Provincial Hotel Havelock Road Hastings?

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Keith Veness… I do

Mike Mitchell… The Golden Hind?

Neal Hunter… I do

Patricia Lloyd… Me

Tony Court-holmes… had a snooker table out the back

Jackie Hersee… I do

Stephanie Blackledge… Me too. Used to work in Havelock Road

Mark Harris… Right next door to Frank Bettis Autos! I believe Frank used to ride speedway at the old Pilot Field track.

Richard J Porter… Eddie Bartholomew from Cranbrook took on Frank Bettis Autos. Behind there in Robertson Street my wife’s Father had Coopers the Greengocers.

Mick Knights… My shoes always stuck to the carpet!!

Ian Cramp… I think so, I lived in Hastings until 1982 was it there then?

Alan Esdaile… I think it was The Golden Hind then Ian.

Kev Towner… Ooh – before my time. Fascinating though!!

Martin Richter… I’ve got a brochure for it somewhere!

Paul Sleet… Used to play for their snooker team. Bill and Anne Bailey were the licensees.

Richard J Porter… Hollingsworths too when they were there.

Alan Esdaile… My friend Don Bailey’s mum and dad used to run it. When the pub was closed, we used to play bar billiards.

Paul Slidel… I wonder what year the Golden Hind took over? I don’t remember this hotel, but used the Hind a lot! Is this late 60s?

Alan Esdaile… This is probably mid sixties Paul and The Golden Hind around 78/79???

Martin Richter… Stevie D

Wendy Weaver… I think it was The Golden Hind when I came down to live in Hastings in 1978/79.

Do you remember Penny for The Guy?

Betty Austin… Oh yes good clean honest fun !! X

Dennis Torrance… Remember I was done up as a guy as a kid, sat in Queens Road and went boo to passers by thanks for the memories

Malcolm Sharp… Dennis was that you yer bugar lol

Linda Crane… Good fun

Tony May…  Would LOVE to see kids taking part in that now. These days they are either on their phones or getting up to no good!

Julie Findlay-jones… Does anyone still do this, it was such fun , the anticipation of wondering how the guys going to turn out and how many penny’s your going to get.

Jane Hartley… We were in the Observer with our guy one year!

Pat Fears… Probably not safe these days !!

Janine Anne Scott… Happy days

Jeff Belton… Remember when I was growing up, used to love making a GUY for bonfire night. Great fun !

Alan Esdaile… If you wanted fireworks, you had to go out and earn some money from your guy. Not a cheap football as a head, as people did in later years. Old clothes stuffed with newspapers, our pitch used to the Whitefriars Pub, Priory Road, as did well when people got of the bus.

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Mary Baker and her Olde Tyme Orchestra – Hastings Pier 11th October 1969

Chris Baker… No relation! Suspect were brilliant though!

Alan Esdaile… I was going to ask you this Chris, as I thought your mum played in a band but may have got it wrong.

Chris Baker… When I was young, 7 to 10 ish, my Mum, Brenda Baker, would sing with Prince McBride at dances etc. I believe she gigged at Falaise Hall and what was the Cafe under Bottle Alley. I do know one of the songs she did was “Me and My Dog”, (Lost in a fog), as she used to swan around the flat in Cobourg shining it into a small saucepan so she could hear her voice reflected back at her. 😁 Happy Memories!

Julie Driscoll Brian Auger and the Trinity – Top Rank Brighton 1968

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Mick Knights… Great venue, we were regulars on Saturday nights before Eastbourne and latterly Hastings caught up.

Tony Court-holmes… i was in love with her

Steve Thorpe… same here

Alan Esdaile… same here

Colin Bell… That’s all of us then!

Steve Thorpe… that voice was amazing and she was great to look at as well.

Alan King… she looks like something of of Star Trek. skip bifferty, miss teenage brighton contest

Michael Gibbs… Love This Wheels On Fire

Colin Gibson… I was there, in the other band

Alan Esdaile… Any interesting memories about the gig, Colin?

Colin Gibson… Absolutely none! Loved The Trinity though

Phil Gill… Colin, I used to love Skip Bifferty. Every episode he used to alert someone about a kid trapped down a well or an old mine shaft.

Colin Gibson… and they had to use several kangaroos per show because they kept running away

 

John Winch & Brian Golbey 1963

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John Winch… from 1963 of me (playing banjo) with Brian Golbey (One of the only Brits to win a Nashville country singer award for best singer) playing fiddle. We guested a few times at the Sidley Folk Club and also at the Nelson Folk Club of that period.

David Betts… Remember it well. The New Inn Sidley was run by me and Colin Potter, we also played the Nelson Hastings, Dolphin Eastbourne and ran the Black Horse Telham.

Mike Curtis… Was the Sidley folk club at the New Inn. Apparently Paul Simon played there? He definitely played the DLWP – I was talking with Shirley Collins who played on the same bill. Shirley said Paul was bottom of the bill………..

Who remembers the meat mincer?

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Inspired Village… Before minced meat was a supermarket staple, who remembers it being made at home with a trip to the butchers and one of these?

Steve Thorpe… I had one in the eighties.

Mike Waghorne… I often remember having to use one helping my mother in the kitchen when I was around 4 or 5

Stuart Moir… My mum had one of those, I used to put mud in it

Judy Atkinson… I still have one of these. Used to mince the leftover cold beef or lamb with onion & carrot for cottage/shepherd’s pie

Pat Fears… yes, me too.

Keith Rodway… Still use one

David Edmunds… You could buy mince from the butcher these were used mainly for mincing Sunday roast meat to make rissoles or shepherds pie

Paul Slidel… Yes, I remember them well. Usually used for leftover roast meats to make shepherds pie yum

Martin Stoggell… Still got one I think.

Tony Court-holmes… my nan had one

Glenn Piper… Oh yes

Pauline Hillier… Yes I do

Harry Norcliffe… The bacon slicer always fascinated me.

Faith Brooker… One of my jobs.

Margaret Fletcher… My mum had one

David Natan… Me To

Yvonne Ellis… Yes

Serena Jackson… Left over lamb for shepherds pie on a Monday

Alan Esdaile… Mum and dad had one. Lots of leftovers put in it but shepherds pie used to taste much better then!

Colin Bell… They used real Shepherds in those days……..

Jacquie Hinves… I have one of those mincers in my cupboard. It was granny’s.

Janet Brophy… My Mum & Dad Had One Of These

Dave Nattress… Yes, my Mother had one of these when I was very young exactly the same as this. Funny enough for the first time for ages tonite’s tucker is home made shepherds pie, good home cooking from the Chief Chef on a rotten windy rainy October night. Meat already minced these days.
That’s the end of the good news, bad is the dog still has to go out – not that she minds the rain!

Judy Atkinson… Alan, buying ready minced meat is not the same as mincing your own cooked meat. Also you need to mince the carrots & onions to go with it

Ray Binning… We still have one. It’s still used occasionally.

Alan Vale… years ago got one at a car boot £0.50 I think long gone now

Rick Startin… Yep, I’ve still got the one we had when I was a kid

 

Mods and Rockers – Hastings seafront in 1964

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Patrick Batty… Anyone remember when the Mods & Rocker hit town & there was a battle on the beaches between them. My first vehicle was a Vespa scooter which I soon exchanged for a motorbike so you could say I was both a Mod & a Rocker but I wasnt involved in this battle in 1964.

Mick Knights… I was out of town camping with a few friends, I do remember being stopped by the boys in blue when we tried to get back into town on the Sunday. I did take a ride along the sea front on my elderly Vespa 125cc where there were lines of abandoned scooters, as their owners had been marched out of town and we’re not being allowed back to collect them. These days that kind of policing would most probably be against their human rights!

John Williams… I was one parked outside The Albion down from Peckham

Jan Warren… Love this …… and Quadraphenia is one of my all-time fave films!! 

John Williams… Well it was just like that we were good boys

Mick O’Dowd… I was there. I worked in what is now the Italian Way by the Roundabout & Fountain. Watched it all happen from upstairs window.

Alan Esdaile… I remember being on the West Hill with my mates, collecting all the discarded Corona bottles and taking them back to the shop to get back the deposits.

Dave Nattress… Greatly nostalgic. I do recall troubles on and off, although I was only 11 in 64. Later when at Hastings College several class-mates came over from Eastbourne on scooters – mainly or maybe exclusively Lambrettas. Bexhill, where I lived, also has its fair share of scooters and all in all, lots of mates had scooters or bikes. Some of my friends now have pukka bikes. My old man, when asked by me, to lend me a few quid to buy a Yamaha 80 in about 1969 said no, you’ll kill yourself, wait till you’re 17 and get a car – which I did. A few good mates have gone, bikes/cars. Does anyone recall the Hell’s Angels “Branded” chapter based around Bexhill and Hastings for a few years. Several mates were in and often the guys used to drink at the Castle in Town Hall Square Bexhill.

Chris Sambrook… I was  11 in 1964. We lived along Bexhill Road. There was a constant roar of Motorbikes. 2 Mods broke down outside our house. My Mum invited them in for a Cup of Tea. From what i remember they seemed ok and grateful. They manged to get their scooter repaired and mum   said to them stay out of trouble. To be fair my Mum & Dad later said they would have done the same for the Rockers.

Pete Fisher… watched the Mods being marched out of town from my bedroom window in Fairlight Road…

John Williams… We was not marched we was assisted lol. We slept in the cave at top of rock nore cambered up there good fun.

Pete Fisher… sorry, I meant gently guided…!!! (I was only 9!)

Tony Davis… I can remember the man who lived opposite me in Plynlimmon Road has one of these big Ford Consul cars and he drove me around town in it to see all the mods and rockers. I was about 11 at the time. I remember us driving around the roundabout outside the Italian Way three of four times. Think the IT was called Iorio’s then.

John Williams… There you go me and my old mum on my scooter in Peckham up the mods

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Chris Leek… Takes me back, I remember I had never seen so many people on the sea front and the noise and when I got up to the west hill they were up there to.

Jan Warren… Yeah Dave I remember all the bikes and scooters in Bexhill, we all used to hang out on the seafront in Fortes Coffee Bar and “Ags”, the Amusement Arcade, especially downstairs where they had a juke box and pinball machines!! – I also remember The Castle pub being a bit of a bikers pub in those days!!

John Williams… We slept in the cave at top of rock nore cambered up there good fun

Monica Bane… I remember so well! Living in Tackle way when they all jumped off the hill in front of my house!

Madeline Scalliwags Reade… I remember it so well. My parents had the Guest House over the top of Faggins. The police were chasing them up Oak passage blowing their whistles.

Jeanette Griffiths… I was 10 and remember standing on Winkle Island watching all the scooters coming down The Bourne. We were always a biker family so more sympathetic towards the Rockers. A much more innocent time when lads having a punch up didn’t involve knives and guns, just fists (mostly)

Dennis Torrance… Remember going up the west hill so many mods and rockers about and meeting my mum from work old town quite frightening as was 11 lot of pushing I remember so packed saw a few fights to

Alan Esdaile… remember being on the west hill at the same time.

Gerry Fortsch… My dad would not let me out of the house, lucky really as two of my rocker mates got arrested. I loved motor bikes but was not keen on the rockers music funny really as the mods choice of music was more to my taste. I wasn’t many years later that the bikers got into what was mod music with bands like The Who.

Graham Matthews… We lived in Staplecross, I was only 9 years old and my Dad took us down to see it. When it started to get a bit exciting Mum managed to talk Dad into taking us home and be safe, he was a bit of a fighter if upset and it may have not been a happy ending to the day had we stayed.

John Williams… I was one of them mods down hastings can I now please apologize for my behaviour God it was fun, up the mods. ps them deck chairs were heavy lol

Kev Carleonis… Look at all the white skinned people.

Claire Triance… Those were the best days I think though i was just a kid

Dave Nattress… Hi Jan, we must have crossed paths many a time in Bexhill-late 60’s into the 70’s – same places and memories. I went to school with Warren would he have been your brother. I recall after school he became a longhair like me,

Round Table Youth Centre Priory Road Hastings with Chris Gentry Discotheque – 30th September 1969

Mick O’Dowd… This Chris Gentry person seems to be popping up everywhere!

Colin Bell… Part timer only doing a 2hr45mins show 😂would’nt have played any of that ‘regeae’?!myself 🤣were typesetters always pissed in those days?!

Mick O’Dowd… never remember Chris Gentry fellow playing reggie!!!

 

Anyone remember the aviary in Alexandra Park Hastings?

Alan Esdaile… Anyone remember the aviary in Alexandra Park Hastings?  Any photos?

Sean Fox… Yes was still there in seventies

Paul Merison… Yes. Definitely there late sixties and early seventies.

Dennis Torrance… Remember it well, was quite a large area of birds large and big, liked it

Lesley Bowles… I remember it fondly and always think of it when I walk past that area

Daryl Perkins… Def there in the 70’s

Diane Leigh… Sure it was still there later then 60s

Jenny Power… Yes there in the 70’s

Kathy Wood… Yes, we moved here in 1973 and I remember going down there. Pets corner was great too

Peter Brazier… I think it closed in the mid to late 70’s as I remember taking photos with my first camera! I got it at the Grove school fete and jumble sale!

John Busbridge… It used to be over the stream near just past the block of toilets opposite the bandstand.

Barry French… I worked as a gardener in Alexandra Park during the early 1970s & remember the Budgerigar aviary well. Also during this time one of the lakes near the bowling green was home to a pair of Australian Black Swans.

Patrick Turner… Yes remember it well and l worked as a kid on the boating lake in my summer holidays good time come in number 9 your time is up.

Steve Cooke… Remember the aviary well from living in Lower Park Road as a nipper. Still think of it now when I walk through.

 

Miriam Karlin, St John’s Wood, Chris Gentry – Hastings & St Leonards Charities Association – Hurst Court 27th September 1969

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Remember Miriam Karlin in The Rag Trade…

Pauline Richards… Yes. Blowing a whistle shouting…..everybody out!!

Andre Martin… This Chris Gentry bloke get about – when I think of all the events that we were involved in at some point, and now the organisations just have gone. The town is that much poorer and the young people missing out on so much. Just look at the admission price 2/- wow.

Mick O’Dowd… Hurst Court has gone as well Andre/Chris/Marshall etc.etc.etc

Tim Moose Bruce… Read somewhere that Hurst Court was dismantled and shipped to the States to be put back up. They took down the outer shell and roof and left the rest behind.