Who remembers a fountain pen and blotting paper?

Roy Penfold… Due to being left handed, my hand was permanently blue down the outside edge for a few years whilst at school!

Jim Hobbs… Yep me too. It took me years to find a pen that I was happy to use.

Eric Peckham… Yep

Judith Monk… me too.

Lucy Pappas… Yep! Felt so grown up!

Mick O’Dowd… ‘fraid so.

Pauline Richards… And blotting paper in a glass jar to grow beans!!

Alan Parker… Still use a fountain pen now. you will not believe the price of a bottle of ink now.

Mike Guy… Hope it’s a Parker!

John Warner… Biro’s were banned at my school.

Elaine Stock… Loved to write with a fountain pen, but had them later with ink cartridge!

Martin Stoggell… Still Do

Pete Prescott…. Oh yes. Westreet School Erith. Ink wells and italic writing. I’ve only just got all the ink off !

Alan Pepper… Yes that takes me back to the late 60’s . Being left handed proved quite difficult
Had to have a reverse nib and remember making a mess ! Old Mr. Ralph was not impressed

Pete Prescott… Snap ! I’m a lefty !

Martin Richter… Pete, seeing a left-handed kid trying to write without covering themselves and the paper was painful. I worked with a guy who would do a really strange arm contortion with a clipboard in order to be able to write neatly – i’m not sure what he did – maybe he wrote upside down ?

Paul Chapman… The bottle of ink.. I can see it all now

Janet Rennie… Ooh love ink , blotting paper, doodles etc . Weird watching lefties write

Martin Stoggell… Politically biased I suppose

 

The Temperance Seven performing on Hastings Pier on 14th April 1962

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Photo by Anthony Morland. Supplied by Pete Millington.

Colin Fox… Saw them in a club in Sunderland when we were touring the north east in early 1970’s. Unfortunately not many people in the club, but they were brilliant and very funny.

Iain Cobby… Does that mean that the great Peter Grant who was their road manager later to be Led Zeppelin’s guru walked the boards of the Pier?

Mike O’Dowd… Skiddy-iddy-iddy……… For the uninformed who think i’ve finally lost it. the lyrics from the b-side of Pasadena single entitled Sugar.

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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Rolling Stones – Hastings Pier 11th April 1964

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Andre Martin….Happy Ballroom History Lesson – Saturday 11 April 1964 – and what an interesting weekend this was going to be, for a kick-off it was the second visit from the Rolling Stones, and for many it would be a start of the weeks wait for the release of the first album by the boys “ The Rolling Stones Album” – Alan would have had copies in The Disc Jockey this coming Thursday if not before. I have located an early publicity photo of the group from these early days.
We all know how the band had been attracting followers over the weeks, since their first appearance in the Happy Ballroom, the previous January 18th, when they had been backed by “The Four Aces”. The Hastings Observer added even more information about this second appearance, and I have attached for your perusal and appreciation.
The support act this time was “The Falcons” and this is where we are spoilt for choice, as there are listed several bands under that name. Firstly I need to establish these were NOT the American Soul act of the same name, from Detroit and included in their line up Wilson Puckett and Eddie Floyd !
The British offerings, included “ The Falcons” from Rosyth in Scotland, who were semi-professional and their line up mainly from apprentices in the Naval Dockyard, they did playing from some of the American Bases in the north and at one time went on a short tour of the USAF Clubs in France.
Birmingham features in the mix, with a group “ The Falcons” who included in their line up one Ulysses Adrian Wood – who would go onto become a interesting and entraining member of “Wizzard” who I remember booking on the Pier in the early 70s, with my partner Paul Casson.
The group that most probably would have been “The Falcons” appearing on Hastings Pier that Saturday night, would have come from Eastleigh nr Southampton and included in their line up an up and coming artiste who was to go and make his name with such as The Tornados and from the production stable of Joe Meek – Heinz. I have found a photo of the very young group taken in 1960 and have added to the story.
You will have from time to time come across the mentioning in the Happy Ballroom Advertisements’ of the Rock & Roll or Twisting Nights, that were run by John Hodgson, it is rare that we get many mentions of the groups of played at these regular mid-week functions, but please see this weeks press report as that fills in one of the gaps.

John Storer…..I see the following week, The Rattles were playing. They had a big hit 6 years later with “The Witch” and, like the Stones, are still touring and making the occasional album.

Andre Martin…Die Geschichte von der Happy Ballroom – Das wird Teil der nächsten Wochen.

Jeanette Steve Jones…..Ja, echt Super

Olli LaasanenHastings Pier was built in 1872. It flourished during late Victorian era. It was first time destroyed by fire in 1917. It’s prime time was in 1930’s. Rolling Stones had a gig there on 1964. There was severe storm damages during 1990’s. The fire destroyed in in 2010. I took this picture in 1978, during a calm July day.

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Jill Caine… I was there!! Serving in the bar until the Stones came on, then I was in the ballroom with everyone else!!

John Duddridge… I was also there. What a brilliant night, when the Stones came on I got moved from the back of the ballroom to about halfway to the front caused by the surge of fans. My main concern was not to spill my beer which I had probably bought from Jill a bit earlier. Great times.

Christine Toms… I was there brought the Stones in by speedboat to avoid the fans

David Bargioni… I was there…..with Andre.

Jackie Hersee… I was there

 

Paul Simon in Sussex by Stuart Huggett – reprinted in Hastings Online Times.

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In this article reprinted with the kind permission of The Stinger, Stuart Huggett recalls Paul Simon’s visit to Bexhill as a budding but unknown folk singer back in the 1960s.

http://hastingsonlinetimes.co.uk/arts-culture/music-sound/bexhill-bound-paul-simon-in-sussex

Colin Norton… Great article!

Yvonne Cleland… Shared!  I remember going to see Paul Simon with a 50-piece band when Gracelands came out. One of the best gigs I’ve ever been to.

What memories do you have of the chip shop?

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Yvonne Cleland…  6 old pennies. Bag of chips from Western Road chippie. Heaven.

Pauline Richards… Local chip shop at hughenden rd. Used to give us a free bag of crackling. And the chip shop in old town on corner of high st.nr st.Clements church used to sell spam fritters. It’s a jewellery shop now.

Eugene Hughes… I so remember Vince (Vincenzo) giving me crackling. A real nice guy. Unless he was chasing us up the road for bad behavior. Is the Chinese chap still there. He bought it from Vince and they stayed in touch!

Pauline Richards… I had forgotten his name but can still remember his face

Peter Thomson… Always a tanner of chips as kids. When teenagers, there was a chippy round the back of the cricket ground used to do beano burgers. Burger and beans pressed between two slices of bread, dipped in batter and fried. Fartypops!

Keith Blizard… Fish and Chips outer wrapping being newspaper. My local chippie was in Whitefriars Road

Andy Pilkington… Good old Beano Burger,chippy in station rd

Allyson Breeds… Sod the chips. A bag of scraps for 2p.

Lloyd Johnson… I must be old everyone else is talking about a tanners worth of chips. My mates & I would get four pennies worth of chips from the fish and chip shop in Ore Village after Youth Club which was almost next door. This photo is wonderful just like us lot after club but we were a little more stylish with bumfreezer Jackets and winklepickers…

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What comic did you have, when you were a kid?

Julie Findlay-Jones… Twinkle my sister had Jackie

Angela Frances Gardner… Jackie as a teenager, Princess Tina as a youngster!

Jo Turner… Snap

Margaret Fletcher… I had Bunty

Kev Perry… Look in

Peter Brazier… Eagle, TV21, Valiant, Comando, War library, beano, Dandy, what ever I could get with the pocket money I had left after I’d got my Airfix, Frog or Revel model kit lol

Jim Breeds… Dandy, Beano, Tiger at various times, but I regularly had Eagle delivered. Also I was literally just sorting through some old stuff a few minutes ago and came across this. Who remembers TV Tornado? It’s the complete comic from July 1967 that for some reason I still have.

Jan Warren… Look in and Jackie as a teenager and Yogi Bears Own Weekly as a kid

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Bunty & Jackie

Jo Turner… Princess Tina 😊 and my sister had Jackie

Lucy Pappas… Bunty x

Arthur Sutherland… Where is Topper and Beezer

Lyn Humphrey… Ah, comics—now you’re talking my language! Main one was ‘Lion’, with favourite character being ‘Karl the Viking’. Brilliant artwork, that I found out later was by Don Lawrence, a noted artist (and two weeks too late, I discovered he lived 2 miles from my house!). Also had, at various times, the Victor, Eagle, and Beano. They don’t write ’em like that anymore!

Eric Harmer…  Penthouse

Barry Newton… I know you Eric, you only bought it for the pictures, lol

Paul Chapman… Sparky in the early days. But later warlord, eagle, battle picture weekly… commando library

John Sperni… 2000AD… Still got prog 1,2,3

Martin Ralph… Lol,me too. Up to 226

Will Cornell… Mad Magazine. Still laugh out loud thinking over their stuff.

Dennis Torrance… My favourite was The victor like the dandy and beano later got the century 21

Josie Lawson… I had Jackie and Judy which my mum got me…and sometimes read my sisters Bunty. I miss the comics. I used to enjoy which bubble of words should be read, working it out. I know I have seen in Waterstones when I could get out and about, books with a different type of comic. There is a name for these books but can’t remember.
Within the last few years, adult colouring books have taken the scene by storm so to speak. Yes, obviously someone came to their scenes and realised the relaxation with them, adults and children need to colour, but maybe someone should now come out with adult comic books similar to our childhood comics. Before seeing this, I have quite often mentioned this to friends. “Wish I could pick up a comic at the paper shop”…

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Sanyo Cassette Recorder – Plummers Hastings 1967

Alan Esdaile… Not cheap. Also if you look at the bottom of the ad, it says now open all day Wednesday. Do you remember shops used to close half day on a Wednesday?

Jim Breeds… Because the Grammar School closed on a Wednesday afternoon I think. And the school made up for it by having classes on Saturday morning? Have I remembered that correctly?

Peter Fairless… Yikes! I think we had one of them…

 Jane Warren… I’ve still got one of these old tape recorders, still works …….. like most things from the “good old days” – built to last!!! – now everything is disposable, doesn’t last 5 minutes, no wonder the landfill sites are so full and people are so wasteful

Alan Parker… Me too. Eats batteries like nobody’s business

Terry Huggins…Early closing day varied from town to town, usually Tuesday. Wednesday or Thursday.

Joe Knight… Think the year was 65/67 left it on the back window of the car consul 375 in the summer and came back to one melted tape recorder, thank God the battery operated record player was on the floor still with the Album by Cream on it

Steve Reents…  Got one for my birthday one summer. Used it ALL the time to record myself and friends being goofy.

Derek Hall… I still have mine!

Dave Nattress… Wednesday half day closing – definitely remember that!! I had about 3 of cassette recorders similar to this Sanyo model – if I recall the first was a Phillips then one made by ITT – think they had a factory on Ponswood, not sure if they made these players there though, – mono of course? Then I had a later ITTmodel which was so-called Stereo. Used to take the later model to band practice – Damaris, Samisen etc. to learn the tracks at home. Difficult to get a half sensible live recording. Also I’m pretty sure I used them along in the car before I had the first tinny sounding cassette player actually fixed in the car.

Keith Cowper… I had one of those to record the music for the Hastleons shows when we rehearsed wth Bertie Crouch

Terry Huggins… I worked at ITT in the 70s and at that time the cassette mechanisms were made and tested somewhere else and then installed and wired into music centres at Ponswood. The ITT factory was huge. It was where Screwfix is now and extended all the way down the hill. It also went back quite a long way towards Battle Road as well.