Leslie Crowther – Stars Fiesta Colwall Court Bexhill 27th July 1969

Alan Esdaile… They used to have these fund raising events with stars from television in Bexhill on a regular basis. Remember going to one where Albert Tatlock (Jack Howarth) Coronation Street, was sitting under a tree handing out maltesers to anyone who gave a donation.

Wendy Weaver… I was there. Must have been 1980 as it was the first entire year I lived in Hastings.

Nastassja Kaschevsky… I remember that!  I think The actress Gwen Watford did one as well.

Catherine Ireland… I was there, lovely afternoons also Brian Rix did some.

Keith Cowper… I saw Vera Lynn there and Chitty the car !

Jacqueline Marsh… I went to the same stage school as Gwen watford it was called the orchardcschool and was in a large white Victorian mansion at the top of Sedlescome road north. Just before the mini roundabout. The school has long been demolished but have many happy memories of learning to act and sing and even perform at White Rock Pavilion

Wendy Weaver… Gwen Watford was involved with The Stables Theatre. They have the Gwen Watford Gallery there.

Andre Martin… The Orchard School – Miss Catt’s establishment oh boy she was strict

Mark Sevia… I worked at Colwall Court in the 1970s. It was not easy to combine care of the children with fundraising and hosting the stars. Sadly Sheila Rawstorne chief executive died in 2018 just months after Peggy Cummins chair and movie star in 2017. They continued to fundraise until the end of their lives for the benefit of children with cerebral palsy. Extra ordinary commitment.

Jan Warren… This is a “long shot”??? but just wondering if anyone who worked at Colwall Court in the early 70s remembers Yvonne Jones? she was a good friend of mine, beautiful, hippy girl, long, blond(ish) hair, I know she worked at Colwall Court (maybe a girl called Lisa as well) – I’d love to know what happened to Yvonne?! – her parents had the radio/tv repair shop in Western Road, Bexhill and I believe Yvonne lived in Hastings a few years later …………. any info would be much appreciated, thanks

Margareta Reinecke… Hi Jan Warren… I worked at Colwall Court in Summer 1977. Were you working as an Ass. Houseparent? William Simpson was the Manager…. Helen, Jane, Ritsuko, Susan. Stars Fiesta with Leslie Crowther, Ronald Leigh-Hunt… I still have pics!

Jan Warren… Hi Margareta, 1977 would have been too late as I meant the early 70s, but thanks anyway!

Margareta Reinecke… This was all in summer 1977. With an autograph by Leslie Crowther.  I will be back this July.

all photos… Margareta Reinecke

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The Dog-House Hamburger Bar and Hotdogs. Marine Parade Hastings 17th July 1964.

photo © Hastings Museum & Art Gallery  https://www.facebook.com/hastingsmuseum

John Gale… I remember eating cheese burgers from there after Saturdays in the very early 80s . Might have been a different owner then but was the same kiosk . Still there of course , but specialising in Crab Pasties these days ( how things have changed) ..and associated with the Albion I believe.

Graham Sherrington… still there wow!!!!

Coral Pasqua… I loved the burgers in the 70s

Big Dee Irwin and Blues By Five – Hastings Pier – 11th July 1964

Blues By Five photos supplied by David Ozholl

please note the advert is wrong and the band were Blues By Five not Strangers Five

Blues By Five biog… By 1963, Ron and Len were then joined by Dick Bryce on drums, Mick Wright on Bass, Bill Blisset on Keyboards and Noel Chartres McManus on Sax (2). This was the Birth of Blues by Five.   From spring to summer ’64, they Toured Britain backing American singer Big Dee Irwin (“Swinging on a Star”), starred with The Hollies – Little & Large – Shane Fenton and Screaming Lord Sutch.  David Ozholl (aka Dave Jones) joined the band in summer 1964 on lead and rhythm guitar after Ron dropped out through illness during their tour with Big Dee Irwin. Early gigs with the new line up included a season at the famous Blackpool north pier, working with Johnny and the Pirates, The Tornados, Heinz, Marty Wilde… In November 1964, they took part of the Brenda Lee/Manfred Mann UK tour. They had one single release on Decca in December 1964: the ‘A’ side was a powerful rendition of John Lee Hooker’s R&B classic “Boom Boom”, the B side was an original “I Cried” written by Rolling Stones Manager Andrew Loog Oldham and arranger Mike Leander. This is now a sought-after 45. David Ozholl played lead guitar on the band’s recording of “Boom Boom” [see the press cutting above] (3)
During 1965, they kept touring UK, supporting PJ Proby in April. By June 1965 they underwent a working tour of Cyprus, Malta and North Africa entertaining the troops, playing in their own right and backing several others including Michael Cox,Twinkle and Little and Large. The Band broke up after supporting The Spencer Davis Group in September 1965.

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

Julie Davies… My sister was married to Molly’s nextdoor neighbor in Icklesham they were selling some of the stage clothes and my mum bought one of Barry Gibbs jackets from them. This was around 1977.

Andy Qunta… Round about 1973, I think, I had a job picking blackberries. A lady on the other side of the bush was talking about her son-in-law, Robin from The Bee Gees. I mentioned I was in a band called Factory. She said if I gave her a tape she would pass it along. Eventually we got a letter from their record company, thanking us for it, but explaining we weren’t quite what they were looking for. Very nice of Molly’s mum, and Robin Gibb, for trying to help out some guy in a blackberry field!

Julian Deeprose… Blackberry Fields Forever



SMART coffee meet report number 73

Our 73rd meet and it was a wet and windy day but didn’t stop a great turn out. Among the newbies this time were Rose Pearsall and Jude Montague. Rose was chatting about her favourite sixties singles and Jude was talking about her duo Montague Armstrong and her fine art printmaking studio shop in Kings Road St Leonards, as well as working on her research into ‘Grey Owl’. Peter Ellingworth had with him books of The British Trolley Bus Scene 1950 to 1969 and British Trolleybus Centenary 1911 to 2011. Both featuring a few Hastings and St Leonards photos and a couple of wonderful photos of ‘Happy Harold’. Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland had a great photo of the ABC cinema from 1971 and a bizarre heavy piece of merchandise from The Beatles! It was a boxed brick from the Salvation Army children’s home at Strawberry Field Liverpool with certificate of authenticity. Mick Thwaites has been delving into his massive collection of Rolling Stones memorabilia and had with his a range of small kaleidoscopes from the Voodoo Lounge tour, Sticky Fingers cd in a wooden shaped box, Rock and Roll Circus dvd and cd box set, as well as some fishing floats made by Mick Erends. Paul Mulry had a couple of interesting vinyl album releases with him. The 60th anniversary edition of Booker T & The M.G.s Green Onions, in green vinyl and Mirwood Records Northern Soul compilation. Linda Boiling had a photo of the Dick Whittington pantomime from 1963, which took place at St John the Evangelist Church Upper Church Road St Leonards and featured a very young Nicholas Ball, who we sadly lost recently. Merv Kennard came up with some more rare pirate radio cassettes, cd’s, videos, records, from Radio Caroline, RNLI, Hauraki and more, as well as a recording from the Radio One Roadshow in Bude in 1978 and the single ‘What shall we do with the drunken DJ’!  Chris Stovold had some interesting cd’s with him ‘The Psychedelic Years compilation set, Family, The Idle Race, Nuggets and Wishbone Ash. Ian Marketis had a number of Meat Loaf releases, including tour programmes and cd’s with one autographed. Alan Harding had albums of his wonderful photos and Pete Prescott was chatting about his new group ‘Stealer’ who have a number of gigs coming up and you will be able to see them live at the Bexhill 70s Explosion on Saturday 20th July.  This is just a small bit of what I remember. If you had anything interesting you were talking about or anything I missed out or got wrong! then please feel free to add or correct.

Claire Lonsdale… Thank you Alan. Was lovely to see everyone despite the foul weather. X

Monica Bane… Very enjoyable afternoon. Meeting more new interesting people. I know how much hard work you do, so thanks again Alan x

Merv and Cris Kennard… Thanks Alan for organising another meeting, great to see everyone and swap yarns.

Mick O’Dowd… Another good Meet Alan. Thanks!

Jim Breeds… Sorry didn’t make it. Had been up all night watching election.

Claire Lonsdale… Jim, me too! But that didn’t stop me! You’ve got no stamina Jim!

Jude Montague… loved meeting you all thank you Alan

Stephen Moran… Thank you for the report Alan, I’m sorry I wasn’t able to join you on this occasion.

Mick O’Dowd…  Good vibes and talk as usual. Chris Gentry and myself were talking about some of the strange venues that we had been booked into over the years. Great memories. Well done Alan for yet another interesting MEET!

Carrie Downing-Waite Sawatzky… Had forgotten Kings, went there a few times

Hastings beach 1965

Kevin Burchett… i was probaly on that 1st bit of beach somewhere spent a lot of time on it in the summer. One of my relatives Dinely used to look after the changing huts and the floats we used to free goes on them

Pauline Sims… Kevin, me too!

Judy Atkinson… Kevin, me too. My dad was in the rowing club so we spent many Sundays on the beach

Eric Harmer… Is that you with your shirt off Alan

Alan Esdaile… could be !

Lloyd Johnson… That was part of my patch when I was a Deckchair attendant in 1964…...had so much fun!….


Who remembers Lane’s Ice Cream on the beach?


Kevin Sherwood… I remember a man carrying his cold box along the beach. He would call out “ Their lovely their nice plain or choc”…

Alan Esdaile… Remember it well.

Nigel Sherwood… remember him as well Kevin

Monica Bane… I was always amused that he never seem to run out of ice cream!

Coco Pops… Bloody Hell!!! This is amazing all that Dry Ice he used to carry.

Malcolm Sharp… Was better when the prawn man came along first

Bernard Goffredo… Yep

Gary Benton… It was my uncles business, the factory was at Prospect Place

Madeline Scalliwags Reade.. I remember him well


who remembers stink bombs?

Sophie Ash… Dr Megit (chemistry master at Hastings Grammar School) was pretty constantly aghast at the general availability of these, saying that H2S is lethal in parts-per-million concentrations!

Dennis Torrance… Never knew it was lethal but as a kid used them rather a lot

Arthur Sutherland… Well, did anybody die? You don’t see a lot of joke shops which used to sell them.

Andy Morrison… I’m 26, they were available at a local joke/magic shop when I was at school but not seen them since

Jeff Belton… Remember them very well. Especially school days, one morning whilst in assembly, the headmaster telling over 300 lads ( all boys school) the weekly news, when alot of us could smell this horrible smell, then I noticed the teachers could smell it. Then the headmaster. He noticed a boy laughing, he said , Was that you, if so stop it ! To our surprise the boy shouted back, Yes Sir which way did it go ? . The Head didn’t look very happy at first , shouted at him, but started to laugh. But the lad got detention he was found with the stink bombs on him, and let off that morning.

Darren Holmes… Our year got banned from the Grammar School Service after a rampage of stink bombs were let off around the town, Stade and Old Town were let off. After that day only the ex Priory Road boys in our year were allowed to attend!!!

Steve Mann… Me and some one who will remain nameless did every shop in Ore village, Ore library, , lots of houses when windows were left open and broke one in half and poured inside my brothers shirt – all in one summer holiday and we were still at Red Lake Primary.

Clifford Rose… End of year school assembly were popular.

Alan Esdaile… I think you used to be able to buy them from Maxwells beginning of George Street by the lift.

Darren Holmes… you use to get them from Toybox opposite Disc Jockey in Queens Road



Hastings bikers sixties photo from Jo Peak

shared from Jo Peak https://www.facebook.com/groups/126379645971567

Jo Peak… Here is a picture of a group of my Dad and Mum’s biker friends, all from Hastings or the surrounding area. Mum – Mo Peak is the only female. Oscar ( unsure of surname) far left and Joey O’Hara far right. Does anyone recognise anyone else? Probably early sixties.

John Williams… Think Oscar lives in my street.  Joey Ohara I know

Nick Warren… Oscar Horton and Joey O’Hara both play in the same band as me, The Fieldstone Boys

Carol Anne… Knew Joey lovely fella , days gone by, car sales.

Nigel Livermore… Stonefield Boys: Charles Arthur Horton (Oscar) bottom left, Alan Sutton top left, Joe O’Hara bottom right, Nigel Clarke top right, Mick Johnson (?) top centre. Oscar, Alan and Joe still around, in their eighties, and often at the 1066 cafe, Robertsbridge.