Who used to work at KB’s – Kolster Brandes Ponswood Industrial Estate, St Leonards?

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Steve Fox… I had a great time making TVs, it would have been a very depressing job full time but I was only employed temporarily for the run up to Christmas it was a great laugh!

Margaret Haywood… I worked there in 1964 and loathed every minute. I stuck it 3 months

Angie Pilbeam… Margaret, that was me at MK..8 weeks.ha

Wendy Nicholson… My mum Ena Parry did to

Patricia Usher… I worked there from 1962 til 1971. Loved every minute of it. Taught me a trade as later on in years I had good jobs with good companies. My Mum , Sister, Aunty and great friends all worked there.

Tim Moose Bruce… I worked at Buss foods, down the road from ITT/ KB. Had a cleaner who was there when it closed. He rescued some AVO 8 multimeters from the skip. Gave me one. I still got it.

Stephanie Blackledge… Yes, my great Aunt. Her nickname was Babsy. She wired circuit boards.

Judith Monk… I did a stint on final test….was hard work but fun.

Dennis Torrance… I left school 1968 July had loads of interviews went to KB was shown around with a few other boys from priory road could have had a job there and many other places so different then. I went for Collins and Hayes doing upholstery other places till I retired. It’s good to see something like this that brings back memories.

What is your earliest music memory?

Tim Anderson… Another rubber tree plant!

Matt Thomas… Popcorn

Lyn Humphrey… Probably Perry Como, ‘Catch a Falling Star’ or ‘Magic Moments’, or Tommy Steel ‘Little White Bull’. Pretty cool, huh?

Clive Richardson… Remember the theme to ‘A Summer Place’ from the tv programme. Can’t remember anything about the programme but still love the track, to this day.

Alan Esdaile… remember my dad getting an old 78 wind up gramophone after an auntie died, with lots of 78’s including Laura London He’s Got The Whole World Is In Hands. Also remember singing along and copying Frankie Vaughan movements on the television  to ‘Tower Of Strength’.

Steve Thorpe… Roy Orbison ‘Oh Pretty Woman’

Chris Meachen…The laughing policeman on 78, & Elvis ‘wooden heart’ on a wind-up gramophone.

Mick Knights… The first single I bought was yackity yack by the Coasters, much to the dismay of my parents.

Jon McCallion…Love my wind up gramophone Alan, still play lots of Sinatra Dean Martin Elvis Presley and Duke Ellington sounds really good.

Glenn Piper… She Wears Red Slippers on an old 78 at my maternal grandparents place

Coco Pops… Radio Luxembourg! my big sister blaring it out of her bedroom! circa 1960’s

Paul Morfey… Frank Ifield yodelling

Will Cornell… Watching Dick Clark and “American Bandstand” I could not figure out how the dancing kids flipped their arms to twirl their partners without the arms ripping out of the sockets. I give that memory a “4” outta “5”, Dick.

Mick Bolton… My grandad playing Beethoven’s Appassionata piano sonata. I was 3 at the time – in 1951. And hearing the theme tune to Listen With Mother every day on the radio.

Eric Harmer… Family favourites on Sundays.boring songs

Alan Pepper… One song that still haunts me today is Moon River by Danny Williams . I think that was the first music I can recollect from when I was about four or five playing on the wireless ! Every time I hear it now gives me shivers in a nice way though !

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What’s the best love song of all time?

Billy Ocean… Suddenly – Billy Ocean

Nikki Habson… The Lake House – This Never Happened Before

Mick Curtis… Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep

Sue Bennett… I cant make you love me George Michael’s version is beautiful

Andy Ives… Princes version is great too

Malcolm Sharp… Michael Bolton, said i love but i lied, listen to the words properly

Mark Rodrigues… My Girl by The Temptations springs to mind. Not sure if it’s a love song though or tribute. Here, There & Everywhere by The Beatles otherwise.

Martin Curcher…… Not into love songs, but if I have to chose one it would have to be something like, Extreme – More than Words.

Stella Huggett… Move Closer by Phyllis Nelson and Nothing Going Stop Us by Starship – I know that’s 2 but couldn’t choose between them.

Eric Harmer… My ding a ling

Paul Crimin… lol. Chuck Berry’s only no: 1 in this country.

Chris Jolly… I’ve told you before… keep your Ding a Ling out of this Chuck!

Paul Crimin… Still – Lionel Richtea.

Roger Collier… O Caroline – Matching Mole

Francoise Pascal…Show and Tell by Al Wilson. Beautiful love song! Xxx

Dave Paul… Welcome Home by Walter Jackson

Jack Apps… I got three

Alan Pepper… Many by Stevie Wonder but My Cherie Amour is a classic

Les Harding (Centre Page)… I don’t believe in miracles – Colin Blunstone. Stunning song at the time

Clifford Rose… In my life – The Beatles

St Claire – Record & Show Shop of St Leonards 1964

Anyone remember this shop?

Pete Fisher… I don’t remember the shop, as I lived the other side of town, and went to the Disc Jockey, but I remember the prices, and how the 11d trick was used to make it look cheaper…

David Edwards… If you lived in Hastings you always shopped at Big Al’s the Disc Jockey.

The Who plus support Time – Hastings Pier – 20th July 1969

The Who 20.07.69 PETE FISHER

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Typical set list during this tour….
1 “Heaven and Hell” (John Entwistle) 2 “I Can’t Explain” 3 “Fortune Teller” (Naomi Neville) 4 “Tattoo” (not played at every show) 5 “Young Man Blues” (Mose Allison) 6 “It’s a Boy” 7 “1921” 8 “Amazing Journey” 9 “Sparks”
10 “Eyesight to the Blind” (Sonny Boy Williamson II) 11 “Christmas”
12 “The Acid Queen” 13 “Pinball Wizard” 14 “Do You Think It’s Alright?” 15 “Fiddle About” 16 “There’s a Doctor” 17 “Go to the Mirror!” 18 “Smash the Mirror” 19 “I’m Free” 20 “Tommy’s Holiday Camp” (Keith Moon) 21 “We’re Not Gonna Take It”/”See Me, Feel Me” 22 “Substitute” (occasional)  23 “Summertime Blues” (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart) 24 “Shakin’ All Over” (Johnny Kidd) 25 “My Generation” (sometimes including themes of “Naked Eye”).

Andy Gunton… A bit more about The Who gig http://www.thestinger.org.uk/article/5363c47aca45284d1296d929#.V5ECBmWYfyI

Jenny Tyler… John Entwistle kissed my cheek. I Still love the Who.

Pete Fisher… My first, all-time favourite and most historic Pier gig…

Chris Sambrook…As the moon landings are coming up The Who played the Sunday Club on the very eve. I went as I was 14 at the time, The Who played most of Tommy check out Live At Leeds. There is an cd just been released called Old England New England which could be the same set The Who played in America. I’ve got the cd but haven’t played it yet. After the gig I walked back to St.Leonards in a daze. My dad had the tv on waiting for the moon landing.

Pete Fisher… Hi Chris! Will be commemorating this next week…a real musical milestone for me…my first proper concert (also 14) – vaguely remember staying up to watch the moon landing afterwards, but remember my ears still ringing the next day at school!!

Keith Matthews… I was there too. Brilliant gig. Getting a burger at a little place over the road afterwards and a black limo pulled up. John Entwistle climbed out of the back and ordered burgers for himself and Moony who was also in the car. We had a chat and a laugh with them for a few minutes, complimenting them on the gig. Unfortunately don’t have a record of it as it wasn’t cool for an 18 year old guy to ask for autographs! Wish I had had a camera on me.

Who remembers school milk?

Pete Prescott… During the winter of 63 it was so cold the milk froze and as it expanded out lifted the foil lid off of the bottle. They became like milk Ice lollies ! When it was summer I hated it as it became warm and tasted off to me.

Matt Thomas… Got a malted biscuit as well at Elphinstone Infants

Chris Meachen… Loved it in the winter, would eat the frozen bit as ice cream, but didn’t like it warm in the summer. When I got to senior school they kept it in a chiller until break time, then I couldn’t get enough of the stuff..

Julie Findlay-jones… Hated it I always struggled to drink it all and was always told off.

Mark Praid… Great with a Mint or Orange Yoyo Choc biscuit at 11.am if your hanging around the sand pit.😉 Avoid at all costs the few remaining milks at four o clock – when the sun has shined through the classroom window on them all day.

Dennis Torrance… I remember at school they tried to give it to us frozen should have supplied sticks as well

Doc Racer… Maggie Thatcher milk snatcher

Linda Day… Gross couldn’t stand it not a lover of milk even now put me off for life lol

Lloyd Johnson… 1/3 of a pint bottles…

Neal Hunter… it was always warm because they put it on the radiator

Lyn Humphrey… Used to enjoy getting the 1/3 pint around 11am–sometimes 2 bottles if class numbers were down. One lad once had EIGHT bottles during a flu epidemic……..then he was sick as a dog.

Dave Nattress… Hi Lyn, and who was that boy, I’m sure it wasn’t you and nor was it me!

Mike Waghorne… I was a milk monitor when at secondary school , had to get the milk in and sort it into the classes ready for them to collect,there were always left overs now i know why i dont like large amounts of milk !

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did you used to have a razor like this?

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Rufus Jonathan Paul Evans… I did, I was fond of them but had to admit that there are better modern options.

Julie Findlay-jones… My daddy did.

Mike Waghorne… My old man did !

Pete Prescott… I used one for a short time. The modern ones were easier and cut you less. My dad used them.

Jackie Hersee… My dad did and I still have it

Alan Parker… Don’t use it now but still have one I bought when I first started shaving back in the early ’60s

Mike Raxworthy… The blades could also be used to lightly scrape off unwanted ink from art-board in the days of paste-up when you had to draw your own borders with a Ro-tring pen.

Jimbo Tipler… I started to use one again a couple of years ago. If you wet shave, you should start again – cut down on plastic disposal razors. You can buy the blades in cardboard boxes. https://www.amazon.co.uk/WEI…/dp/B017BJDXXS/ref=sr_1_10…

Jim Peckham… Still got mine

Steve Thorpe… My Dad had one. Now I’ve got one….

Keith Veness… Still have one

Dave Nattress… For sure – used them for years but the loss of blood every morning was worrying and blood spots on the shirt collars when you got dressed was a nuisance. I’m an authority on razors having wet-shaved almost every day since God was a boy – just do not feel clean without a wet shave. Then I got a device called a “Techmatic” by Gillette which had a thin, narrow stainless steel band that you used to wind on – a bit like a cassette tape – not much good. Then a long time ago I went on to disposable 3 blade razors and presently LIDL’s finest 5 blade jobs – fabulous wet shave every morning. A quite costly Phillips battery shaver gathers dust as it is essentially completely useless, does half the job and takes 10 times as long as LIDL’s 5 blade things.

Chris Meachen… I was sent home from school to shave at about age 14 or 15, the only thing we had was my late dad’s razor that hadn’t been used since he passed about 10 years earlier. I didn’t have a clue how to use it properly, so ended up going back to school looking like I’d done 10 rounds with a grizzly bear. This so traumatised me that I’ve had a beard for almost my entire adult life…