Who remembers playing over the West Hill rocks in Hastings?

Alan Esdaile… photo, me and my sister.

Bernard Goffredo… Spent a lot of time there when little

Cris Kennard…. Yes but didn’t tell mum and dad.

Linda Lowcock… me too !!

Lucy Pappas… Yes, despite being told not to!

John Gale… Always over there,,, its a glorified toilet these days,,,,, I was shocked a few years back, went to have a look and it was full of all sorts of 💩. And stunk. ,,,,, real shame as it was a real adventurous little place ,,,, with hint of danger,,, actually very dangerous

Dennis Torrance… I played there as a child no fear of danger look at it now it scares me called that area bats cave expect other s called it different

Lloyd Johnson… Use to play over there with Alan And Johnny Mitchell in the mid 50s and with Kenny Comfort,Melvyn & Lynn Grant…remember Melvyn managing to climb to the cave on the left…

Despo Hawkins… Yes , it was our back yard

Jeanette Jones… Yes

Michelle Coco Selmes… Yes I lived in the houses opposite and knew every rock!

Julie Morris… I worked in the West Hill cafe as a teenager and had to phone for an ambulance several times because of accidents on the rocks!

Phil Gill… Yup, every Saturday after ABC Minors.

Anton Ludwig… Yep, and the little caves in old town

Matt Thomas… Spent most of my teenage years over them, my name is scratched in one of the rocks somewhere

Monica Bane… Yes what was the game? One to three I see you?

Helena Kingshott… Meeee

Steve Fox… Oh yes! Used to live in Hill Street

Colin Bell… Looking at the photo now, i can only repeat my previous comment, how didn’t i die, jumping from one rock to another with my mates as a kid!

Mick O’Dowd… Same here

Jacqueline Marsh… Same here, my mum and dad would have gone spare if they knew what me, my sister and our cousins were up to on those rocks. I couldn’t do it now!!

Ralph Town… Yep,my mum was on valium after she saw me climb down there. Interestingly, the rocks seem to be developing large amounts of bracken,which,I assume means no one climbs them now.

Colin Bell… They’ve probably got more sense than we had Ralph, i wouldn’t trade places though! Being glued to a PS4 or whatever doesn’t appeal the same.

Ralph Town… I just think they’re a bunch of snowflakes.I never got hurt but a friend of mine sprained her ankle badly. The only part that really put fear in me was down the far end behind the Deluxe. It must have been 100 foot fall round the back of those amusements if I slipped but there was a huge cave, under the castle, that I would always use as a den. Few friends came with me due to a very thin ledge to get to it. Lovely view tho.

Yvonne Ellis… Yes!

David Edwards… Used to go from Priory Road school lunchtimes, remember someone took a tumble and we were banned after that.

Keith Veness… Remember it’s overgrown now

Paul Slidel… Yep, great fun! Lived in Portland Place when I was around 11-12 years old, so this was my playground!

Kev Carleonis… Yep

Steve Thorpe… Used to climb them during school outdoor pursuits lessons and the smaller ones on the Silverdale School playing field.

Dave Nattress… Definitely –  used to take my two daughters Katie and Emily there and walked around on top and carefully jumped from rock to rock.  They were fascinated.  Always a touch bothered about falls as they would have been about 10  and 8 but we were careful.  I remember them complete with teletubby backpacks.  The Red and Yellow ones.  Dipso and Smelly Winkie or whatever their names were.  Remember it well.

Patrick Turner… We used to climb up to the cave regularly. My friend Micky Hodges fell and broke a bone, can’t remember if it was arm or leg.

Cule Tulo… Yes! Lost a few friends over there !

Barry French… Moved from Essex to Hastings in 1967. On my first trip to the Old Town I climbed on the rocks, went on the bumper cars & had chips & ice cream (separately). I thought I’d arrived in heaven.

Monica Bane… And me Alan. Looking so dangerous now!

Jackie Hersee… I fell down them in the’50’s

Keith Veness… Loved playing there

David Edwards…Yep!

Dennis Torrance… Played on them rocks a lot. I expect there was several names for that cave, I called it bats cave . I remember a little higher up a really small dangerous ledge how me and mates did it many times, no fear

Dawn… Yep, played there many a time, my dad’s fault as he took me there first time – but never to tell my mum!  He he. Took the grandchildren over there a few years ago – they loved it but obviously it was a little more daunting for me now I’m older – oh to be young again

 

Teenagers and Jukebox – Hastings 1960’s

supplied by Roy Penfold 

Roy Penfold… This news clipping came up in the Historical Hastings group https://www.facebook.com/groups/historicalhastings/. Any ideas as to venue?

Phyllis Mendenhall… Could it be in Dimarco s along teddy boy walk which is where the Carlisle’s is.

Lloyd Johnson… It maybe The Oyster Bar that was in Robertson Street in the 50s…that’s where the Ted’s hangout…

who remembers the rules of the swimming baths?

Russell Field… Me

Tim Moose Bruce… They left out farting

Julian Humphries… broke every one

Janine Hemsley… Petting

Will Cornell… So it’s OK to pee in the pool?

Tracy Birrell… Me! Heavy or light petting? What about weeing in the baths……

Dave Nattress… Petting Ha Ha!! and Will Cornell, Yes, sometimes you had to warm your own little patch. So someone told me!

Who remembers J S Beeching Ltd and typewriters?

Fiona Evans… I do ! I think his daughter went to my old school,St Mary’s School,Baldslow.

Steve Fox… A seven day approval period? Who would have the balls to offer that nowadays?

Alan King… t’s OK the Money Shop and Cash Converters have both closed down

Jim Breeds… I still have my typewriter that I bought there. It struggles with emails these days though.

Tooth fairy who remembers?

Matt Thomas… 50p

Alan Esdaile… Can’t remember but do remember if we had a loose tooth, my dad used to tie some string round it and tie the other end to an open door, then slam the door!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… My Dad did that once thinking it would be funny, it traumatised me! 6d (sixpence) was the going rate when I was little

Joe Knight… 6p. Gas to put you to sleep

Ian Mantel… Sixpence = 5p

Nicola Allan… I was told the tooth fairy only collects the top 2 and bottom 2 at 20p a go! I think I missed out when all my mates were raking it in for all of their milk teeth 😂😂 at £1+ per tooth! With inflation and 35 years later, I give £2 per tooth, but I may be a kinder parent and do all, instead of the front 4! Lol

Andy Ives… 5p/1shilling

Doc Racer… 6d

Den Bray… 240d in a pound===== a shilling was 12d===== twenty shillings in a pound —–

Yvonne Cleland… 6d

Eric Harmer… Along time ago. I think it was one groat

Andy Qunta… Yes. Sixpence, I think. Or thickthpenth, depending on how many teeth you’d lotht!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Yeth, of courth!

Dennis Torrance… Tooth fairy best option bad times at Dentist in my youth had loose tooth on trip to school dentist . Pushed me back in chair and pulled it out nothing given then told me to stop crying no wonder our generation had fear of dentists

Roger Simmonds… Me too 6 d

Julie Findlay-jones… My granddaughter’s still put their teeth under their pillows,they get £1 per tooth.

Alan Parker…  it was sixpence in my day , nowadays I put them under my pillow so that I can find them in the morning when I get up

Chris Giles… 6d or a tanner

Wendy Weaver… A threepenny bit. (but I AM old)

Sue Bennett… A shilling

Sandy Max…  6d per tooth. Nowadays my grandsons expect £1 a tooth!

Linda Joy Lemon… Sixpence….

Pete Prescott… Ha ha ! I left an I.O.U. under one of the girls pillow. She was not a happy bunny. I think it was Poppy.

Sylvia Sinden… 6d

Sam Wallis… 50p

Patricia Burgess… 6 pence, now it’s $4 canadian

Rachael Brophy… Still happening in our house it’s a, £1

Neil Cartwright… 6d

Gin Genie… I wrote a note, that my mum still has, asking the tooth fairy to leave me 10p instead of 5p if she could afford it.

Linda Hayes… 3d and I treasured every one

Trisha Ann… Thru’penny bit

Janet Brophy… Mine was { sixpence} per tooth, it was great

Clifford Rose… 6d

David Edwards… It was a tanner

Victoria Diaz-Fernandez… 2/6d

Stuart Moir… Old sixpence = 2,5 new pence

Ian Luck… Sixpence

Liz Dees Dianto… 2p

Alan Esdaile…  I’m pretty sure that the dentist used to give us a lollipop when he finished on our teeth?

Eric Harmer… For repeat trade Alan

Chris Jolly… Guaranteed income!

Tim Moose Bruce… If a tooth came out at a weekend and we were skint, we told the child involved that the tooth fairy only came weekdays due to regulations imposed by the NUTF. (National Union of Tooth Fairies)

Chris Giles… I once forgot to put a £1.00 under my child’s pillow when they’d lost a tooth….I had write do a tiny letter with tiny writing pretending it was from the tooth fairy… Saying she had been so busy

A chance to get BBC2 in Hastings – launched on 20th April 1964

advert 1964 and 1965. Can you remember watching it, when it was first broadcast?

Paul Crimin… We could never get BBC2 on our tele. I think it checked out bank accounts before it would allow people to watch it. It was too posh for us anyway. lol.

Mike Waghorne… Redifusion Tv had it I think ?

Mike Cope… Television, Television? Eee thy were Lucky Lad! We only had’t Puddle end ‘ot’ Garden…

Jane Hartley… We didn’t have it til much later.

Barry French… My Dad bought a space age looking indoor Ariel (All loops & angles) that was guaranteed by the TV shop salesman to pick up BBC2. Well it did to a point, but every show looked like it was filmed during an Antarctic blizzard (Massive white dots flying around the screen) My dad moved the Ariel all over the room to try & get a decent picture but to no avail. In the end he said something like ” Sod this for a game of soldiers” and chucked it in the bin.